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Section 1: DEFA14A (8-K)

 

 

 

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

  

Form 8-K
  

Current Report
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 24, 2020

 

ACREAGE HOLDINGS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Commission File Number: 000-56021

 

British Columbia, Canada 98-1463868
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation) (IRS Employer Identification No.)

 

366 MADISON AVENUE, 11TH FLOOR

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10017, UNITED STATES

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

 

(646) 600-9181

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

  

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

¨ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
x Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
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¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: None.

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: 

Title of each class  

Trading Symbol(s)

  Name of each exchange on which registered
Subordinate Voting Shares, no par value   ACRGF   OTC Markets Group Inc.

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company x

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1.01Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

 

As previously disclosed, Acreage Holdings, Inc., a British Columbia company (“Acreage”), and Canopy Growth Corporation, a Canadian corporation (“Canopy Growth”), are parties to an arrangement agreement dated April 18, 2019, as amended on May 15, 2019 (the “Arrangement Agreement”). In accordance with the Arrangement Agreement, on June 27, 2019, Acreage implemented a plan of arrangement (the “Existing Arrangement”) pursuant to which, among other things, Acreage’s articles were amended. As a result of the amendments to Acreage’s articles, upon the occurrence or waiver (at the discretion of Canopy Growth) of the Triggering Event (as defined below) and the satisfaction or waiver of certain closing conditions set out in the Arrangement Agreement, Canopy Growth will acquire all of Acreage’s issued and outstanding Class A subordinate voting shares (the “Existing SVS”), following the conversion of all other outstanding Acreage shares to Existing SVS, on the basis of 0.5818 of a common share of Canopy Growth (each whole share, a “Canopy Growth Share”) for each Existing SVS, subject to adjustment in accordance with the terms of the Arrangement Agreement. Prior to the acquisition of the Existing SVS by Canopy Growth pursuant to the Existing Arrangement, each issued and outstanding Class C multiple voting share of Acreage (the “Existing MVS”) and each issued and outstanding Class B proportionate voting share of Acreage (the “Existing PVS”) will be converted into Existing SVS in accordance with their respective terms. The Existing Arrangement was implemented by way of a court-approved plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) (the “BCBCA”) following approval by the shareholders of Acreage and Canopy Growth on June 19, 2019. “Triggering Event” means the amendment of federal laws in the United States to permit the general cultivation, distribution and possession of marijuana or to remove the regulation of such activities from the federal laws of the United States.

 

Proposal Agreement

 

On June 24, 2020, Acreage entered into a proposal agreement (the “Proposal Agreement”) with Canopy Growth, which sets out, among other things, the terms and conditions upon which the parties are proposing to amend the Arrangement Agreement (the “Amending Agreement”), amend and restate the Plan of Arrangement (the “Amended Plan of Arrangement”) and implement the Amended Plan of Arrangement pursuant to the BCBCA (the “Amended Arrangement”). The effectiveness of the Amending Agreement and the implementation of the Amended Plan of Arrangement is subject to the conditions set out in the Proposal Agreement, including, among others, approval by (i) the Supreme Court of British Columbia (the “Court”) at a hearing upon the procedural and substantive fairness of the terms and conditions of the Amended Arrangement (“Court Approval”); and (ii) the shareholders of Acreage as required by applicable corporate and securities laws. Upon receipt of Shareholder Approval (as defined below), Court Approval and the satisfaction of all other conditions set out in the Proposal Agreement, including the advance of US$50,000,000 to a subsidiary of Acreage pursuant to the Loan (as defined below), Acreage and Canopy Growth will enter into the Amending Agreement.

 

Acreage’s shareholders will be asked to vote on a resolution (the “Resolution”) to, among other things, approve (i) the Amended Arrangement, (ii) the Amended Plan of Arrangement, and (iii) the second amended and restated equity incentive plan (as contemplated in the Proposal Agreement) (the “Amended and Restated Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan”), at a shareholder meeting to be called for such purpose (the “Meeting”). Acreage will use commercially reasonable efforts to schedule the Meeting as soon as reasonably practicable following the clearance by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) of Acreage’s proxy statement to be delivered to Acreage’s shareholders in connection with the Meeting and receipt of the interim Court order in respect thereof. The Amending Agreement and the implementation of the Amended Arrangement is conditioned on the adoption of the Resolution by (i) the affirmative vote of holders of two-thirds of the Acreage shares who vote (in person or by proxy) at the Meeting; (ii) the affirmative vote of disinterested holders of a majority of the Acreage shares in accordance with Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions on a class basis (unless exemptive relief is obtained from the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities); and (iii) “minority approval” as such term is defined in Ontario Securities Commission Rule 56-501 – Restricted Shares, (the “Shareholder Approval”). At this time, we anticipate that Mr. Murphy will be an “interested party” and precluded from voting for purposes of the shareholder approvals required by (ii) and (iii) above.

 

 

 

 

The effectiveness of the Amending Agreement and the implementation of the Amended Plan of Arrangement is also subject to (i) no law being in effect or proceeding having been taken that makes the consummation of the Amended Arrangement illegal or otherwise, directly or indirectly, prohibits or enjoins Acreage or Canopy Growth from consummating the Amended Arrangement, (ii) the execution of the Amending Agreement, (iii) all amendments to the Tax Receivable Agreement, the Tax Receivable Bonus Plan, the Tax Receivable Bonus Plan 2, the High Street Operating Agreement, the USCo2 Constating Documents (each as defined in the Arrangement Agreement), the coattail agreement entered into by Mr. Kevin Murphy in respect of his Existing MVS and the Lock-up and Incentive Agreements (as defined in the Arrangement Agreement) as determined by Acreage to be necessary, acting reasonably, to (a) ensure that the terms of the Amended Plan of Arrangement can be carried out as contemplated therein, (b) provide that Mr. Murphy will continue indefinitely (and regardless of whether Mr. Murphy ceases to be a director of Acreage) as the administrator of the Tax Receivable Bonus Plan and the Tax Receivable Bonus Plan 2, (c) enable the acceleration of vesting of awards provided to the Specified Individuals (as defined below), (d) enable Mr. Murphy’s existing Acreage restricted share units (including any replacements thereof pursuant to the Amended Plan of Arrangement) to vest in accordance with the terms thereof regardless of Mr. Murphy ceasing to be an employee or officer of Acreage, provided that Mr. Murphy remains a director of Acreage, and (e) make any other changes that Acreage and Canopy Growth may mutually agree, acting reasonably, is advisable or necessary in order to carry out the purpose and intention of the transactions contemplated in the Proposal Agreement and the Amended Plan of Arrangement, (iv) the credit agreement dated March 6, 2020 between Acreage Finance Delaware, LLC, as borrower, and Acreage IP Holdings, LLC, Prime Wellness of Connecticut, LLC, D&B Wellness, LLC and Thames Valley Apothecary, LLC, as guarantors, and IP Investment Company, LLC, as lender, administrative agent and collateral agent (the “Credit Agreement”) being amended on terms satisfactory to Acreage and Canopy Growth, each acting reasonably, (v) the approval of the listing of the Fixed Shares (as defined below) and the Floating Shares (as defined below) on the Canadian Securities Exchange, subject to customary conditions, (vi) the exemption of the Canopy Growth securities issued and issuable pursuant to the Amended Plan of Arrangement from registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), (vii) dissent rights not having been exercised with respect to more than 5% of the issued and outstanding Acreage shares, (viii) US$50,000,000 will have been advanced to Canopy Growth’s counsel in trust for the benefit of a subsidiary of Acreage in connection with the Debenture (to be released at the Amendment Time (as defined below)); and (ix) other closing conditions, including the other party’s compliance, in all material respects,with its covenants contained in the Proposal Agreement.

 

Each of Acreage and Canopy Growth has made certain representations and warranties and agreed to certain covenants in the Proposal Agreement, including covenants regarding the conduct of their respective businesses prior to the Amendment Time (as defined below) that are in addition to the covenants contained in the Arrangement Agreement. In particular, the Proposal Agreement sets forth, among other things, (i) certain financial reporting obligations of Acreage during the period commencing on the execution of the Proposal Agreement until the earlier of the termination of the Proposal Agreement or the implementation of the Amended Arrangement (the “Interim Period”); (ii) certain restrictions on Acreage’s ability to issue any securities or incur any debt obligations during the Interim Period; (iii) a business plan for Acreage for each fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 through to December 31, 2029 (the “Initial Business Plan”) and a requirement for Acreage to conduct its business in accordance with the Initial Business Plan; and (iv) limitations on any public communication made by Acreage during the Interim Period.

 

 

 

 

The Proposal Agreement contains certain termination rights, including (i) in favor of both Acreage and Canopy Growth, in the event that the Shareholder Approval is not obtained at the Meeting, or (ii) in favor of Canopy Growth in the event that the Acreage board of directors (the “Acreage Board”) determines, in accordance with the Proposal Agreement to make a Change in Recommendation (as defined in the Proposal Agreement). The Proposal Agreement further provides that, upon termination of the Proposal Agreement following a Change in Recommendation, Acreage will be required to pay an expense reimbursement to Canopy Growth in the amount of US$3,000,000; provided however, that Acreage will not be required to make this payment if the Change in Recommendation was the result of a Purchaser Material Adverse Effect (as defined in the Arrangement Agreement).

 

The foregoing summary of the Proposal Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby does not purport to be a complete description of all the parties’ rights and obligations under the Proposal Agreement and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Proposal Agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 2.1 hereto and is incorporated by reference herein. The representations, warranties and covenants contained in the Proposal Agreement were made only for purposes of that agreement and as of specific dates, were solely for the benefit of the parties to the Proposal Agreement, may be subject to limitations agreed upon by the parties and may be subject to standards of materiality applicable to the parties that differ from those applicable to investors.

 

Amending Agreement and Amended Plan of Arrangement

 

Upon satisfaction or waiver of the conditions set out in the Proposal Agreement, the Amending Agreement and the Amended Plan of Arrangement will be effective at 12:01 a.m. (Vancouver time) or such other time as the parties may mutually agree (the “Amendment Time”) on the date that the Amended Plan of Arrangement becomes effective (the “Amendment Date”). Pursuant to the Amended Plan of Arrangement, at the Amendment Time, Canopy Growth will make a cash payment of US$37,500,024 to the Acreage shareholders and certain holders of securities convertible or exchangeable into shares of Acreage and Acreage will complete a capital reorganization (the “Capital Reorganization”) whereby (i) each Existing SVS will be exchanged for 0.7 of a Class E subordinate voting share (each whole share, a “Fixed Share”) and 0.3 of a Class D subordinate voting share (each whole share, a “Floating Share”); (ii) each Existing PVS will be exchanged for 28 Fixed Shares and 12 Floating Shares; and (iii) each Existing MVS will be exchanged for 0.7 of a new multiple voting share (each whole share, a “Fixed Multiple Share”) and 0.3 of a Floating Share. No fractional Fixed Shares, Fixed Multiple Shares or Floating Shares will be issued pursuant to the Capital Reorganization. Each Fixed Multiple Voting Share will be entitled to 4,300 votes at all meetings of Acreage shareholders with each Fixed Share and each Floating Share will be entitled to one vote per share at such meetings.

 

At the Amendment Time, on the terms and subject to the conditions of the Amended Plan of Arrangement, each option, restricted share unit, compensation option and warrant to acquire Existing SVS that is outstanding immediately prior to the Amendment Time, will be exchanged for a replacement option, restricted stock unit, compensation option or warrant, as applicable, to acquire Fixed Shares (a “Fixed Share Replacement Security”) and a replacement option, restricted stock unit, compensation option or warrant, as applicable, to acquire Floating Shares (a “Floating Share Replacement Security”) in order to account for the Capital Reorganization.

 

Any Existing SVS or Existing PVS in respect of which dissent rights have been properly exercised and not withdrawn pursuant to the BCBCA, will be entitled to be paid the fair value of such shares in accordance with the BCBCA, as modified by the Amended Plan of Arrangement and the interim order and final order of the Court.

 

 

 

 

Pursuant to the Amended Plan of Arrangement, upon the occurrence or waiver (at the discretion of Canopy Growth) of the Triggering Event (the “Triggering Event Date”), Canopy Growth will, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain closing conditions set out in the Arrangement Agreement (i) acquire all of the issued and outstanding Fixed Shares (following the mandatory conversion of the Fixed Multiple Shares into Fixed Shares) on the basis of 0.3048 of a Canopy Growth Share (the “Exchange Ratio”) for each Fixed Share held at the time of the acquisition of the Fixed Shares (the “Acquisition Time”), subject to adjustment in accordance with the terms of the Amended Plan of Arrangement (the “Canopy Call Option”); and (ii) have the right (but not the obligation) (the “Floating Call Option”), exercisable for a period of 30 days following the Triggering Event Date to acquire all of the issued and outstanding Floating Shares at a price to be determined based upon the fair market value of the Floating Shares relative to the Canopy Growth Shares on the Triggering Event Date, subject to (a) a minimum price of US$6.41; and (b) adjustment in accordance with the terms of the Amended Plan of Arrangement (the “Floating Ratio”), to be payable, at the option of Canopy Growth, in cash or Canopy Growth Shares. The closing of the acquisition of the Floating Shares pursuant to the Floating Call Option, if exercised, will take place concurrently with the closing of the acquisition of the Fixed Shares pursuant to the Canopy Call Option, if exercised. No fractional Canopy Growth Shares will be issued pursuant to the Amended Plan of Arrangement. The Canopy Call Option and the Floating Call Option will expire 10 years from the Amendment Time.

 

At the Acquisition Time, on the terms and subject to the conditions of the Amended Plan of Arrangement, each Fixed Share Replacement Security will be exchanged for a replacement option, restricted stock unit, compensation option or warrant, as applicable, to acquire from Canopy Growth such number of Canopy Growth Shares as is equal to: (i) the number of Fixed Shares that were issuable upon exercise of such Fixed Share Replacement Security immediately prior to the Acquisition Time, multiplied by (ii) the Exchange Ratio in effect immediately prior to the Acquisition Time (provided that if the foregoing would result in the issuance of a fraction of a Canopy Growth Share, then the number of Canopy Growth Shares to be issued will be rounded down to the nearest whole number).

 

In the event that the Floating Call Option is exercised and Canopy Growth acquires the Floating Shares at the Acquisition Time, on the terms and subject to the conditions of the Amended Plan of Arrangement, each Floating Share Replacement Security will be exchanged for a replacement option, restricted stock unit, compensation option or warrant, as applicable, to acquire from Canopy Growth such number of Canopy Growth Shares as is equal to: (i) the number of Floating Shares that were issuable upon exercise of such Floating Share Replacement Security immediately prior to the Acquisition Time, multiplied by (ii) the Floating Ratio (provided that if the foregoing would result in the issuance of a fraction of a Canopy Growth Share, then the number of Canopy Growth Shares to be issued will be rounded down to the nearest whole number).

 

In the event that the Floating Call Option is exercised and Canopy Growth acquires the Floating Shares at the Acquisition Time, Acreage will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth.

 

If executed, the Amending Agreement will provide for, among other things, (i) the implementation of the Amended Plan of Arrangement, and (ii) amendments to the definition of Purchaser Approved Share Threshold (as defined in the Arrangement Agreement) to change the number of shares of Acreage available to be issued by Acreage without an adjustment in the Exchange Ratio such that, following the Amendment Time, Acreage may issue a maximum of 32,700,000 shares (or convertible securities in proportion to the foregoing), which will include (a) 3,700,000 Floating Shares which are to be issued solely in connection with the exercise of stock options granted to Acreage management (the “Option Shares”); (b) 8,700,000 Floating Shares other than the Option Shares; and (c) 20,300,000 Fixed Shares. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Amending Agreement provides that Acreage may not issue any equity securities, without Canopy Growth’s prior consent, other than: (A) upon the exercise or conversion of convertible securities outstanding as of the Amendment Date; (B) contractual commitments existing as of the Amendment Date; (C) the Option Shares; (D) the issuance of up to US$3,000,000 worth of Fixed Shares pursuant to an at-the-market offering to be completed no more than four times during any one-year period; (E) the issuance of up to 500,000 Fixed Shares in connection with debt financing transactions that are otherwise in compliance with the terms of the Arrangement Agreement, as amended by the Amending Agreement; or (F) pursuant to one private placement or public offering of securities during any one-year period for aggregate gross proceeds of up to US$20,000,000, subject to specific limitations as set out in the Amending Agreement. In addition, the Amending Agreement will provide for, among other things, (i) various Canopy Growth rights that extend beyond the Acquisition Date and continue until Canopy Growth ceases to hold at least 35% of the issued and outstanding Acreage shares (such date being the “End Date”), including, among others, rights to nominate a majority of the Acreage Board following the Acquisition Time, restrictions on Acreage’s ability to incur certain indebtedness without Canopy Growth’s consent, (ii) restrictive covenants in respect of the business conduct in favor of Canopy Growth, (iii) termination of non-competition and exclusivity rights granted to Acreage by Canopy Growth in the Arrangement Agreement in the event that Acreage does not meet certain specified financial targets on an annual basis during the term of the Canopy Call Option as further described below, (iv) implementation of further restrictions on Acreage’s ability to operate its business, including its ability to hire certain employees or make certain payments or incur any non-trade-payable debt without Canopy Growth’s consent in the event that Acreage does not meet certain specified financial targets on a quarterly basis during the term of the Canopy Call Option as further described below, and (v) termination of the Arrangement Agreement and Canopy Growth’s obligation to complete the acquisition of the Fixed Shares pursuant to the Canopy Call Option in the event that Acreage does not meet certain specified financial targets in the trailing 12 month period as further described below. Each of the financial targets referred to above is specified in the Amending Agreement and related to the performance of Acreage relative to the Initial Business Plan.

 

 

 

 

The Amending Agreement precludes Acreage from entering into any contract in respect of Company Debt (as defined in the Arrangement Agreement) if, among other restrictions, (i) such contract would be materially inconsistent with market standards for companies operating in the United States cannabis industry, (ii) such contract prohibits a prepayment of the principal amount of such Company Debt, requires a make-whole payment for the interest owing during the remainder of the term of such contract or charges a prepayment fee in an amount greater than 3.0% of the principal amount to be repaid, (iii) such contract would provide for interest payments to be paid through the issuance of securities as opposed to cash, or (iv) such contract has a principal amount of more than US$10,000,000 or a Cost of Capital (as defined in the Amending Agreement) that is greater than 30.0% per annum; provided that, if such Company Debt is fully secured by cash in a blocked account, the Cost of Capital may not be greater than 3.0% per annum. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Canopy Growth’s consent will not be required for Acreage or any of its subsidiaries to enter into a maximum of two transactions for Company Debt during any one-year period, in accordance with the following terms: (i) the principal amount of the Company Debt per transaction may not exceed US$10,000,000, (ii) the Company Debt is not convertible into any securities; and (iii) the contract does not provide for the issuance of more than 500,000 Acreage shares (or securities convertible into or exchangeable for 500,000 Acreage shares).

 

If executed, the Amending Agreement will also provide for certain financial reporting obligations and that Acreage may not nominate or appoint any new director or appoint any new officer that does not meet certain specified criteria. The Amending Agreement will also require Acreage to submit a business plan to Canopy Growth on a quarterly basis that complies with certain specified criteria, including the Initial Business Plan. In the event that Acreage has not satisfied (i) 90% of the minimum revenue and earnings targets set forth in the Initial Business Plan measured on a quarterly basis, certain additional restrictive covenants will become operative as austerity measures for Acreage’s business; (ii) 80% of the minimum revenue and earnings targets set forth in the Initial Business Plan, as determined on an annual basis, certain restrictive covenants applicable to Canopy Growth under the Arrangement Agreement will cease to apply in order to permit Canopy Growth to acquire, or conditionally acquire, a competitor of Acreage in the United States should it wish to do so; and (iii) 60% of the minimum revenue and earnings targets set forth in the Initial Business Plan for the trailing 12 month period ending on the date that is 30 days prior to the proposed Acquisition Time, a material adverse impact will be deemed to have occurred for purposes of Section 6.2(2)(h) of the Arrangement Agreement and Canopy Growth will not be required to complete the acquisition of the Fixed Shares pursuant to the Canopy Call Option.

 

 

 

 

The Amending Agreement also requires Acreage to limit its operations to the Identified States (as defined in the Amending Agreement). In connection with the execution of the Proposal Agreement, Acreage was provided with consent from Canopy Growth to divest of all assets outside of the Identified States (the “Non-Core Divestitures”).

 

In addition, the Amending Agreement includes certain covenants that will apply following the Acquisition Time until the earlier of the date on which the Floating Shares are acquired by Canopy Growth or Canopy Growth no longer controls 35% of the issued and outstanding shares of Acreage (such date being the “End Date”). Such covenants include, among others, pre-emptive rights and top-up rights in favor of Canopy Growth, restrictions on M&A activities, approval rights for Acreage’s quarterly business plan, nomination rights for a majority of the directors on the Acreage Board and certain audit and inspection rights.

 

The foregoing summary of the Amending Agreement and the Amended Plan of Arrangement attached as a schedule thereto and the transactions contemplated thereby does not purport to be a complete description of all the parties’ rights and obligations under the Amending Agreement and the Amended Plan of Arrangement attached as a schedule thereto and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Amending Agreement and the Amended Plan of Arrangement attached as a schedule to the Proposal Agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 2.1 hereto and is incorporated by reference herein and the Arrangement Agreement attached to Acreage’s Report of Foreign Private Issuer Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 on Form 6-K filed on April 30, 2019.

 

A&R License

 

Concurrent with the execution of the Proposal Agreement, on June 24, 2020, Acreage, Canopy Growth, TS Brandco Inc. (“TS Brandco”) and Tweed Inc. (“Tweed”) entered into an amended and restated license agreement (the “A&R License”) which amends and restates the intellectual property and trademark license agreement, dated as of June 27, 2019. Pursuant to the A&R License, TS Brandco and Tweed (together, the “Licensors”) and Canopy Growth will provide Acreage with the non-exclusive right (but not the obligation) to use and sublicense within the United States of America, its territories and possessions, and the District of Columbia (the “Territory”) (i) each Licensor’s unique plans and systems for the establishment and operation of retail stores (the “Systems”); (ii) the Licensor’s respective trademarks and trade names, whether registered or unregistered, and such other trademarks and trade names which may be designated in writing by a Licensor or Canopy Growth (the “Trademarks”); and (iii) certain other intellectual property (“Intellectual Property”).

 

Acreage is required to comply with the specifications and service and quality standards of Canopy Growth and/or the Licensors, as may be updated from time to time and to ensure that any sublicensees comply with their obligations under the A&R License. Acreage’s use of the Intellectual Property, Systems, and Trademarks must be in compliance with all applicable laws, with certain exceptions. The A&R License provides that, following the Acquisition Time, Acreage will pay a royalty to Canopy Growth equal to a percentage of all gross revenue generated by Acreage as a result of the use of the rights granted pursuant to the A&R License.

 

 

 

 

The A&R License will expire at the earlier of (i) June 24, 2030, or (ii) the termination of the A&R License in accordance with its terms. Acreage will also have the option to renew the term of the License Agreement for seven additional five year terms, provided that Acreage is in compliance with the material terms of the A&R License at the time of renewal. The A&R License may be terminated prior to its completion by Canopy Growth in certain circumstances, including: (i) upon 12 months’ prior written notice; (ii) if Canopy Growth is the subject of any regulatory investigation related to possible violations of applicable law arising from the A&R License; (iii) if termination is required by applicable law (subject to certain exceptions); (iv) if Acreage has breached any material term of the Arrangement Agreement and Acreage fails to cure such breach; or (v) if the Arrangement Agreement is terminated. The A&R License Agreement also includes customary representations and warranties and covenants of each of Canopy Growth, the Licensors and Acreage.

 

The foregoing summary of the A&R License does not purport to be a complete description of all the parties’ rights and obligations under the A&R License and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the A&R License, a copy of which is attached as a schedule to the Proposal Agreement filed as Exhibit 2.1 hereto and is incorporated by reference herein. The representations, warranties and covenants contained in the A&R License were made only for purposes of that agreement and as of specific dates, were solely for the benefit of the parties to the A&R License, may be subject to limitations agreed upon by the parties and may be subject to standards of materiality applicable to the parties that differ from those applicable to investors.

 

Debenture

 

As a condition to implementation of the Amended Arrangement, an affiliate of Canopy Growth (the “Lender”) will provide a loan of up to US$100,000,000 (the “Loan”) to an affiliate of Acreage that operates solely in the hemp industry in full compliance with all applicable laws (the “Borrower”) pursuant to a secured debenture (the “Debenture”).

 

The Loan will be advanced in two tranches as follows: (i) US$50,000,000 on the Amendment Date (the “Initial Advance”); and (ii) US$50,000,000 in the event that the following conditions, among others, are satisfied: (a) the Borrower’s EBITDA (as defined in the Debenture) for any 90 day period is greater than or equal to 2.0 times the interest costs associated with the Initial Advance; and (b) the Borrower’s business plan for the 12 months following the applicable 90 day period supports an Interest Coverage Ratio (as defined in the Debenture) of at least 2.00:1.

 

The principal amount of the Loan will bear interest from the date of advance, compounded annually, and be payable on each anniversary of the date of the Debenture in cash in U.S. dollars at a rate of 6.1% per annum. The Loan will mature 10 years from the date of the Initial Advance.

 

The Loan must be used exclusively for U.S. hemp-related operations and on the express condition that such amount will not be used, directly or indirectly, in connection with or for the operation or benefit of any of the Borrower’s affiliates other than subsidiaries of the Borrower exclusively engaged in U.S. hemp-related operations and not directly or indirectly, towards the operation or funding of any activities that are not permissible under applicable law. The Loan proceeds must be segregated in a distinct bank account and detailed records of debits to such distinct bank account will be maintained by the Borrower.

 

 

 

 

No payment due and payable to the Lender by the Borrower pursuant to the Debenture may be made using funds directly or indirectly derived from any cannabis or cannabis-related operations in the United States, unless and until the Triggering Event Date.

 

The Debenture will include usual and typical events of default for a financing of this nature, including, without limitation, if (i) Acreage is in breach or default of any representation or warranty in any material respect pursuant to the Arrangement Agreement, as amended by the Amending Agreement, (ii) the Non-Core Divestitures are not completed within 18 months from the Amendment Date and (iii) Acreage fails to perform or comply with any covenant or obligation in the Arrangement Agreement which is not remedied within 30 days after written notice is given to the Borrower by the Lender. The Debenture will also include customary representations and warranties, positive covenants and negative covenants of the Borrower.

 

The foregoing summary of the Debenture does not purport to be a complete description of all the parties’ rights and obligations under the Debenture and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Debenture, a copy of which is attached as a schedule to the Proposal Agreement filed as Exhibit 2.1 hereto and is incorporated by reference herein.

 

Voting Agreements

 

On June 24, 2020, as an inducement for Canopy Growth to enter into the Proposal Agreement, Canopy Growth entered into voting support agreements (the “Voting Agreements”) with the directors and senior officers of Acreage (each, an “Acreage Holder”), whereby, among other things, such Acreage Holders, in their capacities as security holders and not in their capacities as directors or officers of Acreage have agreed, among other things, (i) to vote or cause to be voted all Acreage shares and any other securities of Acreage owned or acquired by them during the term of the Voting Agreements (the “Acreage Holder Securities”) in favor of the Resolution and against any matter that could reasonably be expected to adversely affect the successful completion of the Amended Arrangement, (ii) not to exercise any dissent rights and (iii) not to sell, transfer, otherwise convey or encumber any Acreage Holder Securities, with certain exceptions.

 

The Voting Agreements terminate upon the earliest of (i) mutual written consent of the parties, (ii) the termination of the Proposal Agreement in accordance with its terms; (iii) the Amendment Time; or (iv) other than in the case of Kevin Murphy, upon a Change in Recommendation.

 

The foregoing summary of the Voting Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the form of Voting Agreement, a copy of which is attached as a schedule to the Proposal Agreement filed as Exhibit 2.1 hereto and is incorporated by reference herein.

  

Item 5.02Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

 

Resignation of Certain Officers

 

Concurrently with the execution of the Proposal Agreement, Kevin Murphy resigned as Chief Executive Officer of Acreage effective immediately. Mr. Murphy’s resignation was not the result of a disagreement between Mr. Murphy and Acreage on any matter relating to Acreage’s operations, policies or practices.

 

Mr. Murphy will continue to serve as Chair of the Acreage Board.

 

Appointment of Interim Chief Executive Officer

 

As previously disclosed, concurrently with the execution of the Proposal Agreement, the Board appointed Acreage Director William Van Faasen, aged 71, to serve as interim Chief Executive Officer.  In connection with Mr. Van Faasen’s service as interim Chief Executive Officer, he will receive an annual salary of $375,000.  He will also be granted 111,000 restricted stock units which will vest quarterly over a 12-month period.  There is no arrangement or understanding between Mr. Van Faasen and any other person pursuant to which Mr. Van Faasen was appointed as interim Chief Executive Officer. There are no family relationships between Mr. Van Faasen and any of the Company’s directors, executive officers or persons nominated or chosen by the Company to become a director or executive officer. Mr. Van Faasen is not a participant in, nor is Mr. Van Faasen to be a participant in, any related-person transaction or proposed related-person transaction required to be disclosed by Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, in connection with this appointment.

 

Mr. Van Faasen served as Chairman of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, a state licensed private health insurance company under the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, from 2002 to 2007, interim President and Chief Executive Officer from March 2010 to September 2010 and Chair of the Board of Directors from September 2010 to March 2014 when he was named, and currently serves as, Chair Emeritus. Mr. Van Faasen joined Blue Cross in 1990 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and served as President from 1992 to 2004 and Chief Executive Officer from 1992 to 2005. Mr. Van Faasen has served in operational, marketing, and health care capacities for over 20 years and has been engaged in numerous civic and community activities, including Chair of the Initiative for a New Economy, Chair of Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and Chair of United Way Massachusetts Bay. Mr. Van Faasen currently serves as a board member of Eversource Energy and the lead director of Liberty Mutual Group. Previously, Mr. Van Faasen served on the boards of Boston Private Industry Council, the Boston Minuteman Council, Boy Scouts of America, the BCBSMA Foundation, BankBoston, Citizens Bank of Massachusetts, IMS Health, PolyMedica Corporation and Tier Technologies.

 

 

 

Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

 

In connection with the Amended Arrangement, Acreage anticipates that it will include a proposal to shareholders to approve the Amended and Restated Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan. If Acreage’s shareholders adopt the Amended and Restated Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan, and subject to the Amended Arrangement becoming effective and the approval of the Canadian Securities Exchange, if applicable, in the event that either (i) Acreage terminates the employment of Robert Daino, Chief Operating Officer, Glen Leibowitz, Chief Financial Officer, or James Doherty, General Counsel and Secretary, at any time; or (ii) any of the foregoing or John Boehner, Brian Mulroney, Douglas Maine or William Van Faasen resigns from any and all positions with the Corporation on or after the one year anniversary of the Amendment Date (as such term is defined in the Amended Plan of Arrangement), (in either case, an “Acceleration Event”), Acreage will accelerate the vesting of all of the restricted share unit awards granted to the such individuals that are outstanding as at the date on which the Acceleration Event occurs.

 

As described above, as a condition to the implementation of the Amended Arrangement, the Credit Agreement will be amended. The amendments to the Credit Agreement are anticipated to provide that: (i) with respect to US$21,000,000 of the principal amount advanced pursuant to the Credit ‎Agreement (the “Mr. Murphy Amount”), effective as of the Amendment Time, the Credit Agreement will be amended to (a) remove any entitlement to ‎‎“Interest Shares” (as defined in the Credit Agreement) in respect of this amount, (b) ‎provide for an interest rate of 12% per annum payable in cash, (c) amend Section 9.3 ‎of the Credit Agreement to amend the obligation of Acreage Finance Delaware, LLC to ‎cause Acreage to sell up to 8,800,000 Existing SVS to repay ‎the amount outstanding such that the obligation shall be reduced to cause the issuance of ‎up to 2,000,000 Fixed Shares, and (d) make any further revisions to the ‎Credit Agreement as may be necessary or reasonable, as agreed upon with counsel to ‎the lender, to implement the foregoing, and (ii) with respect to US$1,000,000 of the principal amount advanced pursuant to the Credit Agreement, the lender shall be entitled to (a) 23,999 Existing SVS, (b) upon maturity of ‎the Credit Agreement, a return of US$1,100,000 and (c) otherwise treated in accordance with the ‎current terms of the Credit Agreement.‎

 

Mr. Murphy has an economic interest in the Mr. Murphy Amount through a loan of US$21,000,000 made from Mr. Murphy to the lender under the Credit Agreement, which funds were subsequently loaned to the borrower under the Credit Agreement. While Mr. Murphy’s entitlements arising indirectly pursuant to the Credit Agreement are being reduced as a condition to the implementation of the Amended Arrangement, the funding pursuant to the Debenture and the other terms of the Amending Agreement and the Plan of Arrangement increase the likelihood that the amount outstanding under the Credit Agreement will be repaid. This constitutes a benefit for Mr. Murphy, the former Chief Executive Officer, and current Chair of the Acreage Board.

 

In addition, as described above, amendments will be made to certain documents in connection with, and as a condition to, the implementation of the Amended Arrangement, which will provide that (i) Mr. Murphy will continue indefinitely (and regardless of whether Mr. Murphy ceases to be a director of Acreage) as the administrator of the Tax Receivable Bonus Plan and the Tax Receivable Bonus Plan 2; and (ii) enable Mr. Murphy’s existing Acreage restricted share units (including any replacements thereof pursuant to the Amended Plan of Arrangement) to vest in accordance with the terms thereof regardless of Mr. Murphy ceasing to be an employee or officer of Acreage, provided that Mr. Murphy remains a director of Acreage. The value of any of the benefits received by Mr. Murphy has been considered by the special committee of the Acreage Board formed in connection with the proposal by Canopy to enter into the transactions contemplated herein and will be disclosed in the proxy statement and circular mailed to Acreage shareholders in connection with the Meeting.

 

 

 

 

Item 7.01Regulation FD Disclosure.

 

On June 25, 2020, Acreage issued a press release announcing that it entered into the Proposal Agreement with Canopy Growth. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.

 

The information set forth in Item 7.01 of this Current Report, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of such section. The information set forth in Item 7.01 of this Current Report, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, shall not be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, regardless of any incorporation by reference language in any such filing.

 

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

Certain statements in this communication, including, without limitation, statements relating to the proposed acquisition, may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, each as amended. Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain, such as statements about the consummation of the proposed acquisition and the anticipated benefits thereof. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects,” or other similar expressions may identify such forward-looking statements.

 

These and other forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements, including, as a result of factors, risks and uncertainties over which we have no control. The inclusion of such statements should not be regarded as a representation that any plans, estimates or expectations will be achieved. You should not place undue reliance on such statements. Important factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from such plans, estimates or expectations include, but are not limited to, the following: (i) conditions to the completion of the transactions contemplated by the Proposed Agreement, including Court Approval and Shareholder Approval, may not be satisfied or other regulatory approvals required for the transactions contemplated by the Proposal Agreement may not be obtained, in each case, on the terms expected or on the anticipated schedule; (ii) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Proposal Agreement including, without limitation, the inability of Acreage to achieve the revenue and earnings targets contemplated by the Initial Business Plan, or affect the ability of the parties to recognize the benefits of the Proposal Agreement; (iii) whether and when, if at all, the Triggering Event will occur; (iv) whether the proceeds of the Debenture will be sufficient to satisfy Acreage’s anticipated capital requirements and, if not, the ability to secure additional financing on favorable terms or at all; (v) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the Proposal Agreement on Acreage’s business relationships, operating results, and business generally; (vi) risks that the Proposal Agreement disrupts Acreage’s current plans and operations and potential difficulties in Acreage’s employee retention as a result of the transactions contemplated by the Proposal Agreement; (vii) risks related to diverting management’s attention from our ongoing business operations; (viii) potential litigation that may be instituted against Acreage or its directors or officers related to the Proposal Agreement and any adverse outcome of any such potential litigation; (ix) the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and other charges related to the transactions contemplated by the Proposal Agreement, including in the event of any unexpected delays; (x) any adverse effects on Acreage by other general industry, economic, business and/or competitive factors; (xi) other risks to consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Proposal Agreement, including the risk that such transactions will not be consummated within the expected time period, or at all, which may affect Acreage’s business and the price of the subordinate voting shares of Acreage; and (xii) such other factors as are set forth in Acreage’s periodic public filings with the SEC, including but not limited to those described under the headings “Risk Factors” and “Forward Looking Statements” in its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 and in its other filings made with the SEC from time to time, which are available via the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Consequences of material differences in results as compared with those anticipated in the forward-looking statements could include, among other things, business disruption, operational problems, financial loss, legal liability to third parties and similar risks, any of which could have a material adverse effect on Acreage’s financial condition, results of operations, credit rating or liquidity.

 

 

 

 

These risks, as well as other risks associated with the proposed acquisition, will be more fully discussed in the proxy statement that will be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed acquisition. There can be no assurance that the proposed acquisition will be completed, or if it is completed, that it will close within the anticipated time period or that the expected benefits of the proposed acquisition will be realized. Forward-looking statements reflect the views and assumptions of management as of the date of this communication with respect to future events. Acreage does not undertake, and hereby disclaims, any obligation, unless required to do so by applicable securities laws, to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or other factors. The inclusion of any statement in this communication does not constitute an admission by Acreage or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statement are material.

 

Additional Information and Where to Find It

 

This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the Shareholder Approval. In connection with the Shareholder Approval, Acreage intends to file relevant materials with the SEC, including a preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A. Following the filing of the definitive proxy statement with the SEC, Acreage will mail the definitive proxy statement and a proxy card to each stockholder entitled to vote at the special meeting relating to the Shareholder Approval. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF ACREAGE ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) FILED WITH THE SEC, INCLUDING ACREAGE’S PROXY STATEMENT, WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ACREAGE AND THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED BY THE PROPOSAL AGREEMENT. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain copies of the proxy statement and other documents filed with the SEC (when available) free of charge at the SEC’s website, /www.sec.gov or at Acreage’s website (http://investors.acreageholdings.com/Docs) or by writing to the Corporate Secretary at 366 Madison Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, New York, 10017.

