Divestiture of the skincare and wellness brand is aligned with Canopy Growth’s focus on North American cannabis operations
SMITHS FALLS, ON and LONDON, Dec. 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ – Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX: WEED) (NASDAQ: CGC) today announced that the Company has completed the divestiture of its This Works skincare and wellness brand to Inspirit Capital, a London-based investment firm.
Headquartered in London, England, This Works offers a range of high-quality natural skincare and sleep solution products to consumers around the world. In accordance with the completed sale agreement, This Works’ leadership, staff, and intellectual property will transfer to Inspirit Capital.
The transaction is valued at up to £9.3MM ($15.9MM CAD) including cash. Canopy Growth will receive an upfront consideration of £2.7 MM ($4.6 MM CAD) in cash and in other consideration, a loan note issued by the buyer, and a contingent earn-out.
“We are resolutely focused on achieving North American cannabis market leadership, and this completed sale represents a further step to enable this through the transformation of Canopy Growth into a simplified, asset-light, cannabis focused business,” said David Klein, CEO, Canopy Growth. “In addition to realizing the proceeds from this sale which will further strengthen our financial position, we’re pleased to have found a buyer that is committed to the continued development of the This Works brand.”
“We’re proud of the legacy that This Works has built as part of the Canopy Growth family. Through dedication to the creation of innovative products and formulations we have deepened customer loyalty and expanded our global footprint. As we take this next step, we look forward to working with the leadership of Inspirit Capital to further the brand’s growth and long-term success,” said Dr. Anna Persaud, CEO, This Works.
“We are excited to invest in This Works and support Anna and the team pursue their ambition for the business. They are well positioned to capitalise on the ongoing growth in consumer interest in sleep and wellness, given the strong brand equity and their track record of product innovation. This deal also further underlines Inspirit’s status as a trusted partner for delivering divestments from corporate vendors,” said Will Stamp, Partner at Inspirit Capital.
About Canopy Growth
Canopy Growth is a leading North American cannabis and consumer packaged goods (“CPG”) company dedicated to unleashing the power of cannabis to improve lives. Through an unwavering commitment to our consumers, Canopy Growth delivers innovative products with a focus on premium and mainstream cannabis brands including Doja, 7ACRES, Tweed, and Deep Space. Canopy Growth’s CPG portfolio includes gourmet wellness products by Martha Stewart CBD, and category defining vaporizer technology made in Germany by Storz & Bickel.
Canopy Growth has also established a comprehensive ecosystem to realize the opportunities presented by the U.S. THC market through its rights to Acreage Holdings, Inc., a vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operator with principal operations in densely populated states across the Northeast, as well as Wana Brands, a leading cannabis edible brand in North America, and Jetty Extracts, a California-based producer of high-quality cannabis extracts and pioneer of clean vape technology.
Beyond our world-class products, Canopy Growth is leading the industry forward through a commitment to social equity, responsible use, and community reinvestment—pioneering a future where cannabis is understood and welcomed for its potential to help achieve greater wellbeing and life enhancement.
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