LAS VEGAS, Nov. 10, 2021 /CNW/ – Terry Booth, CEO, is delighted to announce: Australis Capital Inc., operating as AUDACIOUS (CSE: AUSA) (OTC: AUSAF) (“AUSA”, “AUDACIOUS”, or the “Company”), an emerging global cannabis company with an expanding suite of multi-state operations, announced today that its majority-owned subsidiary, ALPS, has entered into a partnership agreement with Priva, a leading technology company in the development and sales of hardware, software and data-services in the field of climate control, energy saving and optimal reuse of water. The partnership will focus on the joint marketing of ALPS’ advanced compliance and maintenance service solution, APIS, across the global horticulture industry.
Priva is the world leader in environmental climate solutions for the horticulture sector, offering sustainable solutions that optimize climate control and yield savings in energy and water utilization. Priva operates 16 offices globally, has a presence in over 100 countries and a substantial installed customer base of over 12,000 projects. With this strong foundation, the partnership between ALPS and Priva is well positioned to introduce the new APIS solution to a captive audience.
Compliance and risk reduction are increasingly becoming standard requirements for the horticultural industry. Increasingly, expectations and demands regarding the security of supply, while achieving optimal quality and efficiency, are getting stricter. Both industry leaders believe they are well positioned to take the lead in enhancing solutions and operational protocols in the field of food security, food safety and compliance. Technology and innovation, core competencies for both companies, are key to drive future success in the emerging field of Industrial Greenhouse Management.
The ALPS team of specialists created the APIS system to provide a highly advanced, industrial-level compliance and (predictive) maintenance service solution specifically focusing on greenhouses and other indoor controlled-environment agriculture operations. APIS consists of a suite of tools and services designed to help achieve GMP compliance and greatly improve maintenance effectiveness, efficiencies, yield and predictive modelling. APIS integrates with multiple greenhouse sub-systems and processes to deliver significant overall process improvements, generating significant and sustainable ROI for operators.
Thomas Larssen, President of ALPS, commented, “Partnering with Priva will be transformational for our business as it significantly expands our market reach. Like us, Priva is an integral part of the horticulture industry, is incredibly well respected and has a global reach that is difficult to match. Partnering with Priva, offers a significant opportunity for AUDACIOUS to accelerate the commercial roll-out of its APIS system. This is a strong endorsement of the standing of and hard work by the ALPS team by the global leader in their field. We believe this partnership should contribute to strong revenue growth for ALPS and AUDACIOUS.
Rather than adapt and use existing systems from varying industries and suppliers with no roots in our sector, we opted to build our APIS solution ourselves from the ground up. APIS meets the needs of today, while ensuring operations are future proof. This truly is a system of the industry, by the industry and for the industry, and that’s why interest is so high.”
John van der Wilk, VP Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, stated, “Priva and ALPS are the gold standard in our respective segments of the horticulture value chain. With the partnership between Priva and ALPS, we can provide optimal compliance solutions, using our latest Priva cloud technology, integrated with the APIS software. The APIS management module is geared towards full integration of multiple systems creating secure reports, dashboards and insights. We believe that our clients can benefit by adopting APIS and we are very excited to work with ALPS on marketing this new offering.”
Priva is a technology company that develops hardware, software and data services in the field of climate control, energy saving and optimal reuse of water. With more than 500 colleagues, 16 local offices and over 450 international installation partners, Priva delivers sustainable solutions and services in more than 100 countries. With its activities in Horticulture, Building Automation and Indoor Growing, Priva wants to contribute to the cities of the future: where people can enjoy a healthy working and living environment and have access to safe and nutritious food.
Audacious is at its roots a community and culture-based cannabis company. After the completion of a dissident shareholder battle that ended with convincing shareholder approval, Terry Booth, former Aurora CEO, who had to step away from AUSA upon spin off, re-joined AUSA as CEO on March 9, 2021. Since then, the company has reset the direction of AUSA and in just 7 months closed multiple accretive transactions, improved legacy contracts, established a world class Executive Team, and resolved previous executive and board exits.
Also, in the same 3-month time frame, AUSA with its acquisition of ALPS has entered the global Sustainable Controlled Environment Agriculture Industry, a rapidly growing segment of the global horticulture market. ALPS provides customized designs along with multiple services that allow operators to maximize yield and quality while minimizing inputs and resources, including labor. ALPS at present is active in cannabis and traditional horticulture projects across the globe, including the U.S., Canada, Denmark Finland, Iceland, Germany, Netherlands, Bahrein, United Arab Emirates, Southeast Asia, Australia, as well as other jurisdictions.
Total Capex committed by ALPS’ clients since Aurora divested its interest just 17 short months ago during the Covid crisis, stands at approximately $1 billion, with a rapidly growing business development pipeline with over $7 billion in total Capex planned to be spent by potential clients.
AUSA’s business assets include: a 51% ownership interest in ALPS, a milestone weighted deal with an option to acquire the remaining 49% of ALPS –- AUSA and Green Therapeutics, an award-winning MSO, have finalized and agreed to all terms with respect to AUSA’s 100% acquisition. AUSA also owns the iconic West Coast brand Mr. Natural and the ingestibles brand LOOS with a footprint in the California market. AUSA furthermore owns a dispensary in San Jose, which also serves as a distribution hub for Eaze, the largest legal cannabis delivery service in North America.
Additionally, AUSA has a supply partnership with Belle Fleur, founded by the team behind Rapper Weed, who have a close relationship with key industry influencer Machine Gun Kelly. AUSA and Belle Fleur are working towards a broader arrangement to include brand partnerships in Massachusetts and other jurisdictions the companies intend entering into.
AUSA furthermore has investments in Body and Mind Inc., a U.S. MSO, Quality Green, a Canadian licensed producer and Cocoon, a company changing the dispensary customer user experience through self-service kiosks. The Company also has entered into a sponsorship agreement with Endeavour owned Professional Bull Riders. Under the partnership, the Company is launching a PBR endorsed line of topical CBD products under the Wreck Relief brand. AUSA as well has executed a term sheet for a JV partnership with U.S. and Canada-based 3 Rivers Biotech for plant tissue culture, genetics clean-up and micro propagation.
AUSA and ALPS have secured contracts or are in late-stage negotiations in the following jurisdictions: Australia, UAE, Bahrain, Canada, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Jordan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Massachusetts, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and California, with other deals in other states presently being evaluated and negotiated. Audacious are laser focused on New York and New Jersey as well.
The Company’s common shares trade on the CSE under the symbol “AUSA” and on the OTCQB under the symbol “AUSAF”.
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