MIAMI, FLORIDA--(Marketwired - Jan. 27, 2014) - Gilla Inc. ("Gilla" or the "Company") (OTCQB:GLLA) is pleased to announce it has entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement (the "Agreement") to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Drinan Marketing Limited ("Drinan") of Dublin, Ireland. Drinan was founded in 2010 by Mr. Andrew Hennessy as a marketing and consulting firm to the tobacco products industry in Ireland. During 2013, Mr. Hennessy expanded his business into the sales and distribution of electronic cigarettes ("e-cigarettes") and has quickly developed his reach to approximately 400 storefronts and growing.
The terms of the Agreement require Gilla to issue at closing five hundred thousand common shares (the "Shares") to Mr. Hennessy and his family. Gilla will also issue one million common share purchase warrants to the Hennessy family with a term of three years and an exercise price of $0.25 per share (the "Warrants"). The Warrants will have specific vesting requirements tied to the revenue performance of Drinan. Mr. Hennessy will continue to operate Drinan and take an active corporate role with Gilla assisting with product development and leading European business development and sales. The transaction has a planned closing date of January 31, 2014.
"This acquisition provides Gilla with a platform for further European expansion and a strong existing pipeline into the Irish e-cigarette market," stated Graham Simmonds, Gilla's Chief Executive Officer. "We have also added significant bench strength to our management team as Mr. Hennessy has deep roots in the European tobacco industry and has become an expert in the e-cigarette category," he added.
Mr. Andrew Hennessy, Drinan's owner and operator, stated, "I am excited to join forces with Gilla and believe we can execute on a very profitable business strategy both here in Ireland and throughout Europe." He added, "Our core business here in Ireland continues to see tremendous growth and now as part of Gilla's broader business, we will enjoy stronger margins and an ability to service our existing customer demand more effectively."
About Gilla Inc.
Gilla Inc. designs, markets and distributes electronic cigarettes ("e-cigarettes") and accessories. E-cigarettes are replacements for traditional cigarettes allowing smokers to reproduce the smoking experience. E-cigarettes do not burn tobacco and are not smoking cessation devices.
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