GTEC... GTEC Holdings Ltd. (GTEC.V) (GGTTF) Announces Strategic Merger with Invictus

GTEC Holdings Ltd. (GTEC.V) (GGTTF) (“GTEC” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent (the “Agreement“) with Invictus MD Strategies (TSXV:GENE; OTC:IVITF; FRA:8IS1) (“Invictus“) for the acquisition by Invictus of all of the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of GTEC in an all-share transaction valued at approximately $100 million (the “Transaction“), forming Western Canada’s largest indoor vertically integrated cannabis company.

Under the terms of the proposed Transaction, holders of GTEC common shares will receive approximately 40% of the issued and outstanding shares of Invictus post closing. Concurrently with the closing of the Transaction, the holders of options and warrants in the capital of GTEC will receive a proportionate number of options and warrants of Invictus.

Assuming completion of the Transaction, the issuance of Invictus shares to the current GTEC shareholders represents an approximate 25% premium to the 30-day volume weighted average trading price of the common shares of both GTEC and Invictus on the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV“) as of November 15, 2018 .

The combined entities would provide a robust vertically integrated cannabis company, focused on producing premium flower and a complementary product portfolio, and cultivated in purpose-built indoor facilities complemented with superior genetics. The Transaction would produce the following assets:

  • 400,000 square feet of funded purpose-built indoor cultivation which spans across British Columbia , Alberta and Ontario ;
  • a robust and diverse range of products and brands, complemented with a genetic portfolio of over 80 strains;
  • an EU-GMP certified facility to meet the rigorous requirements of the European Union markets;
  • 30+ retail stores located across British Columbia , Alberta and Saskatchewan ;
  • an e-commerce website to service the non-medical market in Saskatchewan ;
  • two purpose-built state of the art extraction labs;
  • an analytical testing lab; and
  • a combined senior management team with pedigree from some of the world’s largest food & beverage, wine & spirits and tobacco companies, including Phillip Morris International, Diageo Plc and Saputo Inc.

For the six months ended July 31, 2018 , Invictus generated unaudited revenue and net loss before income tax, depreciation and amortization of $1.8 million and $9.3 million , respectively. Invictus had $10.7 million in cash as at July 31, 2018 . For the nine months ended August 31, 2018 , GTEC had no revenue and unaudited net loss before income tax, depreciation and amortization of $7.2 million . GTEC had $4.4 million in cash as at August 31, 2018 .

“As we now see the cannabis industry shift into non-medical use in Canada , and further medical markets expanding globally, this merger is synergistic and complementary. Combined, we offer a much stronger team with aligned visions on executing a pathway to become a global leader within the cannabis industry,” said Norton Singhavon, Chairman and CEO of GTEC.

“We have been pleased with the continued execution of the team and business strategy at GTEC,” said George E. Kveton , CEO of Invictus. “The dedication to producing a premium product medical and adult-use recreational portfolio for the industry has always been our relentless pursuit. This merger allows for both companies to leverage the combined core competencies to further execute our vision to be at the forefront of the Canadian cannabis industry and beyond.”

The Transaction will require approval by at least 66 2/3% of the votes cast by shareholders of GTEC at a special meeting of the shareholders of GTEC. It is anticipated that the Directors, Officers and insiders of GTEC and Invictus will enter into support agreements pursuant to which they will agree to vote their shares in favour of the Transaction.

The Transaction will be effected by way of a plan of arrangement completed under the Business Corporations Act ( British Columbia ). The Transaction remains subject to board approval of both parties, shareholder approval, regulatory approval from the TSXV and court approval, as applicable. The Agreement remains subject to approval of the board of Invictus.

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