IRVINE, CA / ACCESSWIRE / June 16, 2021 / Rapidly growing Savage Enterprises today announced that it has signed a letter of intent to merge with publicly traded Acquired Sales Corp. (OTCQX: AQSP) for aggregate merger consideration of $44 million, consisting of $15,840,000 in cash plus 8,691,358 shares of AQSP's unregistered common stock.
Under the same letter of intent, Savage Enterprises and its co-founders and co-owners Christopher G. Wheeler and Matt Winter will assist AQSP to enter the California marijuana industry by selling to AQSP 100% of Premier Greens LLC ("Premier Greens"), which has five conditional use permits (CUPs) from the City of Palm Springs for the cultivation, manufacturing, dispensing, delivery and distribution of marijuana, and is in the second of three phases to obtain its state licenses to grow, sell and deliver marijuana, and by causing Savage to increase from 46% to 100% its ownership interest in MKRC Holdings, LLC ("MKRC"), which owns a 5,560-square-foot building in Palm Springs planned to be used for the growing, selling and transportation of marijuana, for an aggregate purchase consideration of $2 million in cash.
Christopher G. Wheeler, co-founder, co-owner, and CEO of Savage, stated, "We are super excited to partner with Nick Warrender, Gerry and Jake Jacobs. We've analyzed our options, and we've determined that the fastest way to build the biggest, most profitable player in the cannabis space is to partner with Lifted Made in Acquired Sales Corp. 2021 year to date, Savage Enterprises' unaudited revenue is just over $13 million and, at our current run rate, Savage Enterprises' revenue is conservatively expected to be 200% over last year. Based upon Savage Enterprises' unaudited year-to-date financial performance, and barring significant changes in the industry, we conservatively expect Savage to generate over $7 million in post-closing annual pre-tax net income for AQSP, which would be immediately accretive to AQSP's earnings per share. We are confident that, combining our resources and creativity with Lifted Made's, and leveraging our different distribution channels, and leveraging Gerry's consolidation experience in several industries, including building Metal Management Inc. into the largest scrap metal recycling company in North America, we can become the largest profitable player in the space, quickly."
Matt Winters, co-founder, co-owner, and President and CFO of Savage, stated, "As a rapidly growing and profitable company, with many new products on the horizon, and many resources, Savage had many go-forward options available to us. We were thrilled to hear about Acquired Sales Corp.'s vision in terms of building a decentralized industry leader, and we decided that it was the right move to merge into Acquired Sales Corp. I can't wait to continue growing Savage as we partner with Lifted and Acquired Sales Corp., and we are also excited to bring in more entrepreneurs into our partnership at Acquired Sales Corp."
Closing of the transactions is subject to a number of conditions, including but not limited to completion of an acceptable due diligence investigation and audit of Savage, Premier Greens and MKRC, completion of a capital raise of at least $30 million by AQSP, execution of definitive acquisition documents, receipt of a tax opinion on the Savage merger, obtaining all necessary approvals, and the completion of all necessary securities filings.
Christopher G. Wheeler and Matt Winters, the co-founders and co-owners of Savage, will continue to serve as the CEO and CFO, respectively, of Savage, Premier Greens and MKRC, and shall also serve as the co-founder and Chief Sales Officer, and as the co-founder and Chief Risk Officer, respectively, of AQSP, under long-term employment agreements.
Co-founded in 2014 by Christopher G. Wheeler and Matt Winters, Savage was established with the vision of bringing innovation to the counter-culture space. Savage has been committed to improving the community it serves by providing superior, consumer-centered and cost-effective products that are third-party lab tested with quality assurance, consistency, and traceability. Savage's goal is to create the benchmark for quality and assurance in the industry. Under its Delta Effex brand, Savage sells delta-10-THC cartridges, disposables and tinctures, delta-8-THC-infused shots, cartridges, concentrates, disposables, edibles, delta-8-THC-infused hemp flower, pods and tinctures. Under Savage CBD, Savage sells CBD cartridges, disposables, edibles, tinctures, topicals, vape juice and CBD for pets. Under its Vape 100 brand, Savage produces nicotine-infused e-liquids. For its Vape 100 e-liquid, Savage has filed a Premarket Tobacco Application ("PMTA") with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration ("FDA"), which the FDA has received and is reviewing. Under its Zen Panda brand, Savage sells various kratom and kava-based products. Savage also sells disposable nicotine vapes. The team at Savage is currently developing at least three other products in the supplement arena, as well as innovative apparatuses for marijuana consumption.
Premier Greens has five CUPs from the City of Palm Springs for the cultivation, manufacturing, dispensary, delivery and distribution of marijuana, and is in the second of three phases to obtain its state licenses to grow, sell and deliver marijuana from the 5,560-square-foot building owned by MKRC that is located in Palm Springs, California.
Christopher G. Wheeler, co-founder, co-owner and CEO of Savage, stated, "Being in the counter-culture space for almost a decade, I realized early on that there are many avenues to which we can bring creative solutions, and be very disruptive. Because of the nature of our industry, it takes a company that has its eyes on producing the best quality of products and really bringing the next big things to the table first. Diversification of product offerings is a major key to success if you want to win big in this arena, and Savage has consistently been a product introduction leader, largely because we have relentlessly reinvested our cash flow back into the company, and have very little debt."
