Mr. Hadley Ford reports
IANTHUS ANNOUNCES FILING OF STATEMENT OF CLAIM TO PREVENT INTERFERENCE WITH ITS BUSINESS
iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc. has filed a statement of claim in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice against Oasis Investments II Master Fund Ltd. iAnthus filed the claim in the interests of defending the company against interference with the company's financing and business by an unsecured lender that is seeking to better its position at the expense of the company's shareholders and other stakeholders.
Oasis was issued an unsecured convertible debenture in the principal amount of $25-million (U.S.) in connection with the company's offering of unsecured convertible note units announced on March 18, 2019, and May 2, 2019. Since closing of the offering, Oasis has consistently agitated iAnthus with unfounded allegations and self-interested proposals, all with the goal of renegotiating the terms of the unsecured debenture. Recently, Oasis has alleged that iAnthus breached certain debt covenants and that an event of default has occurred. iAnthus vehemently disagrees that there is currently, or has ever been, an event of default and is confident that iAnthus has complied with all covenants under the unsecured debenture. While iAnthus believes that Oasis's allegations are entirely unfounded, Oasis's behaviour has interfered with iAnthus's continuing financing activities and the company's business.
Remedies sought by iAnthus include: a declaration that iAnthus is not in breach of its obligations under the unsecured debenture (and related purchase agreement); damages; and a court-ordered injunction restraining Oasis from making further false or misleading statements about iAnthus and otherwise interfering with iAnthus's contractual relationships.
iAnthus emphasizes that the decision to commence legal action against Oasis was not taken lightly and follows significant deliberation regarding Oasis's underlying intentions and continued actions as well as the negative impact on the company and other stakeholders. While unfortunate, this course of action is required to protect the rights of the company, its shareholders and other stakeholders. Oasis's repeated and continued actions, even after iAnthus provided Oasis with details about the company's compliance with the debt covenants, have left the company with no option but to defend itself, the interest of its shareholders and other stakeholders by pursuing all legal remedies available, including through the initiation of legal proceedings.
"After good faith efforts led by iAnthus's management, it is highly regrettable that we have been forced to take this action against Oasis. Unfortunately, Oasis, which has a long history of taking activist measures to better its position through the courts and other means, has decided it would try the same tactics with iAnthus. We are disappointed with Oasis's attempt to extract value at the expense of our shareholders and other stakeholders, and we will pursue any and all remedies available to us as a result of Oasis's self-interested behaviour. We are in active discussions with a variety of financing sources, including significant existing lenders and investors who continue to believe strongly in the prospects of both iAnthus and the broader industry," commented Julius Kalcevich, chief financial officer of iAnthus.
Hadley Ford, chief executive officer of iAnthus, commented: "Despite the volatility of the equity markets and Oasis's unfounded allegations, we continue to execute on our business plan and look forward to expected near-term catalysts, including, but not limited to: the opening of our first adult-use Massachusetts dispensary; additional dispensary openings in Florida, New Jersey and New York; and positive regulatory developments in New York, New Jersey and Arizona, which are expected to expand iAnthus's addressable market. Our asset base has never been better positioned, and our operational momentum remains strong despite these distractions."
About iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc.
iAnthus Capital Holdings owns and operates best-in-class licensed cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensary facilities throughout the United States, providing investors diversified exposure to the U.S. regulated cannabis industry. Founded by entrepreneurs with decades of experience in operations, investment banking, corporate finance, law and health care services, iAnthus Capital Holdings provides a unique combination of capital and hands-on operating and management expertise.
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