VANCOUVER, BC, Feb. 28, 2023 /CNW/ – BGP Acquisition Corp. (NEO: BGP.U) (NEO: BGP.WT.U) (OTCQX: BGPPF, BGPAF) (the “Company” or “BGP“), introduced right this moment that it has accomplished its qualifying transaction (the “Qualifying Transaction“) with Craft 1861 World, Inc. (“Craft World“). Concurrent with the closing of the Qualifying Transaction (the “Closing“), the Company modified its identify to CRAFT 1861 World Holdings Inc. (“New Craft“).

Following the Closing, New Craft’s subordinate voting shares (the “Subordinate Voting Shares“) and warrants (the “Warrants“) can be listed and posted for buying and selling on the Neo Change Inc. (“NEO“) below the symbols “HUMN” and “HUMN.WT.A”, respectively, and are anticipated to start buying and selling on March 1, 2023, at market open.

“We couldn’t be extra enthusiastic about this transaction. We imagine Craft World is very effectively positioned to grow to be a globally acknowledged and trusted hashish wellness model. Craft World has already confirmed its skill to create unique long-term well being and wellness partnerships with lots of the most outstanding names in international sports activities, and we’re excited for the corporate’s subsequent steps as a public firm. With vital funding secured for its working wants, together with its latest non-public placement within the quantity of US$100 million, Craft World is effectively positioned to execute on its marketing strategy,” famous Ruth Epstein, Chairwoman and CEO of BGP.

Robert Aranda, Chairman and CEO of New Craft, added “We really feel lucky to have discovered companions in BGP who perceive and share our imaginative and prescient, and stay up for executing our international roll out as a completely funded public firm. We’re happy with the partnerships now we have shaped with probably the most thrilling international sports activities organizations and we proceed to develop our market alternatives with quite a lot of thrilling extra partnerships with globally acknowledged organizations who share our concentrate on enhancing well being and wellness. By combining these unprecedented partnerships with our clinically researched, rigorously examined, BSCG licensed secure for sport, all pure merchandise, Craft World is fulfilling its mission by selling Human Sustainability, to create higher wellness for all.”

Craft 1861 World, Inc. Highlights

  • The markets for cannabidiol (“CBD”) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) merchandise are anticipated to exceed US$20 billion and US$60 billion, respectively, in international gross sales by 2030.1
  • Via its unique long-term strategic licensing rights partnerships (“Strategic Partnerships“) for all cannabinoids with main international organizations together with the World Boxing Council, Moto GP, Maserati Venturi/Formulation E, and Premier League soccer groups, Craft World goals to seize what administration believes is a once-in-a-generation alternative to construct the primary globally acknowledged and trusted cannabidiol (“CBD“) model.
  • Previous to Closing, Craft World entered into an amending settlement to its line of credit score settlement and line of credit score promissory word dated October 22, 2022 with Brott Ltd. (the “Credit score Settlement“), pursuant to which a further US$900 million is out there to Craft World on the identical phrases and situations as the unique facility, for whole availability of US$1 billion, which, along with the proceeds of the not too long ago closed US$100 million non-public placement, can be used to fund Craft World’s ongoing operations and dealing capital wants.
  • Vital pipeline of extra sporting, movie star and company strategic partnership alternatives in negotiation.
  • By focusing its preliminary partnerships on CBD, Craft World avoids lots of the difficulties going through delta-9-tetrahdyocannbinol (“THC“) pushed corporations, together with onerous taxes and limits on transferring merchandise throughout state and nation strains.
  • Knowledge-driven method to figuring out companions gives extremely engaged shopper viewers with international scale and anticipated excessive conversion charges, driving a low buyer acquisition price.
  • Asset mild method gives velocity to market and leverage to monetary efficiency and profitability by utilizing current infrastructure and experience.

Closing of the Qualifying Transaction

Upon Closing, (i) BGP’s Class A restricted voting shares not required to be redeemed have been transformed into Subordinate Voting Shares on a one for one foundation, and (ii) BGP’s Class B shares have been transformed into Proportionate Voting Shares (“Proportionate Voting Shares“) on a one for 100 foundation.

Following the Closing, New Craft has roughly 23,406 Subordinate Voting Shares and 5,940,000 Warrants excellent. The Subordinate Voting Shares and Warrants of New Craft can be listed and posted for buying and selling on the Neo below the symbols “HUMN” and “HUMN.WT.A”, respectively, and are anticipated to start buying and selling on March 1, 2023, at market open.

Pursuant to the Qualifying Transaction, Robert Aranda obtained 280,525 Proportionate Voting Shares of New Craft in alternate for his shares of Craft World. Previous to the completion of the Qualifying Transaction, Mr. Aranda didn’t personal, straight or not directly, any securities of BGP. Following completion of the Qualifying Transaction Mr. Aranda owns (i) 60.36% of the issued and excellent Proportionate Voting Shares, and (ii) 60.33% of the issued and excellent Subordinate Voting Shares, treating, for this function, the Proportionate Voting Shares on an as-converted foundation. Mr. Aranda acquired his Proportionate Voting Shares pursuant to the Qualifying Transaction for funding functions.

