World Tree 2017
CARBON OFFSET PROGRAM
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The World Tree 2017 Carbon Offset Program
The World Tree 2017 Carbon Offset Program is a way you can directly impact climate change while making return on investment.
The program has two primary objectives:
- Generate income from the growth and harvest of Empress Splendor trees
- Offset the carbon footprint of our investors
For every $2500 invested in the company in 2017, World Tree will plant 1 acre of Empress Splendor trees.
Investors receive “COP 2017” shares in the company, which entitles them to 50% share of the profits upon harvest of those trees in ten years.
1 acre of Empress Splendor trees is enough to offset your carbon footprint for life.
“As long as the sun shines and the rain rains, trees just keep on growing”
– Billionnaire timber investor Jeremy Grantham on why he invests in trees.
- World Tree COP offers the opportunity to invest in sustainable timber production in North America and Costa Rica.
- The Program is based on the Empress Splendor tree, the fastest growing hardwood tree in the world.
- Downside risks are mitigated through geographically dispersed plantations.
- Management team with over 30 years experience growing Empress Splendor trees.
- Trees are managed and cared for by experienced farmers, reducing the upfront costs of land, labour and maintenance.
- COP 2017 shareholders receive 50% of the company profits from the harvest.
- Investment is eligible for RRSP and TFSA tax benefits.
This program may be for you if …
- You are seeking an alternative to oil, gas and mining and other environmentally destructive investments.
- You are saving for the future and can wait 10 years for a return.
- You are looking for an RRSP or TFSA eligible program.
- You wish to diversify your portfolio.
- You are an investor looking to impact climate change.
Issuer: World Tree COP Inc.
Minimum Subscription: $2500 CDN
Shares issued: COP 2017 @ $1 / share
Time to harvest: 10 years
Tax-deferred status: RRSP and TFSA eligible
I am so excited that we officially invested in TREES! When I first heard about this program I was intrigued, while also a bit skeptical. It almost sounded too good to be true! As in, how can the investor, World Tree and the FARMERS all WIN? I did more research and also got to know the people involved in the organization; turns out they are wonderful human beings.
This is part of my bigger investment and wealth strategy – using my dollars to support endeavours I believe in and things that support a better future for our planet and people. It feels good to make decisions in alignment with my values. How are you voting with your dollars in 2017?COP Investor
Investors receive COP 2017 shares. 1 acre of Empress Trees are planted for every $2500 invested. Investors receive a carbon offset certificate, subscription agreement for the investment. The investment may be done through an RRSP or TFSA account to receive immediate tax benefits.
World Tree has over 30 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.
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.
How it works
World Tree COP intends to plant over 200,000 Empress Splendor trees as part of our 2017 program. The Empress Spendor trees are planted and managed by World Tree certified farmers. They provide the land and take care of the trees using their own time and resources.
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.
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 2017 COP program receive 50% of the company profits from the harvest of the 2017 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 have been well maintained produce 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 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 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 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 this 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 5-acre plot yields up to 145,000 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.
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
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The World Tree Carbon Offset Program
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