Commits A$500,000 Cornerstone Investment in eSense-Lab Limited
- eSense-Lab is an ASX listed, Israel-domiciled life sciences company that has developed the world's first 100% natural reformulated cannabis terpene profiles
- ESE currently has 10 formulations of the world's most popular cannabis strains commercially available - with 20 further strains in late stage development
- Investment in line with MMJ's recently announced strategy to develop an incubator for domestic and international investments covering entire cannabis value chain
- MMJ's 59%-owned TSX-V subsidiary Harvest One Cannabis will enter into strategic collaboration agreement with ESE
MMJ will be issued 2,500,000 ordinary shares in eSense at the price of A$0.20 per share, and will receive 1 free option for every 2 shares issued at a $0.30 exercise price and expiry date of 3 years from date of issue (subject to shareholder approval).
In parallel with MMJ's cornerstone investment, ESE is undertaking a Share Placement ("the Placement") to raise up to A$1,619,719 via the issuance of new fully paid ordinary shares to sophisticated investors at an issue price of A$0.25 per share.
Upon completion of the Placement, MMJ will have an approximate 3.51% shareholding in ESE.
In addition, MMJ's 59%-owned subsidiary Harvest One Cannabis Inc. ("Harvest One") (CVE:HVST) will enter into a collaboration agreement with ESE, with Harvest One providing technical expertise and its access to global networks.
As previously advised (see ASX release dated 10 October 2017), MMJ has expanded its strategic direction to provide its shareholders exposure to a range of global opportunities spanning the entire cannabis value chain in favourable jurisdictions including Australia, North America, South America, Europe and Africa.
MMJ has also announced a proposed change of company name to MMJ Capital Limited - which remains subject to shareholder approval at AGM to be held on 29th November 2017.
About eSense-Lab Ltd
eSense-Lab Ltd is a life sciences company specialising in the commercialisation of the phytochemical profiling of plants. The company combines genetics, mRNA, protein expression and phytochemical profiles to generate a comprehensive model of rare of high value plants.
ESE can then use this model to 'reverse engineer' a terpene profile, which is a naturally occurring formulation of different individual terpenes which together account for many of the plant's health and medical benefits, whilst also exactly replicating the flavour, fragrance and other desired characteristics of the targeted plant, at a more sustainable and cheaper cost. To learn more about eSense-Lab please visit http://www.esense-lab.com
MMJ's Managing Director, Andreas Gedeon, commented:
"This investment represents a significant step in our evolution as a leading cannabis industry incubator, having identified ESE as an exciting investment opportunity for our shareholders.
"The strategic alignment with our Canadian subsidiary, Harvest One, will also provide ESE with access to increased technical and industry expertise which we believe will significantly assist with unlocking considerable value from ESE in the near-term.
"We look forward to growing this strategic partnership and the Board will provide further updates on additional investment opportunities in due course."
About Harvest One Cannabis Inc.
Harvest One Cannabis Inc. (CVE:HVST) controls operations across the entire cannabis value chain through three business units, with Harvest One serving as the umbrella company over horticultural arm United Greeneries and medical arm Satipharm AG. Each business is strategically located in favourable jurisdictions with supportive regulatory frameworks in place. United Greeneries has received a Canadian medicinal cannabis cultivation licence, making Harvest One one of only a few companies globally with the capacity to commercially cultivate cannabis in a federally regulated environment.
About MMJ PhytoTech Ltd
In October 2017, MMJ PhytoTech Limited (ASX:MMJ) announced its strategy to become an incubator for strategic investments across regulated jurisdictions globally covering the entire cannabis value chain.
Following the successful listing of United Greeneries Holdings Ltd ("United Greeneries") and Satipharm AG ("Satipharm") on the TSX-V through Harvest One Cannabis Inc. (CVE:HVST), MMJ has focused on the identification of a number of independent strategic investment opportunities that have the potential to deliver significant value to the Company's shareholders.
MMJ is actively pursuing early stage opportunities with the ability to deliver significant future revenue and the opportunity to provide dramatic global synergistic value as regulatory frameworks in key international markets continue to evolve. MMJ is targeting the full range of emerging cannabis-related sectors including healthcare products, technology, infrastructure, logistics, processing, cultivation, equipment, R&D, hemp food products and retail.
MMJ currently holds an equity stake of 53,333,333 shares in Harvest One, 100% ownership of Israeli-based R&D division PhytoTech Therapeutics Limited ("PTL") and strategic holdings in e-Sense Lab Limited (ASX:ESE) and private Canadian-based company WeedMe Inc.
MMJ PhytoTech Ltd
Harvest One Cannabis Inc