Matt Winters continued, "In addition to Savage's and Lifted's outstanding delta-8-THC, delta-10-THC, CBD, e-liquids, and premium kratom and kava-based brands, our companies Premium Greens and MKRC will allow AQSP to significantly diversify into the regulated marijuana industry in California. Currently, we are almost through state licensing and we have already obtained five CUPs from the City of Palm Springs. We are expecting to break ground on our build-out of MKRC's building in Palm Springs sometime this summer. We are beyond excited to operate this business and we are in the process of obtaining almost every California marijuana license you can get, including cultivating, manufacturing, dispensing, and distributing/transporting. Alongside our nationally known hemp brands Delta Effex and Urb Finest Flowers, this is going to be a grand slam."
Nicholas S. Warrender, co-founder, Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of AQSP, and CEO of Lifted Made, commented, "Partnering with Savage Enterprises is a big step forward in uniting industry-leading brands. Chris Wheeler and Matt Winters are visionary entrepreneurs who have consistently set trends and have been on the forefront of pioneering emerging industries and products. I look forward to collaborating and working together as partners to achieve our goal of creating the largest and most profitable public company in the cannabis space."
William C. "Jake" Jacobs, CPA, President and CFO of Acquired Sales Corp., said, "We are laser-focused on identifying the best entrepreneurs with fast-growing and profitable cannabis and related companies who are enthusiastic about partnering with us. Chris Wheeler and Matt Winters are spectacularly effective company builders, who have known Nick Warrender for years, and who are already our partners in LftdXSvg LLC, which is developing hemp-derived THCV products. Savage's products, brand awareness, distribution capabilities, growth and free cash flow are outstanding, and AQSP is very fortunate to have Chris and Matt joining us in building the industry leader over the next few years."
Gerard M. Jacobs, CEO of Acquired Sales Corp., said, "Chris Wheeler and Matt Winters are born entrepreneurs, highly intelligent and agile decision-makers. Savage Enterprises' rapid growth and robust cash flow stand in stark contrast to the many large publicly traded cannabis companies that are growing slower and posting large losses quarter after quarter, yet have market capitalizations that are boxcar numbers in the hundreds of millions of dollars and, in some cases, in the billions of dollars. Chris, Matt and the rest of the Savage team will be critical players in Acquired Sales Corp.'s continued growth, acquisitions, and strategic planning. We are very excited to have them as our partners going forward."
About Savage Enterprises
Based in Irvine, California, Savage Enterprises was founded in 2014 by co-owners Christopher G. Wheeler and Matt Winters. Savage Enterprises is a manufacturer and distributor of hemp-derived products, including CBD and delta-8-THC products (under the brand name Delta Effex), e-liquid, and Kratom. Savage Enterprises has a 50% membership interest in LftdXSvg, which plans to sell hemp-derived products containing THCV. Savage Enterprises also owns 46% of MKRC, 51% of RJMC Brands, LLC, 6% of AAA, LLC, and 33% of Remediez. For more information about Savage Enterprises, please visit www.SavageEnterprises.com.
About Acquired Sales Corp.
Acquired Sales Corp. (OTCQX ticker symbol AQSP) is focused upon investing in rapidly growing companies that make hemp-derived, cannabinoid-infused products such beverages, lotions, oils, dabs, saucy dmnds, flower, cartridges, disposable vapes, hemp cigarettes, tinctures, bath bombs, balms, body washes, and gummies. In February 2020, AQSP acquired 100% of Warrender Enterprise Inc. d/b/a Lifted Made (formerly d/b/a Lifted Liquids) (www.LiftedMade.com), now located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Lifted Made's Urb Finest Flowers brand of hemp-derived delta-8-THC and CBD products is rapidly growing and is nationally recognized. Lifted Made has a 50% membership interest in SmplyLifted LLC, which sells tobacco-free nicotine pouches under the brand name FR3SH (www.GETFR3SH.com), and a 50% membership interest in LftdXSvg LLC, which plans to sell hemp-derived products containing THCV. AQSP also owns 4.99% of CBD-infused beverage and products maker Ablis Holding Company (www.AblisBev.com), and of craft distillers Bendistillery Inc. d/b/a Crater Lake Spirits (www.CraterLakeSpirits.com) and Bend Spirits, Inc. (www.Bendistillery.com), all located in Bend, Oregon. Please read AQSP's filings with the U.S. SEC which fully describe our business and the Risk Factors associated therewith. Learn more by subscribing to our newsletters at www.LiftedMade.com and www.AcquiredSalesCorp.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this document are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such information includes the growth and profitability strategies, and future products and plans of Savage Enterprises, Premier Greens LLC, MKRC LLC, SmplyLifted LLC, LftdXSvg LLC, Lifted Made and Acquired Sales Corp. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause or contribute to the actual results of these companies' operations or the performance or achievements of these companies differing materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These companies undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of certain other factors, including the risk factors set forth in Acquired Sales Corp.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
SOURCE: Savage Enterprises