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Oct. 19, 2021, 6:00 a.m. EDT

High Tide Closes Acquisition of Blessed CBD and Enters U.K. Market

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            --  This closing represents High Tide's 5th global e-commerce
                related acquisition in 2021, taking e-commerce revenue run-rate
                from approximately $10.6 million on October 31, 2020 to just
                under $60 million today.
            --  With almost 5 million site visits in 2020, Blessed CBD is one
                of the most popular direct-to-consumer CBD brands in the U.K.(
                (1))
            --  Blessed has a strong financial profile which generated 81%
                gross margins and 54% EBITDA margins for the 12 months ended
                August 2021.((2))
            --  Highly accretive transaction for shareholders, as Blessed
                generated revenue of £5.1 Million and £2.8 Million in EBITDA
                for the 12 months ended August 2021.((3))
        
        
        


High Tide Inc. ("High Tide" or the "Company") /zigman2/quotes/222662325/delayed CA:HITI -5.54% /zigman2/quotes/201958100/composite HITI -5.12% /zigman2/quotes/206848902/delayed DE:2LYA -6.44% , a leading retail-focused cannabis company with bricks and mortar as well as global e-commerce assets, is pleased to announce, that further to its press release dated October 7, 2021, the Company has completed its acquisition (the "Acquisition") of an 80% interest in Enigmaa Ltd., operating as Blessed CBD, ("Blessed") for £9,064,000 (the "Transaction"), and will have a three-year option to acquire the remaining 20% of Blessed at any time.

Founded in 2019 with its headquarters in Scotland, Blessed has quickly grown to become one of the most popular brands for hemp-derived CBD products across the U.K., including CBD oils, creams, gummies, and capsules. In 2020 Blessed had almost 5 million site visits and an average order value of approximately £75.

This is High Tide's fifth acquisition in the global e-commerce space in 2021, which brings High Tide's online portfolio to a total of eight e-commerce platforms across cannabis, hemp-derived CBD, and consumption accessories, servicing customers across the U.K., E.U., and North America. These transactions have collectively contributed to increasing the Company's annual run-rate e-commerce revenue from approximately $10.6 million at the end of October 31, 2020, to just under $60 million today.

The Acquisition was completed pursuant to the terms of a share purchase agreement (the "Acquisition Agreement"), a copy of which is available on the Company's SEDAR profile. High Tide acquired 80% of Blessed for consideration comprised of: (i) 1,136,551 common shares of High Tide (each a "High Tide Share") valued at £4,864,000 (the "Share Consideration"), on the basis of a deemed price of $7.2856 per High Tide Share, being equal to the volume weighted average price per High Tide Share on the TSX Venture Exchange ("TSXV") for the ten consecutive trading days preceding the closing of the Acquisition; and (ii) £4,200,000 in cash. In addition, pursuant to the Acquisition Agreement, the purchase price is subject to a post-closing working capital adjustment provision. Under this provision, the parties will adjust the purchase price to offset any increase or decrease of the net working capital as of the closing date.

The High Tide Shares issued pursuant to the Share Consideration are subject to a statutory hold period of four months and one day.

In addition to the foregoing, Blessed's founder has agreed to grant High Tide an option to acquire all the remaining shares in Blessed not held by High Tide, and become the sole shareholder of Blessed (the "Call Option"), at an enterprise value equal to the trailing twelve (12) months of revenue at that time multiplied by 2.2. The Call Option will be exercisable at any time for a period of three (3) years following the Acquisition. In addition, High Tide has agreed to grant Blessed's founder an option to put to High Tide the remaining shares in Blessed not held by High Tide (the "Put Option"), at the same enterprise value of the Call Option. The Put Option will be exercisable by Blessed's founder for a period of two (2) years following the first anniversary of the Acquisition. The consideration under the Call Option or Put Option, if exercised, will be satisfied in High Tide Shares, on the basis of a deemed price per High Tide Share equal to the volume weighted average price per High Tide Share on the TSXV for the ten (10) consecutive trading days preceding closing of the Call Option or Put Option, as the case may be.

KPMG LLP conducted financial due diligence on behalf of High Tide for the Transaction. Garfinkle Biderman LLP and Ince Gordon Dadds LLP are acting as legal advisors for High Tide in connection with the Transaction and Carlsquare and Addleshaw Goddard LLP acted for Blessed in connection with the Transaction.

In connection with the closing of the Transaction, Blessed's founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vithurs Thiru (known more commonly as "V"), will join the High Tide team as Senior Manager of Search (SEO) of the Company, and will help grow High Tide's CBD business globally. In connection with V's appointment, High Tide granted 25,000 stock options (the "Options") to V, exercisable at CAD$7.17 per High Tide Share for a period of 3 years.

ABOUT BLESSED CBD

Enigmaa Ltd., operating as Blessed CBD is one of the leading online retailers of hemp-derived CBD products in the U.K. The company provides a marketplace with a wide variety of high-quality products and formulas, affordable pricing, rapid dependable shipping, and surprisingly personable customer service. Blessed CBD has been featured as the best UK CBD Oil in several publications including The Mirror, Reader's Digest, and Maxim Magazine.

ABOUT HIGH TIDE

High Tide is a leading retail-focused cannabis company with bricks and mortar as well as global e-commerce assets. The Company is the largest Canadian retailer of recreational cannabis as measured by revenue, with 101 current locations spanning Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and was featured in the third annual Report on Business Magazine's ranking of Canada's Top Growing Companies in 2021. High Tide's retail segment features the Canna Cabana, Meta Cannabis Co., Meta Cannabis Supply Co. and NewLeaf Cannabis banners, with additional locations under development across the country. High Tide has been serving consumers for over a decade through its established ecommerce platforms including Grasscity.com, Smokecartel.com, Dailyhighclub.com, and Dankstop.com and more recently in the hemp-derived CBD space through CBDcity.com, FABCBD.com, and BlessedCBD.co.uk, as well as its wholesale distribution division under Valiant Distribution, including the licensed entertainment product manufacturer Famous Brandz. High Tide's strategy as a parent company is to extend and strengthen its integrated value chain, while providing a complete customer experience and maximizing shareholder value. Key industry investors in High Tide include Tilray Inc. /zigman2/quotes/226578748/delayed CA:TLRY -3.95% /zigman2/quotes/209129655/composite TLRY -3.03% and Aurora Cannabis Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203734337/delayed CA:ACB -1.29% /zigman2/quotes/210559470/composite ACB +0.15% .

Neither the TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For more information about High Tide Inc., please visit www.hightideinc.com , its profile page on SEDAR at www.sedar.com , and its profile page on EDGAR at www.sec.gov .

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. All statements contained herein that are not clearly historical in nature may constitute forward-looking statements.

Generally, such forward-looking information or forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or may contain statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "will continue", "will occur" or "will be achieved". The forward-looking information and forward- looking statements contained herein include, but are not limited to, statements regarding: the creation of synergies and cross-selling across High-Tide's e-commerce platforms; High Tide's ability to become a global leader in the e-commerce marketplace for hemp-derived CBD products; the ability of V to grow High Tide's CBD business globally; the ability of the Acquisition to serve as an entry point into the EU marketplace for the Company; V joining the Company as General Manager of Digital Marketing and SEO; the growth-rate of the global CBD market; High Tide's e-commerce revenue increasing to an annual run-rate of just under $60,000,000; and the expected working capital of Blessed on Closing.

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