As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 10, 2021.

 

Registration No. 333-______

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

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FORM S-8

REGISTRATION STATEMENT
UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

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Village Farms International, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

Canada

 

98-100767

(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)

 

4700-80th Street
Delta, British Columbia V4K 3N3
Canada

 

(Address, Including Zip Code of Principal Executive Offices)

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Village Farms International, Inc. Amended and Restated Share-Based Compensation Plan

(Full title of Plans)

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CT Corporation

28 Liberty Street, Floor 42

New York, New York 10005

(212) 894-8940

 

(Name, address and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

____________________

 

 

Copies to:

 

Stephen RuffiniChief Financial Officerc/o Village Farms International, Inc.4700-80th StreetDelta, British Columbia, CanadaV4K 3N3(604) 940-6012Christopher R. Bornhorst, Esq.Torys LLP1114 Avenue of The Americas23rd FloorNew York, NY 10036(212) 880-6000

 

 

 

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer

Accelerated filer

Non-accelerated filer

Smaller reporting company

 

Emerging growth company

 


 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act

 

 

 

 

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

Title Of Securities To Be Registered

Amount To Be Registered(1)

Proposed Maximum Offering Price Per Share

Proposed Maximum Aggregate Offering Price

Amount Of
Registration Fee

Common Shares, no par value per share

8,400,000

$10.24(2)

$86,016,000(2)

$9,384.35(2)

 

(1)

This Registration Statement on Form S-8 (this “Registration Statement”) covers (i) common shares, no par value per share (“Common Shares”), of Village Farms International, Inc. (the “Registrant”) issuable pursuant to the Village Farms International, Inc. Amended and Restated Share-Based Compensation Plan (the “Plan”); and (ii) pursuant to Rule 416(a) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), any additional Common Shares that become issuable under the Plan by reason of any share dividend, share split, recapitalization or other similar transaction.

 

(2)

Estimated pursuant to Rule 457(h) and Rule 457(c) under the Securities Act, solely for the purpose of computing the registration fee for Common Shares to be issued pursuant to the Plan, based on the average of the high and low prices reported for a Common Share on The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC on June 4, 2021.

 

 


 


 

 

 

PART I

 

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS

 

The documents containing the information specified in Item 1 and Item 2 of Part I of Form S-8 will be delivered to participants as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) under the Securities Act. In accordance with the rules and regulations of the Commission and the instructions to Form S-8, such documents are not being filed with the Commission either as part of this Registration Statement or as prospectuses or prospectus supplements pursuant to Rule 424 under the Securities Act.

 

PART II

 

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT

 

Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference.

 

The following documents, which have heretofore been filed by the Registrant with the Commission pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), are incorporated by reference herein and shall be deemed to be a part hereof:

 

 

(a)

the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the Commission on March 16, 2021, as amended on March 19, 2021;

 

(b) all other reports filed pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act since December 31, 2020; and

 

 

(c)

the description of the Common Shares contained in Exhibit 4.2 of the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on April 1, 2020, and any amendment or report filed for the purpose of amending such description.

 

In addition, all documents subsequently filed by the Registrant with the Commission pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act, prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement which indicates that all securities offered have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement and to be a part hereof from the date of the filing of such documents.

 

Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein (or in any other subsequently filed document which also is incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein) modifies or supersedes such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Registration Statement.

 

Item 4. Description of Securities.

 

Not applicable.

 

 


 


 

Item 5. Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.

 

Section 124 of the Canada Business Corporations Act (the “CBCA”), as amended, provides as follows:

 

Indemnification

 

(1) A corporation may indemnify a director or officer of the corporation, a former director or officer of the corporation or another individual who acts or acted at the corporation’s request as a director or officer, or an individual acting in a similar capacity, of another entity, against all costs, charges and expenses, including an amount paid to settle an action or satisfy a judgment, reasonably incurred by the individual in respect of any civil, criminal, administrative, investigative or other proceeding in which the individual is involved because of that association with the corporation or other entity.

 

Advance of costs

 

(2) A corporation may advance moneys to a director, officer or other individual for the costs, charges and expenses of a proceeding referred to in subsection (1).  The individual shall repay the moneys if the individual does not fulfill the conditions of subsection (3).

 

Limitation

 

(3) A corporation may not indemnify an individual under subsection (1) unless the individual

 

(a) acted honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the corporation or, as the case may be, to the best interests of the other entity for which the individual acted as director or officer or in a similar capacity at the corporation’s request; and

 

(b) in the case of a criminal or administrative action or proceeding that is enforced by a monetary penalty, the individual had reasonable grounds for believing that the individual’s conduct was lawful.

 

Indemnification in derivative actions

 

(4) A corporation may with the approval of a court, indemnify an individual referred to in subsection (1), or advance moneys under subsection (2), in respect of an action by or on behalf of the corporation or other entity to procure a judgment in its favour, to which the individual is made a party because of the individual’s association with the corporation or other entity as described in subsection (1) against all costs, charges and expenses reasonably incurred by the individual in connection with such action, if the individual fulfils the conditions set out in subsection (3).

