TORONTO, Dec. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (TSX.V: XLY) (OTCQX: CBWTF) (“Auxly” or the “Company”) today announced that Imperial Brands PLC (“Imperial Brands”) has exercised its pre-emptive right to subscribe for an aggregate amount of 6,315,574 common shares (the “Purchased Shares”) of Auxly for $5,207,110.94.  By subscribing for the Purchased Shares, Imperial Brands shows its continued support in Auxly by maintaining its 19.9% ownership of the Company, following its initial investment of $123 million by way of convertible debentures in a transaction announced July 25, 2019.

Imperial Brands has subscribed for the Purchased Shares to maintain its pro rata ownership in Auxly as follows: i) 914,960 common shares at a subscription price of $0.91 per share; and ii) 5,400,614 common shares at a subscription price of $0.81 per share, issuable to Imperial Brands; for the issuance of shares to non-executive employees and for the remaining 6% unsecured convertible debentures.

“We are delighted that Imperial Brands continues to support our vision of being a global leader in branded cannabis products,” said Hugo Alves, CEO of Auxly.  “The strength of our strategic partnership lies in our mutual excitement and desire to work together and build something special.  We are already working together on vapor innovation; consumer safety governance and corporate development initiatives and believe that we are benefiting tremendously as a company.  This further investment by Imperial is another strong showing of their belief in Auxly's people, assets and capabilities and our ability to establish Auxly as a leader in the 2.0 market and beyond."

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

"Hugo Alves" CEO

About Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (TSX.V: XLY) (OTCQX: CBWTF)

Auxly is an international cannabis company dedicated to bringing innovative, effective, and high-quality cannabis products to the medical, wellness and adult-use markets. Auxly's experienced team of industry first-movers and enterprising visionaries has secured a diversified supply of raw cannabis, strong clinical, scientific and operating capabilities and leading product research and development infrastructure in order to create trusted products and brands in an expanding global market.

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