Asterion Signs Heads of Agreement for the Acquisition and Preparation for Use of up to 90 Hectares of Land for its Queensland Production Facility
Vancouver, British Columbia: Asterion Cannabis Inc.(“Asterion” or the “Company”), announces that the Company, through its wholly-owned Australian subsidiary (“Asterion (Australia)”), has entered into a non-binding heads of agreement dated December 21, 2018, regarding the sale and purchase and preparation for use of up to approximately 90 hectares (222 acres) of farmland (the “Property”) in South East Queensland, Australia (the “HeadsofAgreement”).
The Property is located near the regional hub of Toowoomba, in close proximity to the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, which provides access to Queensland’s only dedicated 747-F international freighter service. Wellcamp Airport is Department of Agriculture, Export Registered Premises licenced to provide perishable handling, packing and loading capabilities under the Meat, Dairy, Fish Eggs and Horticulture export programmes and has Department of Agriculture Quarantine Approved Premises permits for import cargoes. Trade routes currently connect internationally to Hong Kong with further route expansion planned into China and the Middle East.
The Heads of Agreement was entered into between Asterion (Australia) and Wagners Properties Pty Ltd (the “Vendor”) with respect to the sale and purchase of the Property (the “Acquisition”) and the preparation for use of the Property (the “Site Preparation”), respectively.
Asterion aims to acquire all or part of the Property to further its vision of becoming an industry leader in the production of medicinal cannabis products. Upon the completion of the Acquisition and the Site Preparation, the Company plans to use the Property to construct and house 4.3 million square feet (approximately 40 hectares (99 acres)) of cutting-edge, secure, purpose-built greenhouses for the production of high-quality organic medicinal cannabis, including a research and development facility, manufacturing facility, and administration and offices component (the “Production Facility”).
Terms of the Heads of Agreement
The Acquisition is structured as an initial purchase by Asterion of approximately 75 hectares (185 acres) of land (the “PrimaryParcel”), together with an option for Asterion to purchase up to an additional 15 hectares (37 acres) of land.
Subject to the completion of satisfactory due diligence by Asterion and the receipt of any required approvals, Asterion will enter into a definitive agreement (the “Land Contract”) to acquire an unencumbered freehold interest in the Primary Parcel for an amount in excess of $10 million. In addition, the Vendor will provide, at its own expense, services infrastructure, including water supply, power supply, road access and necessary data connections, to the outer boundaries of the Property in the locations specified by Asterion.
The Site Preparation
Prior to the closing of the Acquisition, Asterion’s Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor will identify the work required to prepare the site for Asterion’s proposed greenhouse facilities. A separate definitive contract for the Site Preparation (the “Works Contract”) will be entered into concurrently with the Land Contract, or at such other time as agreed upon by the parties.
The Production Facility
The Production Facility will be developed in three stages: the first two stages each consisting of a 10 hectare (25 acre) greenhouse facility, and the final stage comprising two 10 hectare greenhouse facilities, with each stage to include ancillary buildings.
The Production Facility will be automated and powered by renewable energy and is expected to have annual cannabis production capacity in excess of 500,000 kg. The facility will include full extraction and processing equipment, as well as a research and development facility for the development of next generation cannabis products.
The Company intends that the Production Facility will materially advance the agricultural science of medical cannabis and, to that end, the facility is intended to utilize state-of-the-art plant tissue culture (PTC) technology that will eliminate the need for mother plants, provide a greater cultivation footprint, increase efficiency, lower costs and yield disease-free plantlets.
Asterion is a Canadian cannabis company with operations in Australia, specializing in organic medical cannabis with a goal of becoming an industry leader in next generation cannabis products. The Company is focused on the future of precision agriculture and aims to produce the highest quality genetically uniform cannabis strains, at an affordable price.
The Company is led by a team of highly experienced executives with over 120 years of combined experience in medical cannabis, renewable energy, capital markets, and other highly relevant sectors across North America, Oceania, Europe, Africa and Asia.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors
“Stephen Van Deventer”
Chief Executive Officer
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