Village Farms investing in its energy future

June 11, 2014
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June 11, 2014, Vancouver — Village Farms International, Inc. has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to acquire Maxim Power (B.C.), Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Maxim Power Corp., for C$4.5 million, subject to closing adjustments.

The closing of the acquisition is subject to certain conditions typical for transactions of this type, including various third-party consents. Accordingly, the acquisition is expected to close between June 30, 2014 and Aug. 29, 2014.

Village Farms intends to use cash on hand as well as funds advanced under a new loan the company is currently negotiating with a lender. It is currently anticipated that such a loan will be secured against the new facility. There can be no assurance that all conditions to the acquisition, including requirements to obtain third party consents, will be satisfied or waived.

Maxim Power (B.C.) developed and operates a co-generation facility adjacent to the company’s greenhouse operations in Delta, B.C., which uses methane gas from the City of Vancouver’s landfill to generate electricity for B.C. Hydro and thermal heat for the Village Farms greenhouse facilities.

USING METHANE GAS FROM NEARBY LANDFILL SITE

Once acquired, the cogeneration facility, which has been in operation since 2004, will continue to convert methane gas from the local landfill to produce electricity under an existing long-term power purchase agreement with B.C. Hydro, as well as generate thermal heat for the company’s greenhouse operations.

“This acquisition is in keeping with the company’s strong mission of sustainability in farming and growing in a responsible manner,” said Michael A. DeGiglio, president and CEO of Village Farms.

“In the short term, we believe enhancements to the cogen facility will result in more electric generation as well as increased thermal heat for our own facilities. This will increase our ability to further reduce our use of natural gas and decrease our carbon footprint.

“In the longer term, working with strong partners, we plan to receive clean carbon dioxide from the cogeneration facility.”

'CLEANER ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE INITIATIVES'

He added that “the powerful synergy between a sustainable high-tech farming organization such as Village Farms, energy companies and municipalities builds a strong foundation to better serve the community through cleaner environmental resource initiatives.”

There are numerous benefits with this acquisition.

• Sustainability: This project will decrease Village Farms’ long-term dependence on natural gas.


• Conservation: Vancouver landfill waste will be used as a viable energy source decreasing dependence on fossil fuels and reducing the area’s carbon footprint.


• Positive Proactive Energy Management: This is a forward-thinking partnership between local commerce and government.


• Financial Enhancements: This project will allow Village Farms to be more self-sustainable and expand electric and thermal heat generation and is an attractive long term investment for the Company.


• Technology and Energy: The ownership of the facility will enable the company to advance its high-tech sustainable growing technology both in the local area as well as provide invaluable experience to underpin future growth opportunities.

ABOUT VILLAGE FARMS

Village Farms is one of the largest producers, marketers and distributors of premium-quality, greenhouse-grown tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers in North America.

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