Latest Cannabis Divorce: Bhang, Origin House

As the cannabis industry faces pressure, the valuation retractions have caused several proposed deals to unravel. The lastest is between Bhang Inc. (CSE: BHNG) (OTCQX: BHNGF) and CannaRoyalty Corp. d/b/a Origin House (CSE: OH) (OTCQX: ORHOF). Bhang and its wholly-owned operating subsidiary, Bhang Corporation has terminated its agreement with Origin House and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kaya Management, Inc.

With regards to the termination agreement, Bhang will get royalty payments, input materials, manufacturing equipment, Bhang-branded finished goods, and Origin House shares, collectively valued at approximately $1.1 million.

Bhang has said that it will use Trava, Inc. and Herban, Inc. to make Bhang-branded products in California. In addition, Bhang said that it has also contracted Shelf-Life Distributing to distribute these Bhang-branded products across California. The company stated that moving from a licensing model to a direct-to-retail model will allow it to control the use of its brand while substantially increasing its footprint throughout California and realizing operations-derived revenue rather than royalties.

Last month,  the company said that Jamie L. Pearson, Bhang’s Interim President, would assume the role of President & CEO, overseeing day-to-day management and strategic initiatives

Origin House

Earlier this week, Origin House said that it had received a final order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice approving the plan for Cresco Labs Inc. to buy all of the shares of Origin House. The company said it expected to close the deal soon. Originally announced in April, this deal was valued at C$1.1 billion or C$12.68 per Origin House Share (based on the Exchange Ratio and the closing price of Cresco Labs Shares on March 29). The deal looked to be the largest public company acquisition in the history of the U.S. cannabis industry.

The combined company will be one of the largest vertically-integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the U. S.; a leading North American cannabis company, by footprint; and one of the largest cannabis brand distributors.

Origin House has not made a comment regarding the termination of the deal with Bhang.

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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