$30,000,000 Project includes Grow, Extraction, and Winterization Process
San Diego, CA — April 21, 2020 – Youngevity International, Inc. (Nasdaq: YGYI), today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiaries, CLR Roasters LLC and Khrysos Industries, Inc. (the “U.S. Partners”), have solidified an agreement with H&H Coffee Group Export Corp and The Nica Hemp Cooperative, Inc (the “Nicaragua Partners”) to acquire the 2,200 acre Chaguitillo Farms in Sebaco-Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Plans provide for all electricity and a 15,000 AMP electrical service to be delivered to the property, along with 45,000 square feet of buildings to be erected for extraction drying and storage, and for greenhouse space. With H&H contributing the 2,200 acre farm with an estimated value of $10 million, and the Nica Hemp Cooperative providing an estimated $20 million dollars in capital funding for construction, the total cost for the land and related improvements is approximately $30,000,000 dollars. The U.S. Partners will initially contribute $3,000,000 of extraction equipment along with valuable expertise in the hemp business. In addition, and subject to Nasdaq approval, the U.S. Partners also intend to issue 1.5 million shares of YGYI common stock to the Nica Hemp Cooperative, in exchange for a 50 percent stake in the land and the improvements (with an estimated value of $30,000,000 at completion). The U.S. Partners will also issue 5 million warrants with a strike price of $1.50 per share to the Nica Hemp Cooperative, and will receive a 75% controlling stake in the hemp grow and oil extraction business. The warrants will be issued when the project is completed and operations commence.
The project provides for complete preparation of the 2,200 acres, but the initial pilot program planting will be for approximately 200 acres with an expected production of 400,000 pounds of hemp bio mass. This output is estimated to convert to 13,000 liters of winterized crude oil and generate $6.4 million in gross revenue at the current market prices. The group anticipates growing 400 acres in year two, 800 acres in year three, and 2,200 acres in 2023. Fully planted, the projected hemp yield is approximately 4.4 million pounds per year, which is estimated to convert to 129,000 liters of winterized crude oil, with the potential to generate approximately $64 million in gross revenue at current market prices. All estimates assume only one annual crop yield, but the weather in Nicaragua may be conducive to multiple annual harvests.
“This is a very impressive partnership and collaboration between our Hemp Enterprise, our Coffee Enterprise and our very strong and growing strategic business relationship in Nicaragua,” said Dave Briskie, President and CFO of Youngevity. “We feel that the value of YGYI’s 50 percent interest in the land and infrastructure at completion of the project, along with the assumption that the warrants will be exercised, represents a significant premium to our current trading price.”
According to Alain Piedra Hernandez, President of H&H Export Y CIA. LTDA: “We’re proud to be part of such a significant project in Nicaragua in this burgeoning industry. And we’re so pleased to execute on the exclusive rights to grow hemp in Nicaragua that was granted to our group in November of last year. This project is only made possible through a strong collaboration of experts and a vision to be a leader in this space. ”
Dwayne Dundore PhD, President of Khrysos, had this to say about the agreement: “Our team at Khrysos is honored to support this Nicaraguan Hemp Initiative. It’s always a great thing when projects of this magnitude come together and benefit all parties in a significant way. This should create expanding markets and job opportunities in both Nicaragua and America.”
About CLR Roasters
Youngevity’s coffee manufacturing division, CLR Roasters, was established in 2001 and is a wholly-owned subsidiary. CLR Roasters is a full-sized coffee roaster that produces gourmet coffees under its own boutique brands — Café La Rica®, Josie’s Java House®, and Javalution®; manufactures a variety of private labels for major national chains; and for the direct selling channel under Youngevity International. The company remains one of the largest suppliers in North America to the cruise line industry. CLR was the first entrant into the fortified coffee niche with its Youngevity JavaFit® brand. In May 2014, CLR acquired a coffee plantation and processing facility in Nicaragua, allowing the entity to control coffee production and quality — from field to cup.
About Khrysos Industries, Inc.
Khrysos Industries is a leading manufacturer of commercial hemp-based CBD extraction, post processing equipment, and end-to-end processor of CBD isolate, distillate, water soluble Isolate, and water-soluble distillate. Its subsidiary, INX Laboratories provides a broad range of testing services including potency analysis for its supply partners of hemp derived CBD products. Khrysos provides hemp growers, feedstock suppliers, and CBD crude oil producers the use of equipment, intellectual capital, production consultancy, tolling services, and wholesale CBD channel sales capabilities. Khrysos Industries was acquired by Youngevity International (NASDAQ: YGYI) on February 12th, 2019. Be sure to visit us at khrysosglobal.com, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Youngevity International
Youngevity International, Inc. ( NASDAQ : YGYI ), is an multi-channel lifestyle company operating in 3 distinct business segments including a commercial coffee enterprise, a commercial hemp enterprise, and a multi-vertical omni direct selling enterprise. The Company features a multi country selling network and has assembled a virtual Main Street of products and services under one corporate entity, YGYI offers products from the six top selling retail categories: health/nutrition, home/family, food/beverage (including coffee), spa/beauty, apparel/jewellery, as well as innovative services. For investor information, please visit YGYI.com. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
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