Last Prospectus

On December 1, 2022, BGP filed a ultimate lengthy kind prospectus, which gives detailed disclosures concerning Craft World and the Qualifying Transaction (the “Prospectus“). The Prospectus is out there on the Company’s SEDAR profile at

About Craft 1861 World, Inc.

Craft World is a minority-led, U.S.-based well being and wellness firm. Craft World goals to capitalize on what administration believes is a once-in-a-generation alternative to create a world family identify by consolidating international demand for hashish and making it a mainstream part of well being and wellness existence.

Craft World operates throughout the non-psychoactive, hemp-derived CBD area with consumer-packaged items containing zero THC. Craft World can also be a vertically built-in hashish firm within the state of New Mexico, and expects to develop into different authorized jurisdictions by means of the sale of its proprietary mental property.

Since its inception, Craft World has been targeted on guaranteeing the very best ranges of compliance with all relevant requirements, which allowed Craft World in 2019, on the Indianapolis 500, to grow to be the primary broadcast network-approved and telecast CBD sponsor with its sponsorship of IndyCar Carlin Racing, broadcast on NBC. Craft World’s 2019 World Boxing Council (WBC) partnership was the primary CBD sponsorship for a world skilled sports activities group. This cautious and considerate method to the business has helped Craft World signal unique, long run and multi-year strategic licensing rights partnerships with quite a lot of the world’s largest and most revered sporting, leisure and way of life manufacturers, athletes, entertainers, celebrities, and firms, together with WBC, Moto GP, Formulation E, Pramac Ducati, World Surf League, a world motorsport league, a Premier League soccer membership, a premier worldwide sprint-sailing league, a premier international crusing race and a number one collegiate IP company – offering entry to billions of engaged digital prospects.

Craft World CBD Operations

Craft World has taken a deliberate and focused method to its CBD operations. On account of the relative consistency in Federal and State-level regulation, the CBD market gives considerably better freedom than the THC market to centralize operations and ship on a nationwide and international scale. The CBD business additionally has a rising variety of sizeable, accredited, specialised, and skilled producers and distributors with international attain with whom to associate, as is commonly finished in different CPG industries. Craft World will proceed to concentrate on leveraging its operational companions’ experience and scale to facilitate manufacturing, manufacturing, advertising, and delivery of completed CBD items on a world foundation the place legally permitted. This has supplied Craft World with the flexibility to make use of its progress capital traditionally, and going ahead, to create market-leading merchandise and safe unique multi-year Strategic Partnerships.

Craft World’s progress technique is based totally on its skill to enter into multi-year international wellness Strategic Partnerships which are unique for all cannabinoids, with quite a lot of the most important international athletic organizations, celebrities and different well-respected hospitality and CPG corporations. Craft World’s method to deciding on Strategic Partnerships relies on analyzing potential Strategic Companions’ buyer and fan bases for his or her engagement ranges and receptivity to CBD and cannabinoids. Via these Strategic Partnerships, Craft World can have entry to the billions of digital followers of those organizations, in addition to unique promoting and promotional rights for all cannabinoid services and products with these organizations. Along with the Strategic Companions famous above, Craft is in discussions with quite a lot of main international entities throughout sports activities, leisure and company initiatives concerning Strategic Partnerships. With the launch of every of its current Strategic Partnerships and the credibility these companions present Craft World, inbound curiosity from different potential Strategic Companions within the sports activities and leisure industries has grown considerably. With the emergence of the Craft 1861 model on a world scale, Craft World will focus efforts on business-to-business gross sales of its branded merchandise by means of third occasion companies recognized by means of a data-driven course of.

1861 Market THC Operations

Craft World additionally operates a vertically-integrated hashish operation within the state of New Mexico below the ‘1861 Market’ banner. New Mexico is among the most up-to-date US states to approve leisure hashish gross sales, gross sales of which started on April 1, 2022. This operation is essential for Craft World as they put it to use because the testing floor for THC merchandise that they are going to look to carry to a world scale as laws allow.

Previous to Closing, Craft World decided to discover strategic alternatives in respect of its plant-touching operations, together with divesting such operations, as a way to streamline its enterprise operations and higher concentrate on its main enterprise goals. New Craft will replace the market on this strategic course of if and when legally required to take action.

Ahead Wanting Statements

This press launch might comprise ahead–wanting info throughout the which means of relevant securities laws, which displays the Company’s present expectations concerning future occasions. The phrases “count on”, “purpose”, “imagine”, and comparable expressions or phrases suggesting future outcomes are sometimes supposed to determine forward-looking info, though not all forward-looking info comprises these figuring out phrases. As well as, any statements that consult with expectations, projections or different characterizations of future occasions or circumstances comprise forward-looking statements. Ahead-looking statements are usually not historic details, nor ensures or assurances of future efficiency however as an alternative characterize administration’s present beliefs, expectations, estimates and projections concerning future occasions and working efficiency. Particular forward-looking info contained on this press launch consists of, however just isn’t restricted to statements regarding the anticipated strategic, operational and aggressive benefits and advantages created by the Qualifying Transaction and future alternatives for Craft World.

