Sundial Growers Makes a Major Move in the Cannabis Industry. Buying Spirit Holdings and Spiritleaf Retail

 

Sundial Growers Inc. (NASDAQ: SNDL) (“Sundial”) and Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd. (CSE: ISH) (OTCQB: INSHF) (“Inner Spirit”) are pleased to announce that they have entered into an arrangement agreement (the “Agreement”) pursuant to which Sundial will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Inner Spirit for total consideration of approximately $131 million (the “Transaction”). The combined company will continue to focus on providing quality cannabis to consumers through a responsible and disciplined approach while creating enduring value for shareholders.

Under the terms of the Agreement, Inner Spirit’s shareholders will receive, for each Inner Spirit common share held, (i) $0.30 in cash and (ii) 0.0835 of a Sundial common share (representing $0.09 per Inner Spirit common share based on the 10-day volume-weighted average price (“VWAP”) of Sundial common shares on the Nasdaq Capital Market), for total consideration of $0.39 per Inner Spirit common share. The purchase price of $0.39 per Inner Spirit common share represents a premium of 54.8% to the 10-day VWAP of Inner Spirit common shares on the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE”) and a premium of 62.5% to the closing price of Inner Spirit common shares on the CSE on May 4, 2021. The Transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of Sundial and Inner Spirit and is expected to close early in the third quarter of 2021.

The Transaction is expected to provide modest synergies and economies of scale due to the different business models of Sundial and Inner Spirit.

Sundial becomes a stronger and more diverse cannabis company by acquiring Inner Spirit and the Spiritleaf retail store network,” said Zach George, Chief Executive Officer of Sundial. “Inner Spirit has successfully created a franchise-based retail network that has grown from coast to coast and offers a differentiated and premium in-store experience to consumers. Our shared Albertan roots and commitment to data-driven consumer insights make for an ideal partnership.  Sundial’s capital base will enable us to support continued expansion and deepen the capabilities of the Spiritleaf retail brand.”

“Sundial is the ideal company to acquire Inner Spirit and support the future development of the Spiritleaf retail cannabis brand,” said Darren Bondar, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Inner Spirit. “The Sundial team has shown a strong commitment to our management team, franchise partners and employees as well as our growth ambitions. The combination will enable us to further expand our position as the country’s leading retail cannabis brand for customers and communities and will open up new market opportunities to us. We’re also very pleased Inner Spirit shareholders will be able to participate in our future success through an ongoing equity ownership.”

In just over two years, the Spiritleaf retail network has grown to become Canada’s largest single brand retailer with 86 stores operating in British Columbia, Alberta, SaskatchewanOntario, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Spiritleaf’s franchised and corporate stores have created deep ties within their local communities and served 2.3 million guests in 2020. The retail brand has earned a reputation as a knowledgeable and trusted source of recreational cannabis while offering a premium consumer experience. Spiritleaf opened its 86th store on April 28, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta and is projected to exceed the 100-store milestone in the summer of 2021.

The fundamentals of SNDL are on point. And with the recent offering they will have 700 million dollars in cash on hand and they have no debt. We are to be informed of a merger or acquisition in the next 35 days. There’s also legalization in the works. This stock might be taking a beating run, it will not be for long and the ones that hold through will reap the benefits. Same happened with MARA which was at $2 end of 2020 and now it is at $50.

Global Cannabis Sales Exceeded $21 Billion In 2020; Forecasts $55.9 Billion By 2026. CWEB Analyst’s believe that Sundial is positioned very well against its competitors and will invest heavily in the US by merging or buying other companies. Sundial (SNDL) will see huge upside by 2021. 2022 will be extremely profitable for the Cannabis industry and Sundial could be a good investment to hold for a long term value.

 


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