Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – November 3, 2017: Benchmark Botanics Inc. (formerly Kaiyue International Inc.) (CSE: BBT) (the “Company” or “Benchmark”) is pleased to announce that further to its news releases dated August 3, 2017 and October 27, 2017, it completed the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Potanicals Green Growers Inc. (“Potanicals”) (the “Transaction”) on November 2, 2017 and the common shares of Benchmark became listed and posted for trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE”) on November 3, 2017.
Terms of Transaction
In consideration for acquiring all of the issued and outstanding shares of Potanicals (the “Potanicals Shares”), Benchmark issued an aggregate of 124,186,752 common shares (the “Benchmark Shares”) to the Potanicals shareholders, on a post-consolidation basis of 4.5 Benchmark Shares for each issued and outstanding Potanicals Share, which resulted in Potanicals becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. Upon completion of the Transaction, the Company’s business has changed from mining to the licensed production of marijuana under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”).
On closing of the Transaction, a total of 134,186,852 common shares of Benchmark are issued and outstanding, plus 94,455 stock options to purchase post-consolidated common shares of Benchmark at a price of $0.275 per common share (the “Benchmark Options”). Following closing of the Transaction, the outstanding Benchmark Options remain in effect until they are exercised or expire pursuant to the Company’s stock option plan.
Listing of Benchmark’s Shares on the CSE
On November 1, 2017, prior to completion of the Transaction, the Company delisted its common shares from the TSX Venture Exchange. On November 3, 2017, Benchmark’s common shares commenced trading on the CSE under the symbol “BBT”.
Share Consolidation, Continuation and Name Change
Effective November 2, 2017, prior to completion of the Transaction, the Company consolidated all of its issued and outstanding common shares based on a consolidation ratio (2.1174-to-1) that resulted in the reduction of the Company’s issued and outstanding common shares to 10,000,100 common shares on a non-diluted basis, continued its legal existence from Alberta in to British Columbia, and changed its name from “Kaiyue International Inc” to “Benchmark Botanics Inc.”
Completion of Potanicals Private Placement
Also on November 2, 2017, Potanicals completed a private placement of 5,855,555 Potanicals Shares at a price of $0.90 per Potanicals Share to raise gross proceeds of $5,270,000 (the “Private Placement”). Immediately following closing of the Private Placement, Benchmark completed the Transaction effective November 2, 2017.
Business of Benchmark
The business of Benchmark is now the business of Potanicals effective as of completion of the Transaction. Potanicals was incorporated under the British Columbia Business Corporations Act in 2014 to capitalize on the significant opportunities in the medical marijuana market in Canada and overseas. Potanicals has built a 12,700 square foot production facility in Peachland, British Columbia to plant, grow and cultivate high-quality medical-grade marijuana using advanced and proprietary cultivation methods. On October 13, 2017, Potanicals received its license to produce marijuana under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”).
The primary specialized skill and knowledge requirement for success as a Licensed Producer of medicinal marijuana relates to cultivating the product. The Peachland facility is equipped with cutting-edge technologies that will enable efficient and reliable production of medical marijuana with harvest available on a bi-monthly basis. Prior to closing of the Transaction, Potanicals spent $4.68 million building the facility and implementing its business plan.
For more information about the business of Benchmark and Potanicals, refer to the Form 2A Listing Statement available to the public under the Company’s profile on www.sedar.com SEDAR and the CSE website.
Management of Benchmark
Prior to closing of the Transaction, all of the Company’s current directors and officers resigned. The board of directors and senior officers of Benchmark now consists of: Ping (Johnson) Zhang, Chief Executive Officer and director; Claude (Cliff) Stowell, Chief Operating Officer and director; Peter R. Hughes, director; George Dorin, director; Haifeng Liu, director; and Richard (Rick) Lee, Chief Financial Officer. For more information regarding the directors and officers, refer to the Form 2A Listing Statement available to the public under the Company’s profile on www.sedar.com SEDAR 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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