Toronto, Ontario, April 14, 2023 – The Well Told Company Inc. ("Well Told" or the "Company") (TSXV:WLCO; FSE:7HO), the female-founded wellness company that offers plant-based supplements, remedies, and other functional wellness products, announces further to its press release of April 11, 2023, that the Ontario Securities Commission (the "OSC") has rejected the Company's application for a management cease trade order (the "MCTO") as the Company is not viewed as having a sufficiently active liquid market.
The Company filed the MCTO with the OSC due to an anticipated delay in filing its audited annual financial statements and management discussion & analysis for the financial year ended December 31, 2022, and the CEO and CFO certificates, all as required by National Instrument 51-102 - Continuous Disclosure Obligations and National Instrument 52-109 - Certification of Disclosure in Issuers’ Annual and Interim Filings (collectively, the “Documents”). The Documents are required to be filed by May 1, 2023 (the "Filing Deadline"). As a consequence, if the Documents are not filed by the Filing Deadline, the Company anticipates the imposition by the OSC of a Failure-to-File Cease Trade Order ("FFCTO").
The anticipated delay is due, in part, to the complexity of the audit, the additional and high costs required for the Company’s auditors to complete their work and the Company’s current financial position.
The Company is currently seeking capital by means of a debt or equity financing and will work diligently and expeditiously with its auditors and expects to file the Documents as soon as possible but no later than June 30, 2023.
About The Well Told Company Inc.
Well Told is a female-founded, emerging plant-based wellness company that formulates, develops, distributes and sells a variety of supplements, remedies and other functional wellness products. Founded by serial entrepreneur and award-winning leader Monica Ruffo, it was after undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and deciding to take her health into her own hands that she discovered the lack of transparency and availability of clean, plant-based formulations in the wellness industry. With the mission "Clean wellness for all", Well Told's products are currently available in over 2,000 stores across Canada including several well-known retailers and recently launched in over 1,000 pharmacies in the U.S. in addition to being available at welltold.com, on Amazon and in airports across the U.S.
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Many factors could cause the actual results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking information to vary from those described herein should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize. Examples of such risk factors include, without limitation: risks related to the failure of the Company to receive the required corporate and regulatory approvals; risks related to the failure of the Company to raise capital; risks related to credit, market (including equity, commodity, foreign exchange and interest rate), liquidity, operational, reputational, insurance, strategic, regulatory, legal and environmental; the general business and economic conditions in the regions in which the Company operates; the ability of the Company to execute on key priorities; the Company's results of operations may be difficult to forecast; the Company is a holding company with its only asset being direct ownership of Well Told Inc.; the Company's success depends upon the continued strength of its reputation and brands; disruptions in manufacturing facilities or losses of site licenses and other qualifications could adversely affect sales and customer relationships; the Company's success depends on its ability to continue to enhance products and develop new products; the Company's suppliers and sources for materials and inputs may fail to support demand and increasing raw material costs could adversely affect margins; the Company is reliant on third parties for shipping and payment processing; the Company's ability to compete could be negatively impacted if it is unable to protect its intellectual property rights; the ability to implement business strategies and pursue business opportunities; disruptions in or attacks (including cyber-attacks) on the Company's information technology, internet, network access or other voice or data communications systems or services; the evolution of various types of fraud or other criminal behavior to which the Company is exposed; the failure of third parties to comply with their obligations to the Company or its affiliates; the impact of new and changes to, or application of, current laws and regulations; granting of permits and licenses in a highly regulated business; the overall difficult litigation environment; increased competition; changes in foreign currency rates; increased funding costs and market volatility due to market illiquidity and competition for funding; the availability of funds and resources to pursue operations; critical accounting estimates and changes to accounting standards, policies, and methods used by the Company; the occurrence of natural and unnatural catastrophic events and claims resulting from such events; and risks related to COVID-19 including various recommendations, orders and measures of governmental authorities to try to limit the pandemic, including travel restrictions, border closures, non-essential business closures, quarantines, self-isolations, shelters-in-place and social distancing, disruptions to markets, economic activity, financing, supply chains and sales channels, and a deterioration of general economic conditions including a possible national or global recession; as well as those risk factors discussed or referred to in the Company's disclosure documents filed with the securities regulatory authorities in certain provinces of Canada and available at www.sedar.com. 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