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Globalive Technology Announces Definitive Arrangement Agreement with Yooma Corp. to Complete its Previously Announced Reverse Takeover Transaction

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Globalive Technology Announces Definitive Arrangement Agreement with Yooma Corp.  to Complete its Previously Announced Reverse Takeover Transaction

 

Globalive Technology today announced that it has signed a binding arrangement agreement to complete the previously announced reverse takeover transaction with Yooma Corp., an Asia-focused social commerce company.

TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Globalive Technology Inc. (TSX-V: LIVE) (the “Company”), A technology company based in Toronto, Ontario, announced today that it has signed a binding arrangement agreement (the“Agreement”) With Yooma Corp. (“Yooma”) To complete its previously announced arm’s length reverse take-over of Yooma (the“Transaction”). The Transaction is to be completed by way of a court approved plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) with the common shares of the resulting issuer (the “Resulting Issuer”) Continuing following the amalgamation of the Company and Yooma to be listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange (the“CSE”). The CSE has conditional approved the listing of the Resulting Issuer shares on completion of the Transaction subject to customary conditions.

The Transaction

Subject to regulatory and shareholder approval, and the satisfaction of other conditions precedent, the Transaction will involve: (i) the Company transferring all of its material assets and liabilities, other than cash required to remain in the Company by the Arrangement Agreement (the “Legacy Assets“), to a newly formed holding company (“SpinCo“) in consideration for non-voting common shares of SpinCo, (ii) the distribution by the Company of such non-voting common shares of SpinCo to its shareholders, which will entitle such shareholders to share pro rata in any net proceeds realized from the Legacy Assets; and (iii) the amalgamation of the Company and Yooma to form the Resulting Issuer.

Yooma shareholders will receive common shares of the Resulting Issuer (“Resulting Issuer Shares”) In exchange for their shares in Yooma. The number of Resulting Issuer Shares to be received by shareholders of Yooma and shareholders of the Company will be based on aggregate consideration of approximately US $ 25 million allocated to Yooma and the value of all assets remaining in the Company on closing (including cash and cash- equivalents), plus US $ 500,000 for the shareholders of the Company. The Company estimates that it will hold cash and cash equivalents of no less than US $ 4,500,000 by the closing date of the Transaction.

The Company and Yooma will rationalize their equity incentive plans, any equity incentives issued under such plans and all other outstanding convertible securities to create a post-Transaction equity incentive plan in the Resulting Issuer to properly incentivize management, directors, employees and consultants.

The completion of the Transaction is subject to certain conditions precedent including: (i) on or prior to closing, the Company delisting its shares from the TSX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange”) And the shares of the Resulting Issuer being listed on the CSE; (ii) approval from shareholders of both Yooma and the Company; (iii) receipt of any necessary Exchange and CSE, regulatory and third-party approvals or consents; (iv) no material adverse change in either the Company or Yooma between the date of the Agreement and the closing of the Transaction; (v) the Company holding cash and cash-equivalents of no less than US $ 4,500,000 on closing of the Transaction; and (vi) other conditions typical for a transaction of this nature.

No insider of the Company, or any of their associates or affiliates, has any material interest, direct or indirect, in the Transaction other than: (i) in connection with the entitlement of such insiders who are shareholders of the Company to receive Resulting Issuer Shares on the same basis as other shareholders of the Company, (ii) Mr. Lacavera is expected to be a director of the Resulting Issuer, and (iii) a related party of the Company will own all of the voting common shares of SpinCo. No finder fee will be paid in connection with the Transaction.

Shareholder Meetings and Record Date

The Company and Yooma have each called special shareholder meetings to consider the Transaction and related matters on January 25, 2021. The Company has set December 21, 2020 as the record date for shareholders entitled to vote at the Company’s shareholder meeting.

The Company and Yooma have a hearing for an interim order scheduled for December 18, 2020, and intend to mail a joint management information circular (the “Circular”) To their shareholders later in December 2020.

To be effective, the Transaction will require the following approvals from shareholders of the Company and Yooma: (i) at least two-thirds (66 2/3%) of the votes cast by shareholders of the Company present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote at the Company’s shareholder meeting, (ii) a simple majority (> 50%) of the votes cast by disinterested shareholders of the Company (within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101) present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote at the Company’s shareholder meeting, and (iii) at least two-thirds (66 2/3%) of the votes cast by shareholders of Yooma present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote at Yooma’s shareholder meeting.

Shareholders of the Company holding approximately 56% of the outstanding shares of the Company have agreed to vote in favor of the Transaction and related matters, and shareholders of Yooma holding approximately 76% of the outstanding shares of Yooma have agreed to vote in favor of the Transaction.

Board Recommendation

After careful consideration, the board of directors of the Company unanimously determined, after consultation with its legal advisors, that the Transaction is in the best interests of the Company and unanimously recommends that its shareholders vote for the Transaction at the upcoming special shareholders meeting. The recommendation of the Company’s Board is based on various factors that will be described more fully in the Circular.

