Stem Holdings, Inc. Signs Deal to Enter California Cannabis Market with Cultivation, Processing and Distribution
BOCA RATON, April 2, 2019 - Stem Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: STMH CSE: STEM) (the “Company” or “Stem”) is pleased to announce it has executed a definitive agreement dated March 29, 2019 to acquire Western Coast Ventures, Inc. (“WCV). WCV has a working capital surplus of approximately $2,000,000 and has negotiated a joint venture (the “JV”) with ILCA Holdings, Inc. (“ILCA”). ILCA has been issued a limited Conditional Use Permit for a Marijuana Production Facility (a “MPF”) by the City of San Diego, California, which will only be granting a total of 40 MPFs. The consideration for the acquisition is expected to be 2,000,000 shares of Stem’s common stock, having a value of approximately $3,500,000 based on Stem’s closing trading price on March 29, 2019. After giving effect to the closing of the acquisition of WCV and the previously announced acquisition of South African Ventures, Inc., the former shareholders of WCV will own approximately 7.3% of the issued and outstanding shares of Stem. The acquisition of WCV is expected to be completed on or around April 12, 2019.
The JV will consist of its own management team and with the personnel, expertise, and other resources necessary to construct the MPF. It is agreed that WCV will have a 51% interest in the JV, for an aggregate purchase price of $1,500,000. ILCA will hold the remaining 49% interest in the JV. ILCA previously invested $500,000 in the build-out and initial MPF permitting process. Stem anticipates the JV will finance the cost of construction of the MPF, estimated at $3.5 million, with its cash on hand and other non-dilutive sources of financing. The construction of the facility has begun and is estimated to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2019.
Upon issuance of the final MPF permit and the completed construction, the JV will: (1) operate an advanced cannabis facility to grow and cultivate cannabis; (2) manufacture cannabis-derived products; and (3) distribute cannabis and cannabis-derived products state-wide throughout California.
“With a population of 39 million and the fifth largest GDP in the world, California’s cannabis market is an unparalleled state market which makes it a critical location for Stem’s expansion,” states Adam Berk, CEO of Stem. “The agricultural, production and distribution expertise that both Stem and ILCA bring to this project are expected to result in a successful California cannabis operation based in the City of San Diego.”
The MPF encompasses 10,700 square feet and will feature state-of-the-art technology for cultivation, production and distribution. A complex, sophisticated, portable racking system will create a 10,000 square foot canopy that has the potential to produce over 6,000 pounds of product per year with the help of high efficiency LED lights. The production sector of the MPF will deliver a large variety of cannabis-derived offerings such as flowers, pre-rolls, infused edibles, and topicals. Stem expects production from the MPF to begin during the fourth quarter of 2019.
ABOUT STEM HOLDINGS, INC.
As a vertically integrated cannabis company, Stem has positioned itself as a pioneer in the industry with its state-of-the-art cultivation, processing, extraction, retail, and distribution operations. Stem owns cannabis facilities in Nevada, Oklahoma, and Oregon, and also participates in a research project in collaboration with Cornell University. Utilizing proprietary, sustainable cultivation techniques, Stem develops exceptional products that are safe and consist of lab-tested cannabis and CBD. Stem’s partner consumer brands are award-winning and nationally known, and include: cultivators, TJ's Gardens and Yerba Buena; retail brands, Stem and TJ's; infused product manufacturers, Cannavore and Supernatural Honey; and a CBD company, Dose-ology. Stem’s mission in supporting the health and happiness of people and the safety of our planet is evident through the Company's continued recognition for its community involvement, employee diversification and a top place to work in cannabis, dedication to environmental causes and outstanding leadership in the cannabis industry.
CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION
This press release contains statements which constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements regarding the plans, intentions, beliefs and current expectations of the management of Stem with respect to future business activities. Forward-looking information is often identified by the words “may”, “would”, “could”, “should”, “will”, “intend”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect” or similar expressions and include information regarding: (i) the ability to construct and operate the MPF and the financing sources therefor; (ii) plans relating to the distribution of products from the MPF; (iii) expectations for other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; (iv) the purchase price and closing date for the WCV acquisition; and (v) expectations around timing of the construction of the MPF, the features and attributes of the MPF, the timing of the commencement of production from the MPF, and the types of products to be produced from the MPF.
Investors are cautioned that forward-looking information is not based on historical facts but instead reflect the management of Stem’s expectations, estimates or projections concerning future results or events based on the opinions, assumptions and estimates of management considered reasonable at the date the statements are made. Although Stem believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking information are reasonable, such information involves risks and uncertainties, and undue reliance should not be placed on such information, as unknown or unpredictable factors could have material adverse effects on future results, performance or achievements of the Company. Among the key factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information are the following: changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including changes in the financial markets; the ability of the Company to raise debt and equity capital in the amounts and at the costs that it expects; adverse changes in the public perception of cannabis; construction delays; decreases in the prevailing prices for cannabis and cannabis products in the markets that the Company operates in; adverse changes in applicable laws; adverse changes in the application or enforcement of current laws, including those related to taxation; the inability to locate and acquire suitable companies, properties and assets necessary to execute on the Company’s business plans; political risk; and increasing costs of compliance with extensive government regulation. This forward-looking information may be affected by risks and uncertainties in the business of Stem and market conditions.
Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking information prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Although Stem has attempted to identify important risks, uncertainties and factors which could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be others that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Stem does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update this forward-looking information except as otherwise required by applicable law.
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