 

Right to indemnity

 

(5) Despite subsection (1), an individual referred to in that subsection is entitled to indemnity from the corporation in respect of all costs, charges and expenses reasonably incurred by the individual in connection with the defense of any civil, criminal, administrative, investigative or other proceeding to which the individual is subject because of the individual’s association with the corporation or other entity as described in subsection (1), if the individual seeking indemnity

 

(a) was not judged by the court or other competent authority to have committed any fault or omitted to do anything that the individual ought to have done; and

 

(b) fulfils the conditions set out in subsection (3).

 

Insurance

 

(6) A corporation may purchase and maintain insurance for the benefit of an individual referred to in subsection (1) against any liability incurred by the individual

 

(a) in the individual’s capacity as a director or officer of the corporation; or

 


 

 

(b) in the individual’s capacity as a director or officer, or similar capacity, of another entity, if the individual acts or acted in that capacity at the corporation’s request.

 

Application to court

 

(7) A corporation, an individual or an entity referred to in subsection (1) may apply to a court for an order approving an indemnity under this section and the court may so order and make any further order that it sees fit.

 

Notice to Director

 

(8) An applicant under subsection (7) shall give the Director notice of the application and the Director is entitled to appear and be heard in person or by counsel.

 

Other notice

 

(9) On an application under subsection (7) the court may order notice to be given to any interested person and the person is entitled to appear and be heard in person or by counsel.

 

Registrant By-laws

 

Section 5 of By-law No. 2 of the Registrant provides as follows:

 

5.1Indemnification of Directors and Officers.  The Registrant shall indemnify a director or officer, a former director or officer or a person who acts or acted at the Registrant’s request as a director or officer, or in a similar capacity of another entity, and the heirs and legal representatives of such a person to the extent permitted by the CBCA.

 

5.2Insurance.  The Registrant may purchase and maintain insurance for the benefit of any person referred to in the preceding section to the extent permit by the CBCA.

 

The Registrant has entered into indemnification agreements with each of its directors and officers, providing for indemnification as permitted under the CBCA and the Registrant’s by-laws.

 

Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant, the Registrant has been advised that, in the opinion of the Securities and Exchange Commission, such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and is, therefore, unenforceable.

 

Item 7. Exemption from Registration Claimed

 

Not Applicable.

 

Item 8. Exhibits.

 

Exhibit Number

 

3.1

Articles of Amalgamation (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-230298) filed on March 15, 2019).

3.2

By-laws (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-230298) filed on March 15, 2019).

3.3

By-laws amendment (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.1 to the Company’s Report on Form 6-K filed on December 20, 2019)

3.4

By-law amendment (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on June 25, 2020).

4.1

Specimen Common Share Certificate (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.3 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-230298) filed on March 15, 2019).

5.1

Opinion of Torys LLP, Canadian counsel to the Registrant (filed herewith)

 


 

 

Item 9. Undertakings.

 

(a) The Registrant hereby undertakes:

 

(1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:

 

(i) To include any prospectus required by section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933;

 

(ii) To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of this registration statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment hereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in this Registration Statement;

 

(iii) To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in this Registration Statement or any material change to such information in this Registration Statement;

 

provided, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the SEC by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that are incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement.

 

(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

 

(b) The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each filing of the Registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that is incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(c) Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933 may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the SEC such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in such Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act of 1933 and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

 


 


 

Signatures

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing this Registration Statement and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in Delta, British Columbia on this 10th day of June 2021.

 

 

Village Farms International, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Michael A. DeGiglio

 

 

 

Name: Michael A. DeGiglio

 

 

 

Title: Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 


 


 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

KNOW ALL PERSONS BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below hereby constitutes and appoints Michael A. DeGiglio and Stephen C. Ruffini and each of them, individually, as his or her true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him or her and in his or her name, place and stead in any and all capacities, in connection with this Registration Statement, including to sign in the name and on behalf of the undersigned, this Registration Statement and any and all amendments thereto, including post-effective amendments, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto such attorneys-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the premises, as fully to all intents and purposes as he or she might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents or either of them or their substitute or substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated:

 

Name

Title

Date

 

 

 

/s/ Michael A. DeGiglio

Chief Executive Officer and Director

 

Michael A. DeGiglio

(Principal executive officer)

June 10, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Stephen C. Ruffini

Chief Financial Officer and Director

 

Stephen C. Ruffini

(Principal financial officer and
principal accounting officer)

June 10, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ John P. Henry

Director

June 10, 2021

John P. Henry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ John R. McLernon

Director, Chair

June 10, 2021

John R. McLernon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 /s/ Christopher C. Woodward

Director

June 10, 2021

Christopher C. Woodward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ David Holewinski 

Director

June 10, 2021

David Holewinski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

SIGNATURE OF AUTHORIZED U.S. REPRESENTATIVE OF THE REGISTRANT

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, the undersigned, the Registrant’s duly authorized representative in the United States has signed this Registration Statement on this 10th day of June 2021:

 

 

VF U.S. HOLDINGS INC.

 

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Stephen C. Ruffini

 

 

Name: Stephen C. Ruffini
Title:   Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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