Additional Information

A copy of the Agreement with more detailed information about the Transaction is available for review on the Company’s SEDAR page at www.sedar.com and a copy of the Circular will be mailed to shareholders of the Company and Yooma later in December and will be available for review on the Company’s SEDAR page later this month.

Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the Circular, any information released or received with respect to the Transaction may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon.

Neither the Exchange nor the CSE has considered or made any determination on the merits of the proposed Transaction, nor has either approved or disapproved of the contents of this press release.

About Globalive Technology Inc.

Globalive Technology is a next generation software company and venture partner developing innovative solutions to disrupt traditional industries by leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning technology stacks. Globalive Technology is controlled by Globalive Capital Inc., which has founded and co-founded 12 businesses over the past 20 years with six successful exits ranging from US $ 10M to US $ 1.3B. It has also made over 100 venture investments and has over 45 technology companies in its portfolio. For more information, visit www.globalivetech.com.

About Yooma Corp.

Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, EDA and EDA-owned entities based in China and Japan, Yooma intends to leverage the success and experience of its senior management to build Yooma’s business into one of Asia’s leading cannabinoid (CBD) products through social commerce companies distribution and sale of CBD beauty and skincare products via a strategically curated network of sales channels. Yooma has assembled a strong international team of multicultural industry professionals with extensive experience in digital marketing, ecommerce and social media in the pan-Asian region with particular depth in the Chinese ecommerce market.

For media inquiries:
Rob Moysey
Communications Manager, Globalive
Media@globalivetech.com

For investor inquiries:
Simon Lockie
Chief Corporate Officer
1-647-977-2727
InvestorRelations@globalivetech.com

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

This news release contains forward-looking statements relating to the timing and completion of the proposed Transaction, the future operations of the Company and the Resulting Issuer, growth in hemp-derived products in Asia and Yooma’s ability to capitalize on such growth, and other statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements are often identified by terms such as “possible”, “if”, “will”, “subject to”, “believes”, “expected”, “intends”, “estimates”, “following”, ” continuing to ”,“ anticipated ”and similar expressions. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this release, including those noted above, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations include changes to Yooma or the Company’s business focus, strategic plan or capital requirements; changes in market, industry and regulatory conditions for Yooma or the Company; unexpected operating gains or losses in Yooma or the Company; a breakdown in the Company’s relationship with Yooma; the inability to satisfy the conditions precedent to complete the Transaction; the inability to obtain the necessary regulatory, shareholder and third-party approvals for the Transaction; competitors in the industry and other risks as set out in the Company’s Filing Statement available on its SEDAR page at www.sedar.com.

The reader is cautioned that assumptions used in the preparation of any forward-looking information may prove to be incorrect. Events or circumstances may cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted as a result of numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. The Company cannot guarantee that any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will occur as disclosed herein or at all. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking information.

Such information, although considered reasonable by management at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect and actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date of this news release and the Company will only update or revise publicly the included forward-looking statements as expressly required by Canadian securities law.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities of the Company, Yooma, or the Resulting Issuer in either Canada or the United States. The securities of such entities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “US Securities Act”), Or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to US Persons unless registered under the US Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.

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

SOURCE Globalive Technology

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Vermont Health Connect had 10 data breaches last winter

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Vermont Health Connect has set up a special enrollment period in response to the coronavirus outbreak. VHC photo

In mid-December, a Vermont Health Connect user was logging in when the names of two strangers popped up in the newly created account.

The individual, who was trying to sign up for health insurance, deleted the information that had suddenly appeared.

“It was super unsettling to think that someone is filing in my account with my information,” the person, whose name is redacted in records, wrote in a complaint to the Department of Vermont Health Access. “Just seems like the whole thing needs a big overhaul.”

It was one of 10 instances between November and February when Vermont Health Connect users reported logging to find someone else’s information on their account.

The data breaches included names of other applicants and, in some cases, their children’s names, birth dates, citizenship information, annual income, health care plans, and once, the last four digits of a Social Security number, according to nearly 900 pages of public records obtained by VTDigger. On Dec. 22, the department’s staff shut down the site to try to diagnose the problem.

While officials say the glitches have been resolved, it’s the most recent mishap for a system that has historically been plagued by security and technical issues. The breaches could be even more widespread: Administrators of Vermont Health Connect can’t tell if other, similar breaches went unreported.

“We don’t know what we don’t know,” said Jon Rajewski, a managing director at the cybersecurity response company Stroz Friedberg. Regardless of whether there are legal ramifications for the incidents, they should be taken “very seriously,” he said.

“If my data was being stored on a website that was personal, — maybe it contains names or my Social Security number, like my status of insurance… — I would expect that website to secure it and keep it safe,” he said.

“I wouldn’t want someone else to access my personal information.”

Andrea De La Bruere, executive director of the Agency of Human Services, called the data breaches “unfortunate.” But she downplayed the severity of the issues. Between November and December, 75,000 people visited the Vermont Health Connect website for a total of 330,000 page views, she said. The 10 incidents? “It’s a very uncommon thing to have happen,” she said.

De La Bruere said the issue was fixed on Feb. 17, and users had reported no similar problems since. The information that was shared was not protected health information, she added, and the breaches didn’t violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.