 

Participants in Solicitation

 

Acreage and its directors, executive officers and certain of its employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Acreage’s shareholders in respect of the Shareholder Approval. Information about the directors and executive officers of Acreage is set forth in its proxy statement for its 2020 annual meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on June 10, 2020. Other information regarding participants in the proxy solicitations in connection with the proposed acquisition, and a description of any interests that they have in the proposed transaction, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC regarding the proposed acquisition when they become available. These documents may be obtained for free at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, and via the Investor Relations section of Acreage’s website at http://investors.acreageholdings.com/Docs.

 

 

 

 

Item 9.01.Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits.

 

Exhibit
No.
Description of Exhibit
   
2.1* Proposal Agreement, dated as of June 24, 2020, by and between Canopy Growth Corporation and Acreage Holdings, Inc.
   
99.1 Press release dated June 25, 2020
 

* Portions of this exhibit are redacted pursuant to Item 601(b)(2)(ii) of Regulation S-K.

 

 

 

  

Signature

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

  ACREAGE HOLDINGS, INC.
 
   
Date: June 30, 2020 /s/ Glen Leibowitz

Glen Leibowitz

Chief Financial Officer

  

 

 

 

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Section 2: EX-2.1 (EXHIBIT 2.1)

 

Exhibit 2.1

 

EXECUTION VERSION

 

CANOPY GROWTH CORPORATION

 

and

 

ACREAGE HOLDINGS, INC.

 

 

PROPOSAL AGREEMENT

June 24, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Article 1 INTERPRETATION 2
Section 1.1 Defined Terms 2
Section 1.2 Certain Rules of Interpretation 7
Section 1.3 Schedules 8
     
Article 2 THE ARRANGEMENT 9
Section 2.1 Arrangement 9
Section 2.2 Amendment Interim Order 9
Section 2.3 The Meeting 10
Section 2.4 The Circular 12
Section 2.5 Amendment Final Order 15
Section 2.6 Court Proceedings 15
Section 2.7 Other Securities 16
Section 2.8 Required Filings and Effective Date 16
Section 2.9 Payment of Amendment Consideration‎ 16
Section 2.10 Dissenting Company Shareholders 17
Section 2.11 U.S. Securities Law Matters 17
     
Article 3 COVENANTS 19
Section 3.1 Representations and Warranties of the Company 19
Section 3.2 Representations and Warranties of the Purchaser 21
     
Article 4 COVENANTS 23
Section 4.1 Covenants Regarding Interim Period 23
Section 4.2 Covenants Regarding the Amended Arrangement 25
Section 4.3 Regulatory Approvals 26
Section 4.4 Public Communications 27
Section 4.5 Notification Provisions 28
Section 4.6  Dissent Rights Payments 28
   
Article 5 CONDITIONS 28
Section 5.1 Mutual Conditions Precedent 28
Section 5.2 Additional Conditions Precedent to the Obligations of the Purchaser 29
Section 5.3 Additional Conditions Precedent to the Obligations of the Company 30
Section 5.4 Debenture Funding 30
     
Article 6 TERM AND TERMINATION 30
Section 6.1 Term 30
Section 6.2 Termination of this Agreement 31
Section 6.3 Effect of Termination/Survival of this Agreement 31
Section 6.4 Expenses and Expense Reimbursement 31
     
Article 7 GENERAL PROVISIONS 32
Section 7.1 Amendments 32
Section 7.2 Notices 33
Section 7.3 Time of the Essence 34
Section 7.4 Injunctive Relief 34
Section 7.5 Third Party Beneficiaries 34
Section 7.6 Waiver 34
Section 7.7 Entire Agreement 35
Section 7.8 Successors and Assigns 35
Section 7.9 Severability 35
Section 7.10 Governing Law 35
Section 7.11 Rules of Construction 35
Section 7.12 No Personal Liability 35
Section 7.13 Language 36
Section 7.14 Counterparts 36

 

Schedule A: Resolution
Schedule B: Amendment
Schedule C: Form of Voting Support Agreement
Schedule D: Amendment to License Agreement
Schedule E: Credit Agreement Amendment
Schedule F: Debenture
Schedule G: Initial Approved Business Plan

 

 

 

 

 

PROPOSAL AGREEMENT

 

THIS AGREEMENT is made as of the 24th day of June, 2020

 

BETWEEN:

 

Canopy Growth Corporation, a corporation existing under the laws of Canada;

 

(the “Purchaser”)

 

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Acreage Holdings, Inc., a company existing under the laws of the Province of British Columbia;

 

(the “Company”).

 

WHEREAS the Purchaser and the Company are parties to an arrangement agreement dated April 18, 2019, as amended on May 15, 2019, as the same may be further amended, supplemented or restated (the “Arrangement Agreement”);

 

AND WHEREAS the Purchaser and the Company wish to amend certain terms of the Arrangement Agreement as provided in this Agreement and the Amendment (as defined below);

 

AND WHEREAS concurrently with the execution of this Agreement, the Purchaser and the Company wish to amend and restate the terms of the Trademark and Technology License Agreement, which is attached as Schedule G to the Arrangement Agreement, in the form attached as Schedule D hereto;

 

AND WHEREAS concurrently with, and as consideration for the Company entering into this Agreement and the Amended License (as defined below), the Purchaser has provided certain irrevocable consents and waivers (the “Consents and Waivers”) in favour of the Company in respect of certain requirements in the Arrangement Agreement;

 

AND WHEREAS subject to the satisfaction of the conditions set out in this Agreement, the Purchaser and the Company wish to amend and restate the terms of the Plan of Arrangement (as defined in the Arrangement Agreement) in the form attached as Schedule A to the Amendment;

 

AND WHEREAS effective upon the Amendment becoming effective, the Company has agreed to cause certain Subsidiaries to enter into the Credit Agreement Amendment (as defined below) in accordance with the terms set forth in Schedule E in order to carry out the intentions of the Parties; and

 

AND WHEREAS prior to the implementation of the Amendment (and as a condition thereto), the Purchaser and a Subsidiary of the Company shall enter into the Debenture (as defined below), substantially in the form attached as Schedule F hereto.

 

 

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NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the covenants and agreements herein contained, the Parties agree as follows:

 

Article 1
INTERPRETATION

 

Section 1.1Defined Terms.

 

Capitalized terms used but not defined in this Agreement have the meanings given to them in the Arrangement Agreement. As used in this Agreement, the following terms have the following meanings:

 

Agreement” means this proposal agreement, as the same may be amended, supplemented or restated.

 

Amended Arrangement” means the arrangement under Section 288 of the BCBCA on the terms and subject to the conditions set out in the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

Amended Equity Incentive Plan” means the Company’s omnibus equity plan last approved by the Company Shareholders on June 19, 2019 and as proposed to be amended at the Meeting in a form acceptable to the Purchaser, acting reasonably.

 

Amended License” means the amended and restated Trademark and Technology License Agreement between the Company, the Purchaser, Tweed Inc. and TS Brandco Inc. dated as of the date hereof, whereby the Purchaser has granted the Company the right to use certain Intellectual Property of the Purchaser and its affiliates in the United States, in the form attached as Schedule D hereto.

 

Amended Plan of Arrangement” means the amended and restated plan of arrangement, substantially in the form attached as Schedule A to the Amendment which is attached as Schedule B hereto, subject to any amendments or variations to such plan made in accordance with Section 7.1 hereof, Article 6 of the Amended Plan of Arrangement or made at the direction of the Court in the Amendment Final Order with the prior written consent of the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably.

 

Amended Share Consideration” means the Consideration Shares which Company Shareholders, High Street Holders and USCo2 Class B Holders are entitled to receive in connection with or pursuant to, and subject to the terms and conditions of, the Amended Arrangement.

 

Amendment” means the second amendment to the Arrangement Agreement to be entered into between the Company and the Purchaser at the Amendment Time substantially in the form attached as Schedule B hereto.

 

Amendment Consideration” means an amount, equal to US$37,500,024, which shall be paid to Company Shareholders in accordance with the Paying Agent Agreement.

 

 

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Amendment Consideration Paying Agent” means Odyssey Trust Company.

 

Amendment Date” means the date on which the Required Filings are filed with the Registrar in accordance with the terms of the Amendment.

 

Amendment Final Order” means the final order of the Court approving the Amended Arrangement under Section 291 of the BCBCA, in a form acceptable to the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably, after a hearing upon the procedural and substantive fairness of the terms and conditions of the Amended Arrangement, as such order may be amended by the Court (with the consent of both the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably) at any time prior to the Amendment Time or, if appealed, then, unless such appeal is withdrawn or denied, as affirmed or as amended (provided that any such amendment is acceptable to both the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably) on appeal.

 

Amendment Interim Order” means the interim order of the Court, to be issued following the application therefor contemplated by Section 2.2, after being informed of the intention of the Parties to rely upon the exemption from registration under U.S. Securities Act provided by Section 3(a)(10) of the U.S. Securities Act with respect to the Issued Securities issued pursuant to the Amended Arrangement in a form acceptable to the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably, providing for, among other things, the calling and holding of the Meeting, as such order may be amended by the Court with the consent of the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably.

 

Amendment Regulatory Approvals” means:

 

(a)the grant of the Amendment Interim Order and the Amendment Final Order; and

 

(b)in relation to the Company, the approval of the CSE in respect of the Amended Arrangement, including the delisting of the Company Subordinate Voting Shares and the listing of the New Subordinate Shares and Floating Shares.

 

Amendment Time” means 12:01 a.m. (Vancouver time) on the Amendment Date, or such other time on the Amendment Date as the Parties agree to in writing before the Amendment Date.

 

Arrangement Agreement” means has the meaning specified in the recitals hereof.

 

Board Recommendation” has the meaning specified in Section 2.4(7)(d).

 

Business Plan” means for each quarter: (i) a description of proposed operations of the Company and its Subsidiaries; (ii) an estimate of revenue to be received by the Company and its Subsidiaries; (iii) the capital and operating budget setting out the expenditures of the Company and its Subsidiaries for operating and capital improvements; and (iv) such other matters as the Company may reasonably consider to be necessary to illustrate the results intended to be achieved by the Company during such quarter.

 

Change in Recommendation” has the meaning specified in Section 4.2(3).

 

 

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Circular” means the notice of the Meeting and accompanying proxy statement, including all schedules, appendices and exhibits to, and information incorporated by reference in, such proxy statement, to be sent to the Company Shareholders in connection with the Meeting, as amended, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

 

Company” means has the meaning specified in the recitals hereof.

 

Company Public Disclosure Record” means all documents and instruments required to be filed or furnished by it under Securities Laws (including “documents affecting the rights of securityholders” and “material contracts” required to be filed by Part 12 of National Instrument 51-102 – Continuous Disclosure Obligations) filed by or on behalf of the Company on SEDAR or EDGAR from September 21, 2018, and prior to the date of this Agreement.

 

Consents and Waivers” has the meaning specified in the recitals hereof.

 

Credit Agreement Amendment” means the amendment to be entered into on the Amendment Date and effective at the Amendment Time, to the credit agreement dated March 6, 2020 between Acreage Finance Delaware, LLC, as borrower, and Acreage IP Holdings, LLC, Prime Wellness of Connecticut, LLC, D&B Wellness, LLC and Thames Valley Apothecary, LLC, as guarantors, and Poppins, as lender, administrative agent and collateral agent, in accordance with the terms set forth in Schedule E in order to carry out the intentions of the Parties.

 

Court” means the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

 

CSE” means Canadian Securities Exchange.

 

Debenture” means the debenture to be entered into between a Subsidiary of the Company and a Subsidiary of the Purchaser at or prior to the Amendment Time, whereby the Purchaser shall advance funds as a loan to a Subsidiary of the Company, substantially in the form attached as Schedule F hereto.

 

Dissent Rights” means the rights of each Company Shareholder to dissent with respect to the Company Shares held by such Company Shareholder in connection with the Amended Arrangement pursuant to and in the manner set forth in Section 238 of the BCBCA, as modified by the Amendment Interim Order and the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

Dissenting Company Shareholder” means a registered holder of Company Shares who has properly exercised its Dissent Rights in respect of the Resolution in accordance with Section 4.1 of the Amended Plan of Arrangement and has not withdrawn or been deemed to have withdrawn such exercise of Dissent Rights and who is ultimately determined to be entitled to be paid the fair value of his, her or its Company Shares.

 

Floating Options” means the options to purchase Floating Shares to be issued pursuant to and in accordance with the terms of the Amended Equity Incentive Plan.

 

 

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Floating Shares” means shares of the Company to be created pursuant to Section 3.2(d)(iii) of the Amended Plan of Arrangement and designated as Class D subordinate voting shares, each entitling the holder thereof to one vote per share at shareholder meetings of the Company.

 

Housekeeping Amendments” means all amendments the Tax Receivable Agreement, the Tax Receivable Bonus Plan, the Tax Receivable Bonus Plan 2, the High Street Capital Operating Agreement, the USCo2 Constating Documents, the coattail agreement entered into by Mr. Kevin Murphy in respect of his Company Shares, the Lock-up and Incentive Agreements as may determined by the Company to be necessary, acting reasonably, to (i) ensure that the terms of the Amended Plan of Arrangement can be carried out as contemplated therein, (ii) provide that Mr. Murphy will continue indefinitely (and regardless of whether Mr. Murphy ceases to be a director of the Company) as the administrator of the Tax Receivable Bonus Plan and the Tax Receivable Bonus Plan 2, (iii) enable the acceleration of vesting of awards provided to such Specified Individuals as contemplated in the Amendment, (iv) enable Mr. Murphy’s existing Company RSUs (including any Replacement RSUs) to vest in accordance with the terms thereof regardless of Mr. Murphy ceasing to be an employee or officer of the Company, provided that Mr. Murphy remains a director of the Company, and (v) make any other changes that the Company and the Purchaser may mutually agree, acting reasonably, is advisable or necessary in order to carry out the purpose and intention of the transactions contemplated in this Agreement and the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

Initial Approved Business Plan” has the meaning specified in Section 4.1(3).

 

Issued Securities” means all securities (other than Mergeco Subordinate Voting Shares) to be issued pursuant to the Amended Arrangement, including, for the avoidance of doubt, New Subordinate Shares issued pursuant to Section 3.2(n)(i) of the Amended Plan of Arrangement, all Purchaser Shares issued pursuant to Section 3.2(n)(iii), Section 3.2(n)(iv) or Section 3.2(n)(vi)(F) of the Amended Plan of Arrangement, Replacement Options, Replacement RSUs and Replacement Compensation Options.

 

Locked-up Shareholders” means all of the directors and certain senior officers of the Company.

 

Meeting” means the special meeting of Company Shareholders, including any adjournment or postponement of such special meeting in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, to be called and held in accordance with the Amendment Interim Order to consider the Resolution.

 

MI 61-101” means Multilateral Instrument 61-101 - Protection of Minority Shareholders in Special Transactions.

 

New Fairness Opinion” means the opinion of Eight Capital to the effect that, as of the date of such opinion, and subject to the assumptions, limitations and qualifications set forth therein, the Amended Share Consideration to be received by the Company Shareholders (other than the Purchaser and/or its affiliates) pursuant to the Amended Arrangement is fair, from a financial point of view, to the Company Shareholders (other than the Purchaser and/or its affiliates).

 

 

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New Multiple Shares” means shares of the Company to be created pursuant to Section 3.2(d)(ii) of the Amended Plan of Arrangement and designated as multiple voting shares, each entitling the holder thereof to 4,300 votes per share at shareholder meetings of the Company.

 

New Subordinate Shares” means shares of the Company to be created pursuant to Section 3.2(d)(i) of the Amended Plan of Arrangement and designated as subordinate voting shares, each entitling the holder thereof to one vote per share at shareholder meetings of the Company.

 

Paying Agent Agreement” means the paying agent agreement to be entered into by the Purchaser, the Company and the Paying Agent prior to the Amendment Time provided for the payment by the Purchaser of the Amendment Consideration.

 

Poppins” means IP Investment Company, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.

 

Purchaser” has the meaning specified in the recitals hereof.

 

Purchaser Public Disclosure Record” means all documents and instruments required to be filed or furnished by it under Securities ‎Laws (including “documents affecting the rights of securityholders” and “material contracts” ‎required to be filed by Part 12 of National Instrument 51-102 – Continuous Disclosure ‎Obligations) filed by or on behalf of the Purchaser on SEDAR or EDGAR from January 1, 2018, and prior to the date of this Agreement.‎

 

Required Filings” means the records and information required to be provided to the Registrar under Section 292(a) of the BCBCA in respect of the Amended Arrangement, together with a copy of the Amendment Final Order.

 

Required Shareholder Approval” has the meaning specified in Section 2.2(1)(b).

 

Resolution” means the special resolution approving the Amended Plan of Arrangement to be considered at the Meeting, substantially in the form of Schedule A hereto, with such amendments or variations as the Court may direct in the Amendment Interim Order with the consent of the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably.

 

SEC Clearance” means the earliest to occur of (a) confirmation from the SEC that the Circular is not to be reviewed by the SEC, (b) if the Company has not otherwise been informed by the SEC that the SEC intends to review the Circular, the eleventh calendar day immediately following the date of filing of the Circular with the SEC and (c) if the Company receives comments from the SEC with respect to the Circular, confirmation from the SEC that it has no further comments on the Circular.

 

 

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Securities” means, collectively, New Subordinate Shares, New Multiple Shares, Floating Shares, Company Options, Floating Options, Company RSUs and Company Compensation Options.

 

SEDA” means the Standby Equity Distribution Agreement with an institutional investor (the “Investor”) dated May 29, 2020, under which the Company may, at its discretion, periodically sell to Investor, and pursuant to which the Investor may, at its discretion, require the Company to sell to it, up to $50,000,000 of Company Subordinate Voting Shares, subject to the conditions specified therein.

 

Special Committee” means the special committee of independent members of the Company Board formed in connection with the Purchaser’s proposal to effect the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

 

Termination Expense Reimbursement” means US$3,000,000.

 

U.S. Securities Act” means the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, supplemented or restated from time to time and any successor to such statute, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

Voting Support Agreements” means, collectively, the voting support agreements dated the date hereof between the Purchaser and each of the Locked-up Shareholders, substantially in the form attached as Schedule C hereto, setting forth the terms and conditions upon which the Locked-up Shareholders have agreed, among other things, to vote their Company Shares in favour of the Amended Arrangement.

 

Section 1.2Certain Rules of Interpretation.

 

In this Agreement, unless otherwise specified:

 

(1)Headings, etc. The provision of a Table of Contents, the division of this Agreement into Articles and Sections and the insertion of headings are for convenient reference only and do not affect the construction or interpretation of this Agreement.

 

(2)Currency. All references to dollars or to “$” are references to United States dollars.

 

(3)Gender and Number. Any reference to gender includes all genders. Words importing the singular number only include the plural and vice versa.

 

(4)Certain Phrases and References, etc. The words “including”, “includes” and “include” mean “including (or includes or include) without limitation,” and “the aggregate of”, “the total of”, “the sum of”, or a phrase of similar meaning means “the aggregate (or total or sum), without duplication, of.” Unless stated otherwise, “Article”, “Section”, and “Schedule” followed by a number or letter mean and refer to the specified Article or Section of or Schedule to this Agreement. The term “Agreement” and any reference in this Agreement to this Agreement or any other agreement or document includes, and is a reference to, this Agreement or such other agreement or document as it may have been, or may from time to time be, amended, restated, replaced, supplemented or novated and includes all schedules to it.

 

 

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(5)Capitalized Terms. All capitalized terms used in any Schedule have the meanings ascribed to them in this Agreement. Capitalized terms used but not defined in this Agreement have the meanings given to them in the Arrangement Agreement.

 

(6)Accounting Terms. All accounting terms are to be interpreted in accordance with U.S. GAAP and all determinations of an accounting nature required to be made shall be made in a manner consistent with U.S. GAAP.

 

(7)Statutes. Any reference to a statute refers to such statute and all rules and regulations made under it, as it or they may have been or may from time to time be amended or re-enacted, unless stated otherwise.

 

(8)Computation of Time. A period of time is to be computed as beginning on the day following the event that began the period and ending at 4:30 p.m. on the last day of the period, if the last day of the period is a Business Day, or at 4:30 p.m. on the next Business Day if the last day of the period is not a Business Day. If the date on which any action is required or permitted to be taken under this Agreement by a Person is not a Business Day such action shall be required or permitted to be taken on the next succeeding day which is a Business Day.

 

(9)Time References. References to time are to local time, Toronto, Ontario, unless otherwise indicated.

 

(10)Subsidiaries. To the extent any covenants or agreements relate, directly or indirectly, to a Subsidiary of a Party, each such provision shall be construed as a covenant by the Party to cause (to the fullest extent to which it is legally capable) such Subsidiary to perform the required action.

 

(11)Knowledge. Where any representation or warranty is expressly qualified by reference to the knowledge of the Purchaser, it is deemed to refer to the actual knowledge of the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Legal Officer, Director of Legal, U.S. and Vice-President, Mergers & Acquisitions of the Purchaser.

 

Section 1.3Schedules.

 

The schedules attached to this Agreement form an integral part of this Agreement for all purposes of it.

 

 

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Article 2
THE ARRANGEMENT

 

Section 2.1Arrangement.

 

The Company and the Purchaser agree that the Amended Arrangement and Amended Plan of Arrangement shall be implemented in accordance with, and subject to the terms and conditions of, this Agreement. The Amended Arrangement shall become effective in accordance with the Amended Plan of Arrangement at the times specified in the Amended Plan of Arrangement. Subject to the satisfaction of the conditions set forth herein, the Company agrees to file, or cause to be filed, the Required Filings to implement the Amended Plan of Arrangement in accordance with, and subject to the terms and conditions of, this Agreement. From and after the Amendment Time, the Company and the Purchaser shall each effect and carry out the steps, actions or transactions to be carried out by them pursuant to the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

Section 2.2Amendment Interim Order.

 

(1)As soon as reasonably practicable after the Circular is submitted to the SEC for review the Company shall apply in a manner reasonably acceptable to the Purchaser pursuant to Section 291(b) of the BCBCA and, in cooperation with the Purchaser, prepare, file and diligently pursue an application for the Amendment Interim Order, which must provide, among other things:

 

(a)               for the class of persons to whom notice is to be provided in respect of the Amended Arrangement and the Meeting and for the manner in which such notice is to be provided;

 

(b)               that the required level of approval (the “Required Shareholder Approval”) for the Resolution shall be not less than (i) 66 2/3% of the votes cast on the Resolution by holders of Company Shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote at the Meeting, voting together as a single class; (ii) a simple majority of the votes cast on the Resolution by each class of outstanding Company Shares (voting separately as a class, unless relief or approval is obtained from the applicable securities regulatory authorities to permit voting as a single class), excluding the votes cast by “related parties” and “interested parties” as defined under MI 61-101; and (iii) “minority approval” as such term is defined in OSC Rule 56-501 Restricted Shares, unless exemptive relief is obtained from the applicable securities regulatory authorities. The Company agrees that it shall, following a written request from the Purchaser, acting reasonably, apply for exemptive relief from the Ontario Securities Commission to permit the Company Subordinate Voting Shares and the Company Proportionate Voting Shares to vote together as a single class for purposes of the “minority approval” required by MI 61-101;

 

(c)               that the terms, restrictions and conditions of the Company’s Constating Documents relating to the holding of a meeting of Company Shareholders, including quorum requirements and all other matters, shall, unless varied by the Amendment Interim Order, apply in respect of the Meeting;

 

(d)               for the grant of the Dissent Rights to Company Shareholders in accordance with the BCBCA;

 

(e)               for the notice requirements with respect to the presentation of the application to the Court for the Amendment Final Order;

 

 

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(f)                that the Meeting may be held in-person, virtually or in any other manner permitted by applicable Law and the constating documents of the Company;

 

(g)               that the Meeting may be adjourned or postponed from time to time by the Company in accordance with the terms of this Agreement without the need for additional approval of the Court;

 

(h)               confirmation of the record date for the purposes of determining the Company Shareholders entitled to notice of and to vote at the Meeting in accordance with the Amendment Interim Order;

 

(i)                 that the record date for the Company Shareholders entitled to notice of and to vote at the Meeting will not change in respect of any adjournment(s) of the Meeting, unless required by Securities Laws; and

 

(j)                 for such other matters as the Purchaser or the Company may reasonably require, subject to obtaining the prior consent of the other Party, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed.

 

(2)In seeking the Amendment Interim Order, the Company shall advise the Court that it is the intention of the Parties to rely upon the exemption from registration provided by Section 3(a)(10) of the U.S. Securities Act with respect to the issuance of all Issued Securities to be issued pursuant to the Amended Arrangement based and conditioned on the Court’s approval of the Amended Arrangement and its determination that the Amended Arrangement is fair and reasonable to holders of Securities to whom Issued Securities will be issued pursuant to the Amended Arrangement (such Securities, the “U.S. Subject Securities”), following a hearing and after consideration of the substantive and procedural terms and conditions thereof.

 

Section 2.3The Meeting.

 

The Company shall:

 

(a)               duly take all lawful action to call, give notice of, convene and conduct the Meeting in accordance with the Amendment Interim Order, the Company’s Constating Documents and applicable Law, including the policies of the CSE, and use commercially reasonable efforts to schedule the Meeting as promptly as practicable and not adjourn, postpone or cancel (or propose the adjournment, postponement or cancellation of) the Meeting without the prior written consent of the Purchaser, except:

 

(i)in the case of an adjournment, as required for quorum purposes (in which case the Meeting shall be adjourned and not cancelled); or

 

(ii)as otherwise permitted under this Agreement.

 

 

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(b)               use commercially reasonable efforts to solicit proxies in favour of the approval of the Resolution and against any resolution submitted by any Person that is inconsistent with or seeks (without the Purchaser’s consent) to hinder or delay the Amended Arrangement and the completion of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, including, at the Company’s discretion or if so requested by the Purchaser, acting reasonably, and at the Purchaser’s sole expense, using the services of dealers and proxy solicitation services, consulting with the Purchaser in the selection and retainer of any such proxy solicitation agent and reasonably considering the Purchaser’s recommendation with respect to any such agent, and (i) permit the Purchaser to assist and participate in all meetings (whether conducted telephonically or otherwise) with such proxy solicitation agent, (ii) provide the Purchaser with all information distributions or updates from the proxy solicitation agent, (iii) consult with, and consider any suggestions from, the Purchaser with regards to the proxy solicitation agent, and (iv) consult with the Purchaser and keep the Purchaser apprised, with respect to such solicitation and other actions;

 

(c)               provide the Purchaser with copies of documents, or access to information regarding, the Meeting generated by any transfer agent, dealer or proxy solicitation services firm retained by the Company, as reasonably requested in writing from time to time by the Purchaser;

 

(d)               consult with the Purchaser in fixing the record date for the Meeting and the date of the Meeting, give notice to the Purchaser of the Meeting and allow the Purchaser’s representatives and legal counsel to attend the Meeting;

 

(e)               promptly advise the Purchaser, at such times as the Purchaser may reasonably request in writing and at least on a daily basis on each of the last ten Business Days prior to the date of the Meeting, as to the aggregate tally of the proxies received by the Company in respect of the Resolution;

 

(f)                promptly advise the Purchaser of any communication (written or oral) from any Person in opposition to the Amended Arrangement, written notice of dissent, purported exercise or withdrawal of Dissent Rights, and provide the Purchaser with a reasonable opportunity to review and comment upon any written communications sent by or on behalf of the Company to any such Person and to participate in any discussions, negotiations or proceedings involving any such Person;

 

(g)               not make any payment or settlement offer, or agree to any payment or settlement prior to the Amendment Time with respect to any claims regarding the Amended Arrangement or Dissent Rights without the prior written consent of the Purchaser;

 

(h)               not change the record date for the Company Shareholders entitled to vote at the Meeting in connection with any adjournment or postponement of the Meeting, unless required by Law or with the Purchaser’s consent; and

 

(i)                 at the reasonable written request of the Purchaser from time to time, provide the Purchaser with a list (in both written and electronic form) of (i) the registered Company Shareholders, together with their addresses and respective holdings of Company Shares, (ii) the names, addresses and holdings of all Persons on the registers of the Company having rights issued by the Company to acquire Company Shares (including holders of Company Options, Company Compensation Options and Company RSUs), and (iii) participants and book-based nominee registrants such as CDS & Co., and non-objecting beneficial owners of Company Shares, together with their addresses and respective holdings of Company Shares.

 

 

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Section 2.4The Circular.

 

(1)The Company shall promptly prepare and complete, in consultation with the Purchaser, the Circular together with any other documents required by applicable Law in connection with the Meeting and the Amended Arrangement, and the Company shall as promptly as reasonably practicable after the date of this Agreement, but in any event no later than July 15, 2020, file the Circular with the SEC, and, as promptly as reasonably practicable, and in any event on or before the second Business Day after the later of (i) obtaining SEC Clearance of Circular; and (ii) the Amendment Interim Order, cause the Circular and such other documents to be filed and sent to each Company Shareholder and other Person as required by the Amendment Interim Order and Law.

 

(2)The Company shall ensure that the Circular complies in all material respects with the Amendment Interim Order, applicable Law and the rules and regulations promulgated by the SEC, does not contain any Misrepresentation (provided that the foregoing shall not apply to any information with respect to the Purchaser that is furnished in writing by or on behalf of the Purchaser and is included in the Circular) and provides the Company Shareholders with sufficient information to permit them to form a reasoned judgment concerning the matters to be placed before them at the Meeting.

 

(3)The Company shall not be responsible for any information regarding the Purchaser in the Circular provided in writing by the Purchaser for inclusion therein. The Purchaser shall indemnify and save harmless each of the Company, the Company’s Subsidiaries and their respective Representatives from and against any and all liabilities, losses, damages, claims, reasonable costs, reasonable expenses, interest awards, judgments and penalties suffered or incurred by any of them as a result of or arising from any Misrepresentation or alleged Misrepresentation contained in any such information regarding the Purchaser included in the Circular that was provided by the Purchaser in writing specifically for inclusion therein, including as a result of any order made, or any inquiry, investigation or proceeding by any Governmental Entity to the extent based on such Misrepresentation or any alleged Misrepresentation.

 

(4)The Company shall use commercially reasonable efforts to respond promptly to any comments of the SEC or its staff with respect to the Circular. The Company will advise the Purchaser promptly after it receives any request by the SEC for amendment of the Circular or comments thereon and responses thereto or any request by the SEC for additional information in connection with the Circular, and the Company agrees to permit the Purchaser and its outside counsel, to participate in all meetings and conferences with the SEC.

 

 

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(5)Prior to mailing the Circular (or any amendment or supplement thereto) or responding to any comments of the SEC with respect thereto, the Company shall give the Purchaser and its legal counsel a reasonable opportunity, and in any event not less than three Business Days, to review and comment on all drafts of the Circular and other related documents including submissions of the Company provided in response to any comments of the SEC with respect to the Circular, shall give reasonable consideration to any comments made by the Purchaser and its counsel, and consider in good faith including in such document or response all comments reasonably and promptly proposed by the Purchaser, provided that any information describing the Purchaser, the terms of the Amended Arrangement and/or the Amended Plan of Arrangement must be in a form and content satisfactory to the Purchaser, acting reasonably. The Company shall provide the Purchaser with a final copy of the Circular prior to its mailing to the Company Shareholders.

 

(6)To the extent required by applicable Law, the Company shall, in consultation with the Purchaser and the Purchaser’s counsel, promptly file or furnish with the applicable Securities Authorities, CSE and SEC, and disseminate to each Company Shareholder and other Person as required by the Amendment Interim Order and applicable Law, any supplement or amendment to the Circular if any event will occur which requires such action at any time prior to the Meeting.

 

(7)Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Circular must include:

 

(a)a copy of the New Fairness Opinion;

 

(b)a statement that the Special Committee and the Company Board have received the New Fairness Opinion;

 

(c)a statement that the Special Committee has unanimously determined, after receiving legal and financial advice:

 

(i)that the Amended Arrangement is fair to the Company Shareholders;

 

(ii)the Amended Arrangement and the entering into of this Agreement is in the best interests of the Company; and

 

(iii)that the Special Committee recommends that the Company Shareholders vote in favour of the Resolution and the rationale for that recommendation;

 

(d)a statement (the “Board Recommendation”) that the Company Board unanimously determined (with directors abstaining or recusing themselves as required), after receiving legal and financial advice:

 

(i)that the Amended Arrangement is fair to the Company Shareholders;

 

 

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(ii)the Amended Arrangement and the entering into of this Agreement is in the best interests of the Company; and

 

(iii)that the Company Board (with directors abstaining or recusing themselves as required) recommends that the Company Shareholders vote in favour of the Resolution and the rationale for that recommendation, and

 

(e)a statement that each of the Locked-up Shareholders have entered into Voting Support Agreements pursuant to which they have agreed, among other things, to vote all of their Company Shares in favour of the Resolution and against any resolution submitted by any Company Shareholder that is inconsistent therewith.

 

(8)The Purchaser shall as soon as reasonably practicable after the date hereof, and in any event within 10 days of the date hereof, provide the Company with all information regarding the Purchaser, its affiliates and the Purchaser Shares, including any pro forma financial statements, as required by applicable Law and reasonably requested by the Company in writing for inclusion in the Circular or in any amendments or supplements to such Circular, or any other related documents. The Purchaser shall ensure that such information does not include any Misrepresentation concerning the Purchaser, its affiliates and the Purchaser Shares. The Company and the Purchaser shall use their reasonable best efforts to obtain any ‎necessary consents from any of their respective auditors and any other advisors to the ‎use of any financial, technical or other expert information required to be included in the Circular and to the identification in the Circular of each such ‎advisor.

 

(9)Each Party shall promptly notify the other Party if it becomes aware that the Circular contains a Misrepresentation, or otherwise requires an amendment or supplement. The Parties shall, in a manner consistent with this Section 2.4, cooperate in the preparation of any such amendment or supplement as required or appropriate, and the Company shall, in a manner provided in the Amendment Interim Order, promptly mail, file or otherwise publicly disseminate any such amendment or supplement to the Company Shareholders and, if required by the Court or by applicable Law, file the same with the SEC or any other Governmental Entity as required.

 

(10)The Company shall promptly advise the Purchaser of any material communication (written or oral) received by the Company from the CSE, the SEC or any other Securities Authorities or Governmental Entity in connection with the Circular.

 

 

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Section 2.5Amendment Final Order.

 

Following approval of the Resolution at the Meeting, the Company shall take all steps necessary or desirable to submit the Amended Arrangement to the Court and diligently pursue an application for the Amendment Final Order pursuant to Section 291 of the BCBCA, as soon as reasonably practicable, but in any event not later than two Business Days after the Resolution has received the Required Shareholder Approval at the Meeting (provided that, in recognition of the fact that, at the date of this Agreement, normal Court operations have been disrupted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the foregoing date may be extended until the earlier of (i) the date that is 10 Business Days after the date on which the Court agrees to a telephonic or other virtual means of hearing the application for the Final Order, and (ii) the earliest possible date on which the Court grants a hearing date for these purposes after re-opening to the public). If at any time after the issuance of the Amendment Final Order and on or before the Amendment Date, the Company is required by the terms of the Amendment Final Order or by Law to return to the Court with respect to the Amendment Final Order, it will only do so after prior notice to the Purchaser, and affording the Purchaser a reasonable opportunity to consult with the Company regarding the same.

 

Section 2.6Court Proceedings.

 

The Purchaser shall cooperate with and assist the Company in seeking the Amendment Interim Order and the Amendment Final Order, including by providing to the Company on a timely basis any information reasonably requested by the Company or required by applicable Law to be supplied by the Purchaser in connection therewith as requested by the Company in writing. In connection with all Court proceedings relating to obtaining the Amendment Interim Order and the Amendment Final Order, the Company shall:

 

(a)               diligently pursue, and cooperate with the Purchaser in diligently pursuing, the Amendment Interim Order and the Amendment Final Order;

 

(b)               provide legal counsel to the Purchaser with a reasonable opportunity, and in any event not less than three Business Days, to review and comment upon drafts of all material to be filed with the Court in connection with the Amended Arrangement, and give reasonable consideration to all such comments;

 

(c)               provide the Purchaser on a timely basis with copies of any notice of appearance, evidence or other documents served on the Company or its legal counsel in respect of the application for the Amendment Interim Order or the Amendment Final Order or any appeal from them, and any notice, written or oral, indicating the intention of any Person to appeal, or oppose the granting of, the Amendment Interim Order or the Amendment Final Order;

 

(d)               ensure that all material filed with the Court in connection with the Amended Arrangement is consistent with this Agreement and the Amended Plan of Arrangement;

 

(e)               not file any material with the Court in connection with the Amended Arrangement or serve any such material, or agree to modify or amend any material so filed or served, except as contemplated by this Agreement or with the Purchaser’s prior written consent, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed, provided that the Purchaser shall not be required to agree or consent to any increase in the consideration or other modification or amendment to such filed or served materials that expands or increases the Purchaser’s obligations, or diminishes or limits the Purchaser’s rights, set forth in any such filed or served materials or under this Agreement;

 

 

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(f)                oppose any proposal from any Person that the Amendment Final Order contain any provision inconsistent with this Agreement, and if required by the terms of the Amendment Final Order or by Law to return to Court with respect to the Amendment Final Order do so only after notice to the Purchaser, and affording the Purchaser an opportunity to consult regarding same which is reasonable in the circumstances; and

 

(g)               not object to legal counsel to the Purchaser making such submissions on the hearing of the motion for the Amendment Interim Order and the application for the Amendment Final Order as such counsel considers appropriate, provided that the Purchaser advises the Company of the nature of any such submissions prior to the hearing and such submissions are consistent with this Agreement and the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

Section 2.7Other Securities.

