Toronto – July 5, 2018. Tidal Royalty Corp. (CSE:RLTY.U)(“Tidal Royalty” or the “Company”), a leading provider of royalty financing to licensed US cannabis operators, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) as of June 11, 2018 with an established licensed operator based in Monterey, California (“Monterey Cannabis Company”) to finance the expansion of the company’s operations in the state.
The Monterey Cannabis Company is led by a seasoned management team with experience across cultivation, extraction and retail distribution. The company currently operates on a 21-acre property located in Monterey County, California, consisting of ~240,000 sq. ft. of commercial greenhouse space. The Monterey Cannabis Company’s products are distributed through a network of dispensaries under a retail brand partnership.
Pursuant to the LOI, Tidal Royalty will provide the Monterey Cannabis Company with up to US $15.0MM to finance the expansion of the company’s cultivation capacity and to establish a new processing facility that will enable it to bring a broader range of products to market. In return, the Monterey Cannabis Company will pay Tidal Royalty 15% of all net sales generated by the financed operations in California in perpetuity.
“We are very excited by this opportunity,” said Paul Rosen, CEO & Chairman of Tidal Royalty. “This group has the combination of operational ability and pragmatism around capital allocation that we find is an essential hallmark of a sustainable cannabis business. Their core competencies, which include combining low-cost premium cultivation with advanced processing and developing proven go-to-market strategies, makes us believe that they will be a strong player in the key state of California for years to come. We are very impressed with what this established group had accomplished to date, and we are even more excited about what they will be able to do with Tidal Royalty’s financial support.”
With a population of 40MM, the state of California has the potential for its adult-use marijuana market to be one of the largest in the world. California legalized adult-use cannabis on January 1, 2018, and the market is expected to grow to US$3B by the end of the year, according to Marijuana Business Daily.
The LOI includes an exclusivity period during which the Monterey Cannabis Company will not negotiate with any other party. It further provides Tidal Royalty with a right of first negotiation on any future financing with respect to the company or any of its affiliates. Closing of the transaction contemplated by the LOI is subject to, among other things, the satisfactory completion of Tidal Royalty’s diligence investigation, which is currently underway. Tidal Royalty expects to announce further particulars in respect to the contemplated transaction with the Monterey Cannabis Company upon the execution of a definitive agreement between the parties and the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals.
In addition to the LOI with the Monterey Cannabis Company, Tidal Royalty has entered into 2 additional letters of intent and is in the process of evaluating multiple opportunities across the U.S. The company is currently engaged in advanced discussion with counterparties in California, Florida, Arizona, Ohio,
Michigan, New York and Nevada. Tidal Royalty intends to provide further particulars on those discussions, as the parties get closer to reaching agreement on definitive terms.
Tidal Royalty has raised approximately $40MM to date by way of private placements, which it intends to use primarily for royalty financings and for general corporate purposes. The company was founded by experienced cannabis industry executives and provides expansion financing to licensed U.S. operators across multiple verticals, including cultivation, processing and manufacturing, dispensing, and ancillary services. Tidal Royalty directs interested stakeholders to visit its website at www.tidalroyalty.com to view the company’s Corporate Presentation for more details, and the CSE’s website to view the company’s Listing Statement.
About Tidal Royalty Tidal Royalty provides royalty financing to the U.S. regulated cannabis industry. Led by an executive team with extensive industry experience in Canada and the U.S., Tidal Royalty provides operators with the funding they need to grow their business. Operators benefit from non-dilutive capital and investors get top-line access to a diversified portfolio of companies that will form the future of this transformative industry.
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