“No matter what the law says technically, whether it’s HIPAA-related or just one’s personal information, it’s really concerning,” said Health Care Advocate Mike Fisher.

The timing of the issue is less than ideal, he added. Thousands of Vermonters will be logging into Vermont Health Connect in the coming weeks to take advantage of discounts granted by the American Rescue Plan. “It’s super important that people can access the system, and that it’s safe and secure,” Fisher said.

A ‘major issue

The issues first arose on Nov, 12, when at least two Vermonters logged in and found information about another user, according to records obtained by VTDigger.

Department of Vermont Health Access workers flagged it as a “major issue” for their boss, Kristine Fortier, a business application support specialist for the department.

Similar incidents also occurred on Nov. 17 and 18, and later on multiple days in December.

Department of Vermont Health Access staff members appeared alarmed at the issues, and IT staff escalated the tickets to “URGENT.”

“YIKES,” wrote a staff member Brittney Richardson. While the people affected were notified, the data breaches were never made public.

State workers pressed OptumInsights, a national health care tech company that hosts and manages Vermont Health Connect, for answers. The state has contracted with the company since 2014. It has paid about $11 million a year for the past four years for maintenance and operations, with more added in “discretionary funds.”

Optum appeared unable to figure out the glitch. “It is hard to find root cause of issue,” wrote Yogi Singh, service delivery manager for Optum on Dec. 10. Optum representatives referred comments on the issues to the state.

By Dec. 14, Grant Steffens, IT manager for the department, raised the alarm. “I’m concerned on the growing number of these reports,” he wrote in an email to Optum.

The company halted the creation of new accounts on Dec, 14, and shut down the site entirely on Dec, 22 to install a temporary fix. “It’s a very complex interplay of many many pieces of software on the back end,” said Darin Prail, agency director of digital services. The complexity made it challenging to identify the problem, and to fix it without introducing any new issues, he said.

In spite of the fixes, a caller reported a similar incident on Jan. 13.

On Feb. 8, a mother logged in to find that she could see her daughter’s information. When she logged into her daughter’s account, the insurance information had been replaced by her own.

“Very weird,” the mother wrote in an emailed complaint.

Optum completed a permanent fix on Feb. 17, according to Prail. Vermont Health Connect has not had a problem since, he said.

Prail said the state had reported the issues to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services as required, and had undergone a regular audit in February that had no findings. The state “persistently pressured Optum to determine the root cause and correct the issue expeditiously but at the same time, cautiously, so as to not introduce additional issues/problems,” he wrote in an email to VTDigger.

“We take reported issues like this very seriously,” he said.

A history of glitches

The state’s health exchange has been replete with problems, including significant security issues and privacy violations, since it was built in 2012 at a cost of $200 million.

The state fired its first contractor, CGI Technology Systems, in 2014. A subcontractor, Exeter, went out of business in 2015. Optum took over for CGI, and continued to provide maintenance and tech support for the system.

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Don Turner, right, then the House minority leader, speaks in 2016 about the need to fix the state’s glitch-ridden Vermont Health Connect website. With him are Phil Scott, left, then the lieutenant governor, and Sen. Joe Benning. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger

In 2018, when Vermont Health Connect was less than 6 years old, a report dubbed the exchange outdated and “obsolete.”

Officials reported similar privacy breaches in 2013, when Vermonters saw other people’s information.

An auditor’s report in 2016 found a slew of cybersecurity flaws, and officials raised concerns again during a  2018 email breach.

It wasn’t the first time that Vermont Health Connect users had been able to view other people’s personal information. Three times since October 2019, individuals had logged in to see another individual’s insurance documents. Prail attributed those incidents to human error, not to system glitch; a staff member uploaded documents to the wrong site, he said.

In spite of the issues, Prail said he and other state officials have been happy with Optum. After years of technical challenges with Vermont Health Connect, “Optum has really picked up the ball and improved it and been running it pretty well,” he said.

Glitches are inevitable, he added, and Optum has addressed them quickly. “They took a really difficult-to-manage site and made it work pretty well,” he said. “Optum is generally quite responsive to any issues we have.”

“I find any privacy breach to be concerning,” said Scott Carbee, chief information security officer for the state. He noted that the state uses “hundreds of software systems.” “While the scope of the breaches can be mitigated, true prevention is a difficult task,” he wrote in an email to VTDigger.

Optum spokesperson Gwen Moore Holliday referred comments to the state, but said the company was “honored” to work with Vermont Health Connect “to support the health care needs of Vermont residents.”

Prail said the Agency of Human Services had no plans to halt its contract with the company. “I don’t have a complaint about Optum,” he said. “They took a really difficult-to-manage site and made it work pretty well.”

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Katie Jickling covers health care for VTDigger. She previously reported on Burlington city politics for Seven Days. She has freelanced and interned for half a dozen news organizations, including Vermont Public Radio, the Valley News, Northern Woodlands, Eating Well magazine and the Herald of Randolph. She is a graduate of Hamilton College and a native of Brookfield.