MONTREAL, Feb. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Goodfood Market Corp. (“Goodfood” or the “Company”) (TSX: FOOD) is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced bought deal public offering (the “Offering”), pursuant to which a syndicate of underwriters led by GMP Securities L.P. (the “Lead Underwriter”), and including Desjardins Securities Inc., National Bank Financial Inc., Acumen Capital Finance Partners Limited, Scotia Capital Inc., RBC Dominion Securities Inc., Raymond James Ltd., Canaccord Genuity Corporation and PI Financial Corp. (collectively with the Lead Underwriter, the “Underwriters”) purchased an aggregate of 7,142,857 common shares of the Company (the “Offered Shares”) at a price of $3.50 per Offered Share (the “Offering Price”) of which 5,714,286 Offered Shares were purchased from the Company (the “Treasury Shares”), and an aggregate of 1,428,571 Offered Shares (the “Secondary Shares”) were purchased from Jonathan Ferrari, Neil Cuggy and Raffi Krikorian, or their respective holding companies (collectively, the “Selling Shareholders”). The Offering represents gross proceeds of approximately $25 million of which $20 million are gross proceeds to the Company.

The Underwriters have also partially exercised the option (the “Over-Allotment Option”) granted to the Underwriters to purchase from the Company up to an additional 857,143 Treasury Shares (the “Treasury Over-Allotment Shares”) and from the Selling Shareholders up to an aggregate of 214,286 Secondary Shares (the “Secondary Over-Allotment Shares”, and together with the Treasury Over-Allotment Shares, the “Over-Allotment Shares”) at the Offering Price. The Underwriters have purchased 304,926 Treasury Over-Allotment Shares from the Company and 76,232 Secondary Over-Allotment Shares from the Selling Shareholders pursuant to the partial exercise of the Over-Allotment Option for an aggregate of 381,158 Over-Allotment Shares, representing additional gross proceeds of approximately $1.3 million of which $1 million are gross proceeds to the Company. Aggregate gross proceeds of the Offering (including the partial exercise of the Over-Allotment Option) are of approximately $26.3 million, of which approximately $21 million are gross proceeds to the Company. There remains 552,217 Treasury Over-Allotment Shares and 138,054 Secondary Over-Allotment Shares subject to the Over-Allotment Option, which remains exercisable in whole or in part and from time to time, at any time until 30 days after the closing date of the Offering.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering of Treasury Shares and Treasury Over-Allotment Shares for investments in automation, the expansion of Western Canada’s production capacity, breakfast and ready-to-eat meal solutions, sustainable packaging, working capital and general corporate purposes.

Mr. Donald Olds, a director of the Company, and Mr. Philippe St-Cyr Adam, the Chief Financial Officer of the Company, purchased 15,000 and 11,500 Offered Shares respectively under the Offering.

The participation of each of Messrs. Olds and St-Cyr Adam in the Offering is considered to be a “related party transaction” as defined in Regulation 61-101 respecting Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”). The participation of each such insider is exempt from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 as neither the fair market value of the securities issued to such insiders nor the consideration for such securities exceeds 25% of the Company’s market capitalization. The Company did not file a material change report 21 days prior to closing of the Offering as the details of the participation of insiders of the Company in the Offering had not been confirmed at that time. The Offering, including the insider participation therein, has been approved by the board of directors of the Company.

Prior to the Offering, Messrs. Ferrari and Cuggy, two of the Selling Shareholders, each held, directly or indirectly, 11,397,565 common shares of the Company (the “Common Shares”), representing 21.99% of the then issued and outstanding Common Shares. Following the sale of the Secondary Shares pursuant to the Offering, the sale of the Secondary Over-Allotment Shares pursuant to the partial exercise of the Over-Allotment Option, and the issuance of the Treasury Shares pursuant to the Offering, Messrs. Ferrari and Cuggy, each now hold 10,795,644 Common Shares representing 18.31% of the Company’s issued and outstanding Common Shares. Messrs. Ferrari and Cuggy each received gross proceeds of $2,106,724 from the sale of the Secondary Shares and the Secondary Over-Allotment Shares pursuant to the Offering. The sale of Secondary Shares and Secondary Over-Allotment Shares by the Selling Shareholders under the Offering was for general investment and portfolio purposes. They may trade in or with respect to securities of Goodfood in the future depending on a number of factors.

To obtain a copy of early warning reports to be filed in connection with shares sold by the Selling Shareholders, please visit SEDAR at or please contact:

Goodfood Market Corp.
Philippe St-Cyr Adam, Chief Financial Officer
(855) 515-5191 

The securities being offered have not been, nor will they be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any State in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About Goodfood

Goodfood is a leading home meal solutions company in Canada, delivering fresh ingredients that make it easy for subscribers to prepare delicious meals at home every week. Goodfood’s objective is to take the hassle out of cooking, leaving subscribers with the fun part - cooking, sharing with family and eating. Subscribers select their favorite recipes from a variety of original dishes online. The Company prepares a personalized box of fresh ingredients and delivers it to the subscriber's doorstep with easy step-by-step instructions. The Company has its main production facility and administrative offices based in Montreal, Quebec, and a second production facility in Calgary, Alberta. Goodfood had 126,000 active subscribers as of November 30, 2018. 

The head office of Goodfood is located at 4600 Hickmore Street, Montreal, Québec, H4T 1K2.

For further information:  
Philippe St-Cyr Adam, Chief Financial Officer
(855) 515-5191 
Pierre Boucher, Vice President
(514) 731-0000 

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