 

The Parties acknowledge and agree that all Company Options, Company Compensation Options and Company RSUs that are not exercised, whether conditionally or otherwise, and all High Street Units and USCo2 Class B Shares that are not exchanged for Shares, prior to the Acquisition Effective Time and that remain outstanding immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time shall be treated in accordance with the provisions of the certificates, award agreements, indentures or other documents governing such securities on the date hereof.

 

Section 2.8Required Filings and Effective Date.

 

Subject to obtaining the Amendment Final Order and to the satisfaction or, where not prohibited, the waiver (subject to applicable Laws) by the Party or Parties in whose favour the condition is, of each of the conditions set out in Article 5 hereof (excluding conditions that by their terms cannot be satisfied until the Amendment Date, but subject to the satisfaction or, where not prohibited, waiver by the Party or Parties in whose favour the condition is, of those conditions as of the Amendment Date), unless another time or date is agreed to in writing by the Parties, any Required Filings required to be filed prior to the Amendment Date shall be filed by the Company with the Registrar not later than two Business Days after receipt of the Amendment Final Order, provided, however, that no Required Filings shall be sent to the Registrar, for endorsement and filing by the Registrar, except as contemplated hereby or with the Purchaser’s prior written consent.

 

Section 2.9Payment of Amendment Consideration.‎

 

The Purchaser shall, following receipt of the Amendment Final Order and prior to completing the Required Filings with the Registrar, deliver or cause to be delivered to the Amendment Consideration Paying Agent in escrow pending the Amendment Time (the terms of such escrow to be satisfactory to the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably), sufficient cash to pay the Amendment Consideration payable to Company Shareholders, High Street Holders and USCo2 Class B Holders in accordance with the Paying Agent Agreement in accordance with the Amended Arrangement.

 

 

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Section 2.10Dissenting Company Shareholders

 

The Company will give the Purchaser prompt notice of receipt of any written notice of any dissent or purported exercise by any Company Shareholder of Dissent Rights, any withdrawal of such a notice, and any other instruments served pursuant to Dissent Rights and received by the Company. The Company shall not make any payment or settlement offer, or agree to any such settlement, or conduct any negotiations prior to the Amendment Time with respect to any such dissent, notice or instrument unless the Purchaser, acting reasonably, shall have given its written consent.

 

Section 2.11U.S. Securities Law Matters.

 

The Parties agree that the Amended Arrangement will be carried out with the intention that all Issued Securities will be issued by the Purchaser in reliance on the exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act provided by Section 3(a)(10) thereof and pursuant to exemptions from applicable securities laws of any states of the United States. In order to ensure the availability of the exemption under Section 3(a)(10) of the U.S. Securities Act and to facilitate the Purchaser’s compliance with other U.S. securities Laws, the Parties agree that the Amended Arrangement will be carried out on the following basis:

 

(a)               the Amended Arrangement will be subject to the approval of the Court;

 

(b)               pursuant to Section 2.2(2), prior to the issuance of the Amendment Interim Order, the Court will be advised as to the intention of the Parties to rely on the exemption provided by Section 3(a)(10) of the U.S. Securities Act with respect to the issuance of all Issued Securities pursuant to the Amended Arrangement based on the Court’s approval of the Amended Arrangement;

 

(c)               prior to the issuance of the Amendment Interim Order, the Company will file with the Court a copy of the proposed text of the Circular together with any other documents required by applicable Law in connection with the Meeting;

 

(d)               the Court will be requested to satisfy itself as to the substantive and procedural fairness of the Amended Arrangement to the holders of U.S. Subject Securities;

 

(e)               the Company will ensure that each Shareholder and any other Person entitled to receive Issued Securities pursuant to the Amended Arrangement will be given adequate and appropriate notice advising them of their right to attend the hearing of the Court to give approval of the Amended Arrangement and providing them with sufficient information necessary for them to exercise that right;

 

(f)                each Person entitled to receive Issued Securities pursuant to the Amended Arrangement will be advised that such Issued Securities issued pursuant to the Amended Arrangement have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act and will be issued by the Purchaser in reliance on the exemption provided by Section 3(a)(10) of the U.S. Securities Act and pursuant to exemptions under applicable securities laws of any state of the United States, and shall be without trading restrictions under the U.S. Securities Act (other than those that would apply under the U.S. Securities Act in certain circumstances to Persons who are, or have been within 90 days prior to the Amendment Time, affiliates (as defined by Rule 144 under the U.S. Securities Act) of the Purchaser;

 

 

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(g)               the Amendment Final Order approving the terms and conditions of the Amended Arrangement that is obtained from the Court will expressly state that the Amended Arrangement is approved by the Court as fair and reasonable to all Persons entitled to receive Issued Securities pursuant to the Amended Arrangement;

 

(h)               the Amendment Interim Order approving the Meeting will specify that each Person entitled to receive Issued Securities pursuant to the Amended Arrangement will have the right to appear before the Court at the hearing of the Court to give approval of the Amended Arrangement so long as they enter an appearance within a reasonable time;

 

(i)                 holders of Company Options entitled to receive Replacement Options, holders of Company Compensation Options entitled to receive Replacement Compensation Options and holders of Company RSUs entitled to receive Replacement RSUs pursuant to the Amended Arrangement will be advised that the Replacement Options, the Replacement Compensation Options and the Replacement RSUs, issued pursuant to the Amended Arrangement have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act and will be issued and exchanged by the Purchaser in reliance on the exemption provided under Section 3(a)(10) of the U.S. Securities Act, but that such exemption does not exempt the issuance of securities upon the exercise of such Replacement Options, Replacement Compensation Options and the vesting of Replacement RSUs; therefore, the Purchaser Shares issuable upon exercise of the Replacement Options, the Replacement Compensation Options and the vesting of the Replacement RSUs cannot be issued in the U.S. or to a Person in the U.S. in reliance on the exemption under Section 3(a)(10) of the U.S. Securities Act and the Replacement Options, the Replacement Compensation Options and the Replacement RSUs may only be exercised and the underlying Purchaser Shares issued pursuant to a then-available exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws;

 

(j)                 each holder of U.S. Subject Securities will be advised that with respect to Issued Securities issued to Persons who are, or have been within 90 days prior to the Amendment Time, affiliates (as defined by Rule 144 under the U.S. Securities Act) of the Purchaser, such securities will be subject to restrictions on resale under U.S. securities Laws, including Rule 144 under the U.S. Securities Act;

 

(k)               the Court will hold a hearing before approving the fairness of the terms and conditions of the Amended Arrangement and issuing the Amendment Final Order; and

 

 

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(l)                 the Company shall request that the Amendment Final Order shall include a statement to substantially the following effect:

 

“This Order will serve as a basis of a claim to an exemption, pursuant to Section 3(a)(10) of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, from the registration requirements otherwise imposed by that Act, regarding the offer and sale of securities of the Purchaser pursuant to the Amended Plan of Arrangement.”

 

Article 3
COVENANTS

 

Section 3.1Representations and Warranties of the Company.

 

The Company represents and warrants to and in favour of the Purchaser as follows and acknowledges that the Purchaser is relying upon such representations and warranties in entering into this Agreement:

 

(a)Organization and Qualification. The Company is a company duly incorporated and validly existing under the applicable Laws of its jurisdiction of incorporation, continuance or creation and has all necessary corporate power and authority to own its property and assets as now owned and to carry on its business as it is now being conducted. The Company is duly qualified to do business and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which the character of its properties, owned, leased, licensed or otherwise held, or the nature of its activities, makes such qualification necessary. No proceedings have been taken, instituted or are pending for the dissolution, winding-up or liquidation of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, and no board approvals have been given to commence any such proceedings.

 

(b)Authority Relative to this Agreement. The Company has all necessary corporate power, authority and capacity to enter into this Agreement and all other agreements and instruments to be executed by the Company as contemplated by this Agreement and (subject to obtaining the Required Shareholder Approval, the Amendment Interim Order and the Amendment Final Order in the manner contemplated herein) to perform its obligations hereunder and under such agreements and instruments. The execution and delivery of this Agreement by the Company and the performance by the Company of its obligations under this Agreement have been duly authorized by the Company Board and, except for obtaining the Required Shareholder Approval, the approval of the CSE in respect of the Amended Arrangement, the Amendment Interim Order and the Amendment Final Order in the manner contemplated herein and filing of the Required Filings with the Registrar, no other corporate proceedings on its part are necessary to authorize this Agreement or the Amended Arrangement, other than, with respect to the Circular and other matters relating thereto and the approval of the Company Board. This Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by the Company, and constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with its terms, subject to the qualification that such enforceability may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other laws of general application relating to or affecting rights of creditors and that equitable remedies, including specific performance, are within the discretion of a court.

 

 

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(c)No Violation. Neither the authorization, execution and delivery of this Agreement by the Company nor the completion of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement or the Amended Arrangement, nor the performance of its obligations hereunder or thereunder, nor compliance by the Company with any of the provisions hereof or thereof will result in a violation or breach of, constitute a default (or an event which, with notice or lapse of time or both, would become a default), require any consent or approval to be obtained or notice to be given under, or give rise to any third party right of termination, cancellation, suspension, acceleration, penalty or payment obligation or right to purchase or sale under, any provision of:

 

(i)its Notice of Articles or Articles;

 

(ii)any Authorization or Contract to which the Company is a party or to which it or any of its properties or assets are bound; or

 

(iii)any Laws, regulation, order, judgment or decree applicable to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective properties or assets;

 

except for such breaches, defaults, consents, terminations, cancellations, suspensions, accelerations, penalties, payment obligations or rights which would not individually or in the aggregate have a Company Material Adverse Effect.

 

(d)Governmental Approvals. The execution, delivery and performance by the Company of its obligations pursuant to this Agreement and the consummation by the Company of the Amended Arrangement requires no consent, waiver or approval or any action by or in respect of, or filing with, or notification to, any Governmental Entity other than: (i) as contemplated in the Arrangement Agreement; (ii) the Amendment Interim Order and any approvals required by the Amendment Interim Order; (iii) the Amendment Final Order; (iv) filing of the Required Filings with the Registrar; (v) compliance with any applicable Securities Laws and stock exchange rules and regulations; and (vi) any actions, filings or notifications the absence of which would not materially delay or prevent the completion of the Amended Arrangement or reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Company Material Adverse Effect.

 

  (e) Company Public Disclosure Record. All documents and instruments comprising the Company Public Disclosure Record have been filed or furnished, as applicable, on a ‎timely basis, with the applicable Securities Authorities pursuant to Securities ‎Laws (as applicable) since September 21, 2018) and the rules and policies ‎of the CSE, except where failure to do so would not have any Company Material Adverse Effect. Each of the documents and instruments comprising the Company Public Disclosure ‎Record, at the time of its filing or being furnished, complied in all material ‎respects with the applicable requirements of Securities Laws and the rules and policies ‎of the CSE. As of their respective dates (or, if amended ‎prior to the date hereof, as of the date of such amendment), the documents and instruments constituting the Company Public ‎Disclosure Record did not contain any Misrepresentation. To the knowledge of the Company, the Company Public Disclosure Record ‎‎(other than confidential treatment requests) is not the subject of ongoing review, ‎comment or investigation by any Securities Authority or the CSE. ‎ The Company has not filed any confidential material change report or equivalent which at the date of this Agreement remains confidential.

 

 

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Section 3.2Representations and Warranties of the Purchaser.

 

The Purchaser represents and warrants to and in favour of the Company as follows and acknowledges that the Company is relying upon such representations and warranties in entering into this Agreement:

 

(a)Organization and Qualification. The Purchaser is a corporation duly incorporated and validly existing under the applicable Laws of its jurisdiction of incorporation, continuance or creation and has all necessary corporate power and authority to own its property and assets as now owned and to carry on its business as it is now being conducted. The Purchaser is duly qualified to do business and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which the character of its properties, owned, leased, licensed or otherwise held, or the nature of its activities, makes such qualification necessary. No material proceedings have been taken, instituted or are pending for the dissolution, winding-up or liquidation of the Purchaser and no board approvals have been given to commence any such proceedings.

 

(b)Authority Relative to this Agreement. The Purchaser has all necessary corporate power, authority and capacity to enter into this Agreement and all other agreements and instruments to be executed by the Purchaser as contemplated by this Agreement, and, subject to obtaining the Amendment Interim Order and the Amendment Final Order, to perform its obligations hereunder and under such agreements and instruments. The execution and delivery of this Agreement by the Purchaser and the performance by the Purchaser of its obligations under this Agreement have been duly authorized by the board of the directors of the Purchaser and no other corporate proceedings on its part are necessary to authorize this Agreement or the Amended Arrangement, except for obtaining the Amendment Interim Order and the Amendment Final Order. This Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by the Purchaser, and constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Purchaser, enforceable against the Purchaser in accordance with its terms, subject to the qualification that such enforceability may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other laws of general application relating to or affecting rights of creditors and that equitable remedies, including specific performance, are within the discretion of a court.

 

 

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(c)No Violation. Neither the authorization, execution and delivery of this Agreement by the Purchaser nor the completion of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement or the Amended Arrangement (provided, for greater certainty, that the Acquisition is only completed following the Triggering Event Date) nor the performance of its obligations hereunder or thereunder, nor compliance by the Purchaser with any of the provisions hereof or thereof will result in a violation or breach of, constitute a default (or an event which, with notice or lapse of time or both, would become a default), require any consent or approval to be obtained or notice to be given under, or give rise to any third party right of termination, cancellation, suspension, acceleration, penalty or payment obligation or right to purchase or sale under, any provision of:

 

(i)its articles of incorporation or bylaws;

 

(ii)any Authorization or Contract to which the Purchaser is a party or to which it or any of its properties or assets are bound; or

 

(iii)any Laws, regulation, order, judgment or decree applicable to the Purchaser or any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective properties or assets;

 

except for such breaches, defaults, consents, terminations, cancellations, suspensions, accelerations, penalties, payment obligations or rights which would not individually or in the aggregate have a Purchaser Material Adverse Effect.

 

(d)Governmental Approvals. The execution, delivery and performance by the Purchaser of its obligations pursuant to this Agreement and the consummation by the Purchaser of the Amended Arrangement requires no consent, waiver or approval or any action by or in respect of, or filing with, or notification to, any Governmental Entity other than: (i) as contemplated in the Arrangement Agreement; (ii) the Amendment Interim Order and any approvals required by the Amendment Interim Order; (iii) the Amendment Final Order; (iv) filing of the Required Filings with the Registrar; (v) such filings and approvals required for the issuance of the Consideration Shares as a result of the Amended Arrangement required under applicable securities laws and the rules and policies of the TSX and NYSE, or such other recognized stock exchange(s) on which the Purchaser Shares may be listed; (vi) compliance with any applicable securities laws and stock exchange rules and regulations; and (vii) any actions, filings or notifications the absence of which would not materially delay the completion of the Amended Arrangement or reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Purchaser Material Adverse Effect.

 

(e)Current Facts. The Purchaser hereby confirms that, to the knowledge of the Purchaser, as of the date hereof, there is no fact or circumstance that would cause the Acquisition Closing Conditions to fail to be satisfied and, the Purchaser hereby covenants and agrees that the Purchaser shall not be entitled to refuse to consummate the Acquisition or make a claim for damages against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries on the basis of any facts existing on, or prior to, the date hereof that are within the knowledge of the Purchaser on the date hereof.

 

 

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(f)Purchaser Public Disclosure Record. All documents and instruments comprising the Purchaser Public Disclosure Record have been filed or furnished, as applicable, on a ‎timely basis, with the applicable Securities Authorities pursuant to Securities ‎Laws (as applicable) since January 1, 2018) and the rules and policies ‎of the TSX and NYSE, except where failure to do so would not have any Purchaser Material Adverse Effect. Each of the documents and instruments comprising the Purchaser Public Disclosure ‎Record, at the time of its filing or being furnished, complied in all material ‎respects with the applicable requirements of Securities Laws and the rules and policies ‎of the TSX and NYSE. As of their respective dates (or, if amended ‎prior to the date hereof, as of the date of such amendment), the documents and instruments constituting the Purchaser Public ‎Disclosure Record did not contain any Misrepresentation. To the knowledge of the Purchaser, the Purchaser Public Disclosure Record ‎‎(other than confidential treatment requests) is not the subject of ongoing review, ‎comment or investigation by any Securities Authority or the TSX or NYSE. The Purchaser has not filed any confidential material change report or equivalent which at the date of this Agreement remains confidential.

 

Article 4
COVENANTS

 

Section 4.1Covenants Regarding Interim Period.

 

(1)The Company covenants and agrees that, during the period from the date of this Agreement until the earlier of the Amendment Time and the time that this Agreement is terminated in accordance with its terms, it shall prepare and deliver to the Purchaser on the 12th Business Day of each month a reporting package consisting of: (a) management prepared consolidated financial statements of the Company prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, including Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow for the preceding calendar month ended, (b) a monthly treasury report showing the Company’s consolidated balances for cash and cash equivalents as of the last day of the preceding calendar month, (c) and capitalization table of the Company inclusive of all Securities issued and outstanding as of the last day of the preceding calendar month, including all Company Options, Company RSUs and Company Compensation Options and other convertible securities along with relevant terms and exercise prices, and (d) a detailed summary of all expenditures made during the preceding calendar month and a comparison of such expenditures and all prior reported expenditures in reasonable detail to estimates set forth in the Initial Approved Business Plan.

 

 

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(2)The Company covenants and agrees that, during the period from the date of this Agreement until the earlier of the Amendment Time and the time that this Agreement is terminated in accordance with its terms, except as required by applicable Law, the Company shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly:

 

(a)               issue any Company Shares or securities convertible, exchangeable or exercisable for or into Company Shares, including any Securities or High Street Units other than:

 

(i)upon the conversion, exchange or exercise of any Securities or High Street Units that are issued and outstanding as of the date hereof;

 

(ii)contractual commitments existing as of the date hereof, including the SEDA; or

 

(iii)pursuant to the transactions contemplated in the Consents and Waivers; or

 

(b)               enter into any Contract for Company Debt other than trade payables or as otherwise entered into in the Ordinary Course.

 

(3)The Business Plan for the fiscal years ending December 31, 2020 through December 31, 2029 is attached hereto as Schedule G (the “Initial Approved Business Plan”). The Company shall conduct, and cause the Subsidiaries to conduct, their respective operations, incur expenses and purchase assets in accordance with the then applicable Initial Approved Business Plan, provided that:

 

(a)               the Chief Financial Officer of the Company shall have authority to approve all minor changes and modifications to the Initial Approved Business Plan and all Contracts awarded thereunder that are, in the Chief Financial Officer’s good faith judgment, reasonable and prudent under the circumstances and that do not materially change the overall nature or scope of operations contemplated under the Initial Approved Business Plan. The Company shall promptly inform the Purchaser of each such minor change or modification to the Initial Approved Business Plan that the Chief Financial Officer has made or approved in accordance with this Section 4.1(3); and

 

(b)               the Company shall promptly notify the Purchaser of any reasonably anticipated overruns in excess of the expenditures authorized in the Initial Approved Business Plan (including contingency expenditures) by more than 10%. The Company shall not incur expenditures in excess of 110% of the amount set forth in the Initial Approved Business Plan without the prior written consent of the Purchaser.

 

 

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Section 4.2Covenants Regarding the Amended Arrangement.

 

(1)Subject to Section 4.3 and Section 4.4(5), each of the Company and the Purchaser shall (and shall cause its affiliates to) use its commercially reasonable efforts to take, or cause to be taken, all actions and to do or cause to be done all things required or advisable under applicable Law to consummate and make effective, as soon as reasonably practicable, the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the Amended Plan of Arrangement, including using commercially reasonable efforts to:

 

(a)               satisfy, or cause the satisfaction of, all conditions precedent to be fulfilled by it in this Agreement and take all steps set forth in the Amendment Interim Order and Amendment Final Order applicable to it and comply promptly with all requirements imposed by applicable Law on it or its Subsidiaries with respect to this Agreement or the implementation of the Amended Arrangement;

 

(b)               oppose, lift or rescind any injunction, restraining or other order, decree or ruling seeking to restrain, enjoin or otherwise prohibit or delay or otherwise adversely affect the implementation of the Amended Arrangement and defend, or cause to be defended, any proceedings to which it is a party or brought against it or its directors or officers challenging the Amended Arrangement or this Agreement; and

 

(c)               not taking any action, or refrain from taking any action, or permitting any action to be taken or not taken, which would reasonably be expected to prevent, materially delay or otherwise impede the implementation of the Amended Arrangement or the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

 

(2)The Company shall promptly notify the Purchaser of:

 

(a)               any notice or other communication from any Person alleging that the consent (or waiver, permit, exemption, order, approval, agreement, amendment or confirmation) of such Person is required in connection with this Agreement or the Amended Arrangement;

 

(b)               any notice or other communication from any Person to the effect that such Person is terminating or otherwise materially adversely modifying its relationship with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as a result of this Agreement or the Amended Arrangement; or

 

(c)               any notice or other communication from any Governmental Entity in connection with this Agreement (and the Company shall contemporaneously provide a copy of any such written notice or communication to the Purchaser to the extent permitted by Law).

 

(3)The Company covenants and agrees that it shall not withdraw, amend, modify or qualify, in a manner adverse to the Purchaser or fail to publicly affirm (without qualification) the Board Recommendation within four Business Days (and in any case prior to the Meeting) after having been requested in writing by the Purchaser to do so (acting reasonably) provided however that, if the Company Board determines, in good faith and based upon the advice of its outside legal counsel, that a fact or circumstance that was known but not disclosed by the Purchaser occurred prior to the date of this Agreement or that a fact or circumstance has occurred since the date of this Agreement and, as a result of the occurrence of such fact or circumstance, continuing to make the Board Recommendation would constitute a violation of its fiduciary and statutory duties under applicable Law (including in accordance with MI 61-101 and the interpretive guidance promulgated under Multilateral Staff Notice 61-302), then the Company Board may submit the Resolution to Company Shareholders without recommendation or may withdraw its support for the Amended Arrangement (a “Change in Recommendation”), in the Company Board’s sole discretion, although the Meeting shall be held unless the Purchaser otherwise agrees.

 

(4)The Purchaser shall promptly notify the Company in writing of any notice or other communication from any Person alleging that the consent (or waiver, permit, exemption, order, approval, agreement, amendment or confirmation) of such Person is required in connection with this Agreement or the Amended Arrangement.

 

 

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Section 4.3Regulatory Approvals

 

(1)As soon as reasonably practicable after the date hereof, each Party, or where appropriate, both Parties jointly, shall seek to obtain the Amendment Regulatory Approvals in advance of the Amendment Time.

 

(2)The Parties shall cooperate with one another in connection with obtaining the Amendment Regulatory Approvals and any other Regulatory Approvals required or desirable in connection with the Amended Arrangement including by providing or submitting on a timely basis all documentation and information that is required, or in the reasonably held opinion of the Purchaser, advisable, in connection with obtaining the Amendment Regulatory Approvals and any such other Regulatory Approvals and using their commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that such information does not contain a Misrepresentation.

 

(3)The Parties shall cooperate with and keep one another fully informed as to the status of and the processes and proceedings relating to obtaining the Amendment Regulatory Approvals and any other Regulatory Approvals, and shall promptly notify each other of any communication from any Governmental Entity in respect of the Amended Arrangement, the Acquisition or this Agreement.

 

 

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Section 4.4Public Communications.

 

(1)Subject to compliance with applicable Securities Laws, immediately after the execution of this Agreement, or such later time prior to the next opening of markets in Toronto or New York as is agreed to by the Company and the Purchaser, the Company and the Purchaser shall issue a news release announcing the entering into of this Agreement, which news release shall be satisfactory in form and substance to each of the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably, and, thereafter, file such news release, corresponding Form 8-Ks and material change reports in their prescribed forms and this Agreement in accordance with applicable Securities Laws. If either of the Parties determines that it is required to publish or disclose the text of this Agreement in accordance with applicable Law, it shall provide the other Party with an opportunity to propose appropriate additional redactions to the text of this Agreement, and the disclosing Party hereby agrees to accept any such suggested redactions to the extent permitted by applicable Law. If a Party does not respond to a request for comments within 48 hours (excluding days that are not Business Days) or such shorter period of time as the requesting Party has determined is necessary in the circumstances, acting reasonably and in good faith, the Party making the disclosure shall be entitled to issue the disclosure without the input of the other Party.

 

(2)During the period from the date of this Agreement until the earlier of the Amendment Time and the time that this Agreement is terminated in accordance with its terms, the Company shall not issue any press release or make any other public statement or disclosure without the prior written consent of the Purchaser (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed).

 

(3)During the period from the date of this Agreement until the earlier of the Amendment Time and the time that this Agreement is terminated in accordance with its terms, the Purchaser shall not issue any press release or make any other public statement or disclosure with respect to this Agreement or the Amended Arrangement without the prior written consent of the Company (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed).

 

(4)The Company and the Purchaser agree to cooperate in the preparation of formal presentations, if any, to any Company Shareholders or other securityholders of the Company or the analyst community regarding the Amended Arrangement, and the Company agrees to consult with the Purchaser in connection with any formal meeting with analysts that it may have, provided, however, that the foregoing shall be subject to the Company’s overriding obligation to make any disclosure or filing required by applicable Laws or stock exchange rules and if the Company is required to make any such disclosure, it shall use its commercially reasonable efforts to give the Purchaser a reasonable opportunity to review and comment thereon prior to its dissemination.

 

(5)Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, in the event of a Change in Recommendation, the Company Board shall be permitted to make any public disclosure and public statements that it determines to be necessary as a result of or related to such Change in Recommendation, in its sole discretion on the advice of external counsel, and without the need to obtain prior consent from the Purchaser in respect of its initial announcement of a Change in Recommendation and any further announcement if the Purchaser has responded publicly to such initial public announcement, and any such disclosure or statement shall not constitute a breach of any covenant or obligation of the Company under this Agreement or the Arrangement Agreement; provided that, the Company shall provide the Purchaser and its counsel with a reasonable opportunity to review and comment on any such public disclosure or statements and shall give reasonable consideration to any comments made by the Purchaser and its counsel in good faith. The obligation of the Company to provide the Purchaser and its counsel with a reasonable opportunity to review and comment on any such public disclosure and give reasonable consideration to any comments made by the Purchaser and its counsel shall not apply to any such public disclosure or statements in connection with any dispute regarding this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby.

 

 

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Section 4.5Notification Provisions.

 

(1)Each Party shall promptly notify the other Party of the occurrence, or failure to occur, of any event or state of facts which occurrence or failure would, or would be reasonably likely to result in the failure to comply with or satisfy any covenant, condition or agreement to be complied with or satisfied by such Party under this Agreement.

 

(2)Notification provided under this Section 4.5 will not affect the covenants, agreements or obligations of the Parties (or remedies with respect thereto) or the conditions to the obligations of the Parties under this Agreement.

 

Section 4.6Dissent Rights Payments.

 

The Purchaser hereby agrees that, to the extent that a Company Shareholder exercises his or her Dissent Rights and a payment is required to be made to such Dissenting Company Shareholder, the Company shall immediately, upon the transfer of such Company Shares held by a Dissenting Company Shareholder to the Company, make all such payments in respect of Dissent Rights, on behalf of the Company, to the Dissenting Company Shareholders when due and payable by the Company in accordance with Section 3.2(a) and Section 4.1 of the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

Article 5
CONDITIONS

 

Section 5.1Mutual Conditions Precedent.

 

The Parties shall not be required to file, and shall not file, the Required Filings giving effect to the Amended Arrangement unless each of the following conditions is satisfied or waived, which conditions may only be waived, in whole or in part, by the mutual consent of the Parties:

 

(1)Resolution. The Resolution shall have been approved and adopted by the Company Shareholders at the Meeting in accordance with the Amendment Interim Order and applicable Law.

 

(2)Court Orders. Each of the Amendment Interim Order and the Amendment Final Order shall have been obtained on terms consistent with this Agreement, and shall not have been set aside or modified in a manner unacceptable to either the Company or the Purchaser, each acting reasonably, on appeal or otherwise.

 

(3)Stock Exchange Approvals. The necessary approvals, subject only to customary typical listing conditions, of the CSE shall have been obtained, to permit the (i) listing of the Floating Shares and the New Subordinate Shares; and (ii) the filing of the Required Filings.

 

(4)Illegality. No Law shall be in effect or proceeding shall have otherwise been taken that makes the consummation of the Amended Arrangement illegal or otherwise, directly or indirectly, prohibits or enjoins the Company or the Purchaser from filing the Required Filings or consummating the Amended Arrangement, with the exception of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 USC 801 et seq., as it applies to marijuana (including any implementing regulations and schedules in effect at the relevant time) or any other U.S. federal law the violation of which is predicated upon a violation of the Controlled Substances Act as it applies to marijuana.

 

 

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(5)US Securities Law Matters. The Issued Securities to be issued pursuant to the Amended Arrangement shall be exempt from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act pursuant to Section 3(a)(10) thereof and pursuant to exemptions from applicable state securities laws, provided, however, that the Company shall be not entitled to the benefit of the conditions in this Section 5.1(5), and shall be deemed to have waived such condition, in the event that the Company fails to: (A) advise the Court prior to the hearing in respect of the Amendment Interim Order that the Parties intend to rely on the exemption from registration afforded by Section 3(a)(10) of the U.S. Securities Act based on the Court’s approval of the Arrangement; or (B) comply with the requirements set forth in Section 2.11.

 

(6)Amendment. The Company and the Purchaser shall have entered into the Amendment.

 

(7)Termination. This Agreement has not been terminated in accordance with its terms.

 

(8)Ancillary Transaction Amendments. The Housekeeping Amendments shall have each been made on terms satisfactory to each of the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably.

 

(9)Credit Agreement Amendment. The Credit Agreement Amendment shall have been entered into on terms satisfactory to each of the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably.

 

Section 5.2Additional Conditions Precedent to the Obligations of the Purchaser.

 

The Company shall not file, and the Purchaser shall not be required to file, the Required Filings giving effect to the Amended Arrangement unless each of the following conditions is satisfied or waived, which conditions are for the exclusive benefit of the Purchaser, and may only be waived, in whole or in part, by the Purchaser in its sole discretion:

 

(1)Performance of Covenants. The Company shall have fulfilled or complied in all material respects with each of the obligations and covenants of the Company contained in this Agreement to be fulfilled or complied with by it on or prior to the Amendment Time, and shall have delivered a certificate confirming same to the Purchaser, executed by two senior officers of the Company (in each case without personal liability) addressed to the Purchaser and dated as of the Amendment Date.

 

(2)Dissent Rights. Dissent Rights shall not have been exercised with respect to more than 5.0% of the issued and outstanding Company Shares.

 

 

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Section 5.3Additional Conditions Precedent to the Obligations of the Company.

 

The Company shall not be required to file, and the Purchaser shall not file, the Required Filings giving effect to the Amended Arrangement unless each of the following conditions are satisfied or waived, which conditions are for the exclusive benefit of the Company and may only be waived, in whole or in part, by the Company in its sole discretion:

 

(1)Performance of Covenants. The Purchaser shall have fulfilled or complied in all material respects with each of the obligations and covenants of the Purchaser contained in this Agreement to be fulfilled or complied with by it on or prior to the Amendment Time, and shall have delivered a certificate confirming same to the Company, executed by two senior officers of the Purchaser (in each case without personal liability) addressed to the Company and dated as of the Amendment Date.

 

(2)Deposit of Amendment Consideration. Subject to obtaining the Amendment Final Order and the satisfaction or waiver of the other conditions precedent contained herein in favour of the Company (other than conditions which, by their nature, are only capable of being satisfied as of the Amendment Time), the Purchaser has deposited or caused to be deposited with the Amendment Consideration Paying Agent in escrow, the Amendment Consideration to be paid pursuant to the Amended Arrangement.

 

(3)Debenture. US$50,000,000 shall have been advanced to the Purchaser’s counsel in trust for the benefit of a Subsidiary of the Company in connection with the Debenture, to be released at the Amendment Time.

 

(4)Bring-Down Certificate. The Purchaser shall have delivered a certificate executed by two senior officers of the Purchaser (in each case without personal liability) addressed to the Company and dated as of the Amendment Date, confirming that as of the Amendment Date, to the knowledge of the Purchaser, there is no fact or circumstance that would cause the Acquisition Closing Conditions to fail to be satisfied and confirming, on behalf of the Purchaser, that the Purchaser is not entitled to refuse to consummate the Acquisition or make a claim for damages against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries on the basis of any facts existing on, or prior to, the Amendment Date that are within the knowledge of the Purchaser on the Amendment Date.

 

Section 5.4Debenture Funding.

 

Concurrent with the completion of the Required Filings giving effect to the Amended Arrangement, (i) a Subsidiary of the Company shall execute the Debenture; and (ii) a Subsidiary of the Purchaser shall advance US$50,000,000 pursuant to the terms of the Debenture.

 

Article 6
TERM AND TERMINATION

 

Section 6.1Term.

 

This Agreement shall be effective from the date hereof until the earliest of (i) the Amendment Time; and (ii) the termination of this Agreement in accordance with its terms.

 

 

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Section 6.2Termination of this Agreement.

 

(1)This Agreement may be terminated by:

 

(a)               the mutual written agreement of the Parties; or

 

(b)               either the Company or the Purchaser, if the Required Shareholder Approval is not obtained at the Meeting in accordance with the Amendment Interim Order;

 

(c)               the Purchaser if the Company Board or any committee of the Company Board makes a Change in Recommendation.

 

(2)The Party desiring to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Section 6.2 (other than pursuant to Section 6.2(1)(a)) shall give written notice of such termination to the other Party, specifying in reasonable detail the basis for such Party’s exercise of its termination right.

 

Section 6.3Effect of Termination/Survival of this Agreement.

 

If this Agreement is terminated or is no longer in effective pursuant to Section 6.1 or Section 6.2, this Agreement shall become void and of no further force or effect without liability of any Party (or any shareholder, director, officer, employee, agent, consultant or representative of such Party) to any other Party to this Agreement, except that this Section 6.3, Section 6.4 and Section 7.2 through to and including Section 7.13 shall survive; and provided further that no Party shall be relieved of any liability for any wilful and material breach by it of this Agreement. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, the Arrangement Agreement shall survive any termination of this Agreement.

 

Section 6.4Expenses and Expense Reimbursement.

 

(1)Subject to this Section 6.4, all out-of-pocket third party transaction expenses incurred in connection with this Agreement, the Amendment and the Amended Plan of Arrangement and the transactions contemplated hereunder and thereunder, including all costs, expenses and fees of a Party incurred prior to or after the Amendment Time in connection with, or incidental to, the Amended Plan of Arrangement, shall be paid by the Party incurring such expenses, whether or not the Amended Arrangement is consummated.

 

(2)If this Agreement is terminated by the Purchaser pursuant to:

 

(a)               Section 6.2(1)(c) [Change in Recommendation]; or

 

(b)               Section 6.2(1)(b) [Failure to Obtain Required Shareholder Approval], provided that the Purchaser was, prior to the Meeting, entitled to terminate this Agreement pursuant to Section 6.2(1)(c) [Change in Recommendation],

 

then the Company shall, within two Business Days of such termination, pay or cause to be paid to the Purchaser by wire of immediately available funds, the Termination Expense Reimbursement; provided that the Company shall not be required to pay the Termination Expense Reimbursement to the Purchaser in the event that a Change in Recommendation was made by the Company Board as a result of a Purchaser Material Adverse Effect.

 

 

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(3)The payment of the Termination Expense Reimbursement pursuant to this Section 6.4 shall be liquidated damages and shall preclude the Purchaser from seeking damages and pursuing any other remedies that it may have in respect of losses incurred or suffered by it as a result of failure by the Company to perform any covenant or satisfy any condition set out in this Agreement.

 

(4)The Company confirms that other than the fees disclosed to the Purchaser in writing prior to the date hereof, no broker, finder or investment banker is or will be entitled to any brokerage, finder’s or other fee or commission in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

 

Article 7
GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

Section 7.1Amendments.

 

This Agreement and the Amended Plan of Arrangement may, at any time and from time to time before or after the holding of the Meeting but not later than the Acquisition Effective Time, be amended, subject to the Amended Plan of Arrangement, the Amendment Interim Order and the Amendment Final Order, by mutual written agreement of the Parties, and any such amendment may, without limitation:

 

(a)               change the time for performance of any of the obligations or acts of the Parties;

 

(b)               waive any inaccuracies contained in this Agreement or in any document delivered pursuant to this Agreement;

 

(c)               waive compliance with or modify any of the covenants contained in this Agreement and waive or modify performance of any of the obligations of the Parties pursuant to this Agreement; and/or

 

(d)               waive compliance with or modify any mutual conditions contained in this Agreement.

 

 

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Section 7.2Notices.

 

Any notice, or other communication given regarding the matters contemplated by this Agreement (must be in writing, sent by personal delivery, courier or electronic mail) and addressed:

 

(a)               to the Purchaser at:

 

Canopy Growth Corporation
1 Hershey Drive
Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 0A8

 

Attention: David Klein
Email: [PERSONAL INFORMATION REDACTED]

 

with copies (which shall not constitute notice) to:

 

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza
40 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H 3C2

 

Attention: Jonathan Sherman
Email: jsherman@cassels.com

 

and

 

Attention: Jamie Litchen
Email: jlitchen@cassels.com

 

(b)               to the Company at:

 

Acreage Holdings, Inc.
366 Madison Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10017

 

Attention: James Doherty, General Counsel
Email: [PERSONAL INFORMATION REDACTED]

 

with copies (which shall not constitute notice) to:

 

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
Suite 6000, 1 First Canadian Place
Toronto, Ontario M5X 1E2

 

Attention: Robert Fonn
Email: robert.fonn@dlapiper.com

 

and

 

Attention: Russel W. Drew
Email: russel.drew@dlapiper.com

 

and

 

Cozen O’Connor
One Liberty Place, 1650 Market Street Suite 2800
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

Attention: Joseph C. Bedwick
Email: JBedwick@cozen.com

 

 

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Any notice or other communication is deemed to be given and received (i) if sent by personal delivery, same day courier or electronic mail, on the date of delivery if it is a Business Day and the delivery was made prior to 4:00 p.m. (local time in place of receipt) and otherwise on the next Business Day or (ii) if sent by overnight courier, on the next Business Day. A Party may change its address for service from time to time by providing a notice in accordance with the foregoing. Any subsequent notice or other communication must be sent to the Party at its changed address. Any element of a Party’s address that is not specifically changed in a notice will be assumed not to be changed. Sending a copy of a notice or other communication to a Party’s legal counsel as contemplated above is for information purposes only and does not constitute delivery of the notice or other communication to that Party. The failure to send a copy of a notice or other communication to legal counsel does not invalidate delivery of that notice or other communication to a Party.

