An anonymous director reports
APHRIA ANNOUNCES EARLY TERMINATION AND LIQUIDATION OF INTERESTS IN LIBERTY HEALTH SCIENCES, INC.
Independent members of Aphria Inc.'s board of directors consisting of Shlomo Bibas, John Herhalt, Tom Looney and Irwin Simon have unanimously approved the early termination and liquidation of a promissory note, option and other agreements related to the company's
divestment of all interests in Liberty Health Sciences Inc.
As detailed on
Sept. 6, 2018,
the company entered into a share purchase agreement with a group of buyers, wherein it completed the sale of the shares making up 100 per cent of its outstanding interest in Liberty, in exchange for a five-year promissory note due Sept. 6, 2023, bearing interest at 12 per cent per annum and in the amount of $59,097,986. Aphria retained an irrevocable option to repurchase its shares in Liberty from the buyers for a period of up to five years, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions.
In line with Aphria's commitment to enhanced corporate governance practices and a renewed focus on its strategic plan, the option in the Liberty shares represented a non-essential holding of the company. Accordingly, the independent members of the board of directors unanimously approved the early termination and liquidation, wherein the company received cash consideration of $47.4-million and may earn up to an additional $10-million based on certain value thresholds, if the counterparties monetize the Liberty shares underlying the terminated option within six months. Jefferies LLC acted as financial adviser to the company.
The early termination and liquidation represents the ultimate conclusion of Aphria's investment in Liberty. From Aphria's first investment in Liberty of $25-million in April, 2017, until today's date, Aphria earned a return equal to 3.4 times its cumulative investment in Liberty, an internal rate of return of approximately 167.2 per cent on the initial investment.
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