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Posabit Systems Corp
Symbol PBIT
Shares Issued 131,902,645
Close 2023-01-26 C$ 0.86
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Posabit to acquire MJ, Leaf Data, Ample Organics

2023-01-27 09:28 ET - News Release

Mr. Ryan Hamlin reports


Posabit Systems Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire MJ Platform, Leaf Data Systems and Ample Organics from Akerna Corp. for $4-million (U.S.) in an all-cash transaction.

Strategic rationale:

  • The acquired companies are expected to generate approximately $11-million (U.S.) in revenue and $6.8-million (U.S.) in gross profit during the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2022, on a stand-alone basis;
  • Nearly doubles the number of merchant locations Posabit serves;
  • Significantly expands payments pipeline with the addition of 350-plus merchant locations, generating approximately $2-billion (U.S.) of annual gross merchandise value (GMV);
  • Adds new revenue stream from state seed-to-sale compliance contracts with the states of Pennsylvania and Utah;
  • Establishes Posabit as a leading, vertically integrated solutions provider with the addition of cultivation, manufacturing and distribution capabilities;
  • Expands Posabit's operations into Canada with the addition of Ample Organics;
  • Adds experienced industry professionals.

"At a purchase price of 0.4 times 2022 estimated revenue, we are acquiring high-quality software assets at an attractive valuation," said Ryan Hamlin, chief executive officer and co-founder of Posabit. "This acquisition will increase merchant locations that we serve to nearly 900 and create a meaningful opportunity to accelerate adoption of our fully compliant PIN [personal identification number] debit payments solution, an important driver of future revenue growth and sustainable positive EBITDA [earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization]. Importantly, this transaction launches us to the top five POS [point-of-sale] providers in terms of market share and GMV. It adds valuable assets that align directly with our stated goals of adding new merchants, increasing digital payment penetration and introducing new offerings to better serve our merchants. We see a significant opportunity to further monetize the assets we are acquiring while addressing key pain points for our merchant partners and their customers."

Mr. Hamlin concluded: "Despite the challenges facing our industry, our business is growing at a steady rate. We are adding new team members and our pipeline of both organic and strategic opportunities is expanding. We welcome the talented professionals that will help convert this pipeline of opportunities and build upon our category leadership. Our strong balance sheet and ready access to capital enabled us to execute this strategic transaction quickly. We expect to close in the second quarter of 2023, at which time we plan to roll out a unified product suite to current and future merchants."

Transaction financial details:

  • $4-million (U.S.) in cash to be paid at the closing of the acquisition;
  • The acquisition will be financed with a portion of up to $11-million (U.S.) of committed capital comprising $3-million (U.S.) of equity and up to $8-million (U.S.) of debt;
  • The debt portion of the financing has a three-year term that bears interest at a rate of 10 per cent in years 1 and 2 and 12 per cent in year 3;
  • The equity portion of the financing comprises 4,533,333 units, with each unit comprising one common share of the company and 0.95 of one common share purchase warrant.

For more details regarding the acquisition and financing, please join the company's conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. An investor presentation to accompany the conference call is available on the company's website.

The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of calendar 2023, subject to the satisfaction (or, where applicable, waiver) of certain closing conditions, including the receipt of certain regulatory approvals and the receipt of shareholder approval of Akerna.

Additionally, the company has secured up to $11-million (U.S.) in debt and equity financing. In connection with the equity financing, the company announced the closing of a non-brokered private placement of 4,533,333 units to Perga Capital Partners LP at a subscription price of 90 cents per unit for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $3-million (U.S.). Each unit consists of one common share and 0.95 of one warrant. Each warrant is exercisable for one common share at $1.25 per common share for a period of 36 months following closing. The common shares and warrants issued in connection with the equity financing are subject to a hold period of four months and one day in accordance with applicable securities laws.

In connection with the debt financing, the company announced the entering into of a commitment letter with Perga for an up to $8-million (U.S.) unsecured credit facility with an initial three-year term, at an initial interest rate of 10 per cent per annum for the first two years and a final interest rate of 12 per cent per annum for the last year. The repayment of the loan would not be subject to any prepayment penalty. Pursuant to the commitment letter, the company may, subject to certain customary conditions, at its sole discretion, draw, at any time and only in a single draw, an amount up to $8-million (U.S.). Concurrently with any draw, the company shall issue to Perga one common share purchase warrant for each $10 (U.S.) principal amount borrowed. Each loan warrant will be exercisable for one common share at $1.50 per common share for a period of 36 months following the date of issuance. The transactions contemplated in the commitment letter are subject to the negotiation and execution of mutually agreeable definitive loan documents and the receipt of all applicable regulatory and stock exchange approvals. There can be no certainty that the debt financing will be completed on the terms set forth in the commitment letter or at all.

The company will host a conference call on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. ET, to discuss these announcements.

Conference call information

Date:  Jan. 30, 2023

Time:   4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Toll-free number:  877-545-0523

International number:  973-528-0016

Participant access code:  209822

Conference call replay information

The replay will be available approximately one hour after the completion of the live event.

Toll-free number:  877-481-4010

International:  919-882-2331

Replay passcode:  47367

Related party disclosure

Alex Sharp is an insider of the company and exercises control or direction over Perga. Pursuant to Multilateral Instrument 61-101, Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions, the debt and equity financings are each a related party transaction by virtue of such insider participation. The company is exempt from the formal valuation requirement of MI 61-101 in connection with the insider participation in reliance on Section 5.5(b) of MI 61-101, as no securities of the company are listed or quoted for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq Stock Market, or any other stock exchange outside of Canada and the United States. Additionally, the company is exempt from obtaining minority shareholder approval in connection with the insider participation in reliance on Section 5.7(1)(a) of MI 61-101 as the aggregate value of the insider participation does not exceed 25 per cent of the market capitalization of the company. The company did not file a material change report in respect of the related party transaction at least 21 days before the closing of the equity financing, which the company deems reasonable in the circumstances in order to complete the equity financing in an expeditious manner.

About Posabit Systems Corp.

Posabit is a fintech, working exclusively within the cannabis industry. The company provides a best-in-class point-of-sale solution and is the leading cashless payment provider for cannabis retailers. The company works tirelessly to build better financial services and transaction methods for merchants. The company brings cutting-edge software and technology to the cannabis industry so that all merchants can have a safe and compliant set of services to solve the problems of a cash-only industry.

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