Naturally Splendid Enterprises Ltd. (“Naturally Splendid” or “NSE”) (TSXV:NSP, OTC:NSPDF, Frankfurt:50N) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement dated July 5, 2019 (the “Definitive Agreement”) to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of AlternaMedz Canada Holdings Inc.(“AlternaMedz”), a company located in Markham, Ontario with a late stage application in the Confirmation of Readiness stage before Health Canada to obtain a standard cultivation, processing and federal sales-medical license under the Cannabis Act (Canada).
The combination of licenses within AlternaMedz further solidifies the Company’s position in the emerging edible CBD (cannabidiol) opportunity.
Benefits of the Transaction
- Expansion into CBD Infused Products. The AlternaMedz acquisition will position Naturally Splendid in the rapidly expanding CBD market opportunities whether that be crude oils, distillates; or isolates. Additionally, within the AlternaMedz application, are the necessary licenses for the manufacturing of cannabis infused edibles, which in our case, will focus on a variety of CBD-infused products.
- Creates a Vertically Integrated Edible Products Company. Due to Naturally Splendid’s extensive experience in the production, distribution and sale of hemp-based products, the acquisition will create a vertically integrated entity for the production and ultimate sale of edible products. Naturally Splendid has already received interest from a multitude of clients seeking a Contract Manufacturer to produce safe, efficacious CBD edibles under their brands, including inquiries from existing clients who Naturally Splendid produces various products for at the Pitt Meadows facility.
- Accelerates Licensing Process. AlternaMedz is a late stage applicant at the ‘Confirmation of Readiness’ stage. AlternaMedz has leased five (5) acres in Innisfil, Ontario, including a 26,000 square foot, free standing building that will be home to a state of the art Cannabinoid Extraction and Processing Centre. The proposed acquisition will expedite Naturally Splendid’s goal to service the edibles market as a vertically integrated company.
- AlternaMedz Has a Seasoned Entrepreneurial Team. AlternaMedz brings a seasoned team of successful entrepreneurs lead by Mr. Roy Khan. Mr. Khan has had several successful ventures including co-founder of AIM PowerGen Corporation, a renewable energy developer that has built over $2.2 billion worth of projects, and is a founder of RAWMEDZ Inc., a company establishing itself as Jamaica’s premier cultivator and distributor of high-grade organic cannabis. Their flag ship cultivation site in partnership with Jamaican based College of Agriculture, Science and Education was recently awarded its final approval by the Cannabis Licensing Authority of Jamaica. Other key senior personnel from the AlternaMedz team will be joining the Naturally Splendid team to oversee the buildout and operations of the Ontario cannabinoid extraction and processing facility.
Naturally Splendid President Mr. Craig Goodwin states, “Positioning Naturally Splendid as a food manufacturer in addition to hemp processor and extractor of cannabinoids, is assurance that products will be manufactured not only to exacting emerging edible CBD regulations, but also to the extensive specifications required when producing safe consumable products as a food manufacturer. We have a unique and advantageous combination of; a decade of experience producing and distributing a variety of hemp foods; embedded cannabinoid extraction expertise with over a million dollars of extraction equipment being prepared for deployment; and maybe most importantly, an established reputation as a premium food manufacturer”.
Mr. Roy Khan states, “The decision to partner up with Naturally Splendid was simple. Their knowledge and practical experience in the edible space via their decade of experience in hemp-based product lines, will provide a seamless entry into the cannabis infused market. By leveraging the processing, packaging, logistics and experience of the team, we plan on being not just an early mover in the infused edibles product market, but a dominate player”.
AlternaMedz has obtained the stage defined by Health Canada as, ‘Confirmation of Readiness’. AlternaMedz has leased five (5) acres in Innisfil, Ontario, including a 26,000 square foot, free standing building that will be home to a state of the art Cannabinoid Extraction and Processing Centre. AlternaMedz has applied for the following licenses under the Cannabis Act (Canada):
- Standard Processing License. This license allows for the processing of cannabis or hemp for the purpose of extracting cannabinoids. Initially, Naturally Splendid intends to focus on the extraction of the cannabinoid CBD from hemp.
- Standard Cultivation License. As part of the cultivation license, AlternaMedz can use start up materials from Jamaica and additionally have declared 130 Clones and 20 Seeds of a variety of cannabis strains, that could be used to create unique hybrid strains in the future.
