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Kiaro buys 9 Hemisphere Cannabis stores in Ontario for 25% of its common shares

Former Second Cup-owner Aegis brands will be Kiaro’s largest shareholder and its CEO will join Kiaro’s board

Aegis Brands opened its first location of Hemisphere Cannabis Co. in Toronto at 1703 Avenue Road July last year, at the location of former Second Cup coffee shop. Photo via Aegis Brands

Cannabis retailer Kiaro Holdings Corp. (TSXV: KO) is greatly expanding its presence in Ontario, Canada’s largest provincial pot market, with a multi-million dollar acquisition deal.

On Monday, cannabis retailer Kiaro Holdings Corp. (TSXV: KO) said it completed acquiring all the retail locations of a subsidiary of Aegis Brands Inc. (TSE: AEG) doing business as Hemisphere Cannabis Co. for $6.13 million, or 25 per cent of Kiaro’s common shares.

Vancouver, B.C.-based Kiaro granted 61,300,000 shares to Aegis for its seven Hemisphere Cannabis stores and two locations yet to be developed in Ontario. The company forecasts revenue to increase to $42.7 million with a gross margin of $13.7 million. 

“I expect this transaction will be significantly accretive for shareholders as we push forward towards $50 million in target revenue,” Kiaro CEO Daniel Petrov said in a statement.

Read more: Second Cup converts first café to cannabis

Read more: Canadian cannabis sales spike 6% in July to record $339M

Kiaro operates six stores in British Columbia, two in Saskatchewan, and the acquisition will double its retail footprint in Ontario.

The firm has increased its Canadian store count to 16, up from seven in February. Kiaro says it will have 18 stores by the beginning of next year with a new store in Kelowna and the two completed Ontario developments.

“[Hemisphere’s] team has assembled a superior Ontario portfolio of well-positioned brick and mortar locations, supporting our objective of exponential revenue and EBITDA growth,” Petrov added. 

Kiaro also issued 6,700,000 common share purchase warrants to Aegis, with each warrant exercisable for one additional Kiaro share at a price of $0.16.

Aegis is now Kiaro’s largest shareholder, and Aegis CEO Steven Pelton has joined Kiaro’s board of directors.

After converting several Second Cup locations to Hemisphere last year, Aegis sold the coffee shop brand in April. In a statement Monday the firm says its strategy allows it to focus on growing its Bridgehead Coffee brand while still retaining an investment in cannabis retail.


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