 

Section 7.3Time of the Essence.

 

Time is of the essence in this Agreement.

 

Section 7.4Injunctive Relief.

 

The Parties agree that irreparable harm would occur for which money damages would not be an adequate remedy at law in the event that any of the provisions of this Agreement were not performed in accordance with their specific terms or were otherwise breached. It is accordingly agreed that the Parties shall be entitled to specific performance and injunctive and other equitable relief to prevent breaches of this Agreement, and to enforce compliance with the terms of this Agreement without any requirement for the securing or posting of any bond in connection with the obtaining of any such injunctive or other equitable relief, this being in addition to any other remedy to which the Parties may be entitled at law or in equity.

 

Section 7.5Third Party Beneficiaries.

 

The Company and the Purchaser intend that this Agreement will not benefit or create any right or cause of action in favour of any Person, other than the Parties and that no Person, other than the Parties, shall be entitled to rely on the provisions of this Agreement in any action, suit, proceeding, hearing or other forum.

 

Section 7.6Waiver.

 

No waiver of any of the provisions of this Agreement will constitute a waiver of any other provision (whether or not similar). No waiver will be binding unless executed in writing by the Party to be bound by the waiver. A Party’s failure or delay in exercising any right under this Agreement will not operate as a waiver of that right. A single or partial exercise of any right will not preclude a Party from any other or further exercise of that right or the exercise of any other right.

 

 

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Section 7.7Entire Agreement.

 

This Agreement, including the Schedules hereto and the Arrangement Agreement constitute the entire agreement between the Parties with respect to the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and supersedes all prior agreements, understandings, negotiations and discussions, whether oral or written, of the Parties. There are no representations, warranties, covenants, conditions or other agreements, express or implied, collateral, statutory or otherwise, between the Parties in connection with the subject matter of this Agreement, except as specifically set forth in this Agreement or the Arrangement Agreement. The Parties have not relied and are not relying on any other information, discussion or understanding in entering into and completing the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

 

Section 7.8Successors and Assigns.

 

(1)This Agreement becomes effective only when executed by the Company and the Purchaser. After that time, it will be binding upon and enure to the benefit of the Company, the Purchaser and their respective successors and permitted assigns.

 

(2)Neither this Agreement nor any of the rights or obligations under this Agreement are assignable or transferable by any Party without the prior written consent of the other Party.

 

Section 7.9Severability.

 

If any provision of this Agreement is determined to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable by an arbitrator or any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision will be severed from this Agreement and the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect. Upon such determination that any term or other provision is invalid, illegal or incapable of being enforced, the Parties shall negotiate in good faith to modify this Agreement so as to effect the original intent of the Parties as closely as possible in an acceptable manner to the end that the transactions contemplated hereby are fulfilled to the fullest extent possible.

 

Section 7.10Governing Law.

 

(1)This Agreement will be governed by and interpreted and enforced in accordance with the laws of the Province of British Columbia and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein.

 

(2)Each Party irrevocably attorns and submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the British Columbia courts situated in the City of Vancouver and waives objection to the venue of any proceeding in such court or that such court provides an inconvenient forum.

 

Section 7.11Rules of Construction.

 

The Parties to this Agreement waive the application of any Law or rule of construction providing that ambiguities in any agreement or other document shall be construed against the Party drafting such agreement or other document.

 

Section 7.12No Personal Liability.

 

No director or officer of the Purchaser or any of its Subsidiaries shall have any personal liability whatsoever to the Company under this Agreement or any other document delivered in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby on behalf of the Purchaser or any of its Subsidiaries. No director or officer of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries shall have any personal liability whatsoever to the Purchaser under this Agreement or any other document delivered in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby on behalf of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

 

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Section 7.13Language.

 

The Parties expressly acknowledge that they have requested that this Agreement and all ancillary and related documents thereto be drafted in the English language only. Les parties aux présentes reconnaissent avoir exigé que la présente entente et tous les documents qui y sont accessoires soient rédigés en anglais seulement.

 

Section 7.14Counterparts.

 

This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts (including counterparts by facsimile) and all such counterparts taken together shall be deemed to constitute one and the same instrument. The Parties shall be entitled to rely upon delivery of an executed facsimile or similar executed electronic copy of this Agreement, and such facsimile or similar executed electronic copy shall be legally effective to create a valid and binding agreement between the Parties.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF the Parties have executed this Proposal Agreement.

 

  CANOPY GROWTH CORPORATION 
   
  Per: (signed) “Mike Lee”
    Authorized Signing Officer
    I have authority to bind the company.
     
  ACREAGE HOLDINGS, INC.
     
  Per: (signed) “Kevin Murphy”
    Authorized Signing Officer
    I have authority to bind the company.

 

 

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Schedule A

RESOLUTION

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

 

1.The arrangement (the “Amended Arrangement”) under Section 288 of the Business ‎Corporations Act (British Columbia) (the “BCBCA”) of Acreage Holdings, Inc. (the ‎‎“Company”) provided for in the arrangement agreement between the Company and ‎Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth”) dated April 18, 2019, as amended on ‎May 15, 2019 (the “Arrangement Agreement”), as may be further amended, modified ‎or supplemented in accordance with the proposal agreement dated l 2020 between the ‎Company and Canopy (as it may be amended, the “Proposal Agreement”), as more ‎particularly described and set forth in the proxy statement of the Company dated l, 2020 ‎‎(the “Circular”) accompanying the corresponding notice of meeting is hereby authorized, ‎approved and adopted.‎
  
2.The amended and restated plan of arrangement of the Company (as it has been or may be ‎amended, modified or supplemented in accordance with its terms, the Arrangement ‎Agreement and the Proposal Agreement (the “Amended Plan of Arrangement”), the ‎full text of which is set out in Appendix l to the Circular, is hereby authorized, approved ‎and adopted.‎
  
3.The (i) Proposal Agreement and the transactions provided for therein and in Arrangement ‎Agreement and any amendments thereto, (ii) actions of the directors of the Company in ‎approving the Proposal Agreement, and (iii) actions of the directors and officers of the ‎Company in executing and delivering the Proposal Agreement, are hereby ratified, ‎confirmed and approved.‎
  
4.The Company is hereby authorized to apply for a final order from the Supreme Court of British ‎Columbia to approve the Amended Arrangement, as the same may be further amended in ‎accordance with the terms set forth in the Proposal Agreement and the Amended Plan of ‎Arrangement.‎  
  
5.The second amended and restated omnibus incentive plan of the Company adopted by the ‎Company’s board of directors on June l, 2020 (the “Second Amended and Restated ‎Omnibus Plan”), which amends and restates the Company’s omnibus incentive Plan ‎effective as of November 14, 2018, with amendments thereto approved on May 7, 2019 ‎and June 19, 2019, respectively, as amended and restated effective as of August 19, ‎‎2019, in accordance with the terms of the Proposal Agreement, is hereby ratified, ‎confirmed and approved.‎
  
6.Notwithstanding that these resolutions, and the Amended Arrangement, have been adopted by ‎the shareholders of the Company or that the Amended Arrangement may be approved by ‎the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the directors of the Company are hereby ‎authorized and empowered, without notice to or approval of the shareholders of the ‎Company, to (i) authorize and approve further amendments, modifications or supplements ‎to the Proposal Agreement, the Amended Plan of Arrangement or the Second Amended ‎and Restated Omnibus Plan to the extent permitted under the Proposal Agreement ‎without further approval of the shareholders and (ii) subject to the terms of the Proposal ‎Agreement, not to proceed with the Amended Arrangement and related transactions.

 

 

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7.Any one officer or director of the Company is hereby authorized and directed for and on behalf ‎‎of the Company to execute or cause to be executed, under the seal of the Company or ‎‎otherwise, and to deliver such documents as are necessary or desirable to the Director ‎‎under the BCBCA in accordance with the Proposal Agreement for filing.
  
8.Any one officer or director of the Company is hereby authorized and directed for and on behalf ‎‎of the Company to execute or cause to be executed and to deliver or cause to be delivered all ‎‎such other documents and instruments and to perform or cause to be performed all such other ‎‎acts and things as such Person determines may be necessary or desirable to give full effect to the ‎‎foregoing resolutions and the matters authorized thereby, such determination to be conclusively ‎‎evidenced by the execution and delivery of such document or instrument or the doing of any ‎‎such act or thing.

 

 

 

 

Schedule B

 

SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE ARRANGEMENT AGREEMENT

 

THIS AMENDMENT is made as of [l], 2020

 

BETWEEN:

 

CANOPY GROWTH CORPORATION, a corporation existing under the laws of Canada (the “Purchaser”)

 

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ACREAGE HOLDINGS, INC., a company existing under the laws of the Province of British Columbia (the “Company”)

 

WHEREAS the Purchaser and the Company are parties to an arrangement agreement dated April 18, 2019, as amended on May 15, 2019 (the “Arrangement Agreement”);

 

AND WHEREAS the Purchaser and the Company wish to amend certain terms of the Arrangement Agreement and the Plan of Arrangement (as defined in the Arrangement Agreement) as provided in this Amendment;

 

AND WHEREAS the Company Shareholders (as defined in the Arrangement Agreement) approved the Amendment (as defined below) and the Amended Plan of Arrangement (as defined below) at the Meeting (as defined below);

 

AND WHEREAS the Company has obtained the Amendment Regulatory Approvals (as defined below).

 

THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants contained herein (the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged), the Parties agree as follows:

 

Article 1
Interpretation

 

1.1Defined Terms.

 

Capitalized terms used but not defined in this Amendment have the meanings given to them in the Arrangement Agreement. As used in this Amendment, the following terms have the following meanings:

 

Adverse Regulatory Event” means that, during any fiscal year following the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, the anticipated legalization of recreational Cannabis in a particular state of the United States (the “Relevant State”), as set forth in the Initial Approved Business Plan, has not occurred as of the commencement of the fiscal year noted therein. Should an Adverse Regulatory Event occur, it shall be deemed to have occurred on January 1 of the applicable year.

 

 

 

Adverse Year” means a fiscal year during which an Adverse Regulatory Event has occurred.

 

Amended Arrangement” means an arrangement under Section 288 of the BCBCA on the terms and subject to the conditions set out in the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

Amended Equity Incentive Plan” means the Company’s omnibus equity plan last approved by the Company Shareholders on June 19, 2019, as amended at the Meeting.

 

Amended Plan of Arrangement” means the amended and restated plan of arrangement, substantially in the form attached as Schedule A hereto, subject to any amendments or variations to such plan made in accordance with Article 6 of the Amended Plan of Arrangement or made at the direction of the Court in the Amendment Final Order with the prior written consent of the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably.

 

Amendment” means this second amendment to the Arrangement Agreement.

 

Amendment Date” has the meaning specified in Section 1.1 of the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

Amendment Final Order” means the final order of the Court approving the Amended Arrangement under Section 291 of the BCBCA, in a form acceptable to the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably, after a hearing upon the procedural and substantive fairness of the terms and conditions of the Amended Arrangement, as such order may be amended by the Court (with the consent of both the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably) at any time prior to the Amendment Time or, if appealed, then, unless such appeal is withdrawn or denied, as affirmed or as amended (provided that any such amendment is acceptable to both the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably) on appeal.

 

Amendment Interim Order” means the interim order of the Court dated [l], 2020, after being informed of the intention of the Parties to rely upon the exemption from registration under U.S. Securities Act provided by Section 3(a)(10) of the U.S. Securities Act with respect to the Issued Securities issued pursuant to the Amended Arrangement, providing for, among other things, the calling and holding of the Meeting.

 

Amendment Regulatory Approvals” means:

 

(a)the grant of the Amendment Interim Order and the Amendment Final Order; and

 

(b)in relation to the Company, the approval of the CSE in respect of the Amended Arrangement, including the delisting of the Company Subordinate Voting Shares and the listing of the New Subordinate Shares and Floating Shares.

 

Amendment Time” has the meaning specified in Section 1.1 of the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

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Approved Business Plan” means any Business Plan that is approved by the Company Board and that contains the Mandatory Requirements and complies with the Initial Approved Business Plan.

 

Austerity Measures” has the meaning specified in Section 2.5(6) of this Amendment.

 

Board Nominees” has the meaning specified in Section 2.4(2) of this Amendment.

 

Business Plan” means for each fiscal quarter: (i) a description of proposed operations of the Company and its Subsidiaries; (ii) an estimate of revenue to be received by the Company and its Subsidiaries; (iii) the capital and operating budget setting out the expenditures of the Company and its Subsidiaries for operating and capital improvements; and (iv) such other matters as the Company may reasonably consider to be necessary to illustrate the results intended to be achieved by the Company during such quarter.

 

Consolidated EBITDA” means EBITDA, excluding, in respect of the fiscal period, the following: (i) income or loss from investments; (ii) security-based compensation; (iii) non-cash impairment losses; (iv) costs associated with the Arrangement Agreement; and (v) other non-recurring expenses as mutually determined by the Purchaser and the Company, acting reasonably, provided that in the event of a disagreement as to the Consolidated EBITDA on the Acquisition Date, such amount of non-recurring expenses shall be determined by a nationally recognized chartered accounting firm who is independent of the Purchaser and the Company.

 

Consolidated Adj. EBITDA Target” means for each of the fiscal years ending December 31, 2020 through to December 31, 2029, the Consolidated Adj. EBITDA Target set forth for the applicable fiscal year in the Initial Approved Business Plan (which is the sum of the state targets on page 12 of the Initial Approved Business Plan); provided that if an Adverse Regulatory Event has occurred in a Relevant State, (i) the Company and the Purchaser shall mutually agree, each acting reasonably, on a revised annual growth rate to be applied in respect of such Adverse Year for the Relevant State; and (ii) the Consolidated Adj. EBITDA Target for such Adverse Year will be adjusted downward accordingly to reflect the agreed change for the Relevant State. Following the completion of such Adverse Year, (i) the target for the Relevant State for the year subsequent to the Adverse Year (the “Subsequent Year”) shall be an amount equal to the product of (x) the target amount for the Adverse Year for the Relevant State set forth on page 11 of the Initial Approved Business Plan; multiplied by (y) the stated annual growth rate in the Relevant State for the Subsequent Year set forth on page 11 of the Initial Approved Business Plan, (ii) the fiscal year targets for the Relevant State for the balance of the fiscal years following the Subsequent Year will be recalculated according to the stated growth rate in the Initial Approved Business Plan for the applicable year; and (iii) the Consolidated Adj. EBITDA Targets for the Subsequent Year and all fiscal years thereafter will be adjusted downward accordingly in the Initial Approved Business Plan. In the event that the Company and the Purchaser cannot mutually agree on the revised annual growth rate to be applied in respect of such Adverse Year for the Relevant State, (i) the target amount for the Adverse Year for the Relevant State will be deemed to be an amount equal to the product of (x) the actual EBITDA amount for the prior fiscal year (the “Prior Year”) for the Relevant State; multiplied by (y) a fraction of which (A) the numerator shall be equal to the actual EBITDA amount in the Relevant State for the Prior Year; and (B) the denominator shall be equal to the actual EBITDA amount in the Relevant State for the fiscal year immediately before the Prior Year; and (ii) the Consolidated Adj. EBITDA Target for such Adverse Year will be adjusted downward accordingly.

 

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The following is an illustrative example in the event that an Adverse Regulatory Event is deemed to occur in Connecticut as of January 1, 2024 and [COMMERCIALLY SENSITIVE INFORMATION REDACTED].

 

Convertible Security” means a security of the Company that is convertible or exercisable into or exchangeable for Shares, but excludes (a) a Security issued pursuant to the Amended Equity Incentive Plan; (b) a Right; or (c) a Pre-Emptive Right Security.

 

Cost of Capital” means the effective annual interest associated with any Contract for Company Debt, including for the purposes of calculating such annual interest, any interest payments, whether in cash or Securities, origination fees, standby fees, original issue discounts, bonus issuances of Securities, any and all charges and expenses, whether in the form of a fee, fine, penalty, commission or other similar charge or expense or in any other form, paid or payable for the advancing of credit under the Contract, any fee, fine, penalty, commission and other similar charge or expense directly or indirectly incurred under the Contract or any other form of payment, whether in cash or Securities; provided that the value attributed to any New Subordinate Share will be equal to the Fair Market Value of a Purchaser Share at such time multiplied by 0.3048.

 

Credit Agreement Amendment” means the credit agreement dated March 6, 2020, and amended as of the date hereof, between Acreage Finance Delaware, LLC, as borrower, and Acreage IP Holdings, LLC, Prime Wellness of Connecticut, LLC, D&B Wellness, LLC and Thames Valley Apothecary, LLC, as guarantors, and IP Investment Company, LLC, as lender, administrative agent and collateral agent.

 

Debenture” means the debenture between a Subsidiary of the Company and a ‎Subsidiary of the Purchaser dated as of the date hereof, whereby the Subsidiary of the Purchaser ‎shall advance funds as a loan to a Subsidiary of the Company‎.

 

EBITDA” means, in respect of any fiscal period, the consolidated net income (loss) of the Company in such fiscal period plus without duplication and to the extent deducted in determining consolidated net income (loss) for such period, the sum of (i) interest expense for such period, (ii) income tax expense for such period, and (iii) all amounts attributable to depreciation and amortization expense for such period, all elements as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

 

End Date” means, following the Acquisition Date, the earlier of the date that the Purchaser (i) has acquired all of the issued and outstanding Floating Shares; and (ii) no longer holds at least 35% of the Shares.

 

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Exercise Notice” has the meaning specified in Section 2.7(4) of this Amendment.

 

Failure to Perform” means that either:

 

(a)the Pro-Forma Revenue during the 12-month period ended on the last day of the calendar month prior to the date that is 30 days prior to the Acquisition Date is less than 60% of the Pro-Forma Net Revenue Target (which, if applicable, shall be adjusted and calculated on the basis of the Pro-Forma Net Revenue Target for then then current year and the prior year on a pro rata basis to take into account the portion of each applicable Pro-Forma Net Revenue Target year that corresponds to the 12-month calculation period); or

 

(b)the Consolidated EBITDA during the 12-month period ended on the last day of the calendar month prior to the date that is 30 days prior to the Acquisition Date is less than 60% of the Consolidated Adj. EBITDA Target (which, if applicable, shall be adjusted and calculated on the basis of the Consolidated Adj. EBITDA Target for then then current year and the prior year on a pro rata basis to take into account the portion of each applicable Consolidated Adj. EBITDA Target year that corresponds to the 12-month calculation period).

 

Fair Market Value” means, in respect of the Purchaser Shares, the volume weighted average trading price of the Purchaser Shares on the New York Stock Exchange (or other recognized stock exchange on which the Purchaser Shares are primarily traded as determined by volume) for the five trading day period immediately prior to the applicable determination date.

 

Floating Compensation Options” means the compensation options and the warrants to purchase Floating Shares issued by the Company at or following the Amendment Time.

 

Floating Options” means the options to purchase Floating Shares to be issued pursuant to and in accordance with the terms of the Amended Equity Incentive Plan.

 

Floating RSUs” means the restricted share units that may be settled by the Company in either cash or Floating Shares issued pursuant to the Amended Equity Incentive Plan at or following the Amendment Time.

 

Floating Shares” means shares of the Company to be created pursuant to Section 3.2(d)(iii) of the Amended Plan of Arrangement and designated as Class D subordinate voting shares, each entitling the holder thereof to one vote per share at shareholder meetings of the Company.

 

Force Majeure Event” means an irresistible event or circumstance beyond the reasonable control of the Company, which notwithstanding the exercise of commercially reasonable diligence, the Company is unable to prevent or provide against (but does not include a failure by the Company to fund or pay) that prevents or delays it from conducting the activities and performing the obligations contemplated by the Approved Business Plan, provided that the Company makes a good faith effort to resolve or avoid such delay; such events shall include, but not be limited to any fire or other natural disaster, civil unrest, acts of God, acts of terrorism, an outbreak of a pandemic disease or any materially adverse change in applicable Law;

 

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Fully-Diluted Basis” has the meaning specified in Section 1.1 of the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

Fully-Diluted Floating Basis” has the meaning specified in Section 1.1 of the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

Identified States” means [COMMERCIALLY SENSITIVE INFORMATION REDACTED].

 

Initial Approved Business Plan” means the Business Plan for the fiscal years ending December 31, 2020 through to December 31, 2029 attached hereto as Schedule B, provided that if the Company Board approves expanding the operations of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to [COMMERCIALLY SENSITIVE INFORMATION REDACTED], the Company shall provide a Business Plan for the fiscal years ending through to December 31, 2029 for [COMMERCIALLY SENSITIVE INFORMATION REDACTED] which shall increase the Consolidated Adj. EBITDA Targets and Pro-Forma Net Revenue Targets for each fiscal year through to December 31, 2029 .

 

Interest Coverage Ratio” is calculated as EBITDA for the reporting period divided by the interest expense during the same reporting period.

 

Interim Failure to Perform” means that:

 

(a)an Approved Business Plan does not comply with the Mandatory Requirements; or

 

(b)the Company and the Subsidiaries have not complied with an Approved Business Plan as determined at the Quarterly Determination Date and either:

 

(i)the Pro-Forma Revenue at the Quarterly Determination Date is less than 90% of the Pro-Forma Net Revenue Target for the relevant fiscal year, as determined on a year-to-date basis; or

 

(ii)the Consolidated EBITDA at the Quarterly Determination Date is less than 90% of the Consolidated Adj. EBITDA Target for the relevant fiscal year, as determined on a year-to-date basis.

 

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Issuance Event” means the issuance by the Company of Shares and/or Convertible Securities, whether by way of public offering and/or private placement, but excluding any issuance of Shares and/or Convertible Securities by the Company:

 

(a)on the exercise, conversion or exchange of Convertible Securities issued prior to the Acquisition Effective Date;

 

(b)pursuant to the Amended Equity Incentive Plan;

 

(c)on the exercise of any Right;

 

(d)in connection with any Contract for Company Debt entered into after the Acquisition Effective Date;

 

(e)in connection with bona fide acquisitions (including acquisitions of assets or rights under a license or otherwise), mergers or similar business combination transactions undertaken and completed by the Company;

 

(f)on any exercise of the Pre-Emptive Right; or

 

(g)pursuant to any stock dividend, stock split, share consolidation, share reclassification, reorganization, amalgamation, arrangement or merger involving or in respect of the Company or any other similar event that affects all holders of Shares in an identical manner.

 

Issuance Event Notice” has the meaning specified in Section 2.7(2) of this Amendment.

 

Issued Securities” has the meaning specified in Section 1.1 of the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

Managed Entities” means Persons (other than Subsidiaries) where the Company or its Subsidiaries fully operate all aspects of the business of such Persons through management service or other Contracts.

 

Mandatory Requirements” means a Business Plan that (i) limits operations to the Identified States and [COMMERCIALLY SENSITIVE INFORMATION REDACTED] if the Company Board approves expanding the operations of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to [COMMERCIALLY SENSITIVE INFORMATION REDACTED]; (ii) is fully funded from a liquidity perspective with the necessary levels of working capital in order to achieve the Business Plan; (iii) ensures the Company will generate positive Consolidated EBITDA by the fiscal quarter commencing January 1, 2021 and every fiscal quarter thereafter in accordance with the Consolidated Adj. EBITDA Target; (iv) ensures the Company will generate positive Operating Cash Flow from operations by the fiscal quarter commencing January 1, 2021 and every fiscal quarter thereafter; (v) ensures the Company will generate Pro-Forma Revenue in accordance with the Pro-Forma Net Revenue Target; (vi) limits capital expenditures to the Identified States with a prohibition on new capital expenditures and capital leases outside of the Identified States; (vii) limits corporate overhead expenditures as a percentage of consolidated revenue of the Company and its Subsidiaries calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP to 25.0%, 20.0% and 15.0% for the fiscal years ending December 31, 2021, December 31, 2022 and December 31, 2023, respectively; (viii) maintains a minimum net working capital amount of US$10 million and a minimum non-restricted cash and cash equivalent balance of US$5 million; and (ix) limits Company Debt such that the Interest Coverage Ratio during the applicable fiscal quarter is at least 4.0.

 

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Market Price” means the closing price of the New Subordinate Shares or Floating Shares, as applicable, on the CSE (or other recognized stock exchange on which such shares are primarily traded, as determined by volume) on the last trading day prior to the dissemination of a news release disclosing a private placement or public offering of Securities.

 

Material Failure to Perform” means that, as determined at the end of the relevant fiscal year (commencing with the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021), either:

 

(a)the Pro-Forma Revenue at the end of the relevant fiscal year is less than 80% of the Pro-Forma Net Revenue Target for such fiscal year; or

 

(b)the Consolidated EBITDA at the end of the relevant fiscal year is less than 80% of the Consolidated Adj. EBITDA Target for such fiscal year.

 

Meeting” means the special meeting of Company Shareholders to be called to consider approval of this Amendment and the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

Net Revenue” means gross sales or revenue net of discounts, buy-downs, promotions, bona fide returns and refunds and exclusive of the amount of any tax or fee imposed by any federal, provincial, state, local or municipal Governmental Entity directly on sales, including any excise taxes and/or taxes collected from customers if such tax is added to the selling price actually remitted to such Governmental Entity.

 

New Compensation Options” means the compensation options and the warrants to purchase New Subordinate Shares issued by the Company at or following the Amendment Time.

 

New Multiple Shares” means shares of the Company to be created pursuant to Section 3.2(d)(ii) of the Amended Plan of Arrangement and designated as multiple voting shares, each entitling the holder thereof to 4,300 votes per share at shareholder meetings of the Company.

 

New Options” means the options to purchase New Subordinate Shares issued pursuant to the Amended Equity Incentive Plan at or following the Amendment Time.

 

New RSUs” means the restricted share units that may be settled by the Company in either cash or New Subordinate Shares issued pursuant to the Amended Equity Incentive Plan at or following the Amendment Time.

 

New Subordinate Shares” means shares of the Company to be created pursuant to Section 3.2(d)(i) of the Amended Plan of Arrangement and designated as subordinate voting shares, each entitling the holder thereof to one vote per share at shareholder meetings of the Company.

 

NI 52-110” means National Instrument 52-110 – Audit Committees.

 

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Nomination Letter” has the meaning specified in Section 2.4(3) of this Amendment.

 

Notice Period” has the meaning specified in Section 2.7(4) of this Amendment.

 

Operating Cash Flow” means cash flows from operating activities as calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

 

Original Percentage” means the percentage equivalent to the quotient obtained when (a) the aggregate number of issued and outstanding Shares beneficially owned by the Purchaser is divided by (b) the aggregate number of issued and outstanding Shares, in each case, immediately prior to an Issuance Event, and, for the avoidance of doubt, such calculation shall be made on a non-diluted basis.

 

Pre-Emptive Right” has the meaning specified in Section 2.7(1) of this Amendment.

 

Pre-Emptive Right Securities” has the meaning specified in Section 2.7(1) of this Amendment.

 

Prior Year” has the meaning specified in the definition of Consolidated Adj. EBITDA Target.

 

Pro-Forma EBITDA” means the sum of (i) EBITDA; and (ii) in respect of any fiscal period, the consolidated net income of the Managed Entities in such fiscal period plus without duplication and to the extent deducted in determining consolidated net income for such period, the sum of (i) interest expense for such period, (ii) income tax expense for such period, and (iii) all amounts attributable to depreciation and amortization expense for such period, all elements determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

 

Pro-Forma Net Revenue Target” means for each of the fiscal years ending December 31, 2020 through to December 31, 2029, the Pro-Forma Net Revenue Target set forth for the applicable fiscal year in the Initial Approved Business Plan (which is the sum of the state targets on page 10 of the Initial Approved Business Plan); provided that if an Adverse Regulatory Event has occurred in a Relevant State, (i) the Company and the Purchaser shall mutually agree, each acting reasonably, on a revised annual growth rate to be applied in respect of such Adverse Year for the Relevant State; and (ii) the Pro-Forma Net Revenue Target for such Adverse Year will be adjusted downward accordingly to reflect the agreed change for the Relevant State. Following the completion of such Adverse Year, (i) the target for the Relevant State for the Subsequent Year shall be an amount equal to the product of (x) the target amount for the Adverse Year for the Relevant State set forth on page 10 of the Initial Approved Business Plan; multiplied by (y) the stated annual growth rate in the Relevant State for the Subsequent Year set forth on page 10 of the Initial Approved Business Plan, (ii) the fiscal year targets for the Relevant State for the balance of the fiscal years following the Subsequent Year will be recalculated according to the stated growth rate in the Initial Approved Business Plan for the applicable year; and (iii) the Pro-Forma Net Revenue Targets for the Subsequent Year and all fiscal years thereafter will be adjusted downward accordingly in the Initial Approved Business Plan. In the event that the Company and the Purchaser cannot mutually agree on the revised annual growth rate to be applied in respect of such Adverse Year for the Relevant State, (i) the target amount for the Adverse Year for the Relevant State will be deemed to be an amount equal to the product of (x) the actual Pro-Forma Revenue amount for the Prior Year for the Relevant State; multiplied by (y) a fraction of which (A) the numerator shall be equal to the actual Pro-Forma Revenue amount in the Relevant State for the Prior Year; and (B) the denominator shall be equal to the actual Pro-Forma Revenue amount in the Relevant State for the fiscal year immediately before the Prior Year; and (ii) the Pro-Forma Net Revenue Target for such Adverse Year will be adjusted downward accordingly.

 

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The following is an illustrative example in the event that an Adverse Regulatory Event is deemed to occur in New York as of January 1, 2024 [COMMERCIALLY SENSITIVE INFORMATION REDACTED].

 

Pro-Forma Revenue” means the sum of (i) gross revenue for the Company and its Subsidiaries from results of operations as calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP (and for greater certainty, net of discounts, buy-downs, promotions, bona fide returns and refunds and exclusive of the amount of any tax or fee imposed by any federal, provincial, state, local or municipal Governmental Entity directly on sales, including any excise taxes and/or taxes collected from customers if such tax is added to the selling price actually remitted to such Governmental Entity); and (ii) gross revenue of Managed Entities from results of operations as calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP (and for greater certainty, net of discounts, buy-downs, promotions, bona fide returns and refunds and exclusive of the amount of any tax or fee imposed by any federal, provincial, state, local or municipal Governmental Entity directly on sales, including any excise taxes and/or taxes collected from customers if such tax is added to the selling price actually remitted to such Governmental Entity), provided that such amounts from Managed Entities are not included in clause (i).

 

Proposal Agreement” means the proposal agreement between the Purchaser and the Company dated as of June 24, 2020.

 

Quarterly Determination Date” means the end of each fiscal quarter commencing following the date of this Amendment, commencing with the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2020.

 

Required Director Criteria” means an individual who (i) is independent (as defined in Section 1.4 and Section 1.5 of NI 52-110) of the Purchaser and the Company; (ii) meets the qualification requirements to serve as a director under applicable Laws and the rules of any stock exchange on which the Shares are then listed; (iii) is not subject to any of the “bad actor” disqualifying events described in Rule 506(d)(1)(i)-(viii) under the U.S. Securities Act; (iv) is not subject to any (A) criminal convictions, court injunction, or restraining orders; (B) order of a state or federal regulator; (C) SEC disciplinary order; (D) SEC cease-and-desist order; (E) SEC stop order; (F) suspension or expulsion from membership in a self-regulatory organization; or (G) U.S. Postal Service false representation orders; (v) is financially literate (as defined in Section 1.6 of NI 52-110); (vi) has at least five years of service as a director or officer of a company listed on a recognized stock exchange in Canada or the United States; (vii) has at least five years of experience in the cannabis industry and/or consumer packaged goods industry and/or with a Fortune 500 company; (viii) has completed a directors’ education program; and (ix) has committed to a minimum of 14 hours of ongoing governance education annually.

 

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Required Officer Criteria” means an individual who (i) meets the qualification requirements to serve as an officer under the rules of any stock exchange on which the Shares are then listed; (ii) is not subject to any of the “bad actor” disqualifying events described in Rule 506(d)(1)(i)-(viii) under the U.S. Securities Act; (iii) is not subject to any (A) criminal conviction, court injunction, or restraining order; (B) order of a state or federal regulator; (C) SEC disciplinary order; (D) SEC cease-and-desist order; (E) SEC stop order; (F) suspension or expulsion from membership in a self-regulatory organization; or (G) U.S. Postal Service false representation order; (iv) has sufficient qualification, education and experience to effectively carry out the responsibilities of the proposed position; and (v) has at least five years of experience in the cannabis industry and/or consumer packaged goods industry and/or with a Fortune 500 company.

 

Right” means a right granted by the Company to all holders of Shares to purchase additional Shares and/or Convertible Securities.

 

Securities” means, collectively, New Subordinate Shares, New Multiple Shares, Floating Shares, New Options, Floating Options, New RSUs, Floating RSUs, New Compensation Options and Floating Compensation Options.

 

SEDA” means the  Standby Equity Distribution Agreement with an institutional investor (the “Investor”) dated May 29, 2020, under which the Company may, at its discretion, periodically sell to Investor, and pursuant to which the Investor may, at its discretion, require the Company to sell to it, up to US$50,000,000 of the Company Subordinate Voting Shares, subject to the conditions specified therein.

 

Shares” means, collectively, the New Subordinate Shares, the New Multiple Shares and the Floating Shares.

 

Specified Individuals” means Glen Leibowitz, Robert Daino, James Doherty, John Boehner, Douglas Maine, Brian Mulroney and William Van Faasen.

 

Subsequent Year” has the meaning specified in the definition of Consolidated Adj. EBITDA Target.

 

Target Cannabis Operator” has the meaning specified in Section 2.3(5) of this Amendment.

 

Top-Up Right” has the meaning specified in Section 2.8(1) of this Amendment.

 

Top-Up Right Acceptance Notice” has the meaning specified in Section 2.8(6) of this Amendment.

 

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Top-Up Right Notice Period” has the meaning specified in Section 2.8(6) of this Amendment.

 

Top-Up Right Offer Notice” has the meaning specified in Section 2.8(5) of this Amendment.

 

Top-Up Securities” has the meaning specified in Section 2.8(1) of this Amendment.

 

U.S. GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.‎

 

1.2Certain Rules of Interpretation.

 

In this Amendment, unless otherwise specified:

 

(1)Headings, etc. The division of this Amendment into Articles and Sections and the insertion of headings are for convenient reference only and do not affect the construction or interpretation of this Amendment.

 

(2)Currency. All references to dollars or to “$” are references to United States dollars.

 

(3)Gender and Number. Any reference to gender includes all genders. Words importing the singular number only include the plural and vice versa.

 

(4)Certain Phrases and References, etc. The words “including”, “includes” and “include” mean “including (or includes or include) without limitation,” and “the aggregate of”, “the total of”, “the sum of”, or a phrase of similar meaning means “the aggregate (or total or sum), without duplication, of.” Unless stated otherwise, “Article”, “Section”, and “Schedule” followed by a number or letter mean and refer to the specified Article or Section of or Schedule to this Amendment. The term “Amendment” and any reference in this Amendment to this Amendment or any other agreement or document includes, and is a reference to, this Amendment or such other agreement or document as it may have been, or may from time to time be, amended, restated, replaced, supplemented or novated and includes all schedules to it.

 

(5)Capitalized Terms. All capitalized terms used in any Schedule have the meanings ascribed to them in this Amendment. Capitalized terms used but not defined in this Amendment have the meanings given to them in the Arrangement Agreement.

 

(6)Accounting Terms. All accounting terms are to be interpreted in accordance with U.S. GAAP and all determinations of an accounting nature required to be made shall be made in a manner consistent with U.S. GAAP.

 

(7)Statutes. Any reference to a statute refers to such statute and all rules and regulations made under it, as it or they may have been or may from time to time be amended or re-enacted, unless stated otherwise.

 

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(8)Computation of Time. A period of time is to be computed as beginning on the day following the event that began the period and ending at 4:30 p.m. on the last day of the period, if the last day of the period is a Business Day, or at 4:30 p.m. on the next Business Day if the last day of the period is not a Business Day. If the date on which any action is required or permitted to be taken under this Amendment by a Person is not a Business Day such action shall be required or permitted to be taken on the next succeeding day which is a Business Day.

 

(9)Time References. References to time are to local time, Toronto, Ontario, unless otherwise indicated.

 

(10)Knowledge. Where any representation or warranty is expressly qualified by reference to the knowledge of the Purchaser, it is deemed to refer to the actual knowledge of the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Legal Officer, Director of Legal, U.S. and Vice-President, Mergers & Acquisitions of the Purchaser.

 

1.3Schedules.

 

The schedules attached to this Amendment form an integral part of this Amendment for all purposes.

 

Article 2
amendmentS to the arrangement agreement

 

2.1Amendments to the Arrangement Agreement.

