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World Tree Empress Investments

Empress Investments is a group of committed people who are using their money to make a difference in the world. Climate change, soil degradation and deforestation are issues that will affect us all. Our investors are putting their money into action to create change while generating a return.

World Tree’s programs are based on the fastest growing tree in the world: the Empress Splendor.  When you invest in the Empress, you are investing in plantations of eco-timber across North and Central America. You are supporting farmers, protecting our forests and get to share in the dividends from the sale of lumber.

Long-term profit potential is projected to be high, as the United Nations predicts that demand for timber will double by 2050. With the majority of trees taking 20 to 50 years to reach maturity, eco-timber is a way to keep up the demand for timber without sacrificing our forests.

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  • Invest in eco-timber production in North and Central America
  • Downside risks mitigated by dispersed plantations
  • Management team with over 20 years experience
  • Shareholders receive 50% of company profits

Canada Offering summary

Issuer: World Tree COP Inc
Minimum Subscription: 2500 shares, $2500 CDN
Shares issued: World Tree COP 2018
Time to harvest: 10 years
Tax-deferred status: RRSP and TFSA eligible
Offering opens: 20th April 2018

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USA Offering summary

Issuer: World Tree COP USA Inc
Minimum Subscription: 2000 shares, $2000 USD
Shares issued: Series A COP 2018
Time to harvest: 10 years
IRA and 401k eligible: Yes
Offering opens: 3rd April 2018

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How it works

Empress Investments has two primary objectives:  To generate income from the harvest of Empress Splendor trees and to offset the carbon footprint of our investors. How we do that is by planting Empress trees for the purposes of timber production with our network of farmers in North and Central America.

Every year, World Tree brings in a group of investors who become part of a planting and harvest season. We grow trees with our farmers and when the trees mature, we all share in the profits.

This year, investors will receive shares in “World Tree COP 2018” and will receive dividends on the trees we harvest in 2028. Investors receive 50% of company profits upon harvest of those trees.

Empress Splendor trees are the fastest growing hardwood in the world and absorb 11 times more carbon than any other tree. Within just 10 years they can be harvested and sold for lumber. The farmers receive 50% of the income from the sale of the lumber. The other half comes back to World Tree and we share our profits with our investors.

We choose farmers based on their experience and the suitability of the land (rainfall, soil, elevation and temperature). Our farmers are based in Western Canada, select regions in the USA and Costa Rica. Planting in diverse locations allows us to spread our investment risk.

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Carbon Investors

Investors receive COP shares, a carbon offset certificate and a subscription agreement for the investment.  World Tree uses this investment to purchase trees, support the farmers and take care of the program. Investors receive dividends in 10 years when the trees are harvested.

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World Tree has over 20 years experience growing Empress Splendor trees. We work hand in hand with the farmers to ensure the best opportunity for a profitable experience for everyone. World Tree manages the program throughout the 10 years and is responsible for the harvest and sale of the lumber.

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Farmers

The farmers plant and care for the trees. Participating farmers are carefully chosen for their experience in growing Empress Splendor trees.  The trees are only planted in appropriate growing areas in Canada, the United States and select parts of Central America.

Why invest in trees?

Demand for wood is rising. The average North American consumes the equivalent of a 100 foot tree every year and the United Nations forecasts that world demand for wood will double by 2050. At the same time, the supply of wood is decreasing. Trees take a long time to grow and we are not keeping up with demand.

Timber, a best kept secret

Until now timber investing has been unavailable to the average Canadian investor. Most timber investments require significant funding to buy land and manage the trees and then you have a 20+ year hold waiting for your trees to grow. World Tree’s Carbon Offset Program allows regular people to invest in timber and receive returns in just 10 years.

Timber prices are historically strong

  • Timber has been a historically strong investment option.
  • Timber has increased in value at a rate 3% higher than inflation for the last 90 years
  • Timber investments have outperformed the stock market (S&P 500) for the last 100 years
  • The timber industry predicts a surge in prices

We sell the lumber you share the profits

Investors in the 2018 COP program receive 50% of the company profits from the harvest of the 2018 season trees.  There are two factors that affect the income from the harvest:

volume of lumber x price = income

Volume of lumber

1 acre of Empress Splendor trees that has been well maintained produces approximately 30,000 board feet of lumber.

Price per board foot

The current selling price ranges between $3 and $14 per board foot, depending on the quality and finish of the wood.

The table below shows the potential total income to the company (50% of gross revenue) from 1 acre of trees, as a product of these two factors.

There may be expenses from the harvest, milling and prepartion of the lumber (although these costs are normally paid by the buyer).

Profits after harvest expenses will be shared: 50% to World Tree and 50% to the investors.

