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British American Tobacco (BAT) Invests $177 Million In Organigram To Develop Cannabis Products

British American Tobacco (BAT) Invests $177 Million In Organigram To Develop Cannabis Products

Organigram announced a C$221 million strategic investment from a wholly-owned subsidiary of BAT. The BAT subsidiary has subscribed for approximately 58.3 million common shares of OGI, which represents a 19.9% equity interest 1 on a post-transaction basis for total proceeds of approximately C$221 million (“Investment Proceeds”) at a price per share of C$3.792, based on a five-day volume weighted average price on the TSX ending March 9, 2021.

Organigram Inc., a Canadian licensed cannabis producer and a subsidiary of Organigram Holdings Inc. and BAT have also entered into a Product Development Collaboration Agreement to develop a “Center of Excellence” to focus on developing the next generation of cannabis products – with an initial focus on CBD.

The Center of Excellence will be located at Organigram’s indoor facility in Moncton, New Brunswick, which holds the Health Canada licenses required to conduct research and development (“R&D”) activities with cannabis products. Both companies will contribute scientists, researchers, and product developers to the Center of Excellence which will be governed and supervised by a steering committee consisting of an equal number of senior members from both companies. Under the terms of the PDC Agreement, both Organigram and BAT have access to certain of each other’s intellectual property (“IP”) and, subject to certain limitations, have the right to independently, globally commercialize the products, technologies and IP created by the Center of Excellence pursuant to the PDC Agreement.

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Seth Yakatan

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