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GreenSpace Brands to acquire Galaxy Nutritional Foods

Published 22 December 2017

GreenSpace Brands has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire Galaxy Nutritional Foods (Go Veggie), the owner of the Go Veggie brand.

Go Veggie is one of the leading cheese alternative brands in the United States with distribution in over 12,000 locations through most major US grocery retailers and natural food chains, along with a growing food service business.

The plant based dairy alternative market is one of the fastest growing subsets of the natural food market, but has very few established players. Go Veggie has established itself as one of the preeminent brands in the space with some of the best tasting and award winning products.

Overview of the Acquisition

GreenSpace has agreed to purchase Go Veggie for a total consideration of $17.8 million USD, comprised of $4.5 million USD in cash, $7.62 million USD (approximately $9.81million CAD) in GreenSpace common shares (the "Share Consideration"), and a two year vendor take back loan of $5.72 million USD,  carrying an 8.5% coupon.

Greenspace will issue 7.16 million Common shares at $1.37 per share as part of the transaction, a 14.2% premium to the closing market price on December 19th, 2017.

GreenSpace will be purchasing Go Veggie from Mill Road Capital, a Greenwich, Connecticut based private investment firm focused on investing in and partnering with publicly traded micro-cap companies. Mill Road will become the largest shareholder of GreenSpace as a result of this transaction.

Mill Road Capital has a long history of successfully investing in emerging consumer brands throughout Canada and the United States, and this expertise will help support the GreenSpace team as they navigate the US natural food market and US capital markets.

The Share Consideration will be subject to lock-up and escrow pursuant to which approximately 45% of the Share Consideration shall be locked up for 12 months from the closing date, 5% of the Share Consideration shall be in escrow for 13 months from the closing date and the remaining 50% shall be locked-up for 18 months from the closing date, subject to certain exemptions.

Select highlights of the Acquisition include the following:

Go Veggie adds a profitable pre-existing US platform that will enable GreenSpace to launch its most innovative and unique brands into the US;

The acquisition is expected to add significant gross margin dollars to GreenSpace and improve the overall gross margin profile, as well as add incremental adjusted EBITDA in the short term, with more significant growth in adjusted EBITDA over the long term. Go Veggie recorded revenues of $16.3 million USD for their fiscal year ended March, 31, 2017, with strong gross profit margins of approximately 40%.1

Go Veggie has one of the leading brands in what GreenSpace believes to be one of the fastest growing segments of the natural food industry, plant based dairy alternatives. Galaxy has broad based distribution across the United States and an existing high functioning team; and

GreenSpace believes that by supporting updates and amplifying the brand image of Go Veggie, it will be able to further develop its leadership position in the plant based dairy alternatives vertical in North America;

"We couldn't be more excited to add Go Veggie to the GSB family of brands. With the acquisition of Go Veggie, we enter our most sought after vertical, plant based dairy alternatives.  The addition of Go Veggie adds a profitable pre-existing US platform that will enable us to launch our most innovative and unique brands into the US under the expert leadership of one of the most respected people in the US natural food industry, Rick Antonelli, CEO of Go Veggie" comments Matthew von Teichman, CEO of Greenspace.

"This is truly a transformative acquisition for us.  We will continue to develop their Canadian sales strategy through the leveraging of our current platform and strategically initiate our US development by leveraging their platform. It's a win-win and the ideal way for us to get going in the US market."

Rick Antonelli, CEO of Galaxy comments, "We've been watching GreenSpace for years and have admired the stable of brands they've been able to put together in such a short time. We feel that Go Veggie is a perfect addition to that roster of strong brands and with the potential synergies of our team selling their products, and their team selling our products, there's a significant long term upside for both. I can't wait to start presenting GreenSpace's unique and innovative products to the US market and Go Veggie's existing retail partners."

The Acquisition is scheduled to close in January 2018, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions and approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. Financo, Inc. has acted as the exclusive advisor to Galaxy and Mill Road.



Source: Company Press Release