Ceres Closes $120 Million SPAC, Begins Trading On NEO Exchange

Ceres Group Acquisition Sponsor and Ceres Acquisition Corp. closed on its initial public offering (IPO) of $120 million of Class A restricted voting units of Ceres. Ceres is a newly organized special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC) incorporated under the laws of the Province of British Columbia for the purpose of acquiring one or more businesses or assets. The focus will be on cannabis companies, but it is not limited to that specific industry or any geographic location.

The shares will begin trading today on the Neo Exchange Inc. under the symbol “CERE.UN”, and are intended to separate into Class A Restricted Voting Shares and Warrants in 40 days (or, if such date is not an Exchange trading day, the next Exchange trading day), which will trade under the symbols “CERE.U” and “CERE.WT”, respectively.

Joe Crouthers, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director at Ceres said, “Ceres Acquisition Corp. is excited to be partnering with fellow innovators at the NEO Exchange.  We will benefit greatly from their extensive experience and prior success as a senior exchange supporting SPACs and US-focused cannabis listings.  They’ve allowed us to target the most vital segments of an industry that is at a critical inflection point.  This forward-thinking approach sets the stage for companies and industries to flourish.”

Ceres’ board of directors is comprised of Joe Crouthers (Chairman), Jordan Cohen, Dr. Ervin Braun, Brian Goldberg, Jordan Toplitzky and Tahira Rehmatullah, and its management team is comprised of Joe Crouthers (Chief Executive Officer), Jordan Cohen (President, Chief Financial Officer, and Corporate Secretary) and Michael Vukmanovich (Chief Operating Officer).

Ceres said its strategy is to leverage its directors’ and officers’ and the Sponsor’s executive leadership and entrepreneurial expertise, strong marketing and brand capabilities, and investment experience and network in order to identify and execute attractive qualifying deals. Ceres’ management team and directors will undertake to identify potential investment targets, and use their relationships with strategic growth advisors and strategic marketing partners to continue to build relationships with company owners, executives, stakeholders, industry experts and financial intermediaries to uncover attractive acquisition opportunities.

Ceres has granted Canaccord Genuity Corp., the underwriter of the Offering, a 30-day non-transferable over-allotment option following the Closing to purchase up to an additional 1,800,000 Class A Restricted Voting Units, at a price of $10.00 each. The proceeds from the distribution of the Class A Restricted Voting Units (along with the proceeds from any exercise of the Over-Allotment Option) will be deposited into an escrow account and will only be released upon certain prescribed conditions, as further described in the final prospectus dated February 25, 2020.

Debra Borchardt

Debra Borchardt is the Co-Founder, and Executive Editor of GMR. She has covered the cannabis industry for several years at Forbes, Seeking Alpha and TheStreet. Prior to becoming a financial journalist, Debra was a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she held a Series 7 and Registered Investment Advisor license. Debra has a Master's degree in Business Journalism from New York University.


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