 

Each of the following amendments to the Arrangement Agreement and/or the Plan of Arrangement shall be effective at the Amendment Time on the Amendment Date:

 

(1)The following language is deleted from the recitals of the Arrangement Agreement in its entirety:

 

WHEREAS, for United States federal income tax purposes, it is intended that the Merger shall qualify as a “reorganization” within the meaning of Sections 368(a)(1)(A) and 368(a)(2)(E) of the U.S. Tax Code, and this Agreement is intended to be, and is adopted as, a “plan of reorganization” for the purposes of Section 354 and 361 of the U.S. Tax Code.

 

(2)The definition of “Acquisition” in Section 1.1 of the Arrangement Agreement is deleted in its entirety, and replaced with the following:

 

‎“Acquisition” has the meaning specified in Section 1.1 of the Amended Plan of Arrangement.‎

 

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(3)The definition of “Acquisition Regulatory Approvals‎” in Section 1.1 of the Arrangement Agreement is deleted in its entirety, and replaced with the following:

 

‎“Acquisition Regulatory Approvals” means all Regulatory Approvals and all other third ‎party consents, ‎waivers, permits, orders and approvals that are necessary, proper or ‎advisable to consummate the Acquisition, including, but not limited to:‎

 

a)any filings required by the HSR Act and any applicable foreign investment and ‎competition law approvals in Canada, the United States and elsewhere;‎

 

b)the approval from the stock exchange(s) on which the Consideration Shares are listed to ‎permit the ‎Purchaser to acquire all of the issued and outstanding New Subordinate Shares and, if applicable, Floating Shares; ‎and

 

c)the approval from the stock exchange(s) on which the Purchaser Shares are listed, for ‎the listing of ‎the Consideration Shares, and any Purchaser Shares issuable upon ‎the exercise of Replacement Options, Replacement RSUs and Replacement ‎Compensation Options.‎

 

(4)The definition of “Company Equity” in Section 1.1 of the Arrangement Agreement is deleted in its entirety, and replaced with the following:

 

‎“Company Equity” means, for the Company at the Acquisition Effective Time, the ‎sum of (a) the product of the closing price of the New Subordinate Shares on the ‎Business Day prior to the Acquisition Date on the CSE (or such other recognized ‎exchange as the New Subordinate Shares are listed on the Business Day prior ‎to the Acquisition Date if the New Subordinate Shares are not listed for ‎trading on the CSE) multiplied by the total number of issued and ‎outstanding New Subordinate Shares on a Fully-Diluted Basis; plus (b) the product of the closing price of the Floating Shares on the Business Day prior to the Acquisition Date on the CSE (or such other recognized exchange as the Floating Shares are listed on the Business Day prior to the Acquisition Date if the Floating Shares are not listed for trading on the CSE) multiplied by the total number of outstanding Floating Shares on a Fully-Diluted Floating Basis.

 

(5)The definition of “Converted Basis‎” in Section 1.1 of the Arrangement Agreement is deleted in its entirety, and replaced with the following:

 

‎“‎Converted Basis” means the aggregate number of New Subordinate Shares ‎assuming the conversion of the New Multiple Shares.‎

 

(6)The definition of “Consideration Shares” in Section 1.1 of the Arrangement Agreement is deleted in its entirety, and replaced with the following:

 

Consideration Shares” has the meaning specified in Section 1.1 of the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

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(7)The definition of “Purchaser Approved Share Threshold” in Section 1.1 of the Arrangement Agreement is deleted in its entirety, and replaced with the following:

 

Purchaser Approved Share Threshold” means a total of 32,700,000 Shares, including for greater certainty any securities issued by the Company or High Street that are convertible, exchangeable, redeemable, retractable or exercisable for or into Shares, provided that such 32,700,000 Shares shall consist of (i) 12,400,000 Floating Shares, including for greater certainty 3,700,000 Floating Shares that are issuable upon exercise of Floating Options; and (ii) 20,300,000 New Subordinate Shares, but for greater certainty shall exclude: (i) [69,282,644] New Subordinate Shares and [29,692,562] Floating Shares which will be issued pursuant to the Amended Plan of Arrangement in exchange for [76,715,592] Company Subordinate Voting Shares and [556,490.3151] Company Proportionate Voting Shares, which are issued and outstanding as of the date of this Amendment; (ii) [117,600] New Multiple Shares and [50,400] Floating Shares which will be issued pursuant to the Amended Plan of Arrangement in exchange for [168,000] Company Multiple Voting Shares, which are issued and outstanding as of the date of this Amendment; (iii) [38,088,684] New Subordinate Shares and [16,323,722] Floating Shares which may be issued by the Company upon the conversion, exchange or exercise of [23,656,034] High Street Units, [4,979,399] Company Options, [8,120,311] Company Compensation Options, [9,398,754] Company RSUs, [728,145] USCo2 Class B Shares and up to [7,529,762] Shares that may be issued upon the conversion of convertible debt outstanding on the date hereof, which are issued and outstanding as of the date of this Amendment; (iv) [140,000] New Subordinate Shares and [60,000] Floating Shares which are reserved for issuance to the institutional lender pursuant to the credit agreement dated February 7, 2020, between HSCP CN Holdings ULC, as borrower, Acreage Finance Delaware, LLC, as guarantor, the institutional lender, and such lender’s administrative agent; and (v) [16,799] New Subordinate Shares and [7,200] Floating Shares reserved for issuance to the lender pursuant to the Credit Agreement Amendment.

 

(8)The definition of “Exchange Ratio‎” in Section 1.1 of the Arrangement Agreement is deleted in its entirety, and replaced with the following:

 

Exchange Ratio‎” has the meaning specified in Section 1.1 of the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

(9)All references to “Company Shares” in the Arrangement Agreement that are applicable following the Amendment Time shall be read following the Amendment Time as “Shares”.

 

(10)All references to “Company Subordinate Voting Shares” in the Arrangement Agreement that are applicable following the Amendment Time shall be read following the Amendment Time as “New Subordinate Shares”.

 

(11)All references to “Company Proportionate Voting Shares” in the Arrangement Agreement that are applicable following the Amendment Time shall be read following the Amendment Time as “New Subordinate Shares” as adjusted pursuant to the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

(12)All references to “Company Multiple Voting Shares” in the Arrangement Agreement that are applicable following the Amendment Time shall be read following the Amendment Time as “New Multiple Shares”.

 

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(13)Section 2.16 of the Arrangement Agreement is deleted in its entirety.

 

(14)The final sentence in Section 4.3(7) of the Arrangement Agreement is deleted and replaced with the following:‎

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, neither Party nor any of their affiliates shall be required to ‎proffer or consent to a governmental order consenting to any divestiture, restriction, prohibition ‎or limitation that materially limits the Party’s business in order to remedy any concerns that any ‎Governmental Entity may have.‎

 

(15)Section 4.1(3)(k) of the Arrangement Agreement is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:

 

enter into any Contract for Company Debt if:

 

i.such Contract would be materially inconsistent with market standards for companies operating in the United States cannabis industry;

 

ii.the occurrence of any of the Effective Date, the Triggering Event Date or the Acquisition Date (x) would trigger a default or event of default under such Contract, (y) allow the holder of such Company Debt to accelerate such Company Debt, or (z) would require a mandatory repayment of such Company Debt;

 

iii.such Contract prohibits a prepayment of the principal amount of such Company Debt, requires a make-whole payment for the interest owing during the remainder of the term of such Contract or charges a prepayment fee in an amount greater than 3.0% of the principal amount to be repaid;

 

iv.such Contract would provide for interest payments to be paid through the issuance of Securities as opposed to cash; or

 

v.such Contract has a principal amount of more than US$10,000,000 or a Cost of Capital that is greater than 30.0% per annum, provided that:

 

A.for the purposes of this Section 4.1(3)(k)(v), a series of Contracts entered into between the Company or any of its Subsidiaries and a lender (or any of such lender’s Affiliates) during any 12 month period shall be deemed to be one Contract for purposes of the maximum principal amount of US$10,000,000; and

 

B.if such Company Debt is fully secured by cash in a blocked account, the Cost of Capital shall not be greater than 3.0% per annum;

 

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provided that, notwithstanding this Section 4.1(3)(k), the Company or any of its Subsidiaries may enter into a maximum of two transactions (to be designated as such by the Company, in its sole discretion) for Company Debt during any one-year period, without the need to obtain the Purchaser’s prior consent, in accordance with the following terms:

 

i.the principal amount of the Company Debt per transaction shall not exceed US$10,000,000;

 

ii.the Company Debt is not convertible into any Securities; and

 

iii.each Contract shall not provide for the issuance of more than 500,000 Shares (or Securities convertible into or exchangeable for 500,000 Shares).

 

(16)Section 4.10 of the Arrangement Agreement is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:

 

Subject to applicable Laws, the Purchaser and the Company shall use their commercially ‎reasonable best efforts promptly following the Acquisition Effective Time to cause the New Subordinate Shares to be de-listed from the CSE and the Consideration Shares, together with such other ‎Purchaser Shares issuable (i) upon exercise of Replacement Options, Replacement RSUs and ‎Replacement Compensation Options issued pursuant to Section 2.8 hereof and the Amended Plan of ‎Arrangement; and (ii) Purchaser Shares issuable upon exchange or redemption of High Street ‎Units and USCo2 Class B Shares, to be listed on the TSX and the NYSE, or such other ‎recognized stock exchange(s) on which the Purchaser Shares are listed, with effect promptly ‎following the Acquisition Effective Time.‎

 

(17)All references to “Acquisition Effective Time” in Section 4.1(1) in the Arrangement Agreement shall be replaced with “End Date”.

 

(18)Section 7.1 of the Arrangement Agreement is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:

 

This Agreement shall be effective from the date hereof until the earliest to occur of (i) the Acquisition not having been completed prior to the Acquisition Closing Outside Date, (ii) the End Date; and (iii) the termination of this Agreement in accordance with its terms.

 

(19)The Plan of Arrangement, which is attached as Schedule A of the Arrangement Agreement, is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the Amended Plan of Arrangement, attached as Schedule A hereto.

 

(20)The Purchaser and the Company each acknowledge and agree that the execution and implementation of this Amendment and the Amended Plan of Arrangement and the Company’s compliance with its obligations and rights thereunder shall not be considered a breach of any covenant of the Company under the Arrangement Agreement, as amended, and shall not be considered in determining whether a representation, warranty or covenant of the Company thereunder has been breached and all such representations, warranties and covenants of the Company set forth in the Arrangement Agreement, as amended, shall be deemed to be amended to the extent required by, and having regard to, the provisions of this Amendment and the Amended Plan of Arrangement and the transactions contemplated therein.

 

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2.2Additional Company Covenants.

 

(1)Without limiting the generality of Section 4.1(1) of the Arrangement Agreement, the Company covenants and agrees that, during the period from the date of this Amendment until the earlier of the Acquisition Effective Time and the date that the Arrangement Agreement is terminated in accordance with its terms, except: (i) as expressly required or permitted by this Amendment; or (ii) as required by applicable Law, the Company shall not, and shall not permit any of the Key Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly:

 

(a)issue additional Shares or securities convertible, exchangeable or exercisable for or into Shares, including any Securities or High Street Units, other than:

 

(i)upon the conversion, exchange or exercise of any Securities or High Street Units that are issued and outstanding as of the date hereof;

 

(ii)pursuant to contractual commitments existing as of the date hereof, including the SEDA;

 

(iii)Floating Options to purchase a maximum of 3,700,000 Floating Shares issued pursuant to the Amended Equity Incentive Plan;

 

(iv)up to US$3,000,000 worth of New Subordinate Shares pursuant to an at-the-market offering that may be completed no more than four times during any one-year period, provided that the total value of New Subordinate Shares issued pursuant to such offerings during any one-year period shall not exceed US$12,000,000;

 

(v)up to 500,000 New Subordinate Shares in connection with the incurrence of any new Company Debt that is otherwise completed in compliance with the terms of the Arrangement Agreement (other than pursuant to consents and waivers provided by the Purchaser prior to the date hereof); or

 

(vi)pursuant to one private placement or public offering of Securities during any one-year period for aggregate gross proceeds of up to US$20,000,000, provided that (i) the price per Security (or any exercise or conversion price) shall not be less than 90% of the Market Price; and (ii) the maximum number of compensation Securities issuable to any broker, agent, finder or underwriter in connection therewith shall not exceed 6.0% of the number of Securities issued pursuant to such private placement or public offering;

 

provided that, notwithstanding the foregoing, in no event shall the Company issue Shares or securities convertible, exchangeable or exercisable for or into Shares, including any Securities or High Street Units, in excess of the Purchaser Approved Share Threshold;

 

(b)reduce the capital of any class or series of the Shares;

 

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(c)nominate any individual that does not serve on the Company Board as of the date hereof for election to the Company Board at a meeting of the shareholders of the Company that is supported by the Company or the Company Board if such individual does not meet the Required Director Criteria;

 

(d)appoint any individual to serve on the Company Board in between meetings of the shareholders of the Company if such individual does not meet the Required Director Criteria; or

 

(e)appoint any individual, other than an individual currently serving as a director or executive officer of the Company, to serve as an executive officer of the Company or any of the Key Subsidiaries, including, without limitation, the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer or any executive officer in an equivalent position if such individual does not meet the Required Officer Criteria.

 

(2)The Company covenants and agrees that, during the period from the date of this Amendment until the earlier of the End Date and the date that the Arrangement Agreement is terminated in accordance with its terms, it shall prepare and deliver to the Purchaser on the 12th Business Day of each month a reporting package consisting of: (a) a full set of financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, including Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow, EBITDA, Interest Coverage Ratio, Consolidated EBITDA, Pro-Forma Revenue and Pro-Forma EBITDA for the preceding calendar month ended, (b) monthly treasury report showing all balances for cash and cash equivalents as of the last day of the preceding calendar month, (c) and capitalization table inclusive of all Securities issued and outstanding as of the last day of the preceding calendar month, including all New Options, Floating Options, New RSUs, Floating RSUs, New Compensation Options and Floating Compensation Options and other convertible securities along with relevant terms and exercise prices, and (d) a detailed summary of all expenditures made during the preceding calendar month and a comparison of such expenditures and all prior reported expenditures in reasonable detail to estimates set forth in the applicable Approved Business Plan.

 

(3)The Company covenants and agrees that, during the period from the Acquisition Effective Time until the End Date, except: (i) as expressly required or permitted by this Amendment; or (ii) as required by applicable Law, the Company shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly:

 

(a)declare, set aside or pay any dividend or other distribution of any kind or nature (whether in cash, stock or property or any combination thereof) in respect of any securities, unless paid in respect of all Shares, in accordance with the Shares’ respective rights, dividends between two wholly-owned Subsidiaries and tax distributions from High Street to the extent permitted in the Tax Receivable Agreement, Tax Receivable Bonus Plan and/or the High Street Operating Agreement;

 

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(b)consolidate or merge into or with another Person or enter into any other similar business combination, including pursuant to any amalgamation, arrangement, recapitalization or reorganization, other than a consolidation, merger or other similar business combination of any wholly-owned Subsidiary of the Company into or with the Company or into or with another wholly-owned Subsidiary of the Company or an amalgamation or arrangement involving a Subsidiary of the Company with a another Person in connection with an acquisition permitted or approved pursuant to Section 2.2(1)(3)(c);

 

(c)acquire any shares or similar equity interests, instruments convertible into or exchangeable for shares or similar equity interests, assets, businesses or operations with an aggregate value of more than US$250 million, in a single transaction or a series of related transactions;

 

(d)amend its Constating Documents or, in the case of any Key Subsidiary which is not a corporation, its similar organizational documents;

 

(e)not issue additional USCo2 Class B Shares or securities convertible, exchangeable or exercisable for or into USCo2 Class B Shares;

 

(f)not issue additional High Street Units or securities convertible, exchangeable or exercisable for or into High Street Units for cash proceeds;

 

(g)adopt any plan or proposal for a complete or partial liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (other than a liquidation, dissolution or wind-up of any such entity in connection with which all of such entity’s assets are transferred to the Company and/or one or more of its Subsidiaries) or any reorganization or recapitalization of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or commence any case, proceeding or action seeking relief under any existing or future laws relating to bankruptcy, insolvency, conservatorship or relief of debtors;

 

(h)sell, transfer, lease, pledge or otherwise dispose of any of its or any of its Subsidiaries’ assets, business or operations (in a single transaction or a series of related transactions, and excluding any sale, transfer, lease, pledge or disposition of assets, business or operations to the Company and/or one or more of its Subsidiaries) in the aggregate with a value of more than US$20 million;

 

(i)enter into any agreement or arrangement that limits or otherwise restricts in any material respect the Company or any successor thereto or any Subsidiary, or that would, after the Effective Time, limit or restrict in any material respect the Company or any of its affiliates from competing in any manner;

 

(j)knowingly take any action or fail to take any action which action or failure to act would result in the loss, expiration or surrender of, or the loss of any material benefit under, or reasonably be expected to cause any Governmental Entity to institute proceedings for the suspension, revocation or limitation of rights under, any material Authorizations necessary to conduct its businesses as now conducted or as proposed to be conducted that would cause a Company Material Adverse Effect, or fail to prosecute with commercially reasonable due diligence any pending applications to any Governmental Entities for material Authorizations as would reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect;

 

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(k)abandon or fail to diligently pursue any application for any licences, permits, Authorizations or registrations that would cause a Company Material Adverse Effect;

 

(l)grant or commit to grant a licence or otherwise transfer abandon, or permit to become abandoned any Intellectual Property or exclusive rights in or in respect thereof that would reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect; or

 

(m)authorize, agree, resolve or otherwise commit, whether or not in writing, to do any of the foregoing.

 

2.3Additional Purchaser Covenants.

 

(1)The Purchaser covenants and agrees that, notwithstanding anything contained in Section 4.1 of the Arrangement Agreement, the Company shall be permitted to cancel up to 3,500,000 New Options and 1,500,000 Floating Options (being the options issued in exchange for 5,000,000 Company Options pursuant the Amended Arrangement) that were previously granted by the Company and may issue new Floating Options to such Persons pursuant to the Amended Equity Incentive Plan, provided that:

 

(a)such issuance by the Company is in compliance with the policies of the CSE, including the prohibition on granting new stock options to such Persons until 30 days have elapsed from the date of cancellation; and

 

(b)such issuance shall be counted towards the maximum number of Floating Options that the Company is permitted to issue in accordance with Section 2.2(1)(a)(iii), being 3,700,000.

 

(2)The Purchaser covenants and agrees that it shall cause the lender for the purposes of the Debenture to advance funds when the conditions to advance have been met from time to time, pursuant to the Debenture.

 

(3)The Purchaser covenants and agrees that no breach, violation or failure to comply with, the terms of the Debenture shall cause the Company to fail to comply with any of its covenants under the Amendment.

 

(4)The Purchaser covenants and agrees that, notwithstanding anything contained in Section 4.1 of the Arrangement Agreement or Section 2.5 hereof, the Company Board shall be permitted, in accordance with the terms of the Amended Company Incentive Plan, to accelerate the vesting of up to a maximum of 4,417,225 Company RSUs granted to the Specified Individuals in the event that either (i) the Company terminates the employment of the Specified Individual; or (ii) the Specified Individual resigns from any and all positions with the Company on or after the one year anniversary of the Amendment Date.

 

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(5)The Purchaser covenants and agrees that, during the period from the date of this Amendment until the earlier of the Acquisition Effective Time and the time that the Arrangement Agreement is terminated in accordance with its terms, in the event that the Purchaser, in accordance with Section 4.6 of the Arrangement Agreement, acquires or conditionally acquires (including when obtaining an option to acquire), whether on terms and conditions similar to the Amended Arrangement or ‎otherwise, any other Person with operations in the United States (‎unless the operations of such Person are in material compliance with applicable Laws, as ‎determined by the Purchaser, acting reasonably (including, for greater certainty, the ‎Controlled Substances Act, 21 USC 801 et seq., as it applies to marijuana)) (a “Target Cannabis Operator”), the Purchaser shall, as a condition to closing such transaction, cause the Target Cannabis Operator to enter into a commercially reasonable management service agreement with the Company, on terms acceptable to the Company, acting reasonably, whereby the Company will receive a management fee from the Target Cannabis Operator, provided that:

 

(a)if the Target Cannabis Operator and the Company cannot agree upon a commercially reasonable management service agreement, the Target Cannabis Operator shall pay a management fee calculated as [COMMERCIALLY SENSITIVE INFORMATION REDACTED] on Net Revenue to the Company; and

 

(b)any management service agreement or royalty agreement between the Target Cannabis Operator and the Company shall provide for a termination right in favour of the Target Cannabis Operator following the occurrence or waiver of the Triggering Event Date by the Purchaser;

 

provided that this Section 2.3(5) shall terminate and cease to apply in the event that Section 4.6(1), Section 4.6(2) and Section 4.6(3) of the Arrangement Agreement are terminated in accordance with Section 4.6(4) of the Arrangement Agreement.

 

(6)Notwithstanding anything contained in Section 4.6 of the Arrangement Agreement or in this Amendment:

 

(a)the Purchaser shall be permitted to acquire or conditionally acquire any Person that:

 

(i)is not in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 USC 801 et seq., as it applies to marijuana; or

 

(ii)otherwise operates in a manner that does not violate the Controlled Substances Act, 21 USC 801 et seq., as it applies to marijuana;

 

(b)for the purposes of Section 4.6 of the Arrangement Agreement and Section 2.3(5) and Section 2.3(6) of this Amendment, the Parties agree that activities involving cannabinoids derived from hemp (hemp as defined in U.S. federal law) shall not breach the covenants of the Purchaser set forth in Section 4.6 of the Arrangement Agreement and Section 2.3(5) and Section 2.3(6) of this Amendment, nor shall licensing arrangements related to use of product-based intellectual property including, but not limited to, vape-filling or beverage-based IP; and

 

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(c)the Company acknowledges that lack of regulation shall be deemed to be in compliance with applicable Laws.

 

(7)The Purchaser hereby confirms that, to the knowledge of the Purchaser, as of the date hereof, there is no fact or circumstance that would cause the Acquisition Closing Conditions to fail to be satisfied and, the Purchaser hereby covenants and agrees that the Purchaser shall not be entitled to refuse to consummate the Acquisition or make a claim for damages against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries on the basis of any facts existing on, or prior to, the date hereof that are within the knowledge of the Purchaser on the date hereof.

 

2.4Board Rights.

 

(1)After the resignation or termination, as applicable, of the directors and officers of the Company and its Subsidiaries effective as at the Acquisition Effective Time in accordance with Section 4.11 of the Arrangement Agreement, the Purchaser shall be entitled to designate all replacement directors and officers of the Company and its Subsidiaries to fill all such vacancies.

 

(2)During the period from the Acquisition Effective Date until the End Date, the Purchaser shall have the right to nominate a majority of the Persons for election to serve as directors on the Company Board (the “Board Nominees”).

 

(3)The Company shall provide written notice to the Purchaser not less than 20 days prior to the record date for shareholders of the Company to receive notice of a shareholders meeting at which directors will be elected to the Company Board. Such notice will include a reasonably detailed request for information regarding any Board Nominees that the Purchaser may be entitled to nominate in accordance with the terms of this Amendment that is required to be included in a proxy statement of the Company in respect of the meeting. At least 45 days before such meeting, the Purchaser will deliver to the Company, in writing, the names of the Board Nominees together with the information regarding such Board Nominees requested by the Company in accordance with the preceding sentence (the “Nomination Letter”). If the Purchaser fails to deliver the Nomination Letter to the Company at least 45 days before the Company’s shareholders meeting, the Purchaser shall be deemed to have nominated the same Board Nominee(s) that serve as directors of the Company at such time (and only such individuals).

 

(4)The Company shall cause the Board Nominee(s) to be included in the slate of nominees proposed by the Company to the shareholders for election as directors at each meeting of the shareholders at which directors are to be elected to the Company Board.

 

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(5)The Company shall use commercially reasonable efforts to cause the election of the Board Nominee(s) to the Company Board, including soliciting proxies in favour of the election of the Board Nominee(s); provided, however, that the Company shall not be required to engage a proxy solicitation agent or otherwise spend out-of-pocket amounts in respect of the foregoing unless the Purchaser previously provides the Company with sufficient amounts to cover such expenses.

 

(6)If any Board Nominee ceases to hold office as a director of the Company for any reason, the Purchaser shall be entitled to nominate an individual to replace him or her and the Company shall promptly take all reasonable steps as may be necessary to appoint such individual to the Company Board to replace the Board Nominee who has ceased to hold office.

 

(7)The Company covenants and agrees with the Purchaser that, upon any Board Nominee’s election to the Company Board, the Company shall provide such Board Nominee with an indemnity on terms at least as favourable to such Board Nominee as those provided to all other members of the Company Board and the Company shall ensure that such Board Nominee has the benefit of any director or officer insurance policy in effect for the Company, such benefits to be at least as favourable as those available to all other members of the Company Board.

 

2.5Approved Business Plan.

 

(1)Not later than 45 days before the commencement of each fiscal quarter, the Company shall prepare and submit to the Purchaser a Business Plan for such quarter that complies with the Mandatory Requirements and the Initial Approved Business Plan.

 

(2)The Company shall conduct, and cause the Subsidiaries to conduct, their respective operations, incur expenses and purchase assets in accordance with the then applicable Approved Business Plan. In the event that there is a Failure to Perform as determined on the Acquisition Date, such breach shall be considered to have a material adverse impact on the Company for the purposes of Section 6.2(2)(h) of the Arrangement Agreement. The occurrence of an Interim Failure to Perform or a breach of the first sentence of this Section 2.5(2) will not be considered to have a material adverse impact on the Company for the purposes of Section 6.2(2)(h) of the Arrangement Agreement and, the Purchaser acknowledges and agrees that an Interim Failure to Perform shall not constitute a breach of, or event of default under, the Debenture.

 

(3)The Purchaser hereby consents pursuant to Section 4.1(3)(f) of the Arrangement Agreement to any disposition of assets of the Company or any of the Subsidiaries that is completed in accordance with the Initial Approved Business Plan during the period from the date of this Amendment until the earlier of the Acquisition Effective Time and the time that the Arrangement Agreement is terminated in accordance with its terms.

 

(4)The Chief Executive Officer of the Company shall have authority to approve all minor changes and modifications to any Approved Business Plan and all Contracts awarded thereunder that are, in the Chief Executive Officer’s good faith judgment, reasonable and prudent under the circumstances and that do not materially change the overall nature or scope of operations contemplated under such Approved Business Plan. The Company shall promptly inform the Purchaser of each such minor change or modification to an Approved Business Plan that the Chief Executive Officer has made or approved in accordance with this Section 2.5(4).

 

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(5)The Company shall promptly notify the Purchaser of any reasonably anticipated overruns in excess of the expenditures authorized in an Approved Business Plan (including contingency expenditures) by more than 20%. The Company shall not incur expenditures (on a consolidated basis) in any quarter in excess of 120% of the amount set forth in the Approved Business Plan for that quarter.

 

(6)In the event of an Interim Failure to Perform, then notwithstanding any other provision of this Amendment or the Arrangement Agreement, following receipt by the Company of written notice therefrom from the Purchaser and until such time as such non-compliance is cured by the Company and the Subsidiaries, as applicable:

 

(a)the Company shall not:

 

(i)issue any Shares or securities convertible, exchangeable or exercisable for or into Shares, including any Securities or High Street Units, other than (A) any Shares issuable upon the conversion, exchange or exercise of any Securities or High Street Units that are issued and outstanding at such time; and (B) pursuant to any contractual commitments outstanding at such time;

 

(ii)enter into any Contract in respect of Company Debt, except in respect of trade payables or similar obligations incurred in the Ordinary Course of business;

 

(iii)grant any New Options or Floating Options; or

 

(iv)make any payment of fees owing to members of the Company Board;

 

(b)the Company and its Subsidiaries shall not:

 

(i)make any short-term incentive or bonus payment to any Company Employee;

 

(ii)enter into any Contract with respect to the disposition of any assets other than inventory in the Ordinary Course of business;

 

(iii)enter into any Contract with respect to any business combination, merger or acquisition of assets (other than assets acquired in the Ordinary Course of business);

 

(iv)make any new capital investments or incur any new capital expenditures; or

 

(v)increase the number of Company Employees that have a base salary of US$150,000 or more or more than five full time employees that would be included in the Company’s corporate overhead expenditures;

 

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(clauses (a), (b) and (c) above, collectively, the “Austerity Measures”).

 

(7)The occurrence of a Material Failure to Perform shall be considered a breach of a material term of the Arrangement Agreement that is incapable of being cured and Section 4.6(1), Section 4.6(2) and Section 4.6(3) of the Arrangement Agreement shall terminate in accordance with Section 4.6(4) of the Arrangement Agreement, provided; however, that the Purchaser acknowledges and agrees that any Material Failure to Perform shall not have a material adverse impact on the Company for the purposes of Section 6.2(2)(h) of the Arrangement Agreement.

 

(8)Notwithstanding Section 2.5(6), in the case of a Force Majeure Event, the Austerity Measures shall not apply for a period of 90 days after the date that the Purchaser provides written notice to the Company that a Business Plan is not in compliance with the Mandatory Requirements or the Company and the Subsidiaries are not in compliance with an Approved Business Plan.

 

(9)During the period from the Acquisition Effective Date until the End Date, not later than 45 days before the commencement of each fiscal quarter, the Company shall prepare and submit to the Purchaser for approval, such approval not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed, a proposed Business Plan for the next quarter. The Purchaser shall use commercially reasonable efforts to approve each Business Plan at least 30 days prior to the commencement of the applicable quarter in respect of which such Business Plan is to be adopted, and if the Purchaser fails to do so it will be deemed to have approved such Business ‎Plan.

 

2.6Audit & Inspection Rights.

 

(1)During the period from the Acquisition Effective Date until the End Date, the Company shall permit, and cause each of its Subsidiaries to permit, the Purchaser and its employees, agents and designees to enter upon, inspect and audit each of their respective properties, assets, books and records from time to time, at reasonable times during normal business hours and upon reasonable notice; provided that any such inspection shall be at the sole expense of the Purchaser.

 

(2)During the period from the Acquisition Effective Date until the End Date, the Company shall provide, and cause each of its Subsidiaries to provide, reasonable access upon reasonable notice during normal business hours, to the Company’s and its Subsidiaries’ executive management so that the Purchaser may conduct reasonable investigations relating to the information provided by the Company pursuant to the Arrangement Agreement and this Amendment as well as to the internal controls and operations of the Company and its Subsidiaries.

 

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2.7Pre-Emptive Rights.

 

(1)During the period from the Acquisition Effective Date until the End Date, the Company hereby grants to the Purchaser the right (the “Pre-Emptive Right”) to purchase, directly or indirectly, from time to time, upon the occurrence of any Issuance Event up to such number of Securities issuable or deliverable in connection with such Issuance Event on the same terms and conditions as those issuable in connection with the Issuance Event (the “Pre-Emptive Right Securities”) which will, when added to the Shares beneficially owned by the Purchaser immediately prior to such Issuance Event, result in the Purchaser beneficially owning the Original Percentage after giving effect to the issuance of all Shares to be issued or issuable (including pursuant to the exercise, conversion or exchange of Convertible Securities) in connection with such Issuance Event. In the event that an Issuance Event consists of an issuance or delivery of both Shares and Convertible Securities, the Pre-Emptive Right Securities shall be allocated to the Purchaser between Shares and Convertible Securities on the same pro rata basis as are allocated to subscribers or participants in respect of such Issuance Event.

 

(2)During the period from the Acquisition Effective Date until the End Date, the Company shall provide to the Purchaser written notice (an “Issuance Event Notice”) as soon as practicable and in any event at least five Business Days prior to the earlier of (i) the Company entering into an agreement to issue, distribute or offer Securities pursuant to an Issuance Event, or (ii) the issuance of a press release or other public disclosure of an intended Issuance Event.

 

(3)Each Issuance Event Notice shall include the number of Pre-Emptive Right Securities which the Purchaser shall be entitled to purchase as a result of the applicable Issuance Event, a calculation demonstrating how such number was determined, the price per Security to be issued pursuant to the Issuance Event, the expected closing date, to the extent known at such time, and the terms and conditions of the Pre-Emptive Right Securities, if other than Shares.

 

(4)If the Purchaser wishes to exercise the Pre-Emptive Right in respect of a particular Issuance Event, the Purchaser shall give written notice to the Company (the “Exercise Notice”) of the exercise of such right and of the number of Pre-Emptive Right Securities that the Purchaser wishes to purchase (i) subject to (ii) below, within five Business Days following the receipt by the Purchaser of the Issuance Event Notice; or (ii) notwithstanding (i), in the event that the Issuance Event is a “bought deal” public offering to be completed by way of a short form prospectus (A) no later than 7:00 a.m. (eastern time) on the Business Day immediately following the date on which the Issuance Event Notice is received, provided it is received prior to 5:00 p.m. (eastern time) on such Business Day, or (B) no later than 5:00 p.m. (eastern time) on the Business Day immediately following the date on which the Issuance Event Notice is received, in the event it is received after 5:00 p.m. (in each of the aforementioned cases, the “Notice Period”), provided that where the Purchaser fails to provide an Exercise Notice within the time period specified in (ii) above but within the time period specified in (i) above, the Company shall, if requested by the Purchaser and subject to the receipt of all required regulatory approvals, sell such Pre-Emptive Right Securities to the Purchaser on a private placement basis as soon as reasonably practicable following or concurrent with the closing of such Issuance Event. If the Purchaser does not exercise the Pre-Emptive Right, the Company may during the 60 day period following the end of the Notice Period proceed to implement the Issuance Event materially on the same terms (or on better terms to the Company) as were made available to the Purchaser and if the Issuance Event is not so implemented within the said 60 day period, the Company must again meet its obligations under this Section 2.7.

 

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(5)If the Company receives an Exercise Notice within the Notice Period, then the Company shall, subject to the receipt and continued effectiveness of all required regulatory approvals, which approvals the Company shall use all commercially reasonable efforts to promptly obtain (such efforts to include applying for any necessary price protection confirmations or seeking Shareholder approval (if required) in the manner described below) and the closing of the relevant Issuance Event, issue to the Purchaser, against payment of the price payable in respect thereof, that number of Pre-Emptive Right Securities set forth in the Exercise Notice.

 

(6)If the Company is required, under applicable Laws to seek Shareholder approval for the issuance of the Pre-Emptive Right Securities to the Purchaser, then the Company shall call and hold a meeting of its Shareholders to consider (and the Company shall recommend that Shareholders vote in favour of) the issuance of the Pre-Emptive Right Securities to the Purchaser, or at its option get written consent, if permitted, as soon as reasonably practicable and in any event such meeting shall be held within 65 days after the date that the Company is advised that it will require Shareholder approval. The Company shall solicit proxies from Shareholders for use at such meeting to obtain such approval; provided, however, that the Company shall not be required to engage a proxy solicitation agent or otherwise spend out-of-pocket amounts in respect of the foregoing unless the Purchaser previously provides the Company with sufficient amounts to cover such expenses. The record date for voting at such Shareholder meeting shall be a date that is prior to the first closing date of the Issuance Event (if the Company closes all or any part of the Issuance Event prior to obtaining Shareholder approval) unless the Company receives a voting agreement from each subscriber that acquires Securities pursuant to the Issuance Event prior to obtaining Shareholder approval pursuant to which voting agreement such subscriber agrees to vote in favour of the resolution approving the issuance of the Pre-Emptive Right Securities to the Purchaser. Subject to compliance with the above, the Company may close the Issuance Event prior to obtaining Shareholder approval.

 

2.8Top-Up Right.

 

(1)During the period from the Acquisition Effective Date until the End Date, the Purchaser shall have a right (the “Top-Up Right”) to subscribe for Shares in respect of any Top-Up Securities that the Company may, from time to time, issue, subject to any stock exchange requirements as may then be applicable. In the event that any stock exchange approval is required in order for the Purchaser to exercise a Top-Up Right, the Company shall use its commercially reasonable efforts to obtain such approval. The number of Shares that may be subscribed for by the Purchaser pursuant to a Top-Up Right shall be equal to up to the Original Percentage (as determined at the start of the applicable quarter during which such Top-Up Securities are issued) expressed as a percentage of the Top-Up Securities. The term “Top-Up Securities” shall mean any Shares and/or Convertible Securities issued by the Company:

 

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(a)on the exercise, conversion or exchange of Convertible Securities issued and outstanding prior to the Acquisition Effective Date or on the exercise, conversion or exchange of Convertible Securities issued after the Acquisition Effective Date in compliance with the Amended Equity Incentive Plan;

 

(b)in connection with any Contract for Company Debt;

 

(c)in connection with bona fide acquisitions (including acquisitions of assets or rights under a license or otherwise), mergers, arrangements, reorganizations or similar business combination transactions or joint ventures undertaken and completed by the Company; or

 

in all cases, other than Pre-Emptive Right Securities.

 

(2)The Top-Up Right may be exercised on a quarterly basis as set out in Section 2.8(5). Any dilution to the Original Percentage resulting from the issuance of Top-Up Securities during a fiscal quarter of the Company will be disregarded for purposes of determining whether the Purchaser has maintained 35% of the Shares.

 

(3)The Top-Up Right shall be effected through subscriptions for Shares by the Purchaser at a price per Share equal to the volume weighted average price of the Shares on the stock exchange on which the Shares are primarily traded (as determined by volume) for the five trading days preceding the delivery of the Top-Up Right Acceptance Notice by the Purchaser.

 

(4)In the event that any exercise of a Top-Up Right shall be subject to the approval of the Shareholders, the Company shall use its commercially reasonable efforts to cause the approval of such Top-Up Right at the next meeting of Shareholders that is convened by the Company in order to allow the Purchaser to exercise its Top-Up Right. The Company shall solicit proxies from Shareholders for use at such meeting to obtain such approval; provided, however, that the Company shall not be required to engage a proxy solicitation agent or otherwise spend out-of-pocket amounts in respect of the foregoing unless the Purchaser previously provides the Company with sufficient amounts to cover such expenses.

