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EX-99.1 - PRESS RELEASE - DAVIDsTEA Inc.dtea_ex991.htm





Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 14, 2021



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)





(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)


(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)



(Commission File Number)


5430 Ferrier,

Town of Mount-Royal,



Québec, Canada


H4P 1M2

(Address of principal executive offices)


(Zip Code)


(888) 873-0006

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

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Common shares, no par value per share


NASDAQ Global Market


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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition


On September 14, 2021, DAVIDsTEA Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing its financial results for the three and six-month periods ended July 31, 2021.


A copy of the press release related to this announcement is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference to this Item 2.02. The information contained in this Item, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for any purpose, and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, regardless of any general incorporation language in any such filing.


Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers


Herschel Segal retired as a member of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) effective September 14, 2021. Mr. Siegel’s retirement was not due to any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices. Mr. Segal will remain as Strategic Advisor to the Company, as disclosed in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on December 21, 2020. On September 14, 2021, the Board appointed Jane Silverstone Segal as Chair of the Board.


Ms. Silverstone, age 68, is a seasoned retail industry executive with over four decades of experience. Previously, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Canadian clothing retailer Le Chateau Inc. from 2006 until October 2020, including as Chair of the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2020. Ms. Silverstone is the founder of successful children’s store Oink Oink, located in Westmount, Quebec. Passionate about nature and the environment, she worked as a park naturalist for five years in national parks across Canada and is also a longstanding patron of the David Suzuki Foundation. Ms. Silverstone holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, Montreal, Québec, and a civil law degree from Université de Montréal, Montreal, Québec.


Ms. Silverstone is eligible to receive compensation as outlined in the Company’s director compensation policy described in the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2021, filed with the SEC on April 30, 2021. Pursuant to this policy, the Company’s outside directors are eligible to receive an annual cash retainer based on their general service on the Board and additional cash retainers for participation or serving as chairperson of certain committees of the Board. The Company’s directors are also eligible to receive annual equity awards under the Company’s 2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan. In connection with his election, Ms. Silverstone entered into the Company’s standard indemnification agreement for directors and officers.


Ms. Silverstone’s spouse, Herschel Segal, is the former Chairman of the Board of the Company and the owner of Rainy Day Investments Ltd. (“RDI”). RDI controls approximately 46% of the outstanding shares of the Company and Ms. Silverstone serves as an executive of RDI. Ms. Silverstone’s daughter, Sarah Segal, is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Brand Officer of the Company. Ms. Segal also controls Oink Oink Candy Inc. (“SQUISH Candies”).


During the second quarter of 2019, the Company entered into a secured loan agreement, as amended September 13, 2019 with SQUISH Candies, as borrower, and RDI, as guarantor pursuant to which the Company agreed to lend to SQUISH Candies up to $2.0 million. During the first quarter of 2020, the loan was fully repaid.





Cautionary Forward-Looking Statements


This Current Report on Form 8-K includes statements that express our opinions, expectations, beliefs, plans or assumptions regarding future events or future results and there are, or may be deemed to be, “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”). The following cautionary statements are being made pursuant to the provisions of the Act and with the intention of obtaining the benefits of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Act. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “believes”, “expects”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “approximately”, “intends”, “plans”, “estimates” or “anticipates” or, in each case, their negatives or other variations or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts and include statements regarding our intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, among other things, our restructuring plan, the COVID-19 pandemic, our strategy of transitioning to e-commerce and wholesale sales, future sales through our e-commerce and wholesale channels, the closing of certain of our retail stores, future lease liabilities, our results of operations, financial condition, liquidity and prospects, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global macroeconomic environment, and our ability to avoid the delisting of the Company’s common stock by Nasdaq or our inability to maintain compliance with Nasdaq listing requirements.


While we believe these opinions and expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, such forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about us, including the risk factors set forth in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2021, filed with the SEC on April 30, 2021, in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the three-month period ended May 1, 2021, filed with the SEC on June 15, 2021, and in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the three and six-month periods ended July 31, 2021, filed with the SEC on September 14, 2021.


These statements are based upon information available to us as of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K, and while we believe such information forms a reasonable basis for such statements, such information may be limited or incomplete, and our statements should not be read to indicate that we have conducted an exhaustive inquiry into, or review of, all potentially-available relevant information. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, investors are cautioned not to unduly rely upon these statements.


Except as required under federal securities laws and the rules and regulations of the SEC, we do not have any intention to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits


(d) Exhibits.


Exhibit No.






Press Release, dated September 14, 2021







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.






Date: September 14, 2021


/s/ Frank Zitella



Frank Zitella



President, Chief Financial and Operating Officer