SNDL acquires The Valens Company, now looks to cut costs

Published on January 20, 2023 by David Wylie

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Valens no more, as the Kelowna-based company is gobbled up by SNDL.

Expect job cuts at The Valens Company and its subsidiaries as new owner, SNDL, looks to save millions of dollars in “synergies.”

SNDL has officially acquired Kelowna-based Valens in an all-stock deal worth about $138 million.

It also took on the company’s $60 million in debt.

The acquisition gives SNDL three manufacturing facilities in Kelowna, including LYF Edibles and two large-scale Valens’ cannabis manufacturing, packaging, and extraction facilities in the industrial park on the Kelowna-Lake Country border.

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SNDL says it expects to find more than $10 million of annual cost synergies, adding in a news release that it expects to give updates on “synergies” in future quarters.

“With the close of this transaction, we will focus on integrating our assets and teams while delivering both cost synergies and incremental revenue from greater distribution of Valens products,” says SNDL CEO Zach George.

Calgary-based SNDL also takes ownership of a beverage facility in Ontario, as well as CBD gummy company Green Roads in the US.

The deal gives SNDL, one of the country’s major retailers, wide-scale white label manufacturing capability to make and sell in-house brands.

SNDL has 180 retail stores under its banner, including Spiritleaf and Value Buds stores.

SNDL trades on Nasdaq under the symbol “SNDL.”

Its cannabis brand portfolio includes Top Leaf, Contraband, Citizen Stash, Sundial Cannabis, Palmetto, Bon Jak, Spiritleaf Selects, Versus Cannabis, Value Buds, Vacay and Grasslands.

It’s the largest private-sector liquor and cannabis retailer in Canada with retail banners that include Ace Liquor, Wine and Beyond, and Liquor Depot.

Valens CEO and founder Tyler Robson will take on a role as president of cannabis at SNDL.