 

(5)Within 30 days following the end of each fiscal quarter of the Company, the Company shall send a written notice to the Purchaser (the “Top-Up Right Offer Notice”) specifying: (i) the number of Top-Up Securities issued during such fiscal quarter; (ii) the total number of the then issued and outstanding Shares (which shall include any securities to be issued to Persons having similar participation rights); and (iii) the Original Percentage (based on the publicly reported ownership figures of the Purchaser at the start of the applicable quarter during which such Top-Up Securities are issued and the number of issued and outstanding Shares in (ii) above) assuming the Purchaser did not exercise its Top-up Right.

 

(6)The Purchaser shall have 60 days from the date of the Top-Up Right Offer Notice (the “Top-Up Right Notice Period”) to notify the Company in writing (the “Top-Up Right Acceptance Notice”) of the exercise, in full or in part, of its Top-Up Right. The Top-Up Right Acceptance Notice shall specify (i) the number of Shares subscribed for by the Purchaser pursuant to the Top-Up Right; and (ii) the subscription price calculated in accordance with Section 2.8(3). If the Purchaser gives a Top-Up Right Acceptance Notice, the sale of the Securities to the Purchaser pursuant to the Top-Up Right shall be completed as soon as reasonably practicable thereafter.

 

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Article 3
TERM AND TERMINATION

 

3.1Term.

 

This Amendment shall be effective from the date hereof until the termination of the Arrangement Agreement, as amended hereby.

 

Article 4
General Provisions

 

4.1Ratification and Confirmation.

 

The Arrangement Agreement, as amended hereby, remains in full force and effect, and as amended hereby is hereby ratified and confirmed. Provisions of the Arrangement Agreement that have not been amended or terminated by this Amendment remain in full force and effect, unamended. All rights and liabilities that have accrued to any Party under the Arrangement Agreement up to the date of this Amendment remain unaffected by this Amendment.

 

4.2Expenses.

 

All out-of-pocket third party transaction expenses incurred in connection with this Amendment and the transactions contemplated hereunder shall be paid by the Party incurring such expenses, whether or not the Amended Arrangement is consummated.

 

4.3Notices.

 

Any notice, or other communication given regarding the matters contemplated by this Amendment (must be in writing, sent by personal delivery, courier or electronic mail) and addressed:

 

  (a)               to the Purchaser at:
   
  Canopy Growth Corporation
  1 Hershey Drive
  Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 0A8
   
  Attention:     David Klein
  Email:           [PERSONAL INFORMATION REDACTED]

 

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  with copies (which shall not constitute notice) to:
   
  Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza
  40 King Street West
  Toronto, Ontario M5H 3C2
   
  Attention:      Jonathan Sherman
  Email:            jsherman@cassels.com
   
  and
   
  Attention:     Jamie Litchen
  Email:           jlitchen@cassels.com
   
  (b)             to the Company at:
   
  Acreage Holdings, Inc.
  366 Madison Avenue, 11th Floor
  New York, New York 10017
   
  Attention:      James Doherty, General Counsel
  Email:           [PERSONAL INFORMATION REDACTED]
   
  with copies (which shall not constitute notice) to:
   
  DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  Suite 6000, 1 First Canadian Place
  Toronto, Ontario M5X 1E2
   
  Attention:      Robert Fonn
  Email:            robert.fonn@dlapiper.com
   
  and
   
  Attention:      Russel W. Drew
  Email:           russel.drew@dlapiper.com
   
  and
   
  Cozen O’Connor
  One Liberty Place, 1650 Market Street Suite 2800
  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
   
  Attention:      Joseph C. Bedwick
  Email:           JBedwick@cozen.com

 

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Any notice or other communication is deemed to be given and received (i) if sent by personal delivery, same day courier or electronic mail, on the date of delivery if it is a Business Day and the delivery was made prior to 4:00 p.m. (local time in place of receipt) and otherwise on the next Business Day or (ii) if sent by overnight courier, on the next Business Day. A Party may change its address for service from time to time by providing a notice in accordance with the foregoing. Any subsequent notice or other communication must be sent to the Party at its changed address. Any element of a Party’s address that is not specifically changed in a notice will be assumed not to be changed. Sending a copy of a notice or other communication to a Party’s legal counsel as contemplated above is for information purposes only and does not constitute delivery of the notice or other communication to that Party. The failure to send a copy of a notice or other communication to legal counsel does not invalidate delivery of that notice or other communication to a Party.

 

4.4Time of the Essence.

 

Time is of the essence in this Amendment.

 

4.5Injunctive Relief.

 

The Parties agree that irreparable harm would occur for which money damages would not be an adequate remedy at law in the event that any of the provisions of this Amendment were not performed in accordance with their specific terms or were otherwise breached. It is accordingly agreed that the Parties shall be entitled to specific performance and injunctive and other equitable relief to prevent breaches of this Amendment, and to enforce compliance with the terms of this Amendment without any requirement for the securing or posting of any bond in connection with the obtaining of any such injunctive or other equitable relief, this being in addition to any other remedy to which the Parties may be entitled at law or in equity.

 

4.6Third Party Beneficiaries.

 

The Company and the Purchaser intend that this Amendment will not benefit or create any right or cause of action in favour of any Person, other than the Parties and that no Person, other than the Parties, shall be entitled to rely on the provisions of this Amendment in any action, suit, proceeding, hearing or other forum.

 

4.7Waiver.

 

No waiver of any of the provisions of this Amendment will constitute a waiver of any other provision (whether or not similar). No waiver will be binding unless executed in writing by the Party to be bound by the waiver. A Party’s failure or delay in exercising any right under this Amendment will not operate as a waiver of that right. A single or partial exercise of any right will not preclude a Party from any other or further exercise of that right or the exercise of any other right.

 

4.8Public Disclosure.

 

If either of the Parties determines that it is required to publish or disclose the text of this Amendment in accordance with applicable Law, it shall provide the other Party with an opportunity to propose appropriate additional redactions to the text of this Amendment, and the disclosing Party hereby agrees to accept any such suggested redactions to the extent permitted by applicable Law. If a Party does not respond to a request for comments within 48 hours (excluding days that are not Business Days) or such shorter period of time as the requesting Party has determined is necessary in the circumstances, acting reasonably and in good faith, the Party making the disclosure shall be entitled to issue the disclosure without the input of the other Party.

 

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4.9Entire Agreement.

 

The Arrangement Agreement, as amended herein, and the documents referred to herein, including the Proposal Agreement and the Amended Plan of Arrangement and the documents delivered in connection with the execution thereof, constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties with respect to the transactions contemplated by the Arrangement Agreement as amended hereby and supersedes all prior agreements, understandings, negotiations and discussions, whether oral or written, of the Parties. There are no representations, warranties, covenants, conditions or other agreements, express or implied, collateral, statutory or otherwise, between the Parties in connection with the subject matter of this Amendment, except as specifically set forth in such documents.

 

4.10Successors and Assigns.

 

(1)This Amendment becomes effective only when executed by the Company and the Purchaser. After that time, it will be binding upon and enure to the benefit of the Company, the Purchaser and their respective successors and permitted assigns.

 

(2)Neither this Amendment nor any of the rights or obligations under this Amendment are assignable or transferable by any Party without the prior written consent of the other Party.

 

4.11Severability.

 

If any provision of this Amendment is determined to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable by an arbitrator or any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision will be severed from this Amendment and the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect. Upon such determination that any term or other provision is invalid, illegal or incapable of being enforced, the Parties shall negotiate in good faith to modify this Amendment so as to effect the original intent of the Parties as closely as possible in an acceptable manner to the end that the transactions contemplated hereby are fulfilled to the fullest extent possible.

 

4.12Governing Law.

 

(1)This Amendment will be governed by and interpreted and enforced in accordance with the laws of the Province of British Columbia and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein.

 

(2)Each Party irrevocably attorns and submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the British Columbia courts situated in the City of Vancouver and waives objection to the venue of any proceeding in such court or that such court provides an inconvenient forum.

 

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4.13Rules of Construction.

 

The Parties to this Amendment waive the application of any Law or rule of construction providing that ambiguities in any agreement or other document shall be construed against the Party drafting such agreement or other document.

 

4.14No Personal Liability.

 

No director or officer of the Purchaser or any of its Subsidiaries shall have any personal liability whatsoever to the Company under this Amendment or any other document delivered in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby on behalf of the Purchaser or any of its Subsidiaries. No director or officer of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries shall have any personal liability whatsoever to the Purchaser under this Amendment or any other document delivered in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby on behalf of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

4.15Language.

 

The Parties expressly acknowledge that they have requested that this Amendment and all ancillary and related documents thereto be drafted in the English language only. Les parties aux présentes reconnaissent avoir exigé que la présente entente et tous les documents qui y sont accessoires soient rédigés en anglais seulement.

 

4.16Counterparts.

 

This Amendment may be executed in counterparts (including counterparts by facsimile) and all such counterparts taken together shall be deemed to constitute one and the same instrument. The Parties shall be entitled to rely upon delivery of an executed facsimile or similar executed electronic copy of this Amendment, and such facsimile or similar executed electronic copy shall be legally effective to create a valid and binding agreement between the Parties.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF the Purchaser and the Company have caused this Amendment to be executed as of the date first written above by their respective officers thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

  CANOPY GROWTH CORPORATION
   
   
  By:  
    Name:
    Title:
   
  ACREAGE HOLDINGS, INC.
   
   
  By:  
    Name:
    Title:

 

 

 

Schedule A

AMENDED AND RESTATED PLAN OF ARRANGEMENT

 

(Please see attached)

 

 

 

 

AMENDED PLAN OF ARRANGEMENT UNDER DIVISION 5 OF PART 9

OF THE BUSINESS CORPORATIONS ACT (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

 

Article 1

INTERPRETATION

 

1.1Certain Rules of Interpretation.

 

Unless indicated otherwise, where used in this Amended Plan of Arrangement, capitalized terms used but not defined shall have the meanings ascribed thereto in the Arrangement Agreement and the following terms shall have the following meanings (and grammatical variations of such terms shall have corresponding meanings):

 

Acquisition” means (i) the acquisition by the Purchaser of the issued and outstanding New Subordinate Shares following the exercise or deemed exercise of the Purchaser Call Option; and (ii) if applicable, the concurrent acquisition by the Purchaser of the issued and outstanding Floating Shares pursuant to the Floating Call Option.

 

Acquisition Closing Conditions” means the Company Acquisition Closing Conditions and the Purchaser Acquisition Closing Conditions.

 

Acquisition Closing Outside Date” means the Purchaser Call Option Expiry Date, or, if (i) the Purchaser Call Option is exercised, or (ii) a Triggering Event Date occurs prior to the Purchaser Call Option Expiry Date, the date that is 12 months following such exercise of the Purchaser Call Option or Triggering Event Date, as applicable; provided that:

 

(a)if the exercise of the Purchaser Call Option or Triggering Event Date has occurred prior to the Purchaser Call Option Expiry Date and the reason the Acquisition Date has not occurred prior to the Acquisition Closing Outside Date is because all of the Regulatory Approvals included in the Acquisition Closing Conditions (which, for certainty, does not include those Regulatory Approvals, the failure of which to obtain would not reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect (as defined in the Arrangement Agreement)) have not been satisfied or waived and, at such Acquisition Closing Outside Date, the Party responsible for obtaining such outstanding Regulatory Approvals is continuing to use good faith reasonable commercial efforts to obtain such Regulatory Approvals and there is a reasonable prospect that such Regulatory Approvals will be received, then the Acquisition Closing Outside Date shall automatically be extended to the date that is two Business Days following the date all such outstanding Regulatory Approvals are received or waived; or

 

(b)if the exercise of the Purchaser Call Option or Triggering Event Date has occurred prior to the Purchaser Call Option Expiry Date and the reason the Acquisition Date has not occurred prior to the Acquisition Closing Outside Date is because all of the Purchaser Acquisition Closing Conditions included in the Acquisition Closing Conditions have not been satisfied or waived, then the Acquisition Closing Outside Date shall automatically be extended to the date that is the earliest of (i) two Business Days following the date all such outstanding Purchaser Acquisition Closing Conditions are satisfied or waived, or (ii) the date on which the Purchaser, acting reasonably, determines that there is no longer a reasonable prospect that such outstanding Purchaser Acquisition Closing Conditions will be satisfied or waived.

 

 

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Acquisition Date” means the date specified in a Purchaser Call Option Exercise Notice or Triggering Event Notice delivered in accordance with the terms of the Purchaser Call Option and the Floating Call Option, if applicable, on which the closing of the purchase and sale of the Purchaser Call Option Shares pursuant to the Purchaser Call Option is to occur and the Floating Shares pursuant to the Floating Call Option, if applicable; provided that notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Acquisition Closing Conditions are not satisfied or waived prior to such date, the Acquisition Date shall automatically be extended, without any further action by any Person, to the date that is two Business Days following the satisfaction or waiver of the Acquisition Closing Conditions; provided further that under no circumstances shall the Acquisition Date be a date that is after the Acquisition Closing Outside Date.

 

Acquisition Effective Time” means 12:01 a.m. (Vancouver time) on the Acquisition Date, or such other time on the Acquisition Date as the Parties agree to in writing before the Acquisition Date.

 

Aggregate Floating Consideration” means (i) the aggregate number of Purchaser Shares to be issued and the aggregate amount of cash to be paid pursuant to the Floating Call Option as determined by the Purchaser in accordance with Section 3.3; and (ii) the aggregate number of Purchaser Shares issuable pursuant to Replacement Options, Replacement Compensation Options and Replacement RSUs that are issued in exchange for Floating Options and the aggregate amount of cash to be paid in exchange for such securities.

 

Aggregate Amendment Option Payment” means US$‎37,500,024‎‎.

 

Alternate Consideration” has the meaning specified in Section 1.1 of the Arrangement Agreement.

 

Alternate Floating Consideration” means the number of shares or other securities or property (including cash) that a Floating Shareholder would have been entitled to receive on a Purchaser Change of Control, if, at the effective time of such Purchaser Change of Control, such Floating Shareholder had been the registered holder of that number of Purchaser Shares which the Floating Shareholder would otherwise have been entitled to receive in exchange for its Floating Shares pursuant to the Amended Arrangement if the Acquisition Date and the steps referred to in Section 3.2 of the Plan of Arrangement had been completed effective immediately prior to the effective time of the Purchaser Change of Control; provided that, for the purposes of determining the number of Purchaser Shares which the Floating Shareholder would otherwise have been entitled to receive in exchange for its Floating Shares, “B” in the formula of the Floating Rate shall be calculated by reference to (i) the volume weighted average trading price expressed in US$ of the securities of the acquiror in connection with such Purchaser Change of Control on the stock exchange on which the securities are primarily traded (as determined by volume) for the 30 trading day period immediately prior to the Floating Rate Date; multiplied by (ii) the Purchaser Change of Control Valuation.

 

 

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Amended Arrangement” means an arrangement under Section 288 of the BCBCA on the terms and subject to the conditions set out in this Amended Plan of Arrangement, subject to any amendments or variations to this Amended Plan of Arrangement made in accordance with the terms of the Amendment or Section 6.1 of this Amended Plan of Arrangement or made at the direction of the Court in the Amendment Final Order with the prior written consent of the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably.

 

Amended Equity Incentive Plan” means the Company’s amended and restated omnibus equity plan approved by the Company Shareholders at the Meeting, which will become effective as contemplated in this Amended Plan of Arrangement‎.

 

Amended Options In-The-Money Amount” means, in respect of the New Options and Floating Options, the amount, if any, determined immediately after the exchange in Section 3.2(f), by which the aggregate of the Fair Market Value of the Company Subordinate Voting Shares that a holder of New Options and Floating Options had been entitled to acquire on exercise of the Company Options immediately prior to the exchange of Company Options for New Options and Floating Options pursuant to Section 3.2(f) exceeds the aggregate of the exercise prices payable to acquire such New Subordinate Shares and Floating Shares at that time.

 

Amended Plan of Arrangement” means this amended and restated plan of arrangement and any amendments or variations made in accordance with Section 6.1 of this Amended Plan of Arrangement or made at the direction of the Court in the Amendment Final Order with the prior written consent of the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably.

 

Amendment” means the second amendment to the Arrangement Agreement approved by Company Shareholders and to become effective at the Amendment Time.

 

Amendment Date” means the date on which the Required Filings are filed with the Registrar in accordance with the terms of the Amendment.

 

Amendment Final Order” means the final order of the Court approving the Amended Arrangement under Section 291 of the BCBCA, in a form acceptable to the Company and the Purchaser, each acting reasonably, after a hearing upon the procedural and substantive fairness of the terms and conditions of the Amended Arrangement.

 

Amendment Interim Order” means the interim order of the Court dated [l], 2020, after being informed of the intention of the Parties to rely upon the exemption from registration under Section 3(a)(10) of the U.S. Securities Act with respect to the Issued Securities issued pursuant to the Amended Arrangement.

 

‎“Amendment Option Payment” means an amount, in US$, calculated to six decimal places, determined ‎when (a) the Aggregate Amendment Option Payment, is divided by (b) the sum of (i) the number of ‎Company Subordinate Voting Shares outstanding immediately prior to the Amendment Time ‎‎(excluding any such shares held by any Excluded Company Shareholder), (ii) the number of ‎Company Proportionate Voting Shares outstanding immediately prior to the Amendment Time ‎‎(excluding any such shares held by any Excluded Company Shareholder), multiplied by 40; (iii) ‎the number of Company Multiple Voting Shares outstanding immediately prior to the Amendment ‎Time (excluding any such shares held by any Excluded Company Shareholder); (iv) the number ‎of Company Subordinate Voting Shares which the Amendment Time High Street Holders are ‎entitled to receive upon exchange of their Common Membership Units; and (v) the number of ‎Company Subordinate Voting Shares which the Amendment Time USCo2 Class B Holders are ‎entitled to receive upon exchange of their USCo2 Class B Shares.‎

 

 

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Amendment Time” means 12:01 a.m. (Vancouver time) on the Amendment Date, or such other time on the Amendment Date as the Parties agree to in writing before the Amendment Date.

 

‎“Amendment Time Company Shareholder” means a Person who is a Company Shareholder ‎‎(other than an Excluded Company Shareholder) immediately prior to the Amendment Time.‎

 

‎“Amendment Time High Street Holder” means a Person who is a High Street Holder ‎immediately prior to the Amendment Time.‎

 

‎“Amendment Time USCo2 Class B Holder” means a Person who is a USCo2 Class B Holder ‎immediately prior to the Amendment Time.‎

 

Arrangement Agreement” means the arrangement agreement dated as of April 18, 2019, as amended on May 15, 2019 and the date hereof pursuant to the Amendment, between the Purchaser and the Company, including the schedules and exhibits thereto, as the same may be further amended, supplemented or restated.

 

BCBCA” means the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia).

 

Business Day” means any day of the year, other than a Saturday, Sunday or any day on which major banks are generally closed for business in Toronto, Ontario or Vancouver, British Columbia or New York, New York, as the context requires.

 

Capital Reorganization” has the meaning specified in Section 3.2(e).

 

Cash Proportion” has the meaning specified in Section 3.3(c).

 

Circular” means the notice of the Meeting and accompanying proxy statement, including all schedules, appendices and exhibits to, and information incorporated by reference in, such proxy statement, sent to the Company Shareholders in connection with the Meeting.

 

Common Membership Units” means the common membership units of High Street outstanding from time to time, other than common membership units held by Acreage Holdings America, Inc. and USCo2.

 

Company” means Acreage Holdings, Inc., a corporation organized under the BCBCA and treated as a “domestic corporation” for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

 

Company Acquisition Closing Conditions” has the meaning specified in Section 1.1 of the Arrangement Agreement.

 

Company Canadian Shareholder” means a Person (other than the Purchaser) who is a Shareholder at the Acquisition Effective Time and who has indicated in the Letter of Transmittal (or in such other document or form, or in such other manner, as may be specified in the Circular) that the Shareholder is (i) resident in Canada for purposes of the Tax Act, or (ii) a “Canadian partnership” as defined in the Tax Act.

 

 

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Company Compensation Option Holder” means a holder of one or more Company Compensation Options.

 

Company Compensation Options” means the compensation options and the warrants of the Company which are outstanding as of the Amendment Time‎.

 

Company Multiple Voting Shares” means the shares of the Company designated as Class C multiple voting shares, each convertible into one Company Subordinate Voting Share and each entitling the holder thereof to 4,300 votes per share at shareholder meetings of the Company.

 

“Company Non-U.S. Shareholder” means a Shareholder (other than the Purchaser) that is not a Company U.S. Shareholder.

 

Company Option In-The-Money-Amount” in respect of a Company Option means the amount, if any, determined immediately before the Amendment Time, by which the total Fair Market Value of the Company Subordinate Voting Shares that a holder is entitled to acquire on exercise of the Company Option, exceeds the aggregate exercise price payable to acquire such Company Subordinate Voting Shares at that time.

 

Company Optionholder” means a holder of Company Options.

 

Company Options” means the options to purchase Company Subordinate Voting Shares issued pursuant to the Amended Equity Incentive Plan prior to the Amendment Time, which are outstanding as of the Amendment Time.

 

Company Proportionate Voting Shares” means the shares of the Company designated as Class B proportionate voting shares, each convertible into 40 Company Subordinate Voting Shares and each entitling the holder thereof to 40 votes per share at shareholder meetings of the Company.

 

Company RSUs” means the restricted share units that may be settled by the Company in either cash or Company Subordinate Voting Shares which are outstanding as of the Amendment Time.

 

Company RSU Holders” means the holders of Company RSUs.

 

Company Securities” means, collectively, Company Shares, Company Options, Company RSUs and Company Compensation Options.

 

Company Share” means a share of the Company, and includes the Company Subordinate Voting Shares, the Company Proportionate Voting Shares and the Company Multiple Voting Shares.

 

Company Shareholder” means a registered or beneficial holder of one or more Company Shares, as the context requires.

 

 

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Company Subordinate Voting Shares” means the shares of the Company designated as Class A subordinate voting shares, each entitling the holder thereof to one vote per share at shareholder meetings of the Company.

 

Company U.S. Shareholder” means a Shareholder (other than the Purchaser or a Company Canadian Shareholder) that is a “United States person” within the meaning of Section 7701(a)(30) of the U.S. Tax Code.

 

Consideration Shares” means Purchaser Shares to be received by Shareholders (other than the Purchaser) pursuant to Section 3.2(n)(iii), Section 3.2(n)(iv) or Section 3.2(n)(vi)(F).

 

Court” means the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

 

CSE” means Canadian Securities Exchange.

 

Depositary” means Computershare Trust Company of Canada, or any other depositary or trust company, bank or financial institution as the Purchaser may appoint to act as depositary with the approval of the Company, acting reasonably, for the purpose of, among other things, exchanging certificates representing Shares for Consideration Shares in connection with the Amended Arrangement.

 

Dissent Rights” has the meaning specified in Section 4.1.

 

Dissenting Company Shareholder” means a registered holder of Company Shares who has properly exercised its Dissent Rights in respect of the Resolution in accordance with Section 4.1 and has not withdrawn or been deemed to have withdrawn such exercise of Dissent Rights and who is ultimately determined to be entitled to be paid the fair value of his, her or its Company Shares.

 

Dissenting Shares” means the Company Shares held by Dissenting Company Shareholders in respect of which such Dissenting Company Shareholders have given Notice of Dissent.

 

Eligible Company Canadian Shareholder” means a Company Canadian Shareholder who is not a Tax Exempt Person.

 

Exchange Ratio” means 0.3048 of a Purchaser Share to be issued by the Purchaser for each one New Subordinate Share exchanged pursuant to the Amended Arrangement, provided that, if the aggregate number of New Subordinate Shares on a Fully-Diluted Basis at the Acquisition Effective Time is greater than [l]1 New Subordinate Shares on a Fully-Diluted Basis, and the Purchaser has not provided written approval for the issuance of such additional Securities, the Exchange Ratio shall be the fraction, calculated to six decimal places, determined by the formula A x B/C, where:

 

“A”equals 0.3048,

 

 

1 To be equal to the number of New Subordinate Shares on a Fully-Diluted Basis as of the Amendment Time plus 20,300,000.

 

 

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“B”equals the number of New Subordinate Shares on a Fully-Diluted Basis issued at the Amendment Time pursuant to the steps in the Plan of Arrangement up until Section 3.2(j), as increased for the issuance of such additional Securities in accordance with the Purchaser Approved Share Threshold, and

 

“C”equals the aggregate number of New Subordinate Shares on a Fully-Diluted Basis at the Acquisition Effective Time,

 

in each case subject to adjustment in accordance with Section 2.14 of the Arrangement Agreement; provided that in the event of a Payout, the Exchange Ratio shall be decreased and the two references to 0.3048 above shall instead refer to the number determined by the formula (D – E) / (F x G), where:

 

“D”equal 0.3048 x (F x G)

 

“E”equals the Payout, and

 

“F”equals the aggregate number of New Subordinate Shares on a Fully-Diluted Basis at the Acquisition Effective Time

 

“G”the Fair Market Value of the Purchaser Shares immediately prior to the Acquisition Date.

 

Excluded Company Shareholder” means any Dissenting Company Shareholder.

 

Fair Market Value” means (i) in respect of the Company Subordinate Voting Shares, New Subordinate Shares or the Floating Shares, as applicable, the volume weighted average trading price of the applicable share on the CSE (or other recognized stock exchange on which the applicable shares are primarily traded as determined by volume), subject to a minimum amount of US$6.41 in respect of the Floating Shares; and (ii) in respect of the Purchaser Shares, the volume weighted average trading price of the Purchaser Shares on the NYSE (or other recognized stock exchange on which the Purchaser Shares are primarily traded if not then traded on the NYSE, as determined by volume, and reflected in US$), in each case, for the five trading day period immediately prior to the Amendment Date or the Acquisition Date, as applicable.

 

Floating Call Option” means, pursuant to the terms of the Floating Shares, the embedded option of the Purchaser to acquire each Floating Share at the Acquisition Effective Time, on the terms and conditions set forth in Exhibit B hereto.

 

Floating Call Option Exercise Notice” means a notice in writing, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit E, delivered by the Purchaser to the Company (with a copy to the Depositary) stating that the Purchaser is exercising its rights pursuant to the Floating Call Option to acquire all (but not less than all) of the Floating Shares on the Acquisition Date, subject to the satisfaction or waiver, as applicable, of the Acquisition Closing Conditions.

 

Floating Cash Consideration” means a cash amount in US$ equal to the product of the Floating Share Consideration multiplied by the volume weighted average trading price expressed in US$ of the Purchaser Shares on the NYSE (or other recognized stock exchange on which the Purchaser Shares are primarily traded if not then traded on the NYSE, as determined by volume) for the 30 trading day period immediately prior to the Floating Rate Date.

 

 

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Floating Compensation Options” means the compensation options and the warrants to purchase Floating Shares issued by the Company at or following the Amendment Time, which are outstanding as of the Acquisition Effective Time.

 

Floating Consideration” means, at the option of the Purchaser pursuant to the Floating Call Option notice in Exhibit B, either (i) the Floating Share Consideration; (ii) the Floating Cash Consideration; or (iii) a combination of clause (i) and (ii) in such amount as the Purchaser shall determine in accordance with Section 3.3(c); provided that in no circumstances shall the non-cash portion of the Aggregate Floating Consideration include Purchaser Shares in an amount greater than the Floating Share Maximum without the prior written consent of the Purchaser.

 

Floating Election Date” means the date on which the Purchaser delivers the Floating Call Option Exercise Notice to the Company (with a copy to the Depositary), provided that for greater certainty, such date shall be on or before the Floating Election Expiry Date.

 

Floating Election Expiry Date” means the date that is 30 days following the Floating Rate Date.

 

Floating Option In-The-Money-Amount” in respect of a Floating Option means the amount, if any, determined immediately before the Acquisition Effective Time, by which the total Fair Market Value of the Floating Shares that a holder is entitled to acquire on exercise of the Floating Option, exceeds the aggregate exercise price to acquire such Floating Shares at that time.

 

Floating Optionholder” means a holder of Floating Options.

 

Floating Options” means the options to purchase Floating Shares issued pursuant to the Amended Equity Incentive Plan at or following the Amendment Time, which are outstanding as of the Acquisition Effective Time.

 

Floating Per Share Consideration” means (i) the Floating Consideration, or (ii) following a Purchaser Change of Control, such Alternate Floating Consideration that holders of Shares are entitled to receive.

 

Floating Rate” means the fraction, calculated to six decimal places, determined by the formula A/B where:

 

“A”equals the volume weighted average trading price expressed in US$ of the Floating Shares on the CSE (or other recognized stock exchange on which the Floating Shares are primarily traded as determined by volume) for the 30 trading day period immediately prior to the Floating Rate Date, subject to a minimum amount of US$6.41

 

“B”equals the volume weighted average trading price expressed in US$ of the Purchaser Shares on the NYSE (or other recognized stock exchange on which the Purchaser Shares are primarily traded if not then traded on the NYSE, as determined by volume) for the 30 trading day period immediately prior to the Floating Rate Date.

 

 

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Floating Rate Date” means the date of the exercise, or deemed exercise, of the Purchaser Call Option.

 

Floating Ratio” means the Floating Rate of a Purchaser Share to be issued by the Purchaser for each one Floating Share exchanged pursuant to the Amended Arrangement, provided that, if the aggregate number of Floating Shares on a Fully-Diluted Floating Basis at the Acquisition Effective Time is greater than [l]2, and the Purchaser has not provided written approval for the issuance of such additional Securities, the Floating Ratio shall be the fraction, calculated to six decimal places, determined by the formula A x B/C, where:

 

“A”equals the Floating Rate,

 

“B”equals the number of Floating Shares on a Fully-Diluted Floating Basis issued at the Amendment Time pursuant to the steps in the Plan of Arrangement up until Section 3.2(j), as increased for the issuance of such additional Securities in accordance with the Purchaser Approved Share Threshold, and

 

“C”equals the aggregate number of Floating Shares on a Fully-Diluted Floating Basis at the Acquisition Effective Time,

 

in each case subject to adjustment in accordance with Section 2.14 of the Arrangement Agreement.

 

Floating RSUs” means the restricted share units that may be settled by the Company in either cash or Floating Shares issued pursuant to the Amended Equity Incentive Plan at or following the Amendment Time, which are outstanding as of the Acquisition Effective Time.

 

Floating Shareholder” means a registered or beneficial holder of one or more Floating Shares, as the context requires.

 

Floating Share Consideration” means that number of Purchaser Shares issuable per Floating Share based on the Floating Ratio.

 

Floating Share Maximum” means [l]3 Purchaser Shares.

 

Floating Shares” means the shares of the Company to be created pursuant to Section 3.2(d)(iii) of this Amended Plan of Arrangement and designated as Class D subordinate voting shares, each entitling the holder thereof to one vote per share at shareholder meetings of the Company.

 

 

2 To be equal to the number of Floating Shares on a Fully-Diluted Floating Basis as of the Amendment Time plus 12,400,000.

3 To be equal to 109,515,459 less (the number of New Subordinate Shares on a Fully-Diluted Basis as of the Amendment Date plus 20,300,000) multiplied by 0.3048.

 

 

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Fully-Diluted Basis” means the aggregate number of New Subordinate Shares assuming the conversion, exercise or exchange, as applicable, of the New Multiple Shares, New Options, New RSUs, New Compensation Options and any other warrants, options or other securities, including the Common Membership Units and USCo2 Class B Shares, convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for New Subordinate Shares (as such convertible securities have been adjusted to reflect the Capital Reorganization, as applicable and assuming the conversion of any underlying New Multiple Shares) but excluding, for greater certainty, the Floating Shares, the Floating Options, the Floating RSUs and the Floating Compensation Options.

 

Fully-Diluted Floating Basis” means the aggregate number of Floating Shares assuming the conversion, exercise or exchange, as applicable, of the Floating Options, Floating RSUs and Floating Compensation Options and any other warrants, options or other securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for Floating Shares, including assuming the conversion, exercise or exchange, as applicable, of the Common Membership Units and the USCo2 Class B Shares.

 

Governmental Entity” means (i) any international, multinational, national, federal, provincial, state, regional, municipal, local or other government, governmental or public department, central bank, court, tribunal, arbitral body, commission, commissioner, board, bureau, ministry, agency or instrumentality, domestic or foreign, (ii) any subdivision or authority of any of the above, (iii) any quasi-governmental or private body exercising any regulatory, expropriation or taxing authority under or for the account of any of the foregoing, or (iv) any stock exchange.

 

High Street” means High Street Capital Partners, LLC.

 

High Street Holders” means the holders of Common Membership Units and vested Class C-1 Membership Units as defined in the Third Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of High Street, as may be amended.

 

IRS” means Internal Revenue Service.

 

Issued Securities” means all securities (other than Mergeco New Subordinate Shares) to be issued pursuant to the Amended Arrangement, including, for the avoidance of doubt, New Subordinate Shares issued pursuant to Sections 3.2(n)(i), all Purchaser Shares issued pursuant to Section 3.2(n)(iii), Section 3.2(n)(iv) or Section 3.2(n)(vi)(F), Replacement Options, Replacement RSUs and Replacement Compensation Options.

 

Law” means, with respect to any Person, any and all applicable law (statutory, common or otherwise), constitution, treaty, convention, ordinance, code, rule, regulation, order, injunction, judgment, decree, official guidance, ruling or other similar requirement, whether domestic or foreign, enacted, adopted, promulgated or applied by a Governmental Entity that is binding upon or applicable to such Person or its business, undertaking, property or securities, and to the extent that they have the force of law, policies, guidelines, notices and protocols of any Governmental Entity, as amended.

 

Letter of Transmittal” means the letter of transmittal to be sent by the Company to Shareholders following the receipt by the Company of a Purchaser Call Option Exercise Notice or Triggering Event Notice, as the case may be, and if applicable, the Floating Call Option Exercise Notice.

 

 

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Lien” means any mortgage, charge, pledge, hypothec, security interest, prior claim, encroachments, option, right of first refusal or first offer, occupancy right, covenant, assignment, lien (statutory or otherwise), defect of title, or restriction or adverse right or claim, or other third party interest or encumbrance of any kind, in each case, whether contingent or absolute.

 

Meeting” means the special meeting of Company Shareholders, held on [l], 2020, in accordance with the Amendment Interim Order to consider the Resolution.

 

Mergeco” has the meaning specified in Section 3.2(n)(vi).

 

Mergeco New Subordinate Shares” means the New Subordinate Shares in the capital of Mergeco.

 

Merger” has the meaning specified in Section 3.2(n)(vi).

 

New Compensation Options” means the compensation options and warrants to purchase New Subordinate Shares at or following the Amendment Time, which remain outstanding as of Acquisition Effective Time.

 

New Multiple Shares” means shares of the Company to be created pursuant to Section 3.2(d)(ii) of the Amended Plan of Arrangement and designated as multiple voting shares, each entitling the holder thereof to 4,300 votes per share at shareholder meetings of the Company.

 

New Options” means the options to purchase New Subordinate Shares issued pursuant to the Amended Equity Incentive Plan at or following the Amendment Time, which are outstanding as of the Acquisition Effective Time.

 

New Option In-The-Money-Amount” in respect of a New Option means the amount, if any, determined immediately before the Acquisition Effective Time, by which the total Fair Market Value of the New Subordinate Shares that a holder is entitled to acquire on exercise of the New Option, exceeds the aggregate exercise price payable to acquire such New Subordinate Shares at that time.

 

New RSUs” means the restricted share units that may be settled by the Company in either cash or New Subordinate Shares issued pursuant to the Amended Equity Incentive Plan at or following the Amendment Time, which are outstanding as of the Acquisition Effective Time.

 

New Subordinate Shares” means shares of the Company to be created pursuant to Section 3.2(d)(i) of the Amended Plan of Arrangement and designated as subordinate voting shares, each entitling the holder thereof to one vote per share at shareholder meetings of the Company.

 

Notice of Dissent” means a notice of dissent duly and validly given by a registered holder of Company Shares exercising Dissent Rights as contemplated in the Amendment Interim Order and as described in Article 4.

 

NYSE” means the New York Stock Exchange.

 

 

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Original Plan of Arrangement” means the plan of contemplated by the Arrangement Agreement implemented on June 27, 2019 under Section 288 of the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) involving the Company and the Purchaser.

 

Parties” means the Company and the Purchaser and “Party” means any one of them.

 

‎“Payment Agent” means Odyssey Trust Company, or any other payment agent or trust ‎company, bank or financial institution as the Company may appoint to act as payment agent ‎with the approval of the Purchaser, acting reasonably, for the purpose of, among other things, ‎paying the Amendment Option Payment to the recipients thereof in connection with the Amendment.‎

 

Payout” means any amount paid by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries over US$20,000,000 in order to either (i) settle; (ii) satisfy a judgement; or (iii) acquire the disputed minority non-controlling interest; in connection with the claim set forth in Section (r)(4) of the Company Disclosure Letter.

 

Person” includes any individual, partnership, association, body corporate, organization, trust, estate, trustee, executor, administrator, legal representative, government (including Governmental Entity), syndicate or other entity, whether or not having legal status.

 

Per Share Consideration” means (i) the Purchaser Share Consideration, or (ii) following a Purchaser Change of Control, the Alternate Consideration that Shareholders are entitled to receive in accordance with Section 2.15 of the Arrangement Agreement.

 

Per Share Amendment Option Payment” means:

 

(c)for each Company Subordinate Voting Share, the Amendment Option Payment;

 

(d)for each Company Proportionate Voting Share, the Amendment Option Payment multiplied by 40;

 

(e)for each Company Multiple Voting Share, the Amendment Option Payment;

 

(f)for each Company Subordinate Voting Share which may be obtained upon exchange of Common Membership Units by Amendment Time High Street Holders, the Amendment Option Payment; and

 

(g)for each Company Subordinate Voting Share which may be obtained upon exchange of USCo2 Class B Shares by Amendment Time USCo2 Class B holders, the Amendment Option Payment.

 

Proportionate Election” has the meaning specified in Section 3.3(c).

