Chemesis International Inc. signs a definitive agreement to acquire 80% of Natural Ventures, Puerto Rico’s largest medical licensed cultivation and manufacturing cannabis company servicing 30,000+ patients
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Chemesis International Inc. (CSE: CSI) (the “Company” or “Chemesis”), a market leader in recreational and medical cannabis, is proud to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 80% of Natural Ventures PR LLC (“Natural Ventures”) via its subsidiary Chemesis PR, a 100% Puerto Rican company. The agreement amongst the parties has been submitted to the Puerto Rico Medical Cannabis Board for approval as per required by its regulatory framework. Natural Ventures is a seed to sale, medical cannabis company based in Caguas, Puerto Rico, a United States Territory. Natural Ventures represents a significant opportunity that will catapult Chemesis into position as a leader in both medical and recreational cannabis cultivation and manufacturing.
Natural Ventures has been operational since early 2017 and currently is expanding to meet its growing patient demand. Natural Ventures is licensed to cultivate 100,000 sq. ft. of cannabis and has 35,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing floor space for high quality cannabis products. It is currently producing solvent and CO2 based extraction for its oil-based products, and it also is producing edibles and other cannabis products.
Puerto Rico legalized medical cannabis for qualifying health conditions in 2015 and permits the use of medical cannabis derivatives only (e.g., capsules, extractions, lotions, patches, edibles, flower, and oils). Currently, there are 18 pre-approved health conditions including HIV, cancer, multiple sclerosis, migraines, anxiety, and epilepsy that are eligible to be treated with medical cannabis. Chemesis is poised to meet demand as the island continues to expand the number of qualifying conditions, and more patients receive permits.
“The acquisition of Natural Ventures is a very significant landmark for Chemesis,” said CEO of Chemesis, Edgar Montero. “This acquisition gives the company access to a new consumer base as well as additional revenue opportunities. The operations in Puerto Rico unlock the ability to serve a large population for a variety of medical conditions, while being able to control costs and quality. The addition of Natural Ventures into the Chemesis family fits into our business model and growth strategy, as it will not only provide a strong benefit to our revenue stream but will unlock other opportunities in the global market place that are extremely important,” said Montero.
In exchange for an 80% interest in the capital stock of Natural Ventures PR LLC, the Company will pay US$2,250,000 cash and US$1,682,085 of stock valued at CAD$1.00 per common share, subject to a 36-month phased lock-up. Closing is subject to Puerto Rico Medical Cannabis Board approval which is anticipated within 30 days. The Company has also agreed to make a convertible loan or capital contribution to Natural Ventures in the aggregate amount of US$750,000 on an as-needed basis for expansion purposes.
About Chemesis International Inc.
Chemesis International Inc. is a vertically integrated global leader in the cannabis industry, currently operating within California.
Chemesis is developing a strong foothold in key markets, from cultivation, to manufacturing, distribution, and retail. Chemesis has a facility in California, allowing for cost effective production and distribution of its products. In addition, Chemesis leverages exclusive brands and partnerships and uses the highest quality extraction methods, to provide consumers with quality cannabis products.
Chemesis will add shareholder value by exploring opportunities in other emerging markets while consistently delivering quality product to its consumers from seed to sale.
On behalf of the board of directors
CEO and Director
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