Toronto, Ontario (April 3rd, 2023) – Happy Belly Food Group Inc. (CSE: HBFG) (OTCQB: VGANF) (“Happy Belly” or the “Company”), a leading consolidator of emerging food brands is pleased to announce that it has closed its non-brokered private placement (the “Private Placement“) of unsecured convertible debentures (the “Debentures“) for proceeds of $1,000,000. This closing represents 100% of the initial debenture offering and was subscribe to by one strategic investor. In addition, due to investor interest the company is offering a second tranche under the same terms and conditions.
“I would very much like to thank this existing shareholder for this acceleration capital. We look forward to immediately applying this capital for M&A growth and expansion of our brand portfolio. Happy Belly thanks this shareholder for his dedication and his support not only in this debenture, but in his continued support accumulating in the float in the open market as well. This capital moves up our timelines as we execute on our growth strategy focused on building a stable of emerging brands”, said Sean Black, Chief Investment Officer of Happy Belly.”
“Receiving this kind of support and confidence in our growth and M&A roadmap if a reflection of validation of Happy Belly delivering increased shareholder value through its accretive and EBITDA positive M&A’s, organic and inorganic execution of growth which has allowed us to raise capital on very favourable terms that puts the preservation of shareholder value at its forefront. ”
“Due to the positive response from other shareholder and investors, we are extending our debenture with a second trance offering. This is our second consecutive above-market convertible debenture for Happy Belly. This demonstrates the market support for our management team, growth plan, and execution deliverance despite the current challenging times for many companies attempting to raise capital. With the support and confidence of shareholders alike, we will continue to deliver shareholder value as we grow Happy Belly.”
No broker fees, warrants, or finders’ fees were paid in the closing of this financing.
Each Debenture has a principal amount of $1,000, a 60 month term earning interest at the rate of twelve percent (12%) per annum payable quarterly after the Closing Date, maturing on the date that is the fifth anniversary of the first date that the Debentures are issued (the “Maturity Date”) and are convertible at the holder’s option into common shares of the Company every three months after the closing date (the “Closing Date”), but prior to the Maturity Date, into common shares at a conversion price equal to (a) C$0.30 per common share, provided that not less than 25% of the outstanding principal, and any interest amounts owed, is converted (the “Conversion Price”).
On the Maturity Date, any outstanding principal amount of the Debentures, plus any accrued and unpaid interest, shall be paid in cash. All securities issued in connection with the closing of the Private Placement are subject to a four-month and one-day statutory hold period in accordance with applicable securities laws.
About Happy Belly Food Group
Happy Belly Food Group Inc. (CSE: HBFG) (OTCQB: VGANF) (“Happy Belly” or the “Company”), a leading consolidator of emerging food brands.
Happy Belly Food Group
Chief Executive Officer
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