Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Announces Signing of Definitive Agreements for the Acquisitions of the Equity Wine Group and the Shiny Apple Cider Brand
September 24, 2021, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario – Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc. (TSXV: DWS) ("Diamond " or "the Company") is pleased to announce that, further to its press release of August 5, 2021, it has signed definitive purchase agreements (the "Definitive Agreements") to acquire (i) all of the issued and outstanding securities of Equity Wine Group Inc., owners of the Creekside Estate Winery and Queenston Mile Vineyards wine and cider brands (the "Equity Wine Acquisition"), and (ii) the Shiny Apple craft cider brand from Stonechurch Vineyards and Winery Holdings ("Stonechurch", such acquisition being the "Stonechurch Acquisition", and together with the Equity Wine Acquisition, the ("Acquisitions"). Completion of the Acquisitions will be dependent on Diamond issuing a total of $8.5 million in equity (comprised of the conversion of approximately $1.8 million of currently outstanding convertible debentures, and the remainder to be issued through its previously announced private placement ) .
The Acquisitions are expected to be highly accretive to Diamond's current business, capture additional revenues, create brand expansion, further leverage the Company's infrastructure and deliver on cost saving synergies.
The terms and conditions of the Definitive Agreements, and the particulars of the Financing, are unchanged from those disclosed in the Company's August 5, 2021 press release, except in respect of the Stonechurch Acquisition, which terms have been modified in that transaction's Definitive Agreement as follows:
the Company has agreed to pay Stonechurch aggregate consideration of $2.5 million, which is unchanged from the Company's prior announcement.
However, the purchase price will now be satisfied by (i) a closing cash payment of $1.1 million; (ii) a $1.1 million earn-out payment (deposited into escrow by the Company on closing), payable quarterly over the course of 12 months following closing depending on sales targets being met, and (iii) a $300,000 inventory holdback.
It remains a condition to closing that Diamond and Stonechurch enter into a production and co-packing agreement whereby Stonechurch will continue to produce the Shiny Apple Brand under Diamond's monitoring and oversight for a minimum period of 2 years.
The Acquisitions are subject to customary closing conditions, including of the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange and the Company's senior lender, Bank of Montreal, and closing of the private placement. The Company now expects to close the Acquisitions and the private placement on or around October 1, 2021. The Company expects the convertible debentures to be converted at the same time.
About Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc.
Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc. is a producer of high-quality wines and a sales agent for over 120 beverage alcohol brands across Canada. The Company operates two wineries, one in Ontario and one in British Columbia, that produce predominantly VQA wines under such well-known brand names as 20 Bees, EastDell, Lakeview Cellars, Dan Aykroyd, Fresh, McMichael Collection, Seasons, Serenity, and Backyard Vineyards. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Trajectory Beverage Partners, the Company is the sales agent for many leading international brands in all regions of the country as well as being a distributor in the western provinces. These recognizable brands include Josh wines from California, Fat Bastard and Andre Lurton wines from France, Kaiken wines from Argentina, Blue Nun wines from Germany, Francois Lurton wines from France and Argentina, Felix Solis wines from Spain, Waterloo Brewing from Ontario, Landshark Lager from the USA, Marston's beers from England, Edinburgh Gin, Tamdhu, Glengoyne and Smokehead single-malt Scotch whiskies from Scotland, Barcelo Rum from the Dominican Republic, Becherovka Liqueur from the Czech Republic, C.K. Mondavi & Family wines (including Charles Krug) from Napa, Bols Vodka from Amsterdam, Koyle Family Wines from Chile, Pearse Lyons whiskies and gins from Ireland, Niagara Craft Distillers' beverages from Ontario, Fontana di Papa wines and Cielo e Terra wines from Italy.
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