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Why the ECS (ASX:ECS) share price is soaring 16% higher today

The ECS Botanics (ASX: ECS) share price is rocketing today on news the company will acquire a Victoria-based medical cannabis cultivator.
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The ECS Botanics Holdings Ltd (ASX: ECS) share price is a top ASX performer today, up 16%. This follows news that the company plans to acquire Victoria-based medical cannabis cultivator, Murray Meds.

Located on the Murray River in North Western Victoria, Murray Meds operates a licenced medical cannabis cultivation and manufacturing facility. The company produces around 3,500kg of medicinal cannabis per year consisting of dried flower, oils and tinctures. Murray Meds has harvested and packed 350kg so far this year, even before the full picking season starts in April.

During morning trade, the ECS share price shot up to 5.4 cents. However, its shares have since retreated to 5.0 cents at the time of writing, up 16.28%.

What’s pushing the ECS share price higher?

ECS Botanics advised that it has signed a binding term sheet with Flowerday Holdings Pty Ltd. The acquisition will see ECS own 100% of the issued capital in Murray Meds, and 100% of the issued share capital in Flowerday Farms. In addition to the transaction, ECS will also purchase Flowerday Land Property.

Under the deal, ECS will pay $1 million for the rights to 100 million fully paid ordinary shares, deemed at an issue price of 5 cents per share. The company will pay a further $1.5 million within 12 months, pending completion of the Flowerday Land Property purchase.

ECS Botanics said the shares will be escrowed on a split basis for 12 (50%) and 24 (50%) months.

The company said once the acquisition is concluded, ECS will be one of largest vertically integrated medicinal cannabis businesses in Australia. The deal complements the company’s main operations based in Tasmania, as well as recent agreements such as its MediPharm Labs takeover.

What did management say?

ECS managing director Alex Keach welcomed the acquisition, saying:

As a combined group, we are positioning to become the largest and most geographically diversified cannabis producer in Australia. Murray Meds has harvested its maiden THC crop and currently has another crop growing.

This deal allows ECS to deliver earlier and more substantial revenue, while adding value to cannabis as communicated in our December announcement to purchase equipment for the extraction of cannabis resin. The deal sets us up nicely to become a globally recognised large scale, low-cost cultivator and manufacturer of medicinal cannabis.

Murray Meds founder and managing director Nan-Maree Schoerie, added:

The opportunities that this deal creates for Murray Meds, its customers and employees is tremendously exciting.

Both organisations are very grounded in their approach to delivering affordable medicinal cannabis as naturally and sustainably as we can, with shared values and an inherent drive to deliver for patients and shareholders.

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