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Waterfront signs share exchange deal with Whistler

2019-10-09 12:26 ET - News Release

Mr. Douglas Mason reports


Waterfront Capital Corp., further to its March 18 press release, has entered into a binding share exchange agreement dated Oct. 9, 2019, with Whistler Water Inc. providing for the reverse takeover of the company by Whistler Water. It is anticipated that, following the transaction, the resulting entity will be reclassified as an industrial issuer on the TSX Venture Exchange. The transaction is an arm's-length transaction.

About Whistler Water Inc.

Founded in 1991, Whistler Water has produced award-winning, 100-per-cent-pure Canadian glacial spring water for over 25 years. Whistler Water is available in convenient sizes from single-serve bottles through four-litre bulk water offerings. Whistler Water products, characterized by naturally occurring neutral pH of 7.2, zero turbidity and low deuterium content, are produced under strict quality control systems that guarantee the water stays that way from source to bottle. Whistler Water's team of experts and state-of-the-art production line, based in Burnaby, B.C., ensures that Whistler Water consistently and efficiently produces the best water. Products can be purchased in store or through Whistler Water's delivery system on Amazon in Canada and the United States. The Whistler Water team of dedicated glacial water enthusiasts is passionate about providing the world's most pristine glacial water and contributing to the health of all people.

In addition to the sales of its own Whistler Water products, Whistler Water also currently generates revenues from its private label and co-packing business with a number of leading retailers and brands.

The transaction

The definitive agreement provides that the company will, immediately prior to closing of the transaction, consolidate its outstanding share capital on a 1:2 basis. Waterfront Capital will subsequently issue 240 million common shares to the shareholders of Whistler Water at a deemed price of 10 cents per share for total deemed consideration of $24-million for all of the outstanding shares of Whistler Water. The price for Whistler Water has been determined based on a valuation report prepared by RwE Growth Partners Inc.

In connection with the transaction, Waterfront Capital intends to complete a concurrent equity financing for gross proceeds of up to $5-million. The proceeds from the financing are expected to be used by the resulting entity for expansion of sales in Canada and the United States, facility upgrades, new marketing and promotion campaigns, and for working capital purposes. Under the terms of the financing, the company will issue 50 million units at a price of 10 cents per unit. Each unit will comprise one common share and one warrant, with each warrant exercisable into an additional common share at a price of 20 cents for a period of three years. Following the closing of the transaction and the financing, Herbert He, chief executive officer of Whistler Water, will hold a total of 187,549,714 common shares in the resulting entity, representing approximately 60 per cent of the resulting entity's outstanding shares.

Closing of the transaction remains subject to exchange approval and the closing of the financing.

A finder's fee of 250,000 common shares of Waterfront Capital will be paid to an arm's-length party for introducing Whistler Water and Waterfront Capital. Payment of the fee will be subject to completion of the transaction. In addition, the company may pay finders' fees in connection with the financing.

Principals and insiders of resulting entity

Following the completion of the transaction, the resulting entity's board of directors will comprise Mr. He, Douglas Mason, Brayden Sutton, Joshua Taylor and Scott Ellis and the company's senior management will comprise Mr. He (chief executive officer), Bruce Gemmell (chief operating officer) and Sead Hamzagic (chief financial officer). Below are brief biographies of each of the members of the board of directors and senior management.

Herbert Q. He, chief executive officer and director of resulting entity, chief executive officer of Whistler Water, and controlling shareholder of resulting entity

Mr. He, the current chief executive officer of Whistler Water, will serve as chief executive officer and a director of the resulting entity following the transaction. Mr. He is a graduate from the Beijing Foreign Studies University in China in the 1980s and a law school graduate from the University of Windsor in Canada in the 1990s. As a licensed lawyer in China and Ontario, Canada, Mr. He has practiced business and commercial law and helped run business corporations in both countries. Mr. He was a founding senior vice-president and board member of what is now China's largest private education company, with a multibillion-dollar market cap on the New York Stock Exchange.

