BIGG Digital Assets Enters Definitive Agreement to Fully Acquire TerraZero Technologies for $20 Million (in Shares)Monday, August 28, 2023
Vancouver, BC, August 28, 2023--(T-Net)--BIGG Digital Assets Inc. (CSE: BIGG) announced today that it has entered into a definitive amalgamation agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of TerraZero Technologies Inc. not already owned by BIGG, for total consideration of approximately 62 million common shares of BIGG, valued at approximately $20 million.
TerraZero is a leader in the Web3/Metaverse sector with a roster of clients that include Miller Lite, PwC, Atlantic Records, Warner Records and prominent brands across the industries of finance, beauty, consumer packaged goods, food and beverage, and others.
The Transaction is expected to close in September 2023 and is subject to TerraZero shareholder approval, notification to the Canadian Securities Exchange (the "CSE") and other customary closing conditions.
Upon closing, TerraZero will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of BIGG.
"At BIGG, we have been dedicated to investing in or acquiring early stage leaders in their markets, and that is exactly what TerraZero has accomplished in a very short period of time. The addition of TerraZero as a wholly-owned subsidiary of BIGG gives our shareholders further diversity and reach into the metaverse business. TerraZero will strengthen our balance sheet, add new revenue streams, and perhaps most importantly provide a blue sky opportunity via their Intraverse product for mindshare and marketshare in the metaverse", commented Mark Binns, BIGG CEO.
In Q1 and Q2 of 2023, TerraZero generated an aggregate of approximately $1.5M in revenue (unaudited) and 161% growth year over year for the same period, while launching activations for clients including PwC, Fidelity International, Warner Music, leading fashion brands, and others.
TerraZero expects to spend the second half of 2023 expanding its business plans to focus on the development of its own highly scalable Intraverse technology ecosystem, which is expected to launch in Q1 2024.
"Whilst TerraZero has become a leader in developing metaverse projects for Fortune 500 brands, we see our highly scalable Intraverse technology platform as the future of immersive and interactive ecommerce, and the coming 3D Internet. Intraverse is slated to launch in Q1 2024".
"TerraZero's clients' and users' needs for BIGG's complimentary products and services becomes more opportune, as TerraZero's Intraverse already enables credit card payments, while opportunities for KYC, AML, and data analytics from Blockchain Intelligence Group, and Netcoins' fiat to crypto exchange will be integral blockchain and crypto-facing components of Intraverse.com in the coming months. As crypto becomes a more accepted and regulated payment method, these complimentary products and services will be set to benefit even more."
"The Intraverse technology platform enables businesses and brands to more effectively engage and interact with their customers, creating an entirely new form of e-commerce and e-commerce opportunities," commented Dan Reitzik, TerraZero CEO.
About BIGG Digital Assets Inc.
BIGG Digital Assets Inc. (BIGG) believes the future of crypto is a safe, compliant, and regulated environment. BIGG invests in products and companies to support this vision. BIGG has three portfolio companies: Netcoins (netcoins.ca), Blockchain Intelligence Group (blockchaingroup.io), and TerraZero (terrazero.com).
About TerraZero Technologies
TerraZero Technologies Inc. is a vertically integrated Metaverse development group and leading Web3 technology company specializing in helping brands create immersive experiences. TerraZero's Metaverse-agnostic vision is to develop and implement products and services with scalable commercial applications to flourish engagement across gamified experiences where enterprise-level businesses, metaverse platforms, and Web3 creators can seamlessly bridge and actionably grow their virtual world and the physical world endeavors together as one.
TerraZero owns digital real estate for brands to establish presence in existing virtual worlds and can also offer brands their own private worlds to provide offices and services to those interested in the metaverse.
Furthermore, TerraZero acquires, designs, builds, and operates virtual assets and solutions to monetize the metaverse ecosystem. TerraZero's businesses are segmented into five (5) divisions which include: (1) immersive experience creation in existing or private virtual worlds; (2) advertising; (3) data analytics; (4) events and marketing; and (5) infrastructure. TerraZero aims to support the community, foster innovation, and drive adoption.
