Mr. Graham Farrell reports
WAYLAND ENTERS THE ASIA-PACIFIC MARKET WITH AUSTRALIAN ACQUISITION
Maricann Group Inc., doing business as Wayland Group, has expanded into Australia through entering into an agreement to acquire 50.1 per cent of Tropicann Pty. Ltd., a newly formed, privately owned Australian company located in Darwin, Northern Territory, to partner with industry leaders in Australia's expanding cannabis industry. With this acquisition, Wayland has positioned itself in the important and burgeoning Asia-Pacific market.
"Globalization of cannabis continues and we are present in relevant markets, with Asia-Pacific now added to our international footprint. The Northern Territory is the ideal location for our new Asia-Pacific hub. The location provides Wayland with ideal climate conditions in a globally respected and sovereign country with a large and fast emerging market of over 250MM people just four hours north. This acquisition accelerates Wayland's growth strategy in becoming a truly global cannabis company," stated Wayland chief executive officer Ben Ward.
Michael Gunner, the chief minister of the Northern Territory, declared: "We have a plan to diversify our economy and create jobs. Medicinal cannabis is a growth industry for the Northern Territory, particularly after its legalization by the Australian government. The Northern Territory government, Tropicann and Wayland are in discussions about major project status. Major project status ensures priority ministerial oversight to assist with ongoing project co-ordination and facilitation across different government agencies to secure timely project delivery."
"This is a very real and exciting opportunity for the people of the Northern Territory to enter and participate in a new growth sector in the global economy. It also offers the possibility of creating value-added products through processing here in the Northern Territory," stated Ken Vowles, minister for primary industry and resources.
Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, the company has agreed to make an initial payment of $4.8-million followed by a second payment of $24-million following certain milestones being achieved, including issuance to Tropicann of a licence to cultivate cannabis in Australia.
Both payments will be satisfied by the issuance of common shares of the company based on then-current market prices, but subject to a floor issue price of $1.65 per common share.
The payments are conditional on receipt of applicable stock exchange approval, approval of holders of at least two-thirds of the company's outstanding debentures and any other applicable approvals.
Maricann Group, through its subsidiaries, is operating under the Wayland Group name. For further details see the press release dated Sept. 24, 2018.
About Maricann Group Inc. (doing business as Wayland Group)
Wayland is a vertically integrated cultivator and processor of cannabis. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Burlington, Ont., Canada, and Munich, Germany, with production facilities in Langton, Ont., where it operates a cannabis cultivation, extraction, formulation and distribution business under federal licences from the government of Canada. The company also has production operations in Dresden, Saxony, Germany, and Regensdorf, Switzerland. Wayland is currently undertaking an expansion of its cultivation and support facilities in Canada and will continue to pursue new opportunities globally.
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