The Placement was well supported by a number of well-regarded institutional investors with the Company accepting over-subscriptions of A$2 million, which is a strong endorsement of MMJ's near-term development strategy, and underlying value. The funds raised will provide the Company with additional working capital, as it focuses on executing the spin out of its core cannabis subsidiaries, United Greeneries Holdings Ltd ("UG" or "United Greeneries") and Satipharm AG ("Satipharm") on the TSX-V.
MMJ recently announced (see ASX release 28 September 2016) that it had signed a binding Term Sheet with TSX-V listed company Top Strike Resources Limited (TSX-V: TSR) ("Top Strike"), for Top Strike to acquire 100% of the issued shares of UG and Satipharm respectively.
The proposed transaction with Top Strike remains subject to a number of conditions, including shareholder approval, however the Board advises that due diligence activities are progressing well and the Company remains on track to be trading on the TSX-V by no later than end of December 2016.
The better than expected result from the Placement may also mean that MMJ is able to reduce the cash component of the transaction with Top Strike enabling the Company to secure a greater equity interest in Top Strike.
MMJ PhytoTech Limited's Managing Director, Andreas Gedeon, commented: "The Company is pleased to have secured this additional funding, and support from a number of well-known institutional investors at this time. Their participation in this placement further validates our near-term strategy to fast-track the growth of our core cannabis brands on the TSX-V, and provides the requisite financial flexibility to execute this process.
The Board looks forward to updating our shareholders on further corporate and operational updates in the near-term, in what is a very exciting period in the Company's evolution as a leading cannabis production company."
About MMJ PhytoTech Ltd
MMJ PhytoTech Limited (ASX:MMJ) is focused on becoming a large-scale cannabis producer, targeting direct supply to the growing Canadian medical and recreational markets which will have an estimated combined value of C$8-9 billion by 2024. The Company controls operations across the entire medicinal cannabis value chain through three business units, strategically located in favourable jurisdictions with supportive regulatory frameworks in place.
United Greeneries Holding Ltd. has established world-class growing facilities in Canada, including the fully licensed Duncan Facility. MMJ is the first Australian-based company to receive a Canadian medicinal cannabis cultivation licence, and one of only a few companies globally with the capacity to commercially cultivate medicinal grade cannabis in a federally regulated environment.
The Company’s European, cannabis-based, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmetics division operates under its 100% owned subsidiary, Satipharm AG. MMJ began production of its Gelpell ® Microgel Capsules in May 2015, and is committed to boosting the sales of its flagship product throughout regulated markets globally.
MMJ’s Israel-based subsidiary, PhytoTech Therapeutics Ltd, is responsible for the Company’s R&D activities, with a key focus on the development and commercialisation of new and existing delivery systems and devices that have the potential to deliver safe, effective and measured doses of medicinal cannabis to patients.
MMJ PhytoTech Ltd