Red Light Holland to Acquire Two Wellness Shops in the Netherlands: SmartShop Utrecht and SmartShop OSS
- Acquisition of SmartShops provide Red Light Holland with full vertical integration from production, packaging, distribution and now retail shops sales coupled with online sales
- Red Light Holland to update and rebrand SmartShop Utrecht and SmartShop Oss to "Wellness World" in Q4 2022
- Red Light Holland to consider creation of multiple Wellness World SmartShops across Netherlands and Europe through acquisitions, franchising and / or constructing innovative stores in new locations
- Red Light Holland is committed to creating educational and responsible use messaging in relation to the use of any products made available via Wellness World, including media and technology education activations in each retail store
Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - July 26, 2022) - Red Light Holland Corp. (CSE: TRIP) (FSE: 4YX) (OTC Pink: TRUFF) ("Red Light Holland" or the "Company"), an Ontario-based corporation engaged in the production, growth and sale of functional mushroom home grow kits in North America, and a premium brand of magic truffles to the legal, recreational market within the Netherlands, is pleased to announce that its newly formed and wholly-owned subsidiaries, Wellness World OSS B.V. and Wellness World Utrecht B.V., will acquire two wellness retail stores: SmartShop OSS and SmartShop Utrecht (together, the "Wellness Shops"), two of the Netherlands' premiere retail shops for quality psychedelic truffles and wellness products. The Wellness Shops also sell CBD products, cannabis seeds, smart shop items, and other various popular wellness products. The Wellness Shops are profitable and have seen an increase in sales month over month during recent months.
The acquisitions are expected to close on or about August 1, 2022. With the acquisition of two premiere SmartShops, Red Light Holland is setting itself up to be a fully integrated company in the Netherlands:
- Creating coveted brick and mortar sales channels and necessary online direct to consumer sales channels to support the growth of the continuing trend towards increased usage of psychedelics
- The Wellness Shops will carry only Red Light Holland’s Magic truffles products (iMicrodose, Maka and future brands) as Red Light Holland can curate the products sold by the retail locations
- Red Light Holland to provide easy access and education to many new, unique and thoughtful wellness products including Conor McGregor's TIDL Sport and the Mushroom Wellness Brand: MISTERCAP affiliated with multi-platinum-selling, GRAMMY® and Golden Globe® Award-nominated recording artist Wiz Khalifa, who provides marketing advisory services to the Company
- Red Light Holland plans to rebrand SmartShop Oss and SmartShop Utrecht to "Wellness World" for increased brand growth, exposure and expansion - focused on wellness products supporting a holistic view of mind and body health (www.wellnessworld.co - coming soon)
- Red Light Holland to learn from initial acquisitions and consider creating multiple Wellness World SmartShops across Netherlands and Europe through acquisitions, franchising and / or constructing innovative stores in new locations
- Allowing Red Light Holland a more robust direct to consumer business by expanding and selling their brands and other established brands, including a vast array of products in sectors outside of psychedelics, including existing inventory to increase sales opportunities and profit margins
- Immediately becoming a retail sales leader with expertise and know how, committed to creating educational and responsible use messaging in relation to the use of any products made available via Wellness World, including media and technology education media activations in each retail location
- Gaining invaluable access to data and personal connections and instantly growing the Red Light Holland infrastructure and staff with current leaders in the psychedelic industry in the Netherlands
"The acquisitions, expected to close within a week, of two profitable businesses SmartShop Oss and SmartShop Utrecht is another important decision for the overall growth and expansion strategy of the Company. We will be fully vertically integrated in the Netherlands, from substrate to sale, and that's exciting as we look to increase sales around psychedelics responsibly," said Todd Shapiro, the Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company. "We like companies that make money in the psychedelic sector! The goal is to learn quickly and to create the Wellness World retail shop strategy focused on achieving revenue growth, profitability and value creation for our shareholders. We will also continue to build some of the most recognizable brands in the world around affordable and equitable access to recreational psilocybin. As well, we remain committed to creating educational and responsible use messaging in relation to the use of any products made available, including media and technology education media activations in each new retail location."
