VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Namaste Technologies Inc. (“Namaste” or the “Company”) (CSE:N), (FRANKFURT:M5BQ), (OTC:NXTTF) is pleased to announce that the Company has signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (“LOI”) with Israeli medical cannabis producer, Cannbit Ltd (“Cannbit)” whereby the companies propose to enter into a share purchase agreement and/or a subscription agreement (the “Agreement”) whereby Namaste would acquire an equity position of 5% in Cannbit through an investment to be made in a proportion to be determined and agreed by both parties. Cannbit will also offer Namaste a first right of refusal to purchase an additional 5% equity in shares at the same valuation.
Further to the Company’s September 15th, 2017 announcement of signing a Wholesale Supply Agreement (“Supply Agreement”) with Cannbit, Namaste intends to purchase high-quality medical grade cannabis from Cannbit through the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Cannmart Inc. (“Cannmart”). The Company is pleased to have the opportunity to participate in an equity position with Cannbit and in developing a long-term relationship that will be mutually beneficial to both parties. Cannmart is a late stage applicant for an Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”) medical cannabis “sale-only” license. Through Cannmart, Namaste plans to offer the largest variety of medical cannabis products to its patients through the sourcing of both domestic and internationally imported products. Namaste hopes to leverage its vast expertise with e-commerce, conversion rate optimization and enterprise technology to create Canada’s leading online marketplace for medical cannabis.
Terms of the LOI:
Namaste will make an investment in Cannbit in exchange for 5% equity, whereby the amount will be determined by a valuation agreed to by both parties.
Namaste will have a first right of refusal to purchase an additional 5% equity position in Cannbit, at the same valuation as originally agreed upon, for a period of one year from the date of execution of the proposed agreement.
Closing of the proposed agreement will be contingent upon negotiating and execution of definitive documentation and approval of the terms of the agreement by each party’s respective board of directors and shareholders, if applicable, and by the Canadian Securities Exchange, if applicable.
Namaste’s strategic investment in Cannbit, as well as other domestic and international licensed producers of medical cannabis, will bring value to the company in securing strong partnerships with leading cannabis cultivators to ensure ample supply of the largest variety of high-quality medical cannabis in the Canadian market. Namaste plans to seek additional opportunities by implementing Cannmart’s business model in other regions where the Company maintains significant market share.
Sean Dollinger, President and CEO of Namaste comments: “We’re very much looking forward to working with Cannbit and their team to import exceptionally high-quality medical cannabis into the Canadian market. Namaste expects to see strong value in this investment, as well as through the supply arrangement with Cannbit. We will continue to seek relationships with leading cultivators domestically and abroad. We are highly focused on creating a superior user experience and better availability of products for our patients, and believe this transaction will help us achieve that goal. Thank you to Cannbit’s management team for working hard to secure this LOI and Supply Agreement. We look forward to many years of business together and are excited at the opportunity to give Canadians access to the Israeli cannabis market.”
Yaron Razon, President and CEO of Cannbit Comments "We are very excited to have this partnership and strategic cooperation with Namaste. We believe Namaste is well-positioned with an impressive global marketing and distribution platform and led by a brilliant management team. Together with Namaste, Cannbit will reach many patients across the world with premium medical grade cannabis to help treat their health conditions. We anticipate exploring new opportunities with Namaste and are looking forward to working together soon."
About Cannbit Ltd.
Cannbit is focused on growing high-quality medical-grade cannabis with advanced technology and agriculture platform while utilizing the best human resources to produce the highest level of quality available that will effectively treat a wide range of illnesses. The Israeli government is expected to approve the export of medical cannabis and Cannbit intends to become Israel's leading exporter for medical cannabis to legal jurisdictions around the globe. Cannbit's facility is 4,000 square meters with an additional 10,000 square meters available for expansion and is located in Neot Hakikar, an area well known in the Israeli agricultural community with clear advantages in the cold seasons. Our cultivation is carried out in a sophisticated greenhouse that provides ideal conditions for a variety of cannabis strains. Cannbit's management is comprised of a group of industry professionals in relevant disciplines.
About Namaste Technologies Inc.
Namaste is the largest online retailer for medical cannabis delivery systems globally. Namaste distributes vaporizers and smoking accessories through e-commerce sites in 26 countries and with 5 distribution hubs located around the world. Namaste has majority market share in Europe and Australia, with operations in the UK, Canada and Germany and has opened new supply channels into emerging markets including Brazil, Mexico and Chile. Namaste, through its acquisition of Cannmart Inc., a Canadian based late-stage applicant for a medical cannabis distribution license (under the ACMPR Program) is pursuing a new revenue vertical in online retail of medical cannabis in the Canadian market. Namaste intends to leverage its existing database of Canadian medical cannabis consumers, along with its expertise in e-commerce to create an online marketplace for medical cannabis patients, offering a larger variety of product and a better user experience.
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