Well-known hemp CBD company Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: CWBHF) is expanding beyond its current model with a planned acquisition of privately-held Stanley Brothers USA Holdings. Stanley Brothers is a cannabis wellness incubator currently operating in three states (Colorado, California, Florida) with expansion plans underway in eight additional states.
The acquisition though isn’t immediate. Instead, Charlotte’s Web is pursuing a five-year option plan valued at $8 million, which could be extended to seven years. However, the acquisition could also happen in three years and upon the federal legalization of cannabis in the U. S. The company stated that the common shares of Charlotte’s Web continue to trade on the TSX in Canada and OTCQX in the US. The payment will be made in stock, which has fallen on the news.
“Consumer attitudes, market trends, and laws surrounding cannabis and its role within the wellness category continue to trend positively. This strategic Option provides Charlotte’s Web optionality to enter the U. S. cannabis wellness market in partnership with an experienced and trusted team and brand, positioning our business for potential new growth opportunities and shareholder value creation,” explained Deanie Elsner, CEO of Charlotte’s Web. “The Stanley Brothers are innovating cannabis wellness with the same philosophy and vision that drove their success as founders of the Charlotte’s Web brand. With this shared heritage, we could not be more aligned.”
Stanley Brothers combines full-spectrum cannabis extracts with functional botanical ingredients. Marketed under the “ReCreate” brand, the wellness formulations are lower in THC for more precisely controllable benefits. Products include functional chocolates, gummies and oil tinctures, formulated with the wellness benefits of the entire cannabis plant including CBD and THC to help achieve a desired state of wellbeing.