Bruce Gemmell, president, chief operating officer and corporate secretary of resulting entity

Mr. Gemmell is the current chief operating officer of Whistler Water and will continue in that role with the resulting entity, in addition to taking on the roles of president and corporate secretary. At Whistler Water, Mr. Gemmell works to motivate and lead a team of 45 employees across operations, sales, marketing, finance and administration functions. Mr. Gemmell is an experienced multifaceted leader of cross-functional teams delivering high-performance, commercial and operational outcomes in both the consumer packaged goods and sportswear industries.

Sead Hamzagic, chief financial officer of resulting entity

Mr. Hamzagic is a chartered professional accountant, with his public practice registered with CPA-BC, and currently serves as chief financial officer and director of Waterfront Capital, Canadian International Pharma Corp., Rainy Mountain Royalty Corp., International Bethlehem Mining Corp. and Magnum Goldcorp Inc., in addition to providing financial consulting services to a number of public and private companies. Mr. Hamzagic previously served as acting chief financial officer of Clearly Canadian Beverage Corp. and as chief financial officer of Naturally Splendid Enterprises Ltd.

Douglas Mason, director of resulting entity and current chief executive officer of Waterfront Capital

Mr. Mason is the former president and chief executive officer of Clearly Canadian Beverage Corp. and has spent many successful years in the public and private financial arenas. Mr. Mason has been president and chief executive officer of the company since February, 2006, and is president, director and sole shareholder of Waterfront Capital Partners Inc. (a private investment and financial consulting company). Mr. Mason is currently on the board of directors and chief executive officer for a number of private and publicly trading companies.

Brayden Sutton, director of resulting entity

Mr. Sutton currently serves as president of Sutton Ventures Ltd. and as chairman of 1933 Industries Inc. Mr. Sutton co-founded and served as executive vice-president for the Supreme Cannabis Company and was the director of business development for Aurora Cannabis. Mr. Sutton has been an independent adviser and investor in the capital markets for 15 years and has personally raised and deployed over $100-million into the burgeoning cannabis sector.

Joshua Taylor, director of resulting entity

Mr. Taylor is an accomplished sales professional and successful entrepreneur in the legal cannabis space with several years of experience in business development within the consumer packaged goods and pharmaceutical industries and is currently the director of business development with 1933 Industries. Mr Taylor has experience in sales, marketing and business development roles for Red Bull's exclusive distributor, PurBrands Inc., the pharmaceutical industry and with one of the fastest growing natural food consumer packaged food companies.

Scott Ellis, director of resulting entity

Mr. Ellis is a seasoned corporate executive who most recently served for 15 years as corporate vice-president of Grouse Mountain Resorts. This assignment followed a successful 23-year career in the beverage and hospitality industry with Molson Canada. Mr. Ellis's extensive experience has included leadership roles in sales and marketing, sport and entertainment, and corporate affairs.

Selected financial information for Whistler Water

The attached table sets out certain selected audited consolidated financial information of Whistler Water for the periods indicated.

Shareholder approval and sponsorship

The transaction is not a related party transaction (as defined in the rules and policies of the exchange). No circumstances exist which may compromise the independence of Waterfront Capital or the interested parties (in particular, Waterfront Capital's directors and senior officers) with respect to the transaction and no aspect of the transaction requires the approval of shareholders of Waterfront Capital under applicable corporate and securities legislation. The company is without active operations and is listed on the NEX board of the exchange and the common shares of Waterfront Capital will resume trading on completion of the transaction. As such, subject to the consent of the exchange, Waterfront Capital will not seek shareholder approval to complete the transaction. Furthermore, Waterfront Capital has applied for an exemption from the sponsorship requirements; however, there is no assurance that Waterfront Capital will obtain this exemption.

Trading in the company's shares will remain halted throughout the transaction and the company will issue further press releases regarding the transaction as information becomes available.

Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including, but not limited to, exchange acceptance and, if applicable, disinterested shareholder approval. Where applicable, the transaction cannot close until the required shareholder approval is obtained. There can be no assurance that the transaction will be completed as proposed or at all.

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