TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/28/14 -- GreenStar Agricultural Corporation (TSX VENTURE: GRE) (the "Company" or "GreenStar"), a processor of agricultural products such as canned fruits and vegetables for distribution to international and domestic markets, announced today that the filing of its annual financial statements, management's discussion and analysis and the related officer certifications for the financial year ended December 31, 2013 (collectively, the "Annual Filings") will be delayed beyond the filing deadline of April 30, 2014. The Company's auditors have advised that they will not be able to complete all their audit procedures and render an audit opinion by the filing deadline.
As a result of this delay, the Company intends to make an application to the Ontario Securities Commission and other relevant securities regulatory authorities under applicable securities legislation for the issuance of a management and insider cease trade order ("MCTO") in connection with the anticipated filing delay. If an MCTO is granted, it will prohibit the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, and likely the directors and other insiders of the Company, from trading in securities of the Company for so long as the Annual Filings have not been completed. The issuance of an MCTO would generally not affect the ability of persons who are not, or who have not been, directors, officers or other insiders of the Company to trade in the Company's securities.
The Company also announced Conor Bill's resignation from the Board, due to his increased work load and competing pressures on his time. The Board wishes to thank Mr. Bill for his valuable contribution to the Company during his tenure as a director and wishes him well in his future endeavours. Mr. Bob Guo, a director of the Company, will temporality replace Mr. Bill as an interim member of the Company's audit committee.
The Company also announced that its quarterly dividend of $0.015/share payable in respect of the first quarter of 2014 will be paid as previously disclosed in the news releases dated March 4 and 5, 2014 and will be paid to all eligible shareholders as scheduled, on April 30, 2014.
GreenStar operates two main divisions, agricultural and food processing. The agricultural division is involved in the cultivation and harvesting of agricultural products such as fresh fruit and vegetables, for sale either directly as fresh fruit and vegetables or canned, and sold overseas and domestically. The food processing division is primarily involved in the processing of canned food, which includes canned tomato paste, canned boiled bamboo shoots, canned oranges, canned peaches and various other types of fruits and vegetables.
GreenStar has been operating for over 19 years. Through the application of science and technology in production, quality control and assurance, and business operations and management, GreenStar has focused on maintaining product and reputational excellence with a high standard of food quality. Key assets include a well established management team, modern production facilities, and a close partnership with local farmers.
GreenStar Agricultural Corp. is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "GRE".
For further information on GreenStar please visit our web site at www.greenstaragricultural.com.
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Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information:
Certain statements in this press release may constitute ''forward looking'' statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. When used in this press release, such statements may use such words as ''may'', ''will'', ''expect'', ''believe'', ''plan'' and other similar terminology. These statements reflect management's current expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date of this press release.
Forward looking information in this press release includes, but is not limited to, the Company's intention to file the application for the MCTO, the Company's expectation on whether the MCTO will be granted and the expected terms and effects of the MCTO if granted, management's expectation to make the Annual Filings, and management's plan to make the Q1 2014 dividend payment and timing for such dividend payment. Forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking information. The Company believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information contained in this press release. Some of the risks and other factors which could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information contained in this press release include, but are not limited to: risk of regulatory authorities not granting the MCTO, risk of the terms of the MCTO being different from anticipated, international, national and local business and economic conditions; political or economic instability in the Company's markets; competition; legislation and governmental regulation; and accounting policies and practices. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Please see the Company's annual MD&A dated April 25, 2013, available on www.sedar.com, for a more detailed description of the risk factors. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward looking information, whether a result of new information, future results or otherwise, except as required by law.