Land Lease Agreement Expands Duncan Production Capacity
- Agreement with Cowichan Tribes secures additional 13 acre land package located directly adjacent to existing Duncan Facility
- United Greeneries ready to commence Phase 1 Expansion Strategy targeting cannabis production capacity of approx. 8,500kg p.a. by YE 2017
- Potential to add additional 20 acres of greenhouse space through JV with Cowichan Tribes - further boosting production capacity to approx. 50,000kg p.a.
- Land lease agreement fulfills second last escrow requirement for release of CAD$25M Harvest One financing - funds expected to be received during March
- Harvest One RTO transaction nearing completion - resulting issuer Harvest One Cannabis (TSX-V: HVST) to commence trading on TSX-V by late March
The Expansion Land will underpin UG's Phase 1 Expansion Strategy, initially supporting up to three acres of additional greenhouse production space, increasing production capacity to approx. 8,500kg of dried cannabis buds by the end of calendar year 2017.
The agreement also provides scope for a potential Joint Venture ("JV") with Cowichan to further expand UG's landholding with an additional 20 acres of greenhouse production space. This would drive production capacity at the Duncan Facility to approx. 50,000kg p.a. by 2020, potentially establishing UG as one of the largest cannabis producers in Canada.
The rapid scaling up of production is a significant near-term catalyst for MMJ, as it will enable the Company to establish a first-mover advantage in the soon to be legalised Canadian recreational market - with conservative estimates forecasting annual sales in the vicinity of ~C$5 billion.
Importantly, the execution of the land lease agreement with Cowichan meets one of the final escrow requirements for the release of funds from the recently oversubscribed CAD$25M Harvest One Capital Corp. (CVE:WON.H) placement (see announcement dated 23 February 2017).
MMJ expects the Reverse-Take-Over ("RTO") of Harvest One to be finalised and the resulting issuer, Harvest One Cannabis (TSX-V: HVST), to commence trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange Venture ("TSX-V") by late March.
Post transaction, MMJ shareholders will have a 60% ownership in Harvest One, and exposure to two strategic cannabis brands (United Greeneries and Satipharm AG) operating in one of the fastest growing cannabis markets globally.
MMJ PhytoTech's Managing Director, Andreas Gedeon, commented:
"The expansion of United Greeneries' landholding at Duncan is a significant milestone that provides the business with the operational flexibility to rapidly scale up cannabis production ahead of the anticipated legalisation of the Canadian recreational market later this year.
Importantly, the business is now fully-financed to roll-out its aggressive Phase 1 Expansion Strategy, following the recently oversubscribed CAD$25 million placement executed by Harvest One to finalise the acquisition of both United Greeneries and Satipharm.
Cannabis cultivation activities are well-advanced at the Duncan Facility, with the first harvest due this quarter. The Company looks forward to providing shareholders with further corporate and operational updates in the coming weeks."
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About MMJ PhytoTech Ltd
In October 2017, MMJ PhytoTech Limited (ASX:MMJ) announced its strategy to become an incubator for strategic investments across regulated jurisdictions globally covering the entire cannabis value chain.
Following the successful listing of United Greeneries Holdings Ltd ("United Greeneries") and Satipharm AG ("Satipharm") on the TSX-V through Harvest One Cannabis Inc. (CVE:HVT), MMJ has focused on the identification of a number of independent strategic investment opportunities that have the potential to deliver significant value to the Company's shareholders.
MMJ is actively pursuing early stage opportunities with the ability to deliver significant future revenue and the opportunity to provide dramatic global synergistic value as regulatory frameworks in key international markets continue to evolve. MMJ is targeting the full range of emerging cannabis-related sectors including healthcare products, technology, infrastructure, logistics, processing, cultivation, equipment, R&D, hemp food products and retail.
MMJ currently holds an equity stake of 53,333,333 shares in Harvest One, 100% ownership of Israeli-based R&D division PhytoTech Therapeutics Limited ("PTL") and strategic holdings in e-Sense Lab Limited (ASX:ESE) and private Canadian-based company WeedMe Inc.
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