Vancouver, British Columbia – March 3, 2021 – Willow Biosciences Inc. (“Willow” or the “Company“) (TSX: WLLW; OTCQX: CANSF) is pleased to provide an update on its previously announced acceleration of the expiry date of 9,320,478 common share purchase warrants (the “2020 Warrants“) issued on October 29, 2020 (the “Acceleration“). The Company has completed the Acceleration, which has resulted in the issuance of approximately 9,259,404 additional common shares of the Company and cash proceeds to the Company of approximately $7.9 million. As of today, the Company had a cash balance of approximately $48.4 million.
“We are grateful for the considerable support we have received from our shareholders following our recent warrant accelerations,” said Trevor Peters, Willow’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “As we enter 2021, we will use the proceeds from the Acceleration alongside the $28.75 million we raised from our recent bought-deal financing to accelerate capital spending towards execution of our commercialization plan for our existing portfolio cannabinoids, and continue to explore opportunities for cannabinoids in development.”
On January 25, 2021, the Company announced that it had elected to exercise its right under the terms of a warrant indenture dated October 29, 2020 (the “Warrant Indenture“) governing the 2020 Warrants to accelerate the expiry date of the 2020 Warrants. The holders of 2020 Warrants had thirty days from the date of the notice of Acceleration to exercise their 2020 Warrants. All remaining 2020 Warrants have been cancelled as of 5:00 p.m. (Calgary time) on March 1, 2021 pursuant to the terms of the Warrant Indenture, and the 2020 Warrants have been delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange.
About Willow Biosciences Inc.
Willow is a Canadian biotechnology company based in Vancouver, British Columbia that produces high purity, plant-derived compounds that provide building blocks for the global pharmaceutical, health and wellness, and consumer packaged goods industries. Willow’s current focus is in the production of cannabinoids for the treatment for pain, anxiety, obesity, brain disorders, among other significant indications. Willow’s science team has a proven track record of developing manufacturing technologies for high purity compounds in pain and cancer treatments. Willow’s manufacturing process creates a consistent, scalable and sustainable product that allows for the discovery and development of new life changing drugs.
For further information, please visit our website at www.willowbio.com or contact:
President and Chief Executive Officer
T: (403) 669-4848
Troy Talkkari, CFA
Vice President, Corporate Development
T: (403) 618-1117
150, 2250 Boundary Road Burnaby, BC V5M 3Z3
This news release may include forward-looking statements including opinions, assumptions, estimates and the Company’s assessment of future plans and operations, and, more particularly, statements concerning the expected use of proceeds from the exercise of the 2020 Warrants and the business plan of the Company, generally, including cannabinoid research and production. When used in this news release, the words “will,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intent,” “may,” “project,” “should,” and similar expressions are intended to be among the statements that identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are founded on the basis of expectations and assumptions made by the Company which include, but are not limited to, the successful implementation of Willow’s production and commercialization strategy. Forward-looking statements are subject to a wide range of risks and uncertainties, and although the Company believes that the expectations represented by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will be realized. Any number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, risks associated with: the cannabinoid industry in general; the success of the Company’s research and development strategies; infringement on intellectual property; failure to benefit from partnerships or successfully integrate acquisitions; actions and initiatives of federal and provincial governments and changes to government policies and the execution and impact of these actions, initiatives and policies; import/export and research restrictions for cannabinoid-based operations; the size of the medical-use and adult-use cannabinoid market; competition from other industry participants; adverse U.S., Canadian and global economic conditions; adverse global events and public-health crises, including the current COVID-19 pandemic; failure to comply with certain regulations; departure of key management personnel or inability to attract and retain talent; and other factors more fully described from time to time in the reports and filings made by the Company with securities regulatory authorities. Please refer to the Company’s most recent Annual Information Form and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for additional risk factors relating to Willow, which can be accessed either on Willow’s website at www.willowbio.com or under the Company’s profile on www.sedar.com.
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