 

Proposal Agreement” means the proposal agreement between the Purchaser and the Company dated as of June 24, 2020.

 

Purchaser” means Canopy Growth Corporation, a corporation organized under the federal laws of Canada.

 

 

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Purchaser Acquisition Closing Conditions” has the meaning specified in Section 1.1 of the Arrangement Agreement.

 

Purchaser Call Option” means, pursuant to the special rights and restrictions of the Shares (other than the Floating Shares), the embedded option of the Purchaser to acquire such Share on the terms and conditions set forth in Exhibit B hereto.

 

Purchaser Call Option Exercise Notice” means a notice in writing, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit C, delivered by the Purchaser to the Company (with a copy to the Depositary) stating that the Purchaser is exercising its rights pursuant to the Purchaser Call Option to acquire all (but not less than all) of the Purchaser Call Option Shares, and specifying a Business Day (to be not less than 61 days and not more than 90 days following the date such Purchaser Call Option Exercise Notice is delivered to the Company) on which the closing of the purchase and sale of the Purchaser Call Option Shares pursuant to the Purchaser Call Option is to occur, subject to the satisfaction or waiver, as applicable, of the Acquisition Closing Conditions.

 

Purchaser Call Option Expiry Date” means the date that is 10 years following the Amendment Date.

 

Purchaser Call Option Share” means a Share (other than a Floating Share) in respect of which a Purchaser Call Option is embedded in the special rights and restrictions of such Shares.

 

Purchaser Change of Control” means any business consolidation, amalgamation, arrangement, merger, redemption, compulsory acquisition or similar transaction pursuant to which 100% of the shares or all or substantially all of the assets of the Purchaser are transferred, sold or conveyed, directly or indirectly, to any other Person or group of Persons, acting jointly or in concert.

 

Purchaser Change of Control Valuation” means the fraction, calculated to six decimal places, determined by the formula A/(A+B) where:

 

“A”equals the total value of all consideration payable to holders of Purchaser Shares upon a Purchaser Change of Control, and if such consideration includes securities that are issuable in connection with such Purchaser Change of Control, such securities shall be valued based upon the volume weighted average trading price expressed in US$ of the securities of the acquiror in connection with such Purchaser Change of Control on the stock exchange on which the securities are primarily traded (as determined by volume) for the 30 trading day period immediately prior to the Purchaser Change of Control, and

 

“B”equals the total value of the issued and outstanding securities of the acquiror in connection with such Purchaser Change of Control immediately prior to the Purchaser Change of Control which shall be determined based upon the volume weighted average trading price expressed in US$ of the securities of the acquiror in connection with such Purchaser Change of Control on the stock exchange on which the securities are primarily traded (as determined by volume) for the 30 trading day period immediately prior to the Purchaser Change of Control.

 

 

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Purchaser Equity Incentive Plan” means the Amended and Restated Omnibus Incentive Plan of the Purchaser as approved by shareholders of the Purchaser on July 30, 2018, as the same may be amended, supplemented or restated in accordance therewith, prior to the Acquisition Effective Time.

 

Purchaser Share Consideration” means that number of Purchaser Shares issuable per New Subordinate Share in accordance with Sections 3.2(n)(iv) and 3.2(n)(vi)(F) and based on the Exchange Ratio in effect immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time.

 

Purchaser Shares” means the common shares in the capital of the Purchaser.

 

Purchaser Subco” means 1208640 BC Ltd., a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of the Purchaser, incorporated under the BCBCA for the purposes of completing the Merger.

 

Purchaser Subco Shares” means the common shares in the capital of Purchaser Subco.

 

Registrar” means the person appointed as the Registrar of Companies pursuant to Section 400 of the BCBCA.

 

“Reorganization Depositary” means Odyssey Trust Company, or any other depositary or trust company, bank or financial institution as the Company may appoint to act as depositary for the purpose of, among other things, exchanging certificates representing Company Shares for New Subordinate Shares and New Multiple Shares in connection with the Capital Reorganization.

 

Reorganization Letter of Transmittal” means the letter of transmittal to be sent by the Company to Company Shareholders in connection with the Capital Reorganization.

 

Replacement Compensation Option” means an option or right to purchase Purchaser Shares granted by the Purchaser in replacement of (i) New Compensation Options on the basis set forth in Section 3.2(n)(viii); and/or (ii) if applicable, Floating Compensation Options on the basis set forth in Section 3.2(n)(xi).

 

Replacement Option” means an option or right to purchase Purchaser Shares granted by the Purchaser in exchange for (i) New Options on the basis set forth in Section 3.2(n)(vii); and/or (ii) if applicable, Floating Options on the basis set forth in Section 3.2(n)(x).

 

Replacement Option In-The-Money Amount” means, in respect of a Replacement Option, the amount, if any, determined immediately after the exchange in Section 3.2(n)(vii) or Section 3.2(n)(x), as applicable, by which the total Fair Market Value of the Purchaser Shares that a holder is entitled to acquire on exercise of the Replacement Option exceeds the aggregate exercise price payable to acquire such Purchaser Shares at that time.

 

Replacement RSU” means a restricted share unit that may be settled in cash or Purchaser Shares granted by the Purchaser in exchange for (i) New RSUs on the basis set forth in Section 3.2(n)(ix); and (ii) if applicable, Floating RSUs on the basis set forth in Section 3.2(n)(xii).

 

 

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Required Filings” means the records and information required to be provided to the Registrar under Section 292(a) of the BCBCA in respect of the Amended Arrangement, together with a copy of the Amendment Final Order.

 

Resolution” means the special resolution approving this Amended Plan of Arrangement that was approved at the Meeting.

 

Securities” means, collectively, New Subordinate Shares, New Multiple Shares, Floating Shares, New Options, Floating Options, New RSUs, Floating RSUs, New Compensation Options and Floating Compensation Options.

 

Shares” means, collectively, the New Subordinate Shares, the New Multiple Shares and the Floating Shares.

 

Share Proportion” has the meaning specified in Section 3.3(c).

 

Shareholder” means a registered or beneficial holder of one or more Shares, as the context requires.

 

Tax Act” means the Income Tax Act (Canada), as amended from time to time.

 

Tax Exempt Person” means a person who is exempt from tax under Part I of the Tax Act.

 

Triggering Event Date” means the date federal laws in the United States are amended to permit the general cultivation, distribution and possession of marijuana (as defined in 21 U.S.C 802) or to remove the regulation of such activities from the federal laws of the United States.

 

Triggering Event Notice” means a notice in writing, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit D, delivered by the Purchaser to the Company (with a copy to the Depositary) stating that the Triggering Event Date has occurred and specifying a Business Day (to be not less than 61 days and not more than 90 days following the date such Triggering Event Notice is delivered to the Company) on which the closing of the purchase and sale of the Purchaser Call Option Shares pursuant to the Purchaser Call Option is to occur, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the Acquisition Closing Conditions.

 

TSX” means the Toronto Stock Exchange.

 

United States” and “U.S.” each mean the United States of America, its territories and possessions, any State of the United States and the District of Columbia.

 

US$” means the lawful currency of the United States.

 

USCo2” means Acreage Holdings WC Inc., a subsidiary of the Company.

 

USCo2 Class B Holders” means the holders of USCo2 Class B Shares.

 

USCo2 Class B Shares” means Class B non-voting common shares in the capital of USCo2 outstanding as of the date of the Arrangement Agreement.

 

 

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U.S. Securities Act” means the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, supplemented or restated from time to time and any successor to such statute, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

U.S. Tax Code” means the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

 

U.S. Treasury Regulations” means the regulations promulgated under the U.S. Tax Code by the United States Department of the Treasury.

 

1.2Certain Rules of Interpretation.

 

In this Amended Plan of Arrangement, unless otherwise specified:

 

(1)Headings, etc. The division of this Amended Plan of Arrangement into Articles and Sections and the insertion of headings are for convenient reference only and do not affect the construction or interpretation of this Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

(2)Currency. All references to dollars or to “$” are references to United States dollars.

 

(3)Gender and Number. Any reference to gender includes all genders. Words importing the singular number only include the plural and vice versa.

 

(4)Certain Phrases, etc. The words “including”, “includes” and “include” mean “including (or includes or include) without limitation,” and “the aggregate of”, “the total of”, “the sum of”, or a phrase of similar meaning means “the aggregate (or total or sum), without duplication, of.”

 

(5)Statutes. Any reference to a statute refers to such statute and all rules and regulations made under it, as it or they may have been or may from time to time be amended or re- enacted, unless stated otherwise.

 

(6)Computation of Time. A period of time is to be computed as beginning on the day following the event that began the period and ending at 4:30 p.m. on the last day of the period, if the last day of the period is a Business Day, or at 4:30 p.m. on the next Business Day if the last day of the period is not a Business Day. If the date on which any action is required or permitted to be taken under this Amended Plan of Arrangement by a Person is not a Business Day, such action shall be required or permitted to be taken on the next succeeding day which is a Business Day.

 

(7)Time References. References to time are to local time, Toronto, Ontario, unless otherwise indicated.

 

 

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Article 2

AMENDMENT AND BINDING EFFECT

 

2.1Amendment.

 

This Amended Plan of Arrangement is made pursuant to and subject to the provisions of the Arrangement Agreement, except in respect of the sequence of the transactions and events comprising the Amended Arrangement, which shall occur in the order set forth herein.

 

2.2Binding Effect.

 

As of and from the Amendment Time, this Amended Plan of Arrangement will be binding on: (i) the Company, (ii) the Purchaser, (iii) Purchaser Subco, (iv) the Reorganization Depositary, (v) the Depositary, (vi) all registered and beneficial Shareholders (including Dissenting Company Shareholders and including, for the avoidance of doubt, Persons who acquire Shares after the Amendment Time), (vii) all High Street Holders and USCo2 Class B Holders, and (viii) all holders of Company Options, New Options, Floating Options, Company RSUs, New RSUs, Floating RSUs, Company Compensation Options, New Compensation Options and Floating Compensation Options (including, for the avoidance of doubt, Persons who acquire New Options, Floating Options, New RSUs, Floating RSUs, New Company Compensation Options or Floating Compensation Options after the Amendment Time), in each case without any further act or formality required on the part of any Person.

 

2.3Time of Arrangement.

 

The exchanges, issuances and cancellations provided for in Section 3.2 shall be deemed to occur at the time and in the order specified in Section 3.2, notwithstanding that certain of the procedures related thereto are not completed until after such time.

 

2.4No Impairment.

 

No rights of creditors against the property and interests of the Company will be impaired by the Amended Arrangement.

 

Article 3
THE AMENDED ARRANGEMENT

 

3.1Original Plan of Arrangement.

 

The Company and the Purchaser hereby acknowledge that pursuant to the terms of the Original Plan of Arrangement, the provisions of Section 3.1(a) through 3.1(f) of the Original Plan of Arrangement have already occurred and that the provisions of Section 3.1(g) through 3.1(i) of the Original Plan of Arrangement are hereby superseded. For greater certainty, the Company and the Purchaser hereby acknowledge that the Aggregate Option Premium (as defined in the Original Plan of Arrangement) was paid by the Purchaser in accordance with the terms of the Original Plan of Arrangement.

 

 

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3.2Amended Arrangement.

 

Commencing at the Amendment Time, each of the transactions or events set out below shall occur and shall be deemed to occur in the following sequence, in each case without any further authorization, act or formality on the part of any Person, and in each case, unless otherwise specifically provided in this Section 3.2, effective as at two-minute intervals starting at the Amendment Time:

 

(a)each Company Share held by a Dissenting Company Shareholder shall be, and shall be deemed to be, transferred to the Purchaser by the holder thereof, free and clear of all Liens, and thereupon each Dissenting Company Shareholder shall cease to have any rights as a holder of such Company Shares other than a claim against the Purchaser in an amount determined and payable in accordance with Article 4 and the name of such Dissenting Company Shareholder shall be removed from the securities register for the Company Shares;

 

(b)each Company Share acquired by the Purchaser pursuant to Section 3.2(a) shall be, and shall be deemed to be, surrendered to the Company, free and clear of all Liens, and each such Company Share so surrendered shall be cancelled for no consideration and thereupon the Purchaser shall cease to have any rights as a holder of such Company Shares and the name of the Purchaser shall be removed from the securities register for the Company Shares;

 

(c)‎the Purchaser shall, concurrently with the transactions set out in Section 3.2(b), pay ‎to each Amendment Time Company Shareholder the Per Share Amendment Option Payment in ‎respect of each Company Share held by such Amendment Time Company ‎Shareholder at the Amendment Time;‎

 

(d)the Notice of Articles and Articles of the Company, as applicable, shall be altered to:

 

(i)create the New Subordinate Shares and to provide for the special rights and restrictions attaching to the New Subordinate Shares set out in the attached Exhibit A, which special rights and restrictions shall specifically refer to and include the Purchaser Call Option;

 

(ii)create the New Multiple Shares and to provide for the special rights and restrictions attaching to the New Multiple Shares set out in the attached Exhibit A, which special rights and restrictions shall specifically refer to and include the Purchaser Call Option; and

 

(iii)create the Floating Shares and to provide for the special rights and restrictions attaching to the Floating Shares set out in the attached Exhibit A, which special rights and restrictions shall specifically refer to and include the Floating Call Option;

 

 

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(e)the Company shall undertake a reorganization of capital (the “Capital Reorganization”) within the meaning of Section 86 of the Tax Act, and which reorganization shall occur in the following order:

 

(i)each outstanding Company Subordinate Voting Share will be exchanged with the Company free and clear of all Liens for 0.7 of a New Subordinate Share and 0.3 of a Floating Share, and each such Company Subordinate Voting Share shall thereupon be cancelled, and:

 

(A)the holders of such Company Subordinate Voting Shares shall cease to be the holders thereof and to have any rights or privileges as holders of such Company Subordinate Voting Shares;

 

(B)such holders’ names shall be removed from the register of the Company Subordinate Voting Shares maintained by or on behalf of the Company; and

 

(C)each holder of the Company Subordinate Voting Shares shall be deemed to be the holder of the New Subordinate Shares and Floating Shares (in each case, free and clear of any Liens) exchanged for the Company Subordinate Voting Shares and shall be entered in the registers of the New Subordinate Shares and Floating Shares maintained by or on behalf of the Company as the registered holder thereof;

 

(ii)each outstanding Company Proportionate Voting Share will be exchanged with the Company free and clear of all Liens for 28 New Subordinate Shares and 12 Floating Shares, and such Company Proportionate Voting Share shall thereupon be cancelled, and:

 

(A)the holders of such Company Proportionate Voting Shares shall cease to be the holders thereof and to have any rights or privileges as holders of such Company Proportionate Voting Shares;

 

(B)such holders’ names shall be removed from the register of the Company Proportionate Voting Shares maintained by or on behalf of the Company; and

 

(C)each holder of the Company Proportionate Voting Shares shall be deemed to be the holder of the New Subordinate Shares and Floating Shares (in each case, free and clear of any Liens) exchanged for the Company Proportionate Voting Shares and shall be entered in the registers of the New Subordinate Shares and Floating Shares maintained by or on behalf of the Company as the registered holder thereof;

 

 

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(iii)each outstanding Company Multiple Voting Share will be exchanged with the Company free and clear of all Liens for 0.7 of a New Multiple Share and 0.3 of a Floating Share, and such Company Multiple Voting Share shall thereupon be cancelled, and:

 

(A)the holders of such Company Multiple Voting Shares shall cease to be the holders thereof and to have any rights or privileges as holders of such Company Multiple Voting Shares;

 

(B)such holders’ names shall be removed from the register of the Company Multiple Voting Shares maintained by or on behalf of the Company; and

 

(C)each holder of the Company Multiple Voting Shares shall be deemed to be the holder of the New Multiple Shares and Floating Shares (in each case, free and clear of any Liens) exchanged for the Company Multiple Voting Shares and shall be entered in the registers of the New Multiple Shares and Floating Shares maintained by or on behalf of the Company as the registered holder thereof;

 

(iv)immediately after the Amendment Time, the capital of the outstanding New Subordinate Shares will be an amount equal to 0.7 of the aggregate capital of the Company Subordinate Voting Shares and Company Proportionate Voting Shares, less 0.7 of the capital that was attributable to the Company Subordinate Voting Shares and Company Proportionate Voting Shares held by Dissenting Shareholders immediately prior to the Amendment Time;

 

(v)immediately after the Amendment Time, the capital of the outstanding New Multiple Shares will be an amount equal to 0.7 of the aggregate capital of the Company Multiple Voting Shares, less 0.7 of the capital that was attributable to the Company Multiple Voting Shares held by Dissenting Shareholders immediately prior to the Amendment Time;

 

(vi)immediately after the Amendment Time, the capital of the outstanding Floating Shares will be an amount equal to 0.3 of the aggregate capital of the Company Subordinate Voting Shares, Company Proportionate Voting Shares and Company Multiple Voting Shares, less 0.3 of the capital that was attributable to the Company Subordinate Voting Shares, Company Proportionate Voting Shares and Company Multiple Voting Shares held by Dissenting Shareholders immediately prior to the Amendment Time;

 

 

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(f)each Company Option shall be exchanged for:

 

(i)a New Option to acquire from the Company such number of New Subordinate Shares as is equal to: (A) the number of Company Subordinate Voting Shares that were issuable upon exercise of such Company Option immediately prior to the Amendment Time, multiplied by (B) 0.7 (provided that if any holder of New Options, following the exchange pursuant to this Section 3.2(f), is holding in aggregate, New Options that would result in the issuance of a fraction of a New Subordinate Share, then the number of New Subordinate Shares to be issued pursuant to such New Options shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number). Such New Options shall provide for an exercise price per New Option (rounded up to the nearest whole cent) equal to the product obtained when: (i) the exercise price per Company Subordinate Voting Share that would otherwise be payable pursuant to the Company Option it replaces is multiplied by (ii) 0.7, and any document evidencing a Company Option shall thereafter evidence and be deemed to evidence such New Option. Except as provided herein, all terms and conditions of a New Option, including the term to expiry, conditions to and manner of exercising, will be the same as the Company Option for which it was exchanged, and shall be governed by the terms of the Amended Equity Incentive Plan, and the exchange shall not provide any optionee with any additional benefits as compared to those under his or her original Company Option. It is intended that subsection 7(1.4) of the Tax Act and Sections 1.424-1(a)(5) and 1.409A-1(b)(5)(v)(D) of the U.S. Treasury Regulations, as applicable, apply to such exchange of Company Options; and

 

(ii)a Floating Option to acquire from the Company such number of Floating Shares as is equal to: (A) the number of Company Subordinate Voting Shares that were issuable upon exercise of such Company Option immediately prior to the Amendment Time, multiplied by (B) 0.3 (provided that if any holder of Floating Options, following the exchange pursuant to this Section 3.2(f), is holding in aggregate, Floating Options that would result in the issuance of a fraction of a Floating Share, then the number of Floating Shares to be issued pursuant to such Floating Options shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number). Such Floating Options shall provide for an exercise price per Floating Option (rounded up to the nearest whole cent) equal to the product obtained when: (i) the exercise price per Company Subordinate Voting Share that would otherwise be payable pursuant to the Company Option it replaces is multiplied by (ii) 0.3, and any document evidencing a Company Option shall thereafter evidence and be deemed to evidence such Floating Option. Except as provided herein, all terms and conditions of a Floating Option, including the term to expiry, conditions to and manner of exercising, will be the same as the Company Option for which it was exchanged, and shall be governed by the terms of the Amended Equity Incentive Plan, and the exchange shall not provide any optionee with any additional benefits as compared to those under his or her original Company Option. It is intended that subsection 7(1.4) of the Tax Act and Sections 1.424-1(a)(5) and 1.409A-1(b)(5)(v)(D) of the U.S. Treasury Regulations, as applicable, apply to such exchange of Company Options;

 

 

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Accordingly, and notwithstanding the foregoing, if required, the exercise price of the New Options and Floating Options will be increased proportionally such that the Amended Options In-The-Money Amount immediately after the exchange does not exceed the Company Option In-The-Money Amount of the Company Option (or a fraction thereof) exchanged for such New Options and Floating Options immediately before the exchange and so on a share-by-share basis, the ratio of the exercise price to the fair market value of the Company Options being exchanged shall not be less favourable to the optionee than the ratio of the exercise price to the fair market value of the New Options and Floating Options immediately following the exchange;

 

(g)each Company Compensation Option shall be adjusted in accordance with its terms to provide that each Company Compensation Option shall be replaced by:

 

(i)a New Compensation Option to acquire from the Company such number of New Subordinate Shares as is equal to: (A) the number of Company Subordinate Voting Shares that were issuable upon exercise of such Company Compensation Option immediately prior to the Amendment Time, multiplied by (B) 0.7 (provided that if any holder of New Compensation Options, following the exchange pursuant to this Section 3.2(g), is holding in aggregate, New Compensation Options that would result in the issuance of a fraction of a New Subordinate Share, then the number of New Subordinate Shares to be issued pursuant to such New Compensation Options shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number). Such New Compensation Option shall provide for an exercise price per New Compensation Option (rounded up to the nearest whole cent) equal to the product obtained when: (i) the exercise price per Company Subordinate Voting Share that would otherwise be payable pursuant to the Company Compensation Option it replaces is multiplied by (ii) 0.7, and any document evidencing a Company Compensation Option shall thereafter evidence and be deemed to evidence such New Compensation Option. Except as provided herein, all terms and conditions of a New Compensation Option, including the term to expiry, conditions to and manner of exercising, will be the same as the Company Compensation Option for which it was exchanged, and the exchange shall not provide any optionee with any additional benefits as compared to those under his or her original Company Compensation Option; and

 

(ii)a Floating Compensation Option to acquire from the Company such number of Floating Shares as is equal to: (A) the number of Company Subordinate Voting Shares that were issuable upon exercise of such Company Compensation Option immediately prior to the Amendment Time, multiplied by (B) 0.3 (provided that if any holder of Floating Compensation Options, following the exchange pursuant to this Section 3.2(g), is holding in aggregate, Floating Compensation Options that would result in the issuance of a fraction of a Floating Share, then the number of Floating Shares to be issued pursuant to such Floating Compensation Options shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number). Such Floating Compensation Option shall provide for an exercise price per Floating Compensation Option (rounded up to the nearest whole cent) equal to the product obtained when: (i) the exercise price per Company Subordinate Voting Share that would otherwise be payable pursuant to the Company Compensation Option it replaces is multiplied by (ii) 0.3, and any document evidencing a Company Compensation Option shall thereafter evidence and be deemed to evidence such Floating Compensation Option. Except as provided herein, all terms and conditions of a Floating Compensation Option, including the term to expiry, conditions to and manner of exercising, will be the same as the Company Compensation Option for which it was exchanged, and the exchange shall not provide any optionee with any additional benefits as compared to those under his or her original Company Compensation Option;

 

 

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(h)each Company RSU shall be adjusted in accordance with its terms to provide that each Company RSU shall be replaced by:

 

(i)a New RSU to acquire from the Company such number of New Subordinate Shares as is equal to: (A) the number of Company Subordinate Voting Shares that were issuable upon vesting of such Company RSU immediately prior to the Amendment Time, multiplied by (B) 0.7 (provided that if any holder of New RSUs, following the exchange pursuant to this Section 3.2(h), is holding in aggregate, New RSUs that would result in the issuance of a fraction of a New Subordinate Share, then the number of New Subordinate Shares to be issued pursuant to such New RSUs shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number). Such New RSU shall provide for a conversion price per New RSU (rounded up to the nearest whole cent) equal to the product obtained when: (i) the conversion price per Company Subordinate Voting Share that would otherwise be applicable pursuant to the Company RSU it replaces is multiplied by (ii) 0.7, and any document evidencing a Company RSU shall thereafter evidence and be deemed to evidence such New RSU. Except as provided herein, all terms and conditions of a New RSU, including the term to expiry, conditions to and manner of exercising, will be the same as the Company RSU for which it was exchanged, and the exchange shall not provide any holder with any additional benefits as compared to those under his or her original Company RSU; and

 

(ii)a Floating RSU to acquire from the Company such number of Floating Shares as is equal to: (A) the number of Company Subordinate Voting Shares that were issuable upon vesting of such Company RSU immediately prior to the Amendment Time, multiplied by (B) 0.3 (provided that if any holder of Floating RSUs, following the exchange pursuant to this Section 3.2(h), is holding in aggregate, Floating RSUs that would result in the issuance of a fraction of a Floating Share, then the number of Floating Shares to be issued pursuant to such Floating RSUs shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number). Such Floating RSU shall provide for a conversion price per Floating RSU (rounded up to the nearest whole cent) equal to the product obtained when: (i) the conversion price per Company Subordinate Voting Share that would otherwise be applicable pursuant to the Company RSU it replaces is multiplied by (ii) 0.3, and any document evidencing a Company RSU shall thereafter evidence and be deemed to evidence such Floating RSU. Except as provided herein, all terms and conditions of a Floating RSU, including the term to expiry, conditions to and manner of exercising, will be the same as the Company RSU for which it was exchanged, and the exchange shall not provide any holder with any additional benefits as compared to those under his or her original Company RSU;

 

 

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(i)the Notice of Articles and Articles of the Company, as applicable, shall be altered to:

 

(i)remove the Company Subordinate Voting Shares and the special rights and restrictions attaching to the Company Subordinate Voting Shares;

 

(ii)remove the Company Proportionate Voting Shares and the special rights and restrictions attaching to the Company Proportionate Voting Shares; and

 

(iii)remove the Company Multiple Voting Shares and the special rights and restrictions attaching to the Company Multiple Voting Shares;

 

(j)upon the Triggering Event Date occurring prior to the Purchaser Call Option Expiry Date, the Purchaser shall, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Purchaser Call Option, exercise, and shall be deemed to have exercised, effective at the end of the Triggering Event Date, the Purchaser Call Option with respect to all (but not less than all) of the outstanding Purchaser Call Option Shares other than any Purchaser Call Option Shares held by the Purchaser;

 

(k)upon the Triggering Event Date occurring prior to the Purchaser Call Option Expiry Date, the Purchaser may, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Floating Call Option, exercise the Floating Call Option with respect to all (but not less than all) of the outstanding Floating Shares other than any Floating Shares held by the Purchaser;

 

(l)upon the exercise or deemed exercise of the Purchaser Call Option by the Purchaser prior to the Purchaser Call Option Expiry Date, the Purchaser shall, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Purchaser Call Option, acquire from each Shareholder, other than the Purchaser, and each such Shareholder shall be required to transfer to the Purchaser, all of the Purchaser Call Option Shares that are held by such Shareholder on the Acquisition Date immediately following the exchange referred to in Section 3.2(n)(i), which acquisition and transfer shall occur on the Acquisition Date in accordance with Section 3.2(n)(iii) or Section 3.2(n)(vi)(F), as applicable;

 

(m)in the event that the Floating Call Option is exercised by the Purchaser prior to the Purchaser Call Option Expiry Date, the Purchaser shall, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Floating Call Option, acquire from each Floating Shareholder, other than the Purchaser, and each such Floating Shareholder shall be required to transfer to the Purchaser, all of the Floating Shares that are held by such Floating Shareholder on the Acquisition Date, which acquisition and transfer shall occur on the Acquisition Date in accordance with Section 3.2(n)(iv);

 

 

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(n)on the Acquisition Date, each of the transactions or events set out below in this Section 3.2(n) shall occur, and shall be deemed to occur, in the following sequence, in each case without any further authorization, act or formality on the part of any Person, effective as at two minute intervals starting at the Acquisition Effective Time:

 

(i)each New Multiple Share outstanding immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time shall be exchanged with the Company for one New Subordinate Share, and upon such exchange:

 

(A)each such exchanged New Multiple Share shall be cancelled, and the holders of such exchanged New Multiple Shares shall be removed from the Company’s securities register for the New Multiple Shares; and

 

(B)each holder of such exchanged New Multiple Shares shall be entered in the Company’s securities register as the holder of the New Subordinate Shares issued to such holder pursuant to this Section 3.2(n)(i);

 

(ii)concurrently with the exchange of New Multiple Shares pursuant to Section 3.2(n)(i), the capital of the New Multiple Shares shall be reduced to nil, and there shall be added to the capital of the New Subordinate Shares, in respect of the New Subordinate Shares issued pursuant to Section 3.2(n)(i), an amount equal to the capital of the New Multiple Shares immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time;

 

(iii)in accordance with the terms of the Purchaser Call Option, each New Subordinate Share held by a Company Non-U.S. Shareholder immediately following the exchange in Section 3.2(n)(i) shall be transferred, and shall be deemed to be transferred, free and clear of all Liens by the holder thereof to the Purchaser for the Purchaser Share Consideration (or, in the event a Purchaser Change of Control shall have occurred prior to the Acquisition Date, the Per Share Consideration), which Purchaser Share Consideration or Per Share Consideration, as applicable, shall be paid in accordance with the provisions of Article 5, and upon such transfer:

 

(A)each such former holder of such transferred New Subordinate Shares shall be removed from the Company’s securities register for the New Subordinate Shares;

 

 

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(B)the Purchaser shall be entered in the Company’s securities register for the New Subordinate Shares as the legal owner of such transferred New Subordinate Shares; and

 

(C)each such former holder of such transferred New Subordinate Shares shall, subject to Section 5.1, be entered in the Purchaser’s securities register for the Purchaser Shares in respect of the Consideration Shares issued to such holder pursuant to this Section 3.2(n)(iii), or, to the extent applicable, in the securities register of the issuer of any Alternate Consideration that such former holder of New Subordinate Shares is entitled to receive in lieu of the Consideration Shares;

 

(iv)in the event that the Floating Call Option is exercised by the Purchaser prior to the Purchaser Call Option Expiry Date, in accordance with the terms of the Floating Call Option, each Floating Share held by a Shareholder, other than Floating Shares held by the Purchaser, shall be transferred, and shall be deemed to be transferred, free and clear of all Liens by the holder thereof to the Purchaser for the Floating Consideration (or, in the event a Purchaser Change of Control shall have occurred prior to the Acquisition Date, the Floating Per Share Consideration), which Floating Consideration or Floating Per Share Consideration, as applicable, shall be paid in accordance with the provisions of Article 5, and upon such transfer:

 

(A)each such former holder of such transferred Floating Shares shall be removed from the Company’s securities register for the Floating Shares;

 

(B)the Purchaser shall be entered in the Company’s securities register for the Floating Shares as the legal owner of such transferred Floating Shares; and

 

(C)if applicable, each such former holder of such transferred Floating Shares shall, subject to Section 5.1, be entered in the Purchaser’s securities register for the Purchaser Shares in respect of the Consideration Shares issued to such holder pursuant to this Section 3.2(n)(iv), or, to the extent applicable, in the securities register of the issuer of any Alternate Floating Consideration that such former holder of Floating Shares is entitled to receive in lieu of the Consideration Shares;

 

(v)each Eligible Company Canadian Shareholder shall be entitled to make a joint tax election with the Purchaser, pursuant to subsection 85(1) or 85(2) of the Tax Act, as applicable (and the analogous provisions of provincial income tax law) in respect of any Shares transferred to the Purchaser. The Purchaser shall make available on the Purchaser’s website tax election forms required under the Tax Act within 60 days of the Acquisition Date.

 

 

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Any Eligible Company Canadian Shareholder who wants to make such election and otherwise qualifies to make such election may do so by providing to the Purchaser two signed copies of the necessary election forms within 120 days following the Acquisition Date, duly completed with the details of the number of Shares transferred and the applicable agreed amount or amounts for the purposes of such election. Thereafter, subject to the election forms complying with the provisions of the Tax Act (or applicable provincial or territorial income tax law), the forms will be signed by the Purchaser and returned to such Eligible Company Canadian Shareholder by ordinary mail within 30 days after the receipt thereof by the Purchaser for filing with the Canada Revenue Agency (or the applicable provincial or territorial taxing authority). The Purchaser will not be responsible for the proper completion of any election form, except for the obligation of the Purchaser to so sign and return duly completed election forms which are received by the Purchaser within 120 days following the Acquisition Date. The Purchaser will not be responsible for any taxes, interest or penalties resulting from the failure by an Eligible Company Canadian Shareholder to properly complete or file the election forms in the form and manner and within the time prescribed by the Tax Act (or any applicable provincial or territorial legislation). In its sole discretion, the Purchaser may choose to sign and return an election form received by it more than 120 days following the Acquisition Date, but the Purchaser will have no obligation to do so;

 

(vi)Purchaser Subco shall merge with and into the Company (the “Merger”) and Purchaser Subco and the Company shall be one corporate entity with the same effect as if they had amalgamated under Section 269 of the BCBCA, except that the legal existence of the Company shall not cease and the Company shall survive the Merger (the Company, as such surviving entity, “Mergeco”), notwithstanding the issue by the Registrar of a certificate of amalgamation and the assignment of a new incorporation number to Mergeco. The Merger, together with the transactions described in this Section 3.2(n)(i) through Section 3.2(n)(xii) is intended to qualify as an amalgamation as defined in subsection 87(9) of the Tax Act. As part of the Merger, and upon the Merger becoming effective:

 

(A)without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Company shall survive the Merger as Mergeco;

 

(B)the properties, rights and interests and obligations of the Company shall continue to be the properties, rights and interests and obligations of Mergeco, and the Merger shall not constitute an assignment by operation of law, a transfer or any other disposition of the property, rights and interests of the Company to Mergeco;

 

(C)the separate legal existence of Purchaser Subco shall cease without Purchaser Subco being liquidated or wound up, and the property, rights and interests and obligations of Purchaser Subco shall become the property, rights and interests and obligations of Mergeco;

 

 

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(D)Mergeco shall continue to be liable for the obligations of each of the Company and Purchaser Subco;

 

(E)the Notice of Articles and Articles of Mergeco shall be the same as the Notice of Articles and Articles of the Company, as altered in accordance with Sections 3.2(d) and 3.2(i), provided that the Purchaser Call Option shall no longer be applicable;

 

(F)each New Subordinate Share held by a Company U.S. Shareholder immediately following the exchange in Section 3.2(n)(i) shall, in accordance with the Purchaser Call Option, be transferred, and shall be deemed to be transferred, free and clear of all Liens by the holder thereof to the Purchaser for the Purchaser Share Consideration (or, in the event a Purchaser Change of Control shall have occurred prior to the Acquisition Date, the Per Share Consideration), which Purchaser Share Consideration or Per Share Consideration, as applicable, shall be paid in accordance with the provisions of Article 5, and each such former holder shall be deemed to have executed and delivered all consents, releases, assignments and waivers, statutory or otherwise, required to transfer such New Subordinate Shares in accordance with this Section 3.2(n)(vi)(F), and upon such transfer:

 

i)each such former holder of such transferred New Subordinate Shares shall be removed from the Company’s securities register for the New Subordinate Shares;

 

ii)the Purchaser shall be entered in Mergeco’s securities register for the Mergeco New Subordinate Shares as the legal owner of such transferred New Subordinate Shares; and

 

iii)each such former holder of such transferred New Subordinate Shares shall, subject to Section 5.1, be entered in the Purchaser’s securities register for the Purchaser Shares in respect of the Consideration Shares issued to such holder pursuant to this Section 3.2(n)(vi)(F), or, to the extent applicable, in the securities register of the issuer of any Alternate Consideration that such former holder of New Subordinate Shares is entitled to receive in lieu of the Consideration Shares;

 

(G)each New Subordinate Share held by the Purchaser and outstanding immediately prior to the Merger shall be exchanged for Mergeco New Subordinate Shares on the basis of one Mergeco New Subordinate Share for each New Subordinate Share;

 

 

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(H)each Floating Share outstanding immediately prior to the Merger shall be exchanged for Mergeco New Subordinate Shares on the basis of one Mergeco New Subordinate Share for each Floating Share;

 

(I)each Purchaser Subco Share outstanding immediately prior to the Merger shall be exchanged for Mergeco New Subordinate Shares on the basis of one Mergeco New Subordinate Share for each Purchaser Subco Share;

 

(J)in consideration for the Purchaser issuing Consideration Shares to the Company U.S. Shareholders in accordance with Section 3.2(n)(vi)(F), Mergeco shall issue to the Purchaser one Mergeco New Subordinate Share for each Purchaser Share issued by the Purchaser to the Company U.S. Shareholders pursuant to Section 3.2(n)(vi)(F);

 

(K)the board of directors of Mergeco shall be comprised of a minimum of one and a maximum of 10 directors;

 

(L)the amount added to the capital of the Purchaser Shares in respect of the Consideration Shares issued to Company U.S. Shareholders pursuant to Section 3.2(n)(vi)(F) shall be equal to the product obtained when (I) the capital of the New Subordinate Shares immediately following the exchanges in Section 3.2(n)(i), is multiplied by (II) a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of New Subordinate Shares transferred pursuant to Section 3.2(n)(vi)(F), and the denominator of which is the number of New Subordinate Shares outstanding immediately following the exchanges in Section 3.2(n)(i); and

 

(M)the Company will file an election with the Canada Revenue Agency to cease to be a public corporation for the purposes of the Tax Act;

 