Ahead-looking statements mirror administration’s present beliefs, expectations and assumptions and are based mostly on info presently accessible to administration, administration’s historic expertise, notion of developments and present enterprise situations, anticipated future developments and different components which administration considers applicable. With respect to the forward-looking statements included on this press launch, the Company has made sure assumptions with respect to, amongst different issues, the expectation that no unexpected modifications within the legislative and working frameworks for Craft World will happen; that Craft World will meet its future goals and priorities; that Craft World will be capable to onboard extra Strategic Companions; that Craft World can have entry to satisfactory capital to fund its future initiatives and plans; that Craft World’s future initiatives and plans will proceed as anticipated; in addition to assumptions regarding legislative frameworks, normal financial and business progress charges, costs, forex alternate and rates of interest, aggressive depth, future pandemics or different materials outbreaks of illness, questions of safety, remembers, and no unplanned materials modifications in Craft World’s amenities, gear or buyer and worker relations. Ahead–wanting info relies on quite a lot of assumptions, opinions, and estimates and is topic to quite a lot of dangers and uncertainties, lots of that are past the Company’s management, that would trigger precise outcomes and occasions to vary materially from these which are disclosed in or implied by such forward-looking info. Such dangers and uncertainties embrace, however are usually not restricted to: restricted long-term knowledge with respect to the efficacy, unwanted effects and security of hashish merchandise; uncertainties concerning U.S. hemp regulation; product remembers; failure or deterioration of high quality management methods; restricted shelf lifetime of merchandise; restricted working historical past; Craft World’s skill to efficiently handle its progress; Craft World’s skill to realize or keep profitability; the recognition of Craft World’s model portfolio; COVID-19 or future outbreaks of infectious ailments; potential future gross sales of shares; execution of Craft World’s enterprise methods; reliance on administration and conflicts of curiosity; competitors; dangers referring to new, well-capitalized entrants creating large-scale operations; reliance on key inputs; dependence on suppliers and expert labour; Craft World’s skill to acquire top quality product for its progress wants; local weather change; litigation; reliance on third-party distributors; mental property dangers; safety of commerce secrets and techniques; fraudulent or criminal activity by workers, contractors and consultants; prohibition towards public firm possession of hashish companies in some jurisdictions; info know-how methods and cyber-attacks; safety breaches; excessive bonding and insurance coverage prices; prices and necessities of being a public firm and dangers related to failure to adjust to such necessities; no deliberate dividends; future acquisitions or inclinations; U.S. federal revenue tax; internet working loss limitations; withholding tax on dividends; threat of U.S. tax classification as a U.S. actual property holding firm; market worth volatility; gross sales of a considerable variety of Subordinate Voting Shares; future fairness financings; lack of overseas non-public issuer standing; limitations on sure cures; international monetary situations; impairment of goodwill and intangible property; Craft World’s skill to adjust to regulatory necessities; regulatory restrictions on worldwide gross sales of Craft World’s merchandise; lack of readability concerning the way forward for hemp regulation; designation of cannabinoids as an impermissible adulterant; Federal Commerce Fee enforcement actions; standing of hashish as a managed substance below the Managed Substances Act; modifications in enforcement of hashish legal guidelines; issue accessing capital and banking companies; differing regulatory necessities throughout jurisdictions; dangers referring to civil asset forfeiture; the unsure way forward for the hashish business; heightened scrutiny by regulators; dangers referring to enlargement into different markets; restrictions on deductions of sure bills; enforceability of contracts; dangers referring to modifications in U.S. managed substance legal guidelines and laws; lack of dependable hashish business knowledge; contractual proper of motion; expectations of buyers and securities analysts; restricted marketplace for the Subordinate Voting Shares; dilution from the train of BGP warrants; and retention of key personnel, in addition to the components mentioned below “Threat Elements” within the Last Prospectus.

If any of those dangers or uncertainties materialize, or if the opinions, estimates or assumptions underlying the forward-looking info show incorrect, precise outcomes or future occasions may range materially from these anticipated within the forward-looking info. Accordingly, undue reliance shouldn’t be positioned on forward-looking info, which speaks solely as of the date made. The forward-looking info contained on this information launch represents the Company’s expectations as of the date of this information launch, and are topic to alter after such date. The Company doesn’t undertake any obligation to replace such forward-looking info, whether or not on account of new info, future occasions or in any other case, besides as expressly required by relevant legislation.

The NEO Change doesn’t settle for duty for the adequacy or accuracy of this press launch.


1 Supply: Grandview Analysis, New Frontier Knowledge.

SOURCE BGP Acquisition Corp.


For additional info: CRAFT 1861 World Holdings Inc., Crystal Buckner, Chief Administrative Officer, [email protected], (505) 228-8446