Grom Social Enterprises Strengthens Balance Sheet Through $2.0 Million Debt Conversion at Premium to Market
$1.8 Million of Original Issue Discount Notes and $200,000 of Interest-Free Loans from Management Converted into Common Stock
Boca Raton, FL - (NewMediaWire) - November 21, 2019 - Grom Social Enterprises, Inc. (OTCQB: GRMM) ("Grom," the "Company," “we,” “us” or “our”), a leading social media platform and original content provider for children between the ages of 5 and 16, today announced that it has strengthened its balance sheet through the conversion of $2.0 million of debt to equity at terms believed to be favorable by the Company.
Pursuant to the terms of the transactions, certain of Grom’s noteholders converted $1.8 million of convertible promissory notes into common stock at terms believed to be favorable by the Company, while management converted $200,000 of interest-free loans due from the Company into common stock at $0.175 per share, a premium to the current market price per share. Including this transaction, Grom senior management has converted approximately $1.7 million of debt into common stock since 2018, all at a significant premium to market.
“Our ability to eliminate $2.0 million of debt from Grom’s balance sheet at what we believe to be favorable terms puts us in a much stronger financial position,” said Darren Marks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Grom. “Management of Grom, myself included, converted $200,000 of debt into common stock at a premium to market at terms that we believe were favorable to the Company, which is a testament to our positive outlook and belief in our growth prospects. Following this conversion, Grom’s management owns approximately 23% of the Company’s common stock, further aligning our interests with those of our valued shareholders.”
About Grom Social Enterprises, Inc.
Grom Social Enterprises, Inc. (OTCQB: GRMM) is a leading social media platform and original content provider of entertainment for children 16 years and under; striving to provide safe and secure digital environments for kids that can be monitored by their parents or guardians. The Company has several operating subsidiaries, including Grom Social, which delivers its content through mobile and desktop environments (web portal and apps) that entertain children, let them interact with friends, access relevant news, and play proprietary games, while teaching them about being a good digital citizen. The Company owns and operates Top Draw Animation, Inc., which produces award-winning animation content for some of the largest international media companies in the world. Grom Social Enterprises also includes Grom Educational Services, which has provided web filtering services for K-12 schools, government and private businesses. For more information, please visit gromsocial.com.
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