(vii)each New Option shall be exchanged for a Replacement Option to acquire from the Purchaser such number of Purchaser Shares as is equal to: (A) the number of New Subordinate Shares that were issuable upon exercise of such New Option immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time, multiplied by (B) the Exchange Ratio in effect immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time (provided that if any holder of Replacement Options, following the exchange pursuant to this Section 3.2(n), is holding in aggregate, Replacement Options that would result in the issuance of a fraction of a Purchaser Share, then the number of Purchaser Shares to be issued pursuant to such Replacement Options shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number). Such Replacement Options shall provide for an exercise price per Replacement Option (rounded up to the nearest whole cent) equal to the quotient obtained when: (i) the exercise price per New Subordinate Share that would otherwise be payable pursuant to the New Option it replaces is divided by (ii) the Exchange Ratio in effect immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time, and any document evidencing a New Option shall thereafter evidence and be deemed to evidence such Replacement Option. Except as provided herein, all terms and conditions of a Replacement Option, including the term to expiry, conditions to and manner of exercising, will be the same as the New Option for which it was exchanged, and shall be governed by the terms of the Purchaser Equity Incentive Plan, and the exchange shall not provide any optionee with any additional benefits as compared to those under his or her original New Option. It is intended that subsection 7(1.4) of the Tax Act and Sections 1.424-1(a)(5) and 1.409A-1(b)(5)(v)(D) of the U.S. Treasury Regulations, as applicable, apply to such exchange of New Options. Accordingly, and notwithstanding the foregoing, if required, the exercise price of the Replacement Option will be increased such that the Replacement Option In-The-Money Amount immediately after the exchange does not exceed the New Option In-The-Money Amount of the New Option (or a fraction thereof) exchanged for such Replacement Option immediately before the exchange and so on a share-by-share basis, the ratio of the exercise price to the fair market value of the New Options being exchanged shall not be less favourable to the optionee than the ratio of the exercise price to the fair market value of the Replacement Options immediately following the exchange;

 

 

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(viii)each New Compensation Option shall be exchanged for a Replacement Compensation Option to acquire from the Purchaser such number of Purchaser Shares as is equal to: (A) the number of New Subordinate Shares that were issuable upon exercise of such New Compensation Option immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time, multiplied by (B) the Exchange Ratio in effect immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time (provided that if any holder of Replacement Compensation Options, following the exchange pursuant to this Section 3.2(n), is holding in aggregate, Replacement Compensation Options that would result in the issuance of a fraction of a Purchaser Share, then the number of Purchaser Shares to be issued pursuant to such Replacement Compensation Options shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number). Such Replacement Compensation Option shall provide for an exercise price per whole Replacement Compensation Option (rounded up to the nearest whole cent) equal to the quotient obtained when: (i) the exercise price per New Subordinate Share that would otherwise be payable pursuant to the New Compensation Option it replaces is divided by (ii) the Exchange Ratio in effect immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time, and any document evidencing a New Compensation Option shall thereafter evidence and be deemed to evidence such Replacement Compensation Option. Except as provided herein, all terms and conditions of a Replacement Compensation Option, including the term to expiry, conditions to and manner of exercising, will be the same as the New Compensation Option for which it was exchanged, and the exchange shall not provide any optionee with any additional benefits as compared to those under his or her original New Compensation Option;

 

 

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(ix)each New RSU shall be exchanged for a Replacement RSU to acquire from the Purchaser such number of Purchaser Shares as is equal to: (A) the number of New Subordinate Shares that were issuable upon vesting of such New RSU immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time, multiplied by (B) the Exchange Ratio in effect immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time (provided that if any holder of Replacement RSUs, following the exchange pursuant to this Section 3.2(n), is holding in aggregate, Replacement RSUs that would result in the issuance of a fraction of a Purchaser Share, then the number of Purchaser Shares to be issued pursuant to such Replacement RSUs shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number). Except as provided herein, all terms and conditions of a Replacement RSU, including the term to expiry, conditions to and manner of exercising, will be the same as the New RSU for which it was exchanged, and the exchange shall not provide any holder with any additional benefits as compared to those under his or her original New RSU;

 

(x)in the event that the Floating Call Option is exercised by the Purchaser prior to the Purchaser Call Option Expiry Date, each Floating Option shall be exchanged for a Replacement Option to acquire from the Purchaser such number of Purchaser Shares as is equal to: (A) the number of Floating Shares that were issuable upon exercise of such Floating Option immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time, multiplied by (B) the Floating Ratio in effect immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time (provided that if any holder of Replacement Options, following the exchange pursuant to this Section 3.2(n), is holding in aggregate, Replacement Options that would result in the issuance of a fraction of a Purchaser Share, then the number of Purchaser Shares to be issued pursuant to such Replacement Options shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number). Such Replacement Options shall provide for an exercise price per Replacement Option (rounded up to the nearest whole cent) equal to the quotient obtained when: (i) the exercise price per Floating Share that would otherwise be payable pursuant to the Floating Option it replaces is divided by (ii) the Floating Ratio in effect immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time, and any document evidencing a Floating Option shall thereafter evidence and be deemed to evidence such Replacement Option. Except as provided herein, all terms and conditions of a Replacement Option, including the term to expiry, conditions to and manner of exercising, will be the same as the Floating Option for which it was exchanged, and shall be governed by the terms of the Purchaser Equity Incentive Plan, and the exchange shall not provide any optionee with any additional benefits as compared to those under his or her original Floating Option. It is intended that subsection 7(1.4) of the Tax Act and Sections 1.424-1(a)(5) and 1.409A-1(b)(5)(v)(D) of the U.S. Treasury Regulations, as applicable, apply to such exchange of Floating Options. Accordingly, and notwithstanding the foregoing, if required, the exercise price of a Replacement Option will be increased such that the Replacement Option In-The-Money Amount immediately after the exchange does not exceed the Floating Option In-The-Money Amount of the Floating Option (or a fraction thereof) exchanged for such Replacement Option immediately before the exchange and so on a share-by-share basis, the ratio of the exercise price to the fair market value of the Floating Options being exchanged shall not be less favourable to the optionee than the ratio of the exercise price to the fair market value of the Replacement Options immediately following the exchange;

 

 

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(xi)in the event that the Floating Call Option is exercised by the Purchaser prior to the Purchaser Call Option Expiry Date, each Floating Compensation Option shall be exchanged for a Replacement Compensation Option to acquire from the Purchaser such number of Purchaser Shares as is equal to: (A) the number of Floating Shares that were issuable upon exercise of such Floating Compensation Option immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time, multiplied by (B) the Floating Ratio in effect immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time (provided that if any holder of Replacement Compensation Options, following the exchange pursuant to this Section 3.2(n), is holding in aggregate, Replacement Compensation Options that would result in the issuance of a fraction of a Purchaser Share, then the number of Purchaser Shares to be issued pursuant to such Replacement Compensation Options shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number). Such Replacement Compensation Option shall provide for an exercise price per whole Replacement Compensation Option (rounded up to the nearest whole cent) equal to the quotient obtained when: (i) the exercise price per Floating Share that would otherwise be payable pursuant to the Floating Compensation Option it replaces is divided by (ii) the Floating Ratio in effect immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time, and any document evidencing a Floating Compensation Option shall thereafter evidence and be deemed to evidence such Replacement Compensation Option. Except as provided herein, all terms and conditions of a Replacement Compensation Option, including the term to expiry, conditions to and manner of exercising, will be the same as the Floating Compensation Option for which it was exchanged, and the exchange shall not provide any optionee with any additional benefits as compared to those under his or her original Floating Compensation Option; and

 

(xii)in the event that the Floating Call Option is exercised by the Purchaser prior to the Purchaser Call Option Expiry Date, each Floating RSU shall be exchanged for a Replacement RSU to acquire from the Purchaser such number of Purchaser Shares as is equal to: (A) the number of Floating Shares that were issuable upon vesting of such Floating RSU immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time, multiplied by (B) the Floating Ratio in effect immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time (provided that if any holder of Replacement RSUs, following the exchange pursuant to this Section 3.2(n), is holding in aggregate, Replacement RSUs that would result in the issuance of a fraction of a Purchaser Share, then the number of Purchaser Shares to be issued pursuant to such Replacement RSUs shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number). Such Replacement RSU shall provide for a conversion price per Replacement RSU (rounded up to the nearest whole cent) equal to the quotient obtained when: (i) the conversion price per Floating Share that would otherwise be applicable pursuant to the Floating RSU it replaces is divided by (ii) the Floating Ratio in effect immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time, and any document evidencing a Floating RSU shall thereafter evidence and be deemed to evidence such Replacement RSU. Except as provided herein, all terms and conditions of a Replacement RSU, including the term to expiry, conditions to and manner of exercising, will be the same as the Floating RSU for which it was exchanged, and the exchange shall not provide any holder with any additional benefits as compared to those under his or her original Floating RSU.

 

 

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3.3Floating Share Election.

 

With respect to the transfer of Floating Shares made by a Floating Shareholder pursuant to Section 3.2(n)(iv) on the Floating Election Date, the Purchaser shall notify the Depositary and publicly announce by press release:

 

(a)the Purchaser’s determination that the Floating Consideration shall be comprised solely of Floating Share Consideration;

 

(b)the Purchaser’s determination that the Floating Consideration shall be comprised solely of Floating Cash Consideration; or

 

(c)the Purchaser’s determination (the “Proportionate Election”) that the Floating Consideration to be received for each Floating Share held shall be comprised of a proportion of Floating Share Consideration (the “Share Proportion”) and a proportion of Floating Cash Consideration (the “Cash Proportion”). For greater certainty the aggregate of the Share Proportion and the Cash Proportion shall be equal to 1.0.

 

3.4Proration of Floating Consideration.

 

In the event of a Proportionate Election, with respect to the payment of Floating Consideration to the Floating Shareholders, each Floating Shareholder shall receive pursuant to Section 3.2(n)(iv) for each Floating Share held (i) the Share Proportion multiplied by the Floating Share Consideration; and (ii) the Cash Proportion multiplied by the Floating Cash Consideration.

 

3.5Reorganization Letter of Transmittal.

 

The Company shall send a Reorganization Letter of Transmittal to each Company Shareholder concurrently with the Circular.

 

3.6Letter of Transmittal.

 

The Company shall send a Letter of Transmittal to each Shareholder within 15 Business Days following the receipt by the Company of a Purchaser Call Option Exercise Notice or a Triggering Event Notice, as the case may be, and if applicable, the Floating Call Option Exercise Notice.

 

 

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3.7U.S. Federal Income Tax Treatment.

 

For U.S. federal income tax purposes, the Company intends that the Capital Reorganization described in Section 3.2(e) will be treated as a “recapitalization” within the meaning of Section 368(a)(1)(E) of the U.S. Tax Code.

 

The U.S. federal income tax treatment of the Merger and the transactions described in Section 3.2(n)(i) through Section 3.2(n)(xii) is uncertain and depends on a number of factors. Certain factors that will affect the U.S. federal income tax treatment of the Merger and the transactions described in Section 3.2(n)(i) through Section 3.2(n)(xii) may not be determinable until the Acquisition Date, including whether the Purchaser exercises the Floating Call Option to acquire the Floating Shares and, if so, whether the Floating Consideration is paid in Floating Share Consideration, Floating Cash Consideration or a combination thereof. Depending on these and other factors, the Merger and the transactions described in Section 3.2(n)(i) through Section 3.2(n)(xii) may be treated as a taxable transaction in which gain or loss is generally recognized for U.S. federal income tax purposes, or it may be treated as a reorganization within the meaning of Sections 368(a)(1)(A) and (a)(2)(E) of the U.S. Tax Code. Neither the Company nor the Purchaser have sought, or expect to seek, a ruling from the IRS as to any U.S. federal income tax consequence described herein, and no assurance can be given that the IRS will not take a position contrary to the above.

 

3.8Canadian Tax Treatment.

 

The Company and the Purchaser intend that for Canadian federal income Tax purposes (and applicable provincial Tax purposes) the Merger will qualify as an amalgamation as defined in subsection 87(9) of the Tax Act.

 

3.9No Fractional Purchaser Shares.

 

No fractional Purchaser Shares will be issued to any Person in connection with this Amended Plan of Arrangement. Where the aggregate number of New Subordinate Shares or New Multiple Shares to be issued to a Company Shareholder pursuant to this Amended Arrangement would otherwise result in a fraction of a New Subordinate Share or New Multiple Share being issuable, then the aggregate number of New Subordinate Shares or New Multiple Shares to be issued to such Company Shareholder shall be rounded down to the closest whole number and no compensation shall be payable to such Company Shareholder in lieu of any such fractional New Subordinate Shares or New Multiple Shares. Where the aggregate number of Purchaser Shares to be issued to a Shareholder pursuant to this Amended Arrangement would otherwise result in a fraction of a Purchaser Share being issuable, then the aggregate number of Purchaser Shares to be issued to such Shareholder shall be rounded down to the closest whole number and no compensation shall be payable to such Shareholder in lieu of any such fractional Purchaser Share.

 

 

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Article 4
RIGHTS OF DISSENT

 

4.1Rights of Dissent.

 

Pursuant to the Amendment Interim Order, each registered Company Shareholder may exercise rights of dissent (“Dissent Rights”) under Section 238 of the BCBCA and in the manner set forth in Sections 242 to 247 of the BCBCA, all as modified by this Article 4 as the same may be modified by the Amendment Interim Order or the Amendment Final Order in respect of the Amended Arrangement, provided that the written notice of dissent to the Resolution contemplated by Section 242 of the BCBCA must be sent to and received by the Company not later than 5:00 p.m. (Vancouver time) on the Business Day that is two Business Days before the Meeting. Company Shareholders who validly exercise such rights of dissent and who:

 

(a)are ultimately determined to be entitled to be paid fair value by the Purchaser, for the Dissenting Shares in respect of which they have exercised Dissent Rights, notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in Section 245 of the BCBCA, will be deemed to have irrevocably surrendered such Dissenting Shares to the Company pursuant to Section 3.2(a) in consideration of such fair value, and each such Company Share so surrendered shall be cancelled and in no case will the Company or the Purchaser or any other Person be required to recognize such holders as holders of Company Shares after the Amendment Time, and each Dissenting Company Shareholder will cease to be entitled to the rights of a Company Shareholder in respect of the Company Shares in relation to which such Dissenting Company Shareholder has exercised Dissent Rights and the securities register of the Company will be amended to reflect that such former holder is no longer the holder of such Company Shares as at and from the Amendment Time; or

 

(b)are ultimately not entitled, for any reason, to be paid fair value for the Dissenting Shares in respect of which they have exercised Dissent Rights, will be deemed to have participated in the Amended Arrangement on the same basis as a Company Shareholder who has not exercised Dissent Rights.

 

In addition to any other restrictions set forth in the BCBCA, none of the following Persons shall be entitled to exercise Dissent Rights: (i) Company Optionholders (with respect to any Company Options); (ii) Company RSU Holders (with respect to any Company RSUs); (iii) Company Compensation Option Holders (with respect to any Company Compensation Options); and (iv) Company Shareholders who vote in favour of, or who have instructed a proxyholder to vote in favour of, the Resolution.

 

 

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Article 5
CERTIFICATES AND PAYMENTS

 

5.1Payment and Delivery of Consideration.

 

(a)Following receipt of the Final Order and prior to the Amendment Date, the Purchaser shall ‎deliver, or cause to be delivered, to the Payment Agent, by wire transfer in ‎immediately available funds, an amount sufficient to pay the Amendment Option ‎Payment payable by the Purchaser to: (i) the Amendment Time Company ‎Shareholders in accordance with Section 3.2(c); and (ii) the Amendment Time High Street Holders and Amendment Time USCo2 Class B Shareholders in accordance with the terms of the Amended Arrangement.‎

 

(b)Following receipt of the Final Order and prior to filing of the Required Filings, the Company shall deliver, or cause to be delivered, to the Reorganization Depositary a sufficient number of New Subordinate Shares and New Multiple Shares to satisfy the Company’s obligation to issue New Subordinate Shares and New Multiple Shares to Company Shareholders in accordance with Section 3.2(e).

 

(c)Upon surrender to the Reorganization Depositary for cancellation of a certificate which immediately prior to the Amendment Time represented outstanding Company Shares, together with a duly completed and executed Reorganization Letter of Transmittal and such additional documents and instruments as the Reorganization Depositary may reasonably require, the holder of such surrendered certificate shall be entitled to receive in exchange therefor, and the Reorganization Depositary shall deliver to such Company Shareholder(s), a certificate representing the New Subordinate Shares or New Multiple Shares which such holder(s) is entitled to receive pursuant to the Capital Reorganization, which New Subordinate Shares and New Multiple Shares will be registered in such name or names and either (A) delivered to the address or addresses as such Company Shareholder directed in their Reorganization Letter of Transmittal; or (B) made available for pick up at the office of the Reorganization Depositary in accordance with the instructions of the Company Shareholder in the Reorganization Letter of Transmittal, and any certificate representing Company Shares so surrendered shall forthwith thereafter be cancelled.

 

(d)Until surrendered as contemplated by Section 5.1(c), each certificate that immediately prior to the Amendment Time represented Company Shares shall be deemed after the Amendment Time to represent only the right to receive upon such surrender the New Subordinate Shares and/or New Multiple Shares in lieu of such certificate as contemplated in Section 3.2(e).

 

(e)Following receipt by the Depositary of a Purchaser Call Option Exercise Notice or a Triggering Event Notice, as the case may be, and, if applicable, the Floating Call Option Exercise Notice, and prior to the Acquisition Date, the Purchaser shall deliver, or cause to be delivered, to the Depositary a sufficient number of Purchaser Shares and, if applicable, sufficient Floating Cash Consideration (or, to the extent applicable, any Alternate Consideration or Alternate Floating Consideration) to satisfy the Purchaser’s obligation to issue Consideration Shares and, if applicable, the Floating Cash Consideration (or, to the extent applicable, any Alternate Consideration or Alternate Floating Consideration) to Shareholders in accordance with Section 3.2(n)(iii), Section 3.2(n)(iv) or Section 3.2(n)(vi)(F).

 

 

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(f)Upon surrender to the Depositary for cancellation of a certificate which immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time represented outstanding Shares, together with a duly completed and executed Letter of Transmittal and such additional documents and instruments as the Depositary may reasonably require, the holder of such surrendered certificate shall be entitled to receive in exchange therefor, and the Depositary shall deliver to such Shareholder(s), a certificate representing the Consideration Shares and, if applicable, the Floating Cash Consideration (or, to the extent applicable, securities representing any Alternate Consideration or Alternate Floating Consideration) which such holder is entitled to receive pursuant to this Amended Plan of Arrangement, which Consideration Shares (or, to the extent applicable, securities representing any Alternate Consideration or Alternate Floating Consideration) will be registered in such name or names and, if applicable, along with the Floating Cash Consideration, either (A) delivered to the address or addresses as such Shareholder directed in their Letter of Transmittal; or (B) made available for pick up at the office of the Depositary in accordance with the instructions of the Shareholder in the Letter of Transmittal, and any certificate representing Shares so surrendered shall forthwith thereafter be cancelled.

 

(g)Until surrendered as contemplated by Section 5.1(f), each certificate that immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time represented Shares shall be deemed after the Acquisition Effective Time to represent only the right to receive upon such surrender the Consideration Shares (or, to the extent applicable, any Alternate Consideration or Alternate Floating Consideration) in lieu of such certificate as contemplated in Section 5.1(f), less any amounts withheld pursuant to Section 5.4. Any such certificate formerly representing Shares not duly surrendered on or before the sixth anniversary of the Acquisition Date shall cease to represent a claim by or interest of any former Shareholder of any kind or nature against or in the Company or the Purchaser. On such date, all Consideration Shares (or, to the extent applicable, securities representing any Alternate Consideration or Alternate Floating Consideration) to which such Shareholder was entitled shall be deemed to have been surrendered to the Purchaser and shall be paid over by the Depositary to the Purchaser or as directed by the Purchaser.

 

(h)No dividends or other distributions declared or made after the Acquisition Date with respect to Purchaser Shares (or, to the extent applicable, securities representing any Alternate Consideration or Alternate Floating Consideration) with a record date on or after the Acquisition Date will be payable or paid to the holder of any unsurrendered certificate or certificates which, immediately prior to the Acquisition Date, represented outstanding Shares, until the surrender of such certificates to the Depositary. Subject to applicable Law and to Section 5.4, at the time of such surrender, there shall, in addition to the delivery of the Purchaser Shares (or, to the extent applicable, securities representing any Alternate Consideration or Alternate Floating Consideration) to which such Shareholder is thereby entitled, be delivered to such holder, without interest, the amount of the dividend or other distribution with a record date after the Acquisition Effective Time theretofore paid with respect to such Purchaser Shares (or, to the extent applicable, securities representing any Alternate Consideration or Alternate Floating Consideration).

 

 

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(i)No holder of Shares shall be entitled to receive any consideration or entitlement with respect to such Shares in connection with the transactions or events contemplated by this Amended Plan of Arrangement other than any consideration or entitlement to which such holder is entitled to receive in accordance with Section 3.2, this Section 5.1 and the other terms of this Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

5.2Amendment Time Lost Certificates.

 

In the event any certificate which immediately prior to the Amendment Time represented one or more outstanding Company Shares shall have been lost, stolen or destroyed, upon the making of an affidavit of that fact by the Person claiming such certificate to be lost, stolen or destroyed, the Reorganization Depositary will issue in exchange for such lost, stolen or destroyed certificate, the New Subordinate Shares or New Multiple Shares that such Company Shareholder has the right to receive pursuant to the Capital Reorganization, delivered in accordance with such Company Shareholder’s Reorganization Letter of Transmittal. When authorizing such exchange for any lost, stolen or destroyed certificate, the Person to whom such New Subordinate Shares or New Multiple Shares are to be delivered shall as a condition precedent to the delivery of such New Subordinate Shares or New Multiple Shares, give a bond satisfactory to the Company and the Reorganization Depositary (each acting reasonably) in such sum as the Company may direct (acting reasonably), or otherwise indemnify the Company and the Purchaser in a manner satisfactory to the Company (acting reasonably) against any claim that may be made against the Company and the Purchaser with respect to the certificate alleged to have been lost, stolen or destroyed.

 

5.3Acquisition Effective Time Lost Certificates.

 

In the event any certificate which immediately prior to the Acquisition Effective Time represented one or more outstanding Shares shall have been lost, stolen or destroyed, upon the making of an affidavit of that fact by the Person claiming such certificate to be lost, stolen or destroyed, the Depositary will issue in exchange for such lost, stolen or destroyed certificate, the Consideration Shares and, if applicable, the Floating Cash Consideration (or, to the extent applicable, any Alternate Consideration or Alternate Floating Consideration) that such Shareholder has the right to receive pursuant to this Amended Plan of Arrangement, delivered in accordance with such Shareholder’s Letter of Transmittal. When authorizing such exchange for any lost, stolen or destroyed certificate, the Person to whom such Consideration Shares and, if applicable, the Floating Cash Consideration (or, to the extent applicable, any Alternate Consideration or Alternate Floating Consideration) are to be delivered shall as a condition precedent to the delivery of such Consideration Shares and, if applicable, the Floating Cash Consideration (or, to the extent applicable, any Alternate Consideration or Alternate Floating Consideration), give a bond satisfactory to the Purchaser and the Depositary (each acting reasonably) in such sum as the Purchaser may direct (acting reasonably), or otherwise indemnify the Purchaser and the Company in a manner satisfactory to the Purchaser (acting reasonably) against any claim that may be made against the Purchaser and the Company with respect to the certificate alleged to have been lost, stolen or destroyed.

 

 

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5.4Withholding Rights.

 

(a)The Purchaser, the Company or the Depositary shall be entitled to deduct and withhold from any amount payable to any Person under this Amended Plan of Arrangement and the Acquisition (including, without limitation, any amounts payable pursuant to Section 4.1), such amounts as the Purchaser, the Company or the Depositary determines, acting reasonably, are required to be deducted and withheld with respect to such payment under the Tax Act, the U.S. Tax Code or any provision of any other Law. To the extent that amounts are so withheld, such withheld amounts shall be treated for all purposes hereof as having been paid to the Person in respect of which such withholding was made, provided that such amounts are actually remitted to the appropriate Governmental Entity.

 

(b)Not later than 10 Business Days prior to the Acquisition Date, the Purchaser shall give written notice to the Company of any deduction or withholding set forth in Section 5.4(a) that the Purchaser intends to make or that it anticipates the Depositary making and afford the Company a reasonable opportunity to dispute any such deduction or withholding.

 

(c)Each of the Company, the Purchaser and the Depositary is hereby authorized to sell or otherwise dispose of such portion of Purchaser Shares or, if applicable, deduct and withhold such portion of the Floating Cash Consideration (or, to the extent applicable, any Alternate Consideration or Alternate Floating Consideration), as applicable, payable to any Shareholder pursuant to this Amended Plan of Arrangement as is necessary to provide sufficient funds to the Company, the Purchaser or the Depositary, as the case may be, to enable it to implement such deduction or withholding, and the Company, the Purchaser or the Depositary will notify the holder thereof and remit to the holder any unapplied balance of the net proceeds of such sale.

 

5.5No Liens.

 

Any exchange or transfer of securities pursuant to this Amended Plan of Arrangement, including the surrender of Company Shares by Dissenting Company Shareholders, shall be free and clear of any Liens or other claims of third parties of any kind.

 

5.6Paramountcy.

 

From and after the Amendment Time this Amended Plan of Arrangement shall take precedence and priority over any and all New Subordinate Shares, New Multiple Shares, Floating Shares, Company Options, New Options, Floating Options, Company RSUs, New RSUs, Floating RSUs, Company Compensation Options, New Compensation Options and Floating Compensation Options issued or outstanding at or following the Amendment Time.

 

 

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Article 6
AMENDMENTS

 

6.1Amendments to Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

(a)The Company and the Purchaser may amend, modify and/or supplement this Amended Plan of Arrangement at any time and from time to time prior to the Amendment Time, provided that each such amendment, modification and/or supplement must be (i) set out in writing, (ii) approved by the Purchaser and the Company (subject to the Arrangement Agreement), each acting reasonably, (iii) filed with the Court and, if made following the Meeting, approved by the Court, and (iv) communicated to or approved by the Company Shareholders if and as required by the Court.

 

(b)Any amendment, modification or supplement to this Amended Plan of Arrangement may be proposed by the Company or the Purchaser at any time prior to the Meeting (provided that the Purchaser or the Company, subject to the Proposal Agreement, have each consented in writing thereto) with or without any other prior notice or communication, and if so proposed and accepted by the Persons voting at the Meeting (other than as may be required under the Amendment Interim Order), shall become part of this Amended Plan of Arrangement for all purposes.

 

(c)Any amendment, modification or supplement to this Amended Plan of Arrangement that is approved or directed by the Court following the Meeting shall be effective only if (i) it is consented to in writing by each of the Company and the Purchaser (in each case, acting reasonably), and (ii) if required by the Court, it is consented to by some or all of the Shareholders voting in the manner directed by the Court.

 

(d)Any amendment, modification or supplement to this Amended Plan of Arrangement may be made following the Amendment Date and prior to the Acquisition Date by the Purchaser and the Company, provided that it concerns a matter which, in the reasonable opinion of the Purchaser and the Company, is of an administrative nature required to better give effect to the implementation of this Amended Plan of Arrangement and is not adverse to the economic interest of any Shareholder, High Street Holder or USCo2 Class B Shareholder.

 

 

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Article 7
FURTHER ASSURANCES

 

Notwithstanding that the transactions and events set out in this Amended Plan of Arrangement shall occur and shall be deemed to occur in the order set out in this Amended Plan of Arrangement without any further act or formality, each of the Parties shall make, do and execute, or cause to be made, done and executed, all such further acts, deeds, agreements, transfers, assurances, instruments or documents as may reasonably be required by either of them in order further to document or evidence any of the transactions or events set out in this Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

 

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EXHIBIT A

 

RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES, RESTRICTIONS AND CONDITIONS

ATTACHING TO THE SHARES

 

NEW SUBORDINATE SHARES

 

The Company will be authorized to issue an unlimited number of Class E subordinate voting shares (“New Subordinate Shares”), without nominal or par value, having attached thereto the special rights and restrictions as set forth below:

 

26.1Voting

 

The holders of New Subordinate Shares shall be entitled to receive notice of and to attend and vote at all meetings of shareholders of the Company except a meeting at which only the holders of another class or series of shares is entitled to vote. Each New Subordinate Share shall entitle the holder thereof to one vote at each such meeting.

 

26.2Alteration to Rights of New Subordinate Shares

 

So long as any New Subordinate Shares remain outstanding, the Company will not, without the consent of the holders of New Subordinate Shares expressed by separate special resolution, alter or amend these Articles if the result of such alteration or amendment would:

 

(a)prejudice or interfere with any right or special right attached to the New Subordinate Shares; or

 

(b)affect the rights or special rights of the holders of New Subordinate Shares, New Multiple Shares or Floating Shares on a per share basis as provided for herein.

 

26.3Purchaser Call Option

 

Each issued and outstanding New Subordinate Share shall, without any action by the holder, be subject to the terms of the Amended Plan of Arrangement (as defined below) and the Purchaser Call Option (as defined below) granted pursuant to the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

For the purposes of these New Subordinate Share special rights and restrictions:

 

(a)Amendment” means the second amendment to the Arrangement Agreement made [l], 2020 between Canopy Growth Corporation and the Company;

 

(b)Arrangement Agreement” means the arrangement agreement made April 18, 2019, as amended on May 15, 2019 and [l], 2020 by the Amendment, between Canopy Growth Corporation and the Company as the same may be further amended, supplemented or restated;

 

 

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(c)Amended Plan of Arrangement” means the amended and restated plan of arrangement contemplated by the Amendment implementing an arrangement under Section 288 of the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) involving the Company and Canopy Growth Corporation, as such amended and restated plan of arrangement may be amended from time to time; and

 

(d)Purchaser Call Option” has the meaning ascribed to such term in the Amended Plan of Arrangement. The Purchaser Call Option contains the terms and conditions in Exhibit B to the Amended Plan of Arrangement, a copy of which is set out in Appendix A to this Exhibit A, and forms part of the special rights and restrictions attached to the New Subordinate Shares.

 

26.4Dividends

 

The holders of New Subordinate Shares shall be entitled to receive such dividends payable in cash or property of the Company as may be declared thereon by the directors from time to time. The directors may declare no dividend payable in cash or property on the New Subordinate Shares unless the directors simultaneously declare a dividend payable in cash or property on: (i) the New Multiple Shares, in an amount per New Multiple Share equal to the amount of the dividend declared per New Subordinate Share; and (ii) the Floating Shares, in an amount per Floating Share equal to the amount of the dividend declared per New Subordinate Share.

 

26.5Liquidation Rights

 

In the event of the liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Company, whether voluntary or involuntary, or in the event of any other distribution of assets of the Company to its shareholders for the purposes of winding up its affairs, the holders of the New Subordinate Shares shall be entitled to participate pari passu with the holders of New Multiple Shares and Floating Shares, with the amount of such distribution per New Subordinate Share equal to each of: (i) the amount of such distribution per New Multiple Share; and (ii) the amount of such distribution per Floating Share.

 

26.6Subdivision or Consolidation

 

The New Subordinate Shares shall not be consolidated or subdivided unless the New Multiple Shares and the Floating Shares are simultaneously consolidated or subdivided utilizing the same divisor or multiplier.

 

 

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NEW MULTIPLE SHARES

 

The Company will be authorized to issue 117,600 Class F multiple voting shares (“New Multiple Shares”), without nominal or par value, having attached thereto the special rights and restrictions as set forth below:

 

27.1Voting

 

The holders of New Multiple Shares shall be entitled to receive notice of and to attend and vote at all meetings of shareholders of the Company except a meeting at which only the holders of another class or series of shares is entitled to vote. Subject to Articles 98.4 and 98.5, each New Multiple Share shall entitle the holder to 4,300 votes and each fraction of a New Multiple Share shall entitle the holder to the number of votes calculated by multiplying the fraction by 4,300 and rounding the product down to the nearest whole number, at each such meeting.

 

27.2Alteration to Rights of New Multiple Shares

 

So long as any New Multiple Shares remain outstanding, the Company will not, without the consent of the holders of New Multiple Shares expressed by separate special resolution alter or amend these Articles if the result of such alteration or amendment would:

 

(a)prejudice or interfere with any right or special right attached to the New Multiple Shares; or

 

(b)affect the rights or special rights of the holders of New Subordinate Shares, New Multiple Shares and Floating Shares on a per share basis as provided for herein.

 

At any meeting of holders of New Multiple Shares called to consider such a separate special resolution, each New Multiple Share shall entitle the holder to one vote and each fraction of a New Multiple Share will entitle the holder to the corresponding fraction of one vote.

 

27.3Shares Superior to New Multiple Shares

 

The Company may take no action which would authorize or create shares of any class or series having preferences superior to or on a parity with the New Multiple Shares without the consent of the holders of a majority of the New Multiple Shares expressed by separate ordinary resolution.

 

At any meeting of holders of New Multiple Shares called to consider such a separate ordinary resolution, each New Multiple Share will entitle the holder to one vote and each fraction of a New Multiple Share shall entitle the holder to the corresponding fraction of one vote.

 

27.4Purchaser Call Option

 

Each issued and outstanding New Multiple Share shall, without any action by the holder, be subject to the terms of the Amended Plan of Arrangement (as defined below) and the Purchaser Call Option (as defined below) granted pursuant to the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

 

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For the purposes of these New Multiple Share special rights and restrictions:

 

(a)Amendment” means the second amendment to the Arrangement Agreement made [l], 2020 between Canopy Growth Corporation and the Company;

 

(b)Arrangement Agreement” means the arrangement agreement made April 18, 2019, as amended on May 15, 2019 and [l], 2020 by the Amendment, between Canopy Growth Corporation and the Company as the same may be further amended, supplemented or restated;

 

(c)Amended Plan of Arrangement” means the amended and restated plan of arrangement contemplated by the Amendment implementing an arrangement under Section 288 of the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) involving the Company and Canopy Growth Corporation, as such amended and restated plan of arrangement may be amended from time to time; and

 

(d)Purchaser Call Option” has the meaning ascribed to such term in the Amended Plan of Arrangement. The Purchaser Call Option contains the terms and conditions in Exhibit B to the Amended Plan of Arrangement, a copy of which is set out in Appendix A to this Exhibit A, and forms part of the special rights and restrictions attached to the New Multiple Shares.

 

27.5Issuance

 

No additional New Multiple Shares are issuable following the date of the Amendment.

 

27.6Dividends

 

The holders of New Multiple Shares shall be entitled to receive such dividends payable in cash or property of the Company as may be declared by the directors from time to time. The directors may declare no dividend payable in cash or property on the New Multiple Shares unless the directors simultaneously declare a dividend payable in cash or property on: (i) the New Subordinate Shares, in an amount equal to the amount of the dividend declared per New Multiple Share; and (ii) the Floating Shares, in an amount equal to the amount of the dividend declared per New Multiple Share.

 

Holders of fractional New Multiple Shares shall be entitled to receive any dividend declared on the New Multiple Shares, in an amount equal to the dividend per New Multiple Share multiplied by the fraction thereof held by such holder.

 

27.7Liquidation Rights

 

In the event of the liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Company, whether voluntary or involuntary, or in the event of any other distribution of assets of the Company to its shareholders for the purpose of winding up its affairs, the holders of the New Multiple Shares shall be entitled to participate pari passu with the holders of New Subordinate Shares and Floating Shares, with the amount of such distribution per New Multiple Share equal to each of: (i) the amount of such distribution per New Subordinate Share; and (ii) the amount of such distribution per Floating Share; and each fraction of a New Multiple Share will be entitled to the amount calculated by multiplying the fraction by the amount payable per whole New Multiple Share.

 

 

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27.8Subdivision or Consolidation

 

The New Multiple Shares shall not be consolidated or subdivided unless the New Subordinate Shares and the Floating Shares are simultaneously consolidated or subdivided utilizing the same divisor or multiplier.

 

27.9Transfer of New Multiple Shares

 

No New Multiple Share may be sold, transferred, assigned, pledged or otherwise disposed of, other than: (i) in connection with the conversion of New Multiple Shares into New Subordinate Shares; (ii) to an immediate family member of the holder; or (iii) a transfer for purposes of estate or tax planning to a company or person that is wholly beneficially owned by the holder or immediate family members of the holder or which the holder or immediate family members of the holder are the sole beneficiaries thereof.

 

27.10Mandatory Conversion

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Article 27, on the Acquisition Date, each issued and outstanding New Multiple Share shall be automatically converted, in accordance with the Amended Plan of Arrangement, into such number of New Subordinate Shares as is determined by multiplying the number of New Multiple Shares by one. Fractions of New Multiple Shares shall be converted into such number of New Subordinate Shares as is determined by multiplying the fraction by one.

 

 

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FLOATING SHARES

 

The Company will be authorized to issue an unlimited number of Class D subordinate voting shares (“Floating Shares”), without nominal or par value, having attached thereto the special rights and restrictions as set forth below:

 

28.1Voting

 

The holders of Floating Shares shall be entitled to receive notice of and to attend and vote at all meetings of shareholders of the Company except a meeting at which only the holders of another class or series of shares is entitled to vote. Each Floating Share shall entitle the holder thereof to one vote at each such meeting.

 

28.2Alteration to Rights of Floating Shares

 

So long as any Floating Shares remain outstanding, the Company will not, without the consent of the holders of Floating Shares expressed by separate special resolution, alter or amend these Articles if the result of such alteration or amendment would:

 

(a)prejudice or interfere with any right or special right attached to the Floating Shares; or

 

(b)affect the rights or special rights of the holders of New Subordinate Shares, New Multiple Shares or Floating Shares on a per share basis as provided for herein.

 

28.3Floating Call Option

 

Each issued and outstanding Floating Share shall, without any action by the holder, be subject to the terms of the Amended Plan of Arrangement (as defined below) and the Floating Call Option (as defined below) granted pursuant to the Amended Plan of Arrangement.

 

For the purposes of these Floating Share special rights and restrictions:

 

(a)Amendment” means the second amendment to the Arrangement Agreement made [l], 2020 between Canopy Growth Corporation and the Company;

 

(b)Arrangement Agreement” means the arrangement agreement made April 18, 2019, as amended on May 15, 2019 and [l], 2020 by the Amendment, between Canopy Growth Corporation and the Company as the same may be further amended, supplemented or restated;

 

(c)Amended Plan of Arrangement” means the amended and restated plan of arrangement contemplated by the Amendment implementing an arrangement under Section 288 of the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) involving the Company and Canopy Growth Corporation, as such amended and restated plan of arrangement may be amended from time to time; and

 

(d)Floatin