NOTE: We can’t predict the future or what will happen to the price of lumber in years to come. These figures have not been independently audited and show a range of estimated results. Please refer to our Offering Memorandum (request a copy using the form below) for more details on risks and results.

Protecting your investment

We all know that investments carry risks and we advise you to read our Offering Memoradum (request a copy using the form below) so that you can understand both the risks and rewards involved with the program.

One of the biggest risk factors is crop failure, either due to severe weather or because a farmer is unable to care for the trees.  For this reason, World Tree plants the trees across dozens of farms many thousands of miles apart. If anything should happen to one stand of trees, this will not have a significant impact on the overall return.

World Tree has also created a contingency fund to deal with any unexpected issues that arise and will replace trees that get damaged.

Participating farmers are carefully chosen for their experience in growing Empress Splendor trees and their commitment to the long term success of the program.

World Tree visits every farmer. We are on site when they plant and we work hand in hand with them every step of the way to ensure a profitable experience for everyone involved.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who plants the trees and where do they grow?
The trees are planted by World Tree certified farmers. These are farmers who already have experience successfully growing Empress Trees. Empress trees grow best in places with summer temperatures of 70°F (21°C) and above for at least 5-6 months a year and an altitude of less than 2,200 feet. Our farmers are located in Canada, the United States and select regions of Central America.

 

What are the biggest risks in participating in this program?

The biggest risk is that something happens to the trees due to severe weather or other natural events. The trees are most vulnerable when they are young. If anything happens to the trees in the first two years, World Tree replaces them. Your trees are not planted in a single location. We pool your trees with all the other trees that have been purchased in the current year and plant them across a number of farms. This means that if one farm does get hit by a problem, it only has a small impact on each investor. Remember that all investments carry risks. We can’t predict the future and we don’t know for sure the value of the lumber in 10 years time. Risk factors are described in the Offering Memorandum and individuals are advised to read this document in full before investing.

 

How do I know I will get a good return on investment?

There are no guarantees when you make any kind of investment. Investor returns are dependent upon the amount of lumber produced and how much it sells for. A well managed 1-acre plot will yield approximately 30,000 board feet of lumber. Currently Empress Splendor lumber currently sells for between $3 and $14 or higher, depending on the quality and finish of the wood. We can’t predict the future or what will happen to the price of lumber in years to come.

 

When do I get my return?
You receive your return on investment 10 years after you sign your subscription agreement. Once a year you will receive a report with pictures of your trees and statistics on the growth of your trees.

 

Are the trees genetically modified?
No, our trees are not genetically modified (GMO). GMO refers to an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These sometimes contain genes from totally unrelated species, such as salmon genes in tomatoes developed to have frost resistance and this raises concerns that as such an organism could not possibly develop naturally we don’t know the long term effects. Our Paulownia trees are bred using conventional methods as used by farmers for thousands of years, i.e. we cross pollinate different lines of the same genus (Paulownia) and then grow the seedlings out, selecting the best and then propagate only from those best trees to develop new varieties. We do not splice in genes from outside the Paulownia genus. There is no unrelated genetic material whether plant or animal included in the genome of our trees.

Are the trees organically grown?
Yes. Empress Splendor trees don’t respond well to chemical products and are best when they are grown organically. For example, they love chicken manure!! The bark of the tree is moist, which most insects don’t like. This means that the tree is naturally insect repellant and fire retardant.

Disclaimer

This presentation is intended for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy securities. No securities regulatory authority or regulator has assessed the merits of the information herein or reviewed the information contained herein. This presentation is not intended to assist you in making any investment decision regarding the purchase of securities. Rather, the Partnership has prepared an Offering Memorandum for delivery to prospective investors that describes certain terms, conditions and risks of the investment and certain rights that you may have. You should review the Offering Memorandum with your professional adviser(s) before making any investment decision. This presentation and the accompanying Offering Memorandum are intended for delivery only to, and participation in the investment is restricted to, investors to whom certain prospectus exemptions apply, as described in the Offering Memorandum.

Forward Looking Statements

The information provided herein includes forward-looking statements and projections. These statements relate to future events or future performance. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements or projections. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “expect”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “predict”, “potential”, “targeting”, “intend”, “could”, “might”, “continue” “projected” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions. Undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are based will occur. By its nature, forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not occur and may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements and projections made as the date hereof and are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. No obligation is assumed to update or revise any of the forward-looking statements after the date of the Offering Memorandum associated with this Offering to conform such statements to actual results or to changes in expectations except as otherwise required by applicable legislation. See Item 8 – Risk Factors and “Forward-Looking Statements” on page 4 of the Offering Memorandum associated with this Offering.

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