- License for Sale for Medical Purposes. This will provide Naturally Splendid the ability to sell directly to medically approved patients CBD oils, dried cannabis, fresh cannabis, cannabis plants or seeds. This strategically aligns with our online patient/practitioner portal to order our future CBD-infused products. Patients can be medically approved by a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner
Naturally Splendid will begin the process of preparing the property as the necessary steps to final licensing require. Under Health Canada Regulations, it is necessary to have a functional operation as per the submitted application for final licensing approval. It is important to recognize that subsequent to the final buildout of the facility, AlternaMedz will receive licensing whereas under regulations revised on May 8th by Health Canada, all new applicants for licences to cultivate cannabis, process cannabis, or sell cannabis for medical purposes are now required to have a fully built site that meets all the requirements of the Cannabis Regulations at the time of their initial application, as well as satisfying other application criteria. The new regulations present a far riskier endeavour than having a Confirmation of Readiness in hand which is Health Canada’s ‘provisional approval’ prior to final buildout.
Terms of Definitive Agreement with AlternaMedz
Under the terms of the Definitive Agreement, Naturally Splendid will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of AlternaMedz for the issuance of 20,000,000 units (“Units”) of Naturally Splendid on closing. Each Unit will consist of one share of Naturally Splendid and one share purchase warrant (a “Warrant”), with each Warrant entitling the holder to purchase an additional share at a price of $0.21 per share for a period of two years from the date of issue.
The shares to be issued to each shareholder of AlternaMedz in proportion to their respective shareholding of AlternaMedz. In additional to any restrictions on resale under securities laws, the shares issuable to the shareholders of AlternaMedz will also be subject to the following voluntary lockup: (i) 10% released on closing, (ii) 30% released within six months of closing, (iii) an additional 30% released within twelve months of closing, and (iv) a final 30% released within eighteen months of closing.
No shareholder of AlternaMedz will become an insider of Naturally Splendid as a result of this transaction. Further, no insiders of Naturally Splendid own any shares of AlternaMedz.
Naturally Splendid has pay a finder up to 3% of the transaction value in shares of Naturally Splendid.
Completion of the transaction with AlternaMedz is subject to the completion of a non-brokered private placement financing, and receipt of any required regulatory approvals.
Non-Brokered Private Placement Financing
Naturally Splendid also announces that it proposes to complete a non-brokered private placement financing of up to 17,857,142 Units (each a “Unit”) at a price of $0.14 per Unit for gross proceeds of up to $2,500,000 (the “Offering”).
Each Unit in the non-brokered private placement consists of one common share of Naturally Splendid and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (each a “Warrant”), with each whole Warrant entitling the holder to purchase one additional common share at $0.21 per share for a period of two years from the date of the issue. Naturally Splendid has the right to accelerate the expiry date of the Warrants if, at any time, the average closing price of Naturally Splendid’s common shares is equal to or greater than $0.35 for 10 consecutive trading days. In the event of acceleration, the expiry date will be accelerated to a date that is 10 days after Naturally Splendid issues a news release announcing that it has elected to exercise this acceleration right.
Naturally Splendid may pay finders a fee in cash and/or share purchase warrants in connection with the Offering.
The proceeds of the Offering will be used for funding the ongoing expansion of AlternaMedz existing facilities, to increase manufacturing capacity and general working capital purposes.
About Naturally Splendid Enterprises Ltd.
Naturally Splendid is a biotechnology and consumer products company that is developing, producing, commercializing, and licensing an entirely new generation of plant-derived, bioactive ingredients, nutrient dense foods, and related products. Naturally Splendid is building an expanding portfolio of patents (issued and pending) and proprietary intellectual property focused on the commercial uses of industrial hemp cannabinoid compounds in a broad spectrum of applications.
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On Behalf of the Board of Directors
Mr. Douglas Mason
Naturally Splendid Enterprises Ltd.
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Information set forth in this news release contains forward-looking statements that are based on assumptions as of the date of this news release. These statements reflect management’s current estimates, beliefs, intentions and expectations. They are not guarantees of future performance. Naturally Splendid cautions that all forward looking statements are inherently uncertain and that actual performance may be affected by a number of material factors, many of which are beyond Naturally Splendid’s control including, Naturally Splendid’s ability to compete with large food and beverage companies; sales of any potential products developed will be profitable; sales of shelled hemp seed will continue at existing rates or increase; and the risk that any of the potential applications may not receive all required regulatory or legal approval. Accordingly, actual and future events, conditions and results may differ materially from the estimates, beliefs, intentions and expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking information. Except as required under applicable securities legislation, Naturally Splendid undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking information.