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Canopy Rivers Announces Investment in Technology Driven Data Company Headset

TORONTO, Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canopy Rivers Inc. (the “Company” or “Canopy Rivers”) (RIV.V) is pleased to announce it has completed an equity investment in Headset, Inc. (“Headset”), a data and analytics service provider for the cannabis industry. Canopy Rivers subscribed for C$4,084,500 of Series A Preferred Shares in Headset, representing the Company’s first entry into a technology-focused cannabis vertical.

“We are very excited to be diversifying our portfolio with our investment in Headset, a best-in-class technology platform delivering cannabis-related business intelligence in real-time,” said Narbe Alexandrian, VP Business Development at Canopy Rivers. “As companies compete to capture mind share in this nascent space, understanding the levers that influence purchase decisions and ultimately guide price and brand success is critical. We believe that Headset has established a strong leadership position in the data and analytics space, enabling brands, retailers, marketers and investors to gain key insights about the cannabis market in real-time.”

Headset is the first real-time business intelligence and analytics software platform for the cannabis industry. The experienced leadership team at Headset have deep roots in the cannabis industry, with Headset’s founders having also founded Leafly, the world’s largest cannabis information resource. With services that provide access to up-to-the-minute information on sales trends, emerging sectors, popular products, and pricing, Headset’s proprietary software platform allows customers to use data to identify new areas of opportunity, understand the competition, and tailor product development.

Comparable industries have already proven the effectiveness of using data analytics to uncover key consumer trends and insights, and Canopy Rivers believes the cannabis industry will be no different in this respect. Traditional snack, beverage and consumer product goods companies already utilize retail data providers to understand pricing, promotion, competition and buying trends across products and segments. As the cannabis industry matures, the ability to leverage data is likely to become increasingly important as companies attempt to gain market share, manage production, enter new markets, target customers, and understand the landscape.

Management believes that Headset, as a leading data, analytics and technology platform in the cannabis industry, represents an important addition to the Canopy Rivers portfolio and aligns well with the Company’s disciplined, thesis-driven investment strategy. Creating opportunities for synergy throughout the portfolio is a key differentiator for Canopy Rivers, and big data can help drive value throughout the entire platform. 

“We couldn't be more excited to have Canopy Rivers participating in the Headset Series A,” said Cy Scott, CEO and Co-founder of Headset. “As part of the Canopy Rivers ecosystem, Headset will be able to leverage a variety of opportunities for collaboration to further fuel our rapid expansion within the industry.”

About Canopy Rivers Inc.

Canopy Rivers is a unique investment and operating platform structured to pursue investment opportunities in the emerging global cannabis sector. Canopy Rivers works collaboratively with Canopy Growth (TSX: WEED, NYSE: CGC) to identify strategic counterparties seeking financial and/or operating support. Canopy Rivers has developed an investment ecosystem of complementary cannabis operating companies that represent various segments of the value chain across the emerging cannabis sector. As the portfolio continues to develop, constituents will be provided with opportunities to work with Canopy Growth and collaborate among themselves, which Canopy Rivers believes will maximize value for its shareholders and foster an environment of innovation, synergy and value creation for the entire ecosystem.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains statements which constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements regarding the plans, intentions, beliefs and current expectations of the Company with respect to future business activities and operating performance. Forward-looking information is often identified by the words “may”, “would”, “could”, “should”, “will”, “intend”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect” or similar expressions and includes information regarding: Headset’s strong leadership position in the data and analytics space; the effectiveness of using data analytics in the cannabis industry; the ability to leverage data becoming increasingly important; the ability for big data to drive value throughout the platform; Headset’s expansion within the industry; and other expectations for other economic, business, and/or competitive factors.

Investors are cautioned that forward-looking information is not based on historical facts but instead reflects management’s expectations, estimates or projections concerning future results or events based on the opinions, assumptions and estimates of management considered reasonable at the date the statements are made. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking information are reasonable, such information involves risks and uncertainties, and undue reliance should not be placed on such information, as unknown or unpredictable factors could have material adverse effects on future results, performance or achievements of the Company. Among the key factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information are the following: regulatory and licensing risks; the ability of brands, retailers marketers and investors to leverage data about the cannabis market; competition in the business intelligence and analytics software space; the ability of Headset to leverage opportunities for collaboration; changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including changes in the financial markets; the global regulatory landscape and enforcement related to cannabis, including political risks and risks relating to regulatory change; risks relating to anti-money laundering laws; compliance with extensive government regulation; public opinion and perception of the cannabis industry; as well as the risk factors set out in the joint management information circular of Canopy Rivers Corporation and the Company dated August 8, 2018, filed with Canadian securities regulators and available on the Company’s issuer profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking information prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Although the Company has attempted to identify important risks, uncertainties and factors which could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be others that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update this forward-looking information except as otherwise required by applicable law.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For further information, please contact: 

Canopy Rivers Inc.

Karoline Hunter
Sr. Director, Investor Relations & Communications
E-mail: ir@canopyrivers.com

Daniel Pearlstein
Executive Vice President, Strategy
E-mail: daniel@canopyrivers.com