<p>Through Lords of Grasstown’s strategic partnerships and alliances in the motorcycle and legal cannabis communities, the initial launch of Grasstown USA into California has been well accepted and recognized. PacRoots and Grasstown are excited to build on the initial momentum and expand the brand and offerings though the alliances and partnerships in the region.</p>
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<p>In consideration for the share purchase agreement with Grasstown, the total purchase price will be comprised of a cash payment of $50,000, payable within 30 days of the closing date for the Transaction and the issuance of an aggregate of 6,000,000 common shares of the Company within five business days of the closing date for the Transaction. The aggregate cash and share consideration will be distributed pro rata to the shareholders of Grasstown.</p>
<p>PacRoots is also pleased to announce that the Company has entered into consulting agreements with the talent behind Lords of Grasstown and Grasstown, USA: Tyler Hazelwood, creative director and marketing consultant, and Tom Pedricks, lead designer and brand consultant.</p>
<p><strong>About Tom Pedriks</strong></p>
<p>Pedriks Studios is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Pedriks Studios have lent their creative thinking to some of the world’s most recognized brands, contributing to strategy, vision and design to develop multimedia branding communications. Pedriks Studios have crisscrossed the globe, helping to uncover and communicate stories for developers, hospitality providers, lifestyle brands, wine, spirits, and beer makers and marketers. They combine insights and emotions to make places—and the products that come from them—irresistibly liveable, ownable and desirable. In an ever-changing, always surprising world, we bring intelligence, experience, and sophisticated creativity to define and differentiate sense of place, articulate competitive advantage, and help brands thrive.</p>
<p>Tom has decades of experience in branding and design. He founded Haymaker Creative in Vancouver (2009- 2014) and co-founded Ryan & Deslauriers (1996) in Montreal, which grew to be one of Quebec’s largest privately owned design/advertising firms which he sold in 2005. Ryan & Deslauriers specializes in the sports, lifestyle and luxury resort real estate industries. Tom has done work for such companies and brands as Treasury Wine Estates, Corby’s, Seagrams, Matua Wines, Beringer Wines, Souverain Wines, BrownForman, Mark Anthony Group, Tequila Tromba, Sleeman’s Brewing, Howe Sound Brewing Company, Wayne Gretzky Enterprises, National Hockey League, Bauer, Nike, Dynastar Skis, CCM, Dayton Boots Company, Raffles Hotels, Four Seasons and Viceroy Hotels. His work has been recognized internationally by I.D. Magazine, Applied Arts Magazine, The One Show, Graphis, Communication Arts, San Francisco International Wine Awards, The Dieline, Lovely Package and many more.</p>
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<p><strong>About Tyler Hazelwood</strong></p>
<p>Tyler is a creative designer and marketing genius. His role as founder, creative director and head of social creative catapulted the Lords of Gastown Brand from the ground-up, while overseeing social creative and leading a multi-disciplined content team; Building new ways of working, with both in-house and external agencies, to bring award-winning, integrated ideas to life. He has a unique ability to engage his audience and leave them riding away in Lords apparel. Tyler Hazelwood is the founder of Lords of Gastown, founded in 2011 and incorporated in 2013 in one Vancouver’s grittiest neighborhoods. Lords of Gastown is a lifestyle brand spawned in the Pacific Northwest and raised in East Vancouver. Tyler’s love for Harley-Davidson motorcycles led to the design of street wear and apparel offering geared to the brand’s enthusiasts. Lords quickly gained the interest of Brian Barnes of Barnes Harley-Davidson Canada who operates Canada’s top three dealerships. Barnes was the perfect partner for Lords to grow their audience. With the help of Barnes Harley-Davidson, Lords was able to develop wholesale partnerships across North America. Lords reputation for design and quality grew, gathering notoriety and a massive social following across the United States with a strong following in California. In 2015 Lords was invited to the largest and most influential motorcycle show in California, representing one of the first Canadian brands to be invited and showcased. The engagement opened doors for partnerships and collaborations with some of America’s oldest and most respected motorcycle brands to the likes of Corbin, BMC, TBR, Simpson, Bell, Heatwave and Espinoza’s</p>
<p>Leather. Tyler has built the business with over 80 wholesale accounts across North America totalling over 100 worldwide including Switzerland, Mexico, Australia, Indonesia and Japan. Along with a healthy e-commerce business that generates $2 million a year through www.lordsofgastown.com.</p>
<p>Following the cult-like success of Lords of Gastown Motorcycle lifestyle brand came Lords of Grasstown Cannabis Culture Brand. In 2013, the Grasstown brand was launched as a passion project by Tyler with a focus on a collection of simple, clean, yet edgy, street wear apparel products including a CBD soap line with a nod to Fight Club. In 2015, while partnering with BC genetic guru JB, some of Canada’s highest testing medical cannabis strains were brought into the fold. Grasstown was gaining traction in the local cannabis culture as the company gathered phenomenal social exposure with placement of its legendary Grasstown lowrider ice cream truck throughout the Province at various cannabis and musical events.</p>
<p><strong>ON BEHALF OF PAC ROOTS CANNABIS CORP.</strong></p>
<p><strong>(signed) “Patrick Elliott”</strong><br/>
Chief Executive Officer</p>
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<p>Pac Roots Cannabis Corp.<br/>
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<p><em>Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions which are difficult to predict. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include the continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions, including the effects of COVID-19. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. These statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those implied by such statements. Although such statements are based on management’s reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that the statements will prove to be accurate or that management’s expectations or estimates of future developments, circumstances or results will materialize. The Company assumes no responsibility to update or revise forward-looking information to reflect new events or circumstances unless required by law. Readers should not place undue reliance on the Company’s forward-looking statements.</em></p>
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More China coal investments overseas cancelled than commissioned since 2017
More China-invested overseas coal-fired power capacity was cancelled than commissioned since 2017, research showed on Wednesday, highlighting the obstacles facing the industry as countries work to reduce carbon emissions.
The Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) said that the amount of capacity shelved or cancelled since 2017 was 4.5 times higher than the amount that went into construction over the period.
Coal-fired power is one of the biggest sources of climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions, and the wave of cancellations also reflects rising concerns about the sector’s long-term economic competitiveness.
Since 2016, the top 10 banks involved in global coal financing were all Chinese, and around 12% of all coal plants operating outside of China can be linked to Chinese banks, utilities, equipment manufacturers and construction firms, CREA said.
But although 80 gigawatts of China-backed capacity is still in the pipeline, many of the projects could face further setbacks as public opposition rises and financing becomes more difficult, it added.
China is currently drawing up policies that it says will allow it to bring greenhouse gas emissions to a peak by 2030 and to become carbon-neutral by 2060.
But it was responsible for more than half the world’s coal-fired power generation last year, and it will not start to cut coal consumption until 2026, President Xi Jinping said in April.
Environmental groups have called on China to stop financing coal-fired power entirely and to use the funds to invest in cleaner forms of energy, and there are already signs that it is cutting back on coal investments both at home and abroad.
Following rule changes implemented by the central bank earlier this year, “clean coal” is no longer eligible for green financing.
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the world’s biggest bank by assets and a major source of global coal financing, is also drawing up a “road map” to pull out of the sector, its chief economist Zhou Yueqiu said at the end of May.
(Reporting by David Stanway; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)
Bank of Montreal CEO sees growth in U.S. share of earnings
Bank of Montreal expects its earnings contribution from the U.S. to keep growing, even without any mergers and acquisitions, driven by a much smaller market share than at home and nearly C$1 trillion ($823.38 billion) of assets, Chief Executive Officer Darryl White said on Monday.
“We do think we have plenty of scale,” and the ability to compete with both banks of similar as well as smaller size, White said at a Morgan Stanley conference, adding that the bank’s U.S. market share is between 1% and 5% based on the business line, versus 10% to 35% in Canada. “And we do it off the scale of our global balance sheet of C$950 billion.”
($1 = 1.2145 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Nichola Saminather; Editing by Leslie Adler)
GameStop falls 27% on potential share sale
Shares of GameStop Corp lost more than a quarter of their value on Thursday and other so-called meme stocks also declined in a sell-off that hit a broad range of names favored by retail investors.
The video game retailer’s shares closed down 27.16% at $220.39, their biggest one-day percentage loss in 11 weeks. The drop came a day after GameStop said in a quarterly report that it may sell up to 5 million new shares, sparking concerns of potential dilution for existing shareholders.
“The threat of dilution from the five million-share sale is the dagger in the hearts of GameStop shareholders,” said Jake Dollarhide, chief executive officer of Longbow Asset Management. “The meme trade is not working today, so logic for at least one day has returned.”
Soaring rallies in the shares of GameStop and AMC Entertainment Holdings over the past month have helped reinvigorate the meme stock frenzy that began earlier this year and fueled big moves in a fresh crop of names popular with investors on forums such as Reddit’s WallStreetBets.
Many of those names traded lower on Thursday, with shares of Clover Health Investments Corp down 15.2%, burger chain Wendy’s falling 3.1% and prison operator Geo Group Inc, one of the more recently minted meme stocks, down nearly 20% after surging more than 38% on Wednesday. AMC shares were off more than 13%.
Worries that other companies could leverage recent stock price gains by announcing share sales may be rippling out to the broader meme stock universe, said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Cresset Capital.
AMC last week took advantage of a 400% surge in its share price since mid-May to announce a pair of stock offerings.
“It appears that other companies, like GameStop, are hoping to follow AMC’s lead by issuing shares and otherwise profit from the meme stocks run-up,” Ablin said. “Investors are taking a dim view of that strategy.”
Wedbush Securities on Thursday raised its price target on GameStop to $50, from $39. GameStop will likely sell all 5 million new shares but that amount only represents a “modest” dilution of 7%, Wedbush analysts wrote.
GameStop on Wednesday reported stronger-than-expected earnings, and named the former head of Amazon.com Inc’s Australian business as its chief executive officer.
GameStop’s shares rallied more than 1,600% in January when a surge of buying forced bearish investors to unwind their bets in a phenomenon known as a short squeeze.
The company on Wednesday said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had requested documents and information related to an investigation into that trading.
In the past two weeks, the so-called “meme stocks” have received $1.27 billion of retail inflows, Vanda Research said on Wednesday, matching their January peak.
(Reporting by Aaron Saldanha and Sagarika Jaisinghani in Bengaluru and Sinead Carew in New York; Additional reporting by Ira Iosebashvili; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila, Shounak Dasgupta, Jonathan Oatis and Nick Zieminski)