November 17, 2017 – Vancouver, British Columbia / TheNewswire / Benchmark Botanics Inc. (formerly Kaiyue International Inc.) (CSE: BBT) (the “Company” or “Benchmark”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a letter agreement (the “Letter Agreement”) with Bare Root Science Inc. (“Bare Root”) on November 17, 2017. Under the Letter Agreement, Bare Root will install and commission operation of its proprietary aeroponic system and related technologies for the Company’s contemplated 50,000 sq foot Phase II facility for a set-up fee and license fee as determined by a definitive agreement. The Letter Agreement is subject to the negotiation and finalization of more comprehensive definitive agreement to replace the Letter Agreement on or before December 15, 2017.
As described in the Company’s Listing Statement dated November 2, 2017, the start-up phase of production, as well as the soft costs associated with the Company’s Phase II expansion will be funded by the $5,270,000 private placement, which closed on November 3, 2017 concurrently upon completion of the Company’s listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange. “We are extremely excited about the agreement with Bare Roots and the imminent commencement of production at our Peachland facility. This represents the next steps in the process towards our “License to Sell” from Health Canada.” said Johnson Zhang, CEO of Benchmark. “With the successful close of funding from our private placement and CSE listing, we are immediately able to take the next steps towards expansion.”
In addition, the Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Wilson as Vice-President, Corporate Development. Mr. Wilson has an extensive background in corporate finance, investment management, mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Wilson also has experience in executive management and corporate governance with a TSX-listed agricultural processing company. As part of the senior management team, Mr. Wilson will be responsible for investor communications, corporate finance and strategic initiatives.
Business of Benchmark
Benchmark, through its wholly owned subsidiary Potanicals Green Growers Inc., is a licensed producer of medical cannabis under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”). The Company operates a 12,700 square foot production facility in Peachland, British Columbia and is in the design stage of a Phase II expansion of an additional 50,000 square feet of growing area. The Company intends to utilize advanced cultivation methods in its cannabis facilities to address the significant opportunities in the medical marijuana market in Canada and overseas. For more information about the business of Benchmark, refer to the Form 2A Listing Statement available to the public under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and the CSE website.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
BENCHMARK BOTANICS INC.
/s/ “Ping (Johnson) Zhang” Ping (Johnson) Zhang Chief Executive Officer
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