Khiron Completes Acquisition of NettaGrowth International Advancing Multi-Country Operator Strategy
June 19th, 2019
- The Acquisition of NettaGrowth International Inc. provides Khiron with up to an additional 120 tonnes of licenced production capacity
- Diversifies Khiron´s licence composition to include medical use and flower cultivation distribution capabilities
- Secures a scientific and investigation agreement with Institute Pasteur of Montevideo, a respected biotechnology researcher and developer in Uruguay
- Mr. Joseph Mimran, experienced brand builder and entrepreneur, joins the board of Khiron Colombia S.A.S
TORONTO, June 19, 2019 /CNW/ – Khiron Life Sciences Corp. (“Khiron” or the “Company“) (TSXV: KHRN), (OTCQB: KHRNF), (Frankfurt: A2JMZC), a cannabis company with core operations in Latin America, announces that it has completed the acquisition of NettaGrowth International Inc. (“NettaGrowth“), previously announced on January 25, 2019 and April 9, 2019, and its wholly-owned subsidiary Dormul S.A. (“Dormul“), a Uruguayan company that has obtained the first licence to produce and export medical cannabis with THC for commercialization in Uruguay. As consideration for the acquisition of NettaGrowth, Khiron has issued 8,498,821 common shares to the shareholders of NettaGrowth at a deemed price of $1.61 per common share.
Alvaro Torres, Khiron CEO and Director, comments ” Closing of the acquisition of Nettagrowth represents an important milestone for Khiron. With this deal we expand our geographic footprint into a market we know well, and secure access to potential patients in Uruguay and in Southern Brazil.
Uruguay was the first country to establish legislation for cannabis and Dormul has secured a medical cannabis cultivation and commercialization licence for the jurisdiction, with a cultivation capacity of up to 120 tonnes and 170,000 plants. In addition, Dormul has an application pending for an extraction licence. Upon receipt of its extraction licence, Dormul is expected to be among the first companies in Uruguay to be approved for medical cannabis-based CBD oils for both domestic and export purposes. With a strong commitment to research and development, Dormul has established a strategic partnership with the Institut Pasteur de Montevideo, a prestigious foundation formed between the Uruguayan and French governments focused on the research and development of cannabis product. The foundation was recently recognized by the Uruguayan Ministry of Industry for the important social and economic impact its operations are anticipated to have for the country.
In connection with the acquisition, Mr. Michael Beck, experienced capital markets professional and entrepreneur, has joined the board of Khiron, and Mr. Joseph Mimran, experienced brand builder and entrepreneur, has joined the board of Khiron Colombia S.A.S.
“The addition of Mike Beck to our board, and Joe Mimran to the board of Khiron Colombia further add to our highly experienced and proven leadership capabilities as we solidify our position as a cannabis leader in Latin America.” adds Mr.Torres.
A finder’s fee of 420,000 common shares has been paid to Oisin Fanning.
The acquisition remains subject to final TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (“TSXV“) approval.
About NettaGrowth and Dormul
NettaGrowth, through Dormul, is a Latin America export focused cannabis company based in Uruguay, and is well positioned to serve Brazil and the growing Latin American market. They will employ the latest growing, extracting and processing technologies to produce high quality medical cannabis products for the Latin American market.
About Khiron Life Sciences Corp.
Khiron Life Sciences Corp. is positioned to be the dominant integrated cannabis company in Latin America. Khiron has core operations in Latin America and is fully licensed in the country for the cultivation, production, domestic distribution, and international export of both THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) medical cannabis. In May 2018, Khiron listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, becoming the first Colombian based medical cannabis company to trade on any exchange globally.
With a focused regional strategy and patient oriented approach, the Company combines global scientific expertise, agricultural advantages, branded product market entrance experience and education to drive prescription and brand loyalty to address priority medical conditions such as chronic pain, epilepsy, depression and anxiety in the Latin American market of over 620 million people. Khiron is led by Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Alvaro Torres, together with an experienced executive team, and a knowledgeable Board of Directors that includes former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox.
Further information on Khiron Life Sciences can be found at www.khiron.ca.
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This press release may contain certain “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. All information contained herein that is not historical in nature may constitute forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements may be identified by statements containing the words “believes”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “intends”, “will”, “should”, “expects”, “continue”, “estimate”, “forecasts” and other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements herein include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the anticipated benefits of the acquisition, Dormul’s cultivation capacity, receipt by Dormul of an extraction licence, and receipt of all required regulatory approvals, including final approval of the TSXV, among others. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. Khiron undertakes no obligation to comment analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of Khiron, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). Although Khiron believes that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements in this press release are reasonable, such forward-looking statement has been based on expectations, factors and assumptions concerning future events which may prove to be inaccurate and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond Khiron’s control, including the risk factors discussed in Khiron’s Annual Information Form which is available on Khiron’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement and are made as of the date hereof. Khiron disclaims any intention and has no obligation or responsibility, except as required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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