Upon closing, TerraZero will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of BIGG. Each TerraZero common share and TerraZero preferred share not owned by BIGG or dissenting shareholders of TerraZero (collectively, the "TerraZero Shares") will be exchanged for approximately 1.69 BIGG Shares (the "Exchange Ratio") for a total of approximately 62 million BIGG Shares (the "Consideration"). The Consideration represents a total offer value of approximately $0.54 per TerraZero Share, which is calculated based on the volume weighted average price of BIGG Shares on the CSE for the 20 trading days preceding August 22, 2023 of approximately $0.32 per BIGG Share. Each outstanding option of TerraZero shall be exchanged for options of BIGG (after giving effect to the Exchange Ratio) that will entitle the holder to acquire and receive, upon the exercise thereof, BIGG Shares. Each outstanding warrant of TerraZero will automatically become exercisable into BIGG Shares (after giving effect to the Exchange Ratio) pursuant to their existing terms.
At closing, existing BIGG and TerraZero shareholders will own approximately 80% and 20% of BIGG, respectively.
The Transaction will be implemented by way of an amalgamation under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) and will require the approval of: (i) at least 66 2/3% of the votes cast by the holders of TerraZero's common shares and TerraZero preferred shares, voting together as a single class, present in person or represented by proxy at a special meeting to consider the Transaction; and (ii) at least 66 2/3% of the votes cast by the holders of TerraZero's common shares and TerraZero's preferred shares, each voting as a separate class, present in person or represented by proxy at a special meeting to consider the Transaction. The completion of the Transaction will also be subject to regulatory approvals and closing conditions customary in transactions of this nature.
TerraZero shareholders, including all TerraZero directors and officers, representing in aggregate 59% of the votes attached to outstanding TerraZero common shares and 100% of the votes attached to outstanding TerraZero preferred shares, have entered into escrow and support agreements in favor of the Transaction, whereby signatories have agreed to vote their shares in TerraZero in favour of the Transaction. As of the date hereof, BIGG is the registered owner of approximately 30% of the outstanding TerraZero common shares and 34% of the outstanding TerraZero preferred shares and will be permitted to vote its shares of TerraZero at the TerraZero special meeting to consider the Transaction.
On closing, TerraZero shareholders, including all TerraZero directors and officers, representing in aggregate 72% of the votes attached to outstanding TerraZero common shares and 100% of the votes attached to outstanding TerraZero preferred shares are expected to have entered into escrow and support agreements, pursuant to which the BIGG Shares received by such TerraZero Shareholders as Consideration under the Transaction will be subject to voluntary escrow resale restrictions for periods ranging from between 4 to 24 months commencing from the closing date of the Transaction.
None of the securities to be issued pursuant to the Agreement have been or will be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws, and any securities issued in the Transaction are anticipated to be issued in reliance upon available exemptions from such registration requirements. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.
Copies of the Agreement and certain related documents will be filed with Canadian securities regulators on SEDAR+ at www.sedarplus.ca under BIGG's profile.
Board Observer Right
Pursuant to the Agreement, Dan Reitzik shall be appointed as a non-voting observer to the board of directors of BIGG to hold such position for a period of 12 months following the closing of the Transaction.
Board of Directors' and Special Committee Recommendations
The board of directors of BIGG (with Mark Binns and Lance Morginn abstaining due to their respective interest in TerraZero), on the unanimous recommendation of a special committee of independent directors of BIGG, have approved the Transaction. The independent members of the board of directors of TerraZero, with the benefit of a fairness opinion from an independent financial advisor, have approved the Transaction and recommended that TerraZero shareholders vote in favor of the Transaction.
Advisors and Counsel
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is serving as counsel to BIGG.
RwE Growth Partners has provided a fairness opinion to TerraZero's Board of Directors.
Dentons Canada LLP is serving as counsel to TerraZero.
Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which include completion of the search technology software and other matters. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. [ MORE ]
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