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Today MTech Acquisition Corp. and MJ Freeway LLC announced the completion of their merger to form the Akerna Corp. MTech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: MTEC), the first US-listed Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) focused on acquiring a business ancillary to the cannabis industry, and MJ Freeway, a leading seed-to-sale regulatory compliance technology provider and developer of the cannabis industry’s first enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform, has now become the first compliance technology company in the cannabis space to be traded on Nasdaq. Jessica Billingsley also becomes the first female CEO from the cannabis industry to lead a company that will trade on the exchange.

“As legalization of cannabis expands across the world, we believe it is imperative that businesses, patients, consumers, and governments have the tracking and compliance technology they need to make informed decisions and comply with applicable regulations. We believe Akerna is well suited to meet these needs with the ability to scale rapidly across the world and offer a robust and innovative platform for growing industry demands,” stated MJ Freeway Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer Jessica Billingsley.

In addition to her role as CEO, Billingsley also serves on the Akerna Board of Directors and is joined by senior leadership from MTech: Scott Sozio, Tahira Rehmatullah and Douglas Rothschild. The Board of Directors of Akerna also includes Emery Huang, Matt Kane, and Mark D. Iwanowski, who were formerly members of MJ Freeway’s Board of Directors. Roger McNamee, who served as senior advisor to MJ Freeway’s Board of Directors, will act as Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors of Akerna.

The business combination between the two companies was approved at a meeting of MTech stockholders today. In connection with the transaction, MTech and MJ Freeway combined to form Akerna Corp. (“Akerna”). The shares of common stock and warrants of Akerna will begin trading on The Nasdaq Stock Market tomorrow, June 18, 2019, under the symbols “KERN” and “KERNW,” respectively. The company also announced raising $9.2 million prior to this closing.

“We are very pleased to close this transaction and look forward to capitalizing on the substantial operating and financial benefits we believe the combination will create. From here, we believe we are well positioned to pursue our acquisition strategy to drive transformation for future growth in the regulatory technology sector,” commented Scott Sozio, CEO of MTech. “We believe comprehensive, compliant, scalable technology solutions will underpin the industry’s rapid growth, and serve as a backbone for sustained success.”

Roger McNamee, Senior Advisor to the Akerna Board of Directors added, “Cannabis companies that want to be leaders are adopting MJ Platform, because it is the only ERP product with the technical foundation to support multi-line and multi-location operations. This transaction will enable MJ to better support customers manage high growth and complexity as the industry transitions from local to a global scale.”

Upon the closing of the transaction, the former MJ Freeway equity holders exchanged their securities of MJ Freeway for securities of Akerna, and the former equity holders of MTech exchanged their securities of MTech for securities of Akerna. As a result of the former MJ Freeway equity holders beneficially own approximately 62.7% of Akerna’s outstanding shares of common stock (including the shares held in escrow and unvested restricted shares); the former MTech stockholders beneficially own approximately 27.7% of Akerna’s outstanding common stock; and the investors in MTech’s previously-announced private placement that closed concurrently with the business combination beneficially own approximately 9.6% of Akerna’s outstanding shares of common stock. Legal counsel for the business combination was provided by Graubard Miller (MJ Freeway) and Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP (MTech).

 


William SumnerWilliam SumnerJune 12, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for June 12, 2019.

On the Site

Oregon House Passes Cannabis “Export” Bill

In a bi-partisan vote of 42-17 on Tuesday, the Oregon House passed a historic measure that will allow Oregon’s Governor to enter into agreements with other consenting states to allow for the legal export of cannabis between state markets.  Governor Brown is expected to sign the bill.

MJ Freeway

Seed-to-sale cannabis software company MJ Freeway and MTech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: MTEC) agreed to issue and sell an additional 215,475 shares of Class A common stock at $10.21 per share as part of its previously announced private placement in a deal valued at $2.2 million. The company is expected to go public within months.

Coda Signature

Luxury cannabis brand Coda Signature California closed on a $24.4 million round of Series A funding. Altum Investments is the parent company of The Grow Foundry California, which goes by the name of Coda. The company said that the funds will be used to accelerate expansion into emerging North American markets for Coda Signature-branded premium cannabis-infused edibles, topicals and concentrates. In addition to that, the money will also be used for strategic additions to the management team.

In Other News

Willow Industries

Willow Industries announced that it has raised $2 million in venture funding. The fund raise was co-led by AFI Capital Partners and Welcan Capital and were joined by Halley Venture Partners and Flatiron Venture Partners. Willow Industries is a technology company that specializes in hemp and cannabis decontamination without compromising the integrity of the flower. “The support we received in this financing round from our investors substantiates the value that Willow provides to cannabis cultivators around the country,” said Jill Ellsworth, Willow’s Founder and CEO. “This investment allows us to maintain our position as the leader in what we’re passionate about: consumer safety and helping cultivators across the country sell high-quality, clean, safe cannabis.”

Neptune Wellness Solutions

Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: NEPT) (TSX: NEPT) announced the release of its financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ending on March 31, 2019. Year-over-year evenue for the quarter declined from $7 million to $5.8 million. Net loss for the quarter increased from a loss of $4.8 million to a net loss of $12.4 million. The net loss for the fiscal year was $23.2 million, down considerably from a net income of $20 million in the previous year. Despite the loss, management remains positive in the company’s outlook for the coming fiscal year. “With the largest extraction facility in Canada, with a licence, and a transaction pending for a second facility in the United States, multiple supply partnerships now in hand, and solid and growing relationships with new clients, we are on our way to realizing our objective to become the global leader in cannabis extraction,” said Jim Hamilton, CEO of Neptune.

MediaJel

The cannabis advertising and marketing firm MediaJel announced that it has acquired Potnt Agency, a hemp and cannabis-focused public relations agency. Under the agreement, Potnt CEO Jennifer Price will stay on as MediaJel’s Vice President of Communications. “Public relations is one of the most relevant communications disciplines for the feverishly evolving cannabis industry. The old narrative needs to be changed. Today’s market is fully different, and successful communications embracing this market is, to say the least, quite complicated at the local level,” said Thomas Harrison, Chairman of the Board, MediaJel.

 



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