"I've been observing the SmartShop business for quite some time, and the industry really seems to be picking up as more and more people learn about psilocybin," said Hans Derix, Red Light Holland's President and Dutch native. "What we are most elated by is our plan to rebrand with the focus on wellness products. We want to continue to end stigmas and help educate people to make informed decisions on the products they buy. The Netherlands, in my opinion, is definitely ready to see advanced, well-designed sharp looking Wellness World shops. And our team at SR-Wholesale is excited to supply the products to the new shops in two beautiful city centres: Oss and Utrecth with lots of tourism and tons of foot traffic."
"Securing these locations unlocks the potential to accelerate our consumer centric innovation pipeline, through capturing real time consumer purchase data and trends from the unique store sales, which then unlocks new product and brand launches in other potential markets. My belief is that through leveraging this data, we will be able to test and adapt far more efficiently and continually stay ahead of the category through this first party consumer data," added Ridley Doolittle, Chief Marketing Officer of the Company.
The SmartShop OSS acquisition, which is considered to be an arm's length transaction, is subject to customary conditions of closing and is expected to be completed on or about August 1, 2022. Wellness World OSS B.V. and third-party vendors entered into an asset purchase agreement (the "OSS Asset Purchase Agreement"), pursuant to which the aggregate consideration payable for the acquisition is comprised of €100,000, of which €70,000 is payable in cash and €30,000 is to be satisfied through the issuance of common shares in the capital of Red Light Holland ("Red Light Shares") calculated on the basis of a deemed price per Red Light Share equal to the greater of (i) the 10-day volume weighted average price of the Red Light Shares on Canadian Stock Exchange (the "CSE") ending on the day three business days prior to closing, and (ii) the discounted market price as defined by the CSE as of the date the OSS Asset Purchase Agreement is publicly announced (the "OSS Consideration Shares"). The OSS Consideration Shares are subject to a statutory hold period of four months and one day and, pursuant to the terms of the OSS Asset Purchase Agreement, shall be deposited into escrow and be released every six months in 25% allotments. [NTD: Todd to confirm an escrow agent has been appointed]
The SmartShop Utrecht acquisition, which is considered to be an arm's length transaction, is subject to customary conditions of closing and is expected to be completed on or about August 1, 2022. Wellness World Utrecht B.V. and third-party vendors entered into an asset purchase agreement (the "Utrecht Asset Purchase Agreement"), pursuant to which the aggregate consideration payable for the acquisition is comprised of €200,000, of which €140,000 is payable in cash and €60,000 is to be satisfied through the issuance of Red Light Shares calculated on the basis of a deemed price per Red Light Share equal to the greater of (i) the 10-day volume weighted average price of the Red Light Shares on the CSE ending on the day three business days prior to closing, and (ii) the discounted market price as defined by the CSE as of the date the Utrecht Asset Purchase Agreement is publicly announced (the "Utrecht Consideration Shares"). The Utrecth Consideration Shares are subject to a statutory hold period of four months and one day and, pursuant to the terms of the Utrecht Asset Purchase Agreement, shall be deposited into escrow and be released every six months in 25% allotments.
Red Light Holland is committed to creating educational and responsible use messaging in relation to the use of any products made available by the brand. Red Light Holland products are intended to help promote a healthy lifestyle. No products are intended to treat or cure any medical conditions and are in no event a substitute for professional medical care. No statements made by Red Light Holland have been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration or any other similar body of another jurisdiction, and are in no event a substitute for professional medical care. Red Light Holland encourages all consumers to speak with their doctors and professional medical advisors for any solutions that may be appropriate for each person individually.
About Red Light Holland
The company is an Ontario-based corporation that specializes in the mushroom industry, and specifically home grow kits for functional natural mushrooms, while being engaged in the production, growth and sale (through existing SmartShop operators and an advanced e-commerce platform) of premium brands of magic truffles to the legal, recreational market within the Netherlands, in accordance with the highest standards, in compliance with all applicable laws.
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