Boulder, Colorado-based Charlotte’s Web, manufacturer of hemp extract, has completed its acquisition of Abacus Health Products, a specialist in over-the-counter topical products combining active pharmaceutical ingredients with hemp extract. Charlotte’s Web acquired all the issued and outstanding subordinate voting shares of Abacus. All the outstanding proportionate voting shares of Abacus were converted into Abacus shares prior to closing of the deal. Holders of Abacus shares received 0.85 of a common share of Charlotte’s Web for each Abacus share held at the time of closing.
Charlotte’s Web is America’s largest vertically integrated hemp-derived CBD company. Combined, the companies distribute to more than 21,000 retail locations with limited shelf overlap due to adjacent but complementary positions across the ingestible and topical CBD product categories. Recently, Charlotte’s Web added 1,100 new drug stores, more than 700 pet stores, and Abacus Health Products added more than 5,000 retail doors with the signing of a new retail partner.
Joining the Charlotte’s Web family of brands are Abacus’ consumer brands CBD Medic and Harmony Hemp, and for professional practitioners, Abacus’ CBD Clinic brand. Substantial product cross selling opportunities are available through each company’s respective distribution network. Starting in July, multiple Abacus topical products will be available for purchase through Charlotte’s Web’s leading Direct to the Consumer (DTC) e-commerce platform.
“The addition of Abacus Health cements a market leading position in both topical and ingestible products in the CBD category, representing approximately 33 percent market share of the U.S. CBD food/drug/mass retail channel,” said Deanie Elsner, CEO of Charlotte’s Web. “We thank the founders and team members of both Charlotte’s Web and Abacus for their vision and hard work to build our respective vital brands. We are now one dynamic team and mission-driven company.”
Charlotte’s Web product categories include CBD oil tinctures (liquid products), CBD capsules, CBD topicals, as well as CBD pet products. Charlotte’s Web hemp-derived CBD extracts are sold through select distributors, brick and mortar retailers, and online
Perry Antelman has been the CEO of Abacus since 2016 and will join Charlotte’s Web as EVP and president of topicals.