Organigram Invests in U.S. Based Open Book Extracts Representing Inaugural Jupiter Investment

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North Carolina-based Open Book Extracts is a leading ingredient provider, product formulator and manufacturer of hemp-derived extracts and products.

TORONTO, March 26, 2024–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: OGI) (TSX: OGI), (the “Company” or “Organigram”) is pleased to announce a US $2 million minority investment in Steady State LLC (d/b/a Open Book Extracts) (“OBX”) in the form of a convertible note.

Based in Roxboro within North Carolina’s “Research Triangle,” OBX specializes in legal cannabinoid ingredient production and serves as a one-stop formulation and finished goods manufacturer, simplifying its clients’ supply chains.

“We are extremely excited to make our first Jupiter pool investment in Open Book Extracts, a company that we’ve had on our radar for quite some time,” said Paolo De Luca, Chief Strategy Officer of Organigram. “OBX has a scalable platform, differentiated products, and a great team, all of which support its tremendous access to the U.S. market and leadership in the fast-growing hemp derivatives category,” he concluded.

“Organigram has consistently proven itself to be one of Canada’s leading licensed cannabis producers and has growing international ambitions which is why we are so eager to have them as an investor in OBX,” said OBX co-founder and CEO David Neundorfer. “We are pleased to receive the investment from Organigram, who share our commitment to upholding the highest standards of product quality, and we look forward to helping the company launch hemp-derived products in the U.S. over time,” added Oscar Hackett, co-founder, President, and CFO.

Strategic Rationale of the Investment

  • The investment in OBX provides a further footprint in the U.S, which was a strategic priority set out in the Jupiter investment strategy.

  • OBX is a professional, quality-led company that is growing quickly and is uniquely positioned to leverage the expanding legal hemp derivatives market.

  • Through its investment in OBX, Organigram will gain valuable insights into the U.S. market and its consumers. In time, Organigram plans to work with OBX to explore potential product launches in the U.S.

  • OBX and Organigram are currently discussing an opportunity for OBX to serve as a collaborative research partner for efficacy testing, technology development, and formulation sciences.

  • OBX is nearing completion of its EU GMP certification, which will create further international collaboration opportunities between OBX and Organigram.

Select Convertible Note Particulars

  • Organigram’s US $2 million subordinate secured convertible note instrument (the “Note”) is part of a larger funding round totaling ~US $15 million. The most recent investors include a fund managed by KEY Investment Partners and the Lago Innovation Fund. Existing investors of OBX include BT DE Investments Inc., a subsidiary of British American Tobacco plc. (BAT).

  • The Note matures on October 16, 2026, unless converted beforehand into equity of OBX.

  • If OBX completes a future equity raise of at least US $5 million, the Note will, subject to certain conditions, convert into equity at a 20% discount to the price of that financing round.

  • The Note is secured by a general security charge over OBX’s assets and is subordinate only to one security holder.

  • Funds will be used for general corporate purposes.

  • As part of the convertible note subscription, Organigram will be granted one observer seat on the OBX board.

About Organigram Holdings Inc.

Organigram Holdings Inc. is a NASDAQ Global Select Market and TSX listed company whose wholly owned subsidiaries include Organigram Inc., a licensed producer of cannabis, cannabis-derived products and cannabis infused edibles in Canada.

Organigram is focused on producing high-quality cannabis for patients and adult recreational consumers, as well as developing international business partnerships to extend the Company’s global footprint. Organigram has also developed and acquired a portfolio of adult-use recreational cannabis brands, including Edison, Holy Mountain, Big Bag O’ Buds, SHRED, SHRED’ems, Monjour, Laurentian, Tremblant Cannabis and Trailblazer. Organigram operates facilities in Moncton, New Brunswick and Lac-Supérieur, Quebec, with a dedicated edibles manufacturing facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Company is regulated by the Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Regulations (Canada).

About Open Book Extracts

Headquartered in Roxboro, N.C., Open Book Extracts is an NSF cGMP and ISO 9001-certified manufacturer of premium hemp-based cannabinoid products, aiming to be the industry’s true north by delivering premium products, exceptional service, and industry-leading transparency. With a state-of-the-art extraction campus near North Carolina’s Research Triangle, proprietary refinement and conversion methods backed by a growing IP portfolio, and a team of experienced scientists and seasoned business leaders, OBX is the trusted partner for global brands seeking to enter the marketplace.

For more information, visit https://openbookextracts.com.

Forward-Looking Information

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Contacts

For Media enquiries:

Megan McCrae
Senior Vice President, Global Brands and Corporate Affairs
megan.mccrae@organigram.ca
Organigram

For Investor enquiries:

Max Schwartz
Director of Investor Relations
max.schwartz@organigram.ca
Organigram


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