iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. (“iAnthus” or the “Company“) (CSE: IAN, OTCQX: ITHUF) and MPX Bioceutical Corporation (“MPX“) (CSE: MPX; OTC: MPXEF) are pleased to announce the closing of the previously announced plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement“) under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) pursuant to which iAnthus acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of MPX (the “MPX Shares“) pursuant to the terms of an arrangement agreement, as amended, among, inter alia, iAnthus and MPX dated October 18, 2018 (the “Arrangement Agreement“).
Pursuant to the terms of the Arrangement Agreement, holders of MPX Shares received 0.1673 common shares of iAnthus for each MPX Share held, representing a premium of 30.6% based on the closing price of iAnthus and MPX Shares on October 17, 2018. In addition, each MPX shareholder received common shares of newly formed MPX International Corporation (“MPX International“), which holds all of the non-U.S. cannabis businesses of MPX. MPX International has received conditional approval to list its securities on the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE“) and MPX International expects that the common shares of MPX International will commence trading on or around February 6, 2019.
The combined company (iAnthus and MPX), now has operations in 11 states that will permit iAnthus to operate 63 retail locations and 15 cultivation/processing facilities. As a result of the business combination, iAnthus has added retail and/or production capabilities in Arizona, Maryland, Nevada, California, Massachusetts and New Jersey. These additional licenses complement iAnthus’ existing assets in New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Vermont, Colorado, and New Mexico, forming super-regional footprints in both the eastern and western United States reaching over 121 million potential customers.
iAnthus has submitted applications to the CSE and the Ontario Securities Commission to delist the MPX Shares and for MPX to cease to be a reporting issuer.
“2019 will be a transformative year for iAnthus, with the closing of our business combination with MPX being a crucial step forward. As the U.S. cannabis market continues to expand with increasing consumer and regulatory acceptance, iAnthus will continue to execute and provide the quality products and brands that our customers demand. As demonstrated with our 2018 acquisitions in Florida and New York, and now with the closing of our MPX transaction, the iAnthus team continues to demonstrate its focus on growing its platform and operations.” said Hadley Ford, CEO of iAnthus.
“As early pioneers in the licensed cannabis sector in Arizona, Nevada and Maryland, MPX is extremely excited to join forces with iAnthus as we create the multi-state operator that will define this burgeoning industry. We plan to add the power of our market leading product, retail and wholesale experience to the iAnthus platform.” said Beth Stavola, Chief Operating Officer of MPX.
“With iAnthus’ operation increasing in size from six to 11 states, we plan to take advantage of this opportunity by unveiling unified national retail and product brands across the organization,” said Mr. Ford. “We realize that as the cannabis market continues to grow, the need for strong national brands only increases. With our ambitions to be the leader in the U.S. cannabis market, that is our logical next step. Stay tuned, as we plan to unveil further details around this in the coming weeks.”
Management and Board Changes
Immediately prior to the closing of the Arrangement, all directors and officers of MPX resigned and MPX is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of iAnthus. iAnthus will expand its board of directors to seven members. Current board members Hadley Ford, Randy Maslow, Julius Kalcevich and Paul Rosenwill be joined by MPX’s nominees Robert Petch, Elizabeth Stavola, and Robert Galvin. Dr. Richard Boxer has resigned from the board of directors of iAnthus to make way for one of MPX’s nominees and will remain with iAnthus in the role of Chief Medical Officer. Mr. Ford added, “On behalf of iAnthus and MPX, I’d like to thank Robert Petch and MPX’s special committee for their support of this transaction.”
Further information about the closing of the Arrangement is available on the SEDAR profile of iAnthus on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
About iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc.
iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. owns and operates best-in-class licensed cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensary facilities throughout the United States, providing investors diversified exposure to the U.S. regulated cannabis industry. Founded by entrepreneurs with decades of experience in operations, investment banking, corporate finance, law and health care services, iAnthus provides a unique combination of capital and hands-on operating and management expertise. The Company uses these skills to support operations across six states. For more information, visit www.iAnthusCapital.com.