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Smokemonster   Thursday, 05/09/19 07:21:15 AM
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Competition Bureau approves HEXO Corp/Newstrike Brands Ltd. Deal
GATINEAU, Quebec and OAKVILLE, Ontario, May 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HEXO Corp ("HEXO") (TSX: HEXO; NYSE-A: HEXO) and Newstrike Brands Ltd. ("Newstrike") (TSX-V: HIP) are pleased to announce that they have received regulatory approval from the Canadian Competition Bureau by way of a no-action letter under the Competition Act (Canada) indicating that it does not intend to challenge the proposed arrangement between HEXO and Newstrike, whereby HEXO intends to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Newstrike by way of a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) (the “Transaction”). Receipt of the letter satisfies a key condition of the Transaction.

HEXO and Newstrike announced that they had entered into a definitive arrangement agreement with respect to the Transaction in March. The Transaction has already been unanimously approved by the board of directors of each of HEXO and Newstrike. In April, the companies announced that HEXO has entered into irrevocable hard voting support agreements with shareholders of Newstrike representing in aggregate approximately 38.3% of Newstrike's issued and outstanding common shares.

The Transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Newstrike shareholders at Newstrike’s Annual and Special Meeting on May 17, 2019, and final court approval. Subject to satisfaction of these closing conditions, the Transaction is expected to close by May 24, 2019. Newstrike’s board of directors has recommended that its shareholders vote in favour of the Transaction.

For further information, please contact:
HEXO:

Investor Relations:
Jennifer Smith
1-866-438-8429
invest@hexo.com

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