Aphria Inc. Announces Settlement of Claim
June 25, 2020
Leamington, Ontario – June 25, 2020 – Aphria Inc. (“Aphria”) (TSX: APHA and NASDAQ: APHA), a leading global cannabis company, Emblem Cannabis Corporation (“Emblem”), and Aleafia Health Inc. (TSX: AH, OTC: ALEAF) (“Aleafia Health”) today announced the parties entered into a settlement agreement on June 25, 2020 (the “Settlement Agreement”) to resolve their outstanding dispute in respect of the termination of the parties’ wholesale cannabis supply agreement (the “Supply Agreement”).
Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, Emblem shall receive total consideration of C$29,100,000 comprised of a C$15,500,000 cash payment, the issuance of common shares of Aphria with an aggregate market value of C$10,000,000 that will be freely tradeable and transferable in Canada and waiver of claimed receivables. The parties have also agreed to a mutual release of all existing and potential claims, and to the dismissal of the arbitration proceedings that had previously been commenced.
“We are pleased to have arrived at an amicable resolution to this matter,” said Irwin D. Simon, Chief Executive Officer, Aphria Inc. “Today’s settlement announcement allows all of us to avoid unnecessary distraction and the potential expense of prolonged litigation, and importantly, to continue to focus on the future.”
This settlement ends any and all potential claims and litigation against and between Aphria, Emblem, and Aleafia Health relating to the Supply Agreement.
Aphria Inc. is a leading global cannabis company driven by an unrelenting commitment to our people, the planet, product quality and innovation. Headquartered in Leamington, Ontario – the greenhouse capital of Canada – Aphria Inc. has been setting the standard for the low-cost production of high-quality cannabis at scale, grown in the most natural conditions possible. Focusing on untapped opportunities and backed by the latest technologies, Aphria Inc. is committed to bringing breakthrough innovation to the global cannabis market. The Company’s portfolio of brands is grounded in expertly-researched consumer insights designed to meet the needs of every consumer segment. Rooted in our founders’ multi-generational expertise in commercial agriculture, Aphria Inc. drives sustainable long-term shareholder value through a diversified approach to innovation, strategic partnerships and global expansion.
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