Construction of Tricho-Med's indoor cannabis growing facility is expected to be completed within three months.
Location ensures it will be one of the lowest cost producers in Canada.
Significant land acquisition to sizably increase Tricho-Med's plans.
MONTREAL, Aug. 24, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - LGC Capital Ltd. (TSXV: LG) ("LGC") is pleased to announce that the Phase I construction of Tricho-Med's 34,000 square feet cannabis growing facility in Brownsburg, Quebec is on track and on schedule.
Phase 1 Construction
The roof of the structure is now fully installed, the perimeter walls are now partially installed and will be completed by the end of next week. In addition, the building design has been modified and upgraded to meet the European Union - Good Manufacturing Practice (EU-GMP) strict standards.
Phase 1, which will contain the first two grow rooms, is planned for completion by the end of October/early November 2018. The target to complete the review package for Health Canada is mid-to-end November and the target goal of receiving the cultivation license by mid-December 2018.
Roof and walls nearing completion at Tricho-Med's Canton facility in Brownsburg, Quebec, August 2018
Tricho-Med Expansion Plan
Tricho-Med has acquired 18 acres of additional land in close proximity to its site in Brownsburg, Quebec. The company now has the potential for a five-fold increase to its production capacity, compared to its original planned capacity at the time of the agreement with LGC in January 2018. This increase is further supported by the past purchase of approximately 20 acres of land adjacent to the facility currently under construction.
Tricho-Med plans to aggressively expand with a second facility beside its initial 34,000 square foot indoor growing operation, and it will be approximately 600,000 square feet. It will be a fully enclosed one-level building with potential for 475,000 square feet of flowering space. The combined facilities will have the potential to grow over 60,000 kg equivalent per year of dry cannabis and extracted products, based on actual industry observed yields of 30 grams per square foot per cycle when using the same production methods as Tricho-Med. All Tricho-Med products will be produced to strict Health Canada and EU-GMP standards for the domestic and international medical cannabis markets.
Location Assures Low Cost Production
LGC specifically chose to invest in Tricho-Med's project because of its strategic location in one of Canada's lowest electricity cost regions with rates below $0.04 per kilowatt hour. This low electricity rate compares to other producers in Ontario, Atlantic, and Western Canada, who are paying rates on average in between $0.08-0.10 per kilowatt hour or more. Given that electricity is one of the largest input costs for premium indoor hydroponic cultivation; this will give Tricho-Med a natural cost advantage from its competitors.
John McMullen, CEO of LGC Capital stated: "We are very impressed with the pace and quality of construction by the team at Tricho-Med as the company completes its Phase 1 buildout. The aggressive growth and low electricity costs could make them a category leader in the indoor-grown, GMP quality, premium medical cannabis market."
LGC's Investment Into Tricho-Med
LGC invested in Tricho-Med through a four-year secured convertible loan agreement in the amount of $4 million CAD, which is being disbursed in accordance with pre-agreed milestones and related disbursement schedules. Interest on the loan is fixed at an annual rate of 10% which will be payable from available operational cash flow. Upon Tricho-Med obtaining a license to produce Medical Cannabis from the relevant regulatory authorities, the loan will convert into common shares of Tricho-Med, representing 49% of then-issued and outstanding shares. LGC will also receive a 5% royalty on Tricho-Med's net sales.
LGC Capital is a leading investment firm with a focus on the Legal Global Cannabis market. Through its portfolio investment companies, LGC is building a world-leading, vertically integrated system of interconnected legal cannabis companies with cultivation, processing and distribution in Australia, Jamaica, Switzerland, Italy, and Canada serving domestic and export markets. LGC Capital Ltd. is a Canadian incorporated public company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV: LG).
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