TILT Holdings Agrees to Acquire Jupiter Research
Jupiter Research’s proprietary inhalation technology advances and diversifies TILT’s comprehensive portfolio of cannabis solutions across the supply chain
Jupiter is one of the largest companies in the cannabis industry to be acquired, profitably booking US$105M in orders in 2018, with approximately 20% EBIDTA margins
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- TILT Holdings Inc. ("TILT" or the “Company”) (CSE: TILT) (OTC: SVVTF), the vertically-integrated infrastructure and technology platform serving the cannabis industry, announced today it has agreed to acquire Jupiter Research (“Jupiter”), a leading inhalation and vaporization technology company, to further expand its technology ecosystem and B2B reach across the supply chain. The Company signed a definitive agreement on January 2nd to acquire Jupiter Research for US$210 million to bolster TILT’s hardware offerings.
Jupiter Research, founded in 2015 by prior NJOY product developer Mark Scatterday and Bob Crompton, is leading the charge in the multibillion-dollar industry of vaporization. Scatterday, Jupiter’s President, stated, “Our rich heritage in CPG and e-cigarette product innovation combined with long-standing manufacturing partnerships in China provided us a market leading advantage to bring advanced high-performance technologies to the cannabis industry.”
Jupiter Research produces power supplies and cartridges specifically designed for cannabis oil in the market today, featuring exclusively ceramic CCELL technology. Jupiter’s team with decades of combined experience in vaporization partners with more than 700 brands and cannabis retailers across the U.S., Canada, Israel and the E.U. Jupiter generated approximately US$77M in 2018 revenue with an estimated 20 percent EBIDTA margin, and already has US$28M in booked orders going into Q1.
“Our acquisition of Jupiter Research is paramount to our goal of consolidating and centralizing services for all industry verticals: cultivation, production and retail,” said Alex Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of TILT Holdings. “Vaporization is increasingly becoming the preferred method for cannabis consumption. With Jupiter’s proprietary inhalation technology, our offerings in this category are going to be unparalleled.”
Crompton added, “Jupiter Research’s monthly sales continue to increase 15 percent month over month, and we already have US$28M of booked orders going into Q1. The opportunity to combine the synergies of the TILT portfolio of companies is expected to add to our rapid growth.”
Consideration for the Jupiter acquisition is US$210M, consisting of US$70M cash and 56,116,723 common shares of TILT. The outside date for the closing of the acquisition is January 31, 2019.
More information about TILT’s other recent acquisitions and moves within the cannabis industry can be found here.
TILT Holdings Inc. is a vertically-integrated technology and infrastructure platform delivering the most comprehensive range of products and services across the cannabis industry. TILT strives to deliver the highest quality products and services through knowledge-based technology systems for both businesses and consumers. TILT technologies has a presence in more than 1,000 dispensaries across the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. For more information, please visit www.tiltholdings.com.
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By its nature, forward-looking information is subject to risks and uncertainties, and there are a variety of material factors, many of which are beyond the control of TILT, and that may cause actual outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: denial or delayed receipt of all necessary consents and approvals; need for additional capital expenditures; increased costs and timing of operations; unexpected costs associated with environmental liabilities; requirements for additional capital; reduced future prices of cannabis; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the cannabis industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals, permits or financing or in the completion of development or construction activities; title disputes; claims limitations on insurance coverage; risks related to the integration of acquisitions; fluctuations in the spot and forward price of certain commodities (such as diesel fuel and electricity); changes in national and local government legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in the countries where the Company may carry on business in the future; liabilities inherent in cannabis operations; risks relating to medical and recreational cannabis; cultivation, extraction and distribution problems; competition for, among other things, capital, licences and skilled personnel; risks relating to the timing of legalization of recreational cannabis; changes in laws relating to the cannabis industry; and management’s success in anticipating and managing the foregoing factors.
Joel Milton, Investor Relations of TILT Holdings
Source: TILT Holdings Inc.
Released January 3, 2019