Sino Agro Food, Inc. (OTCQX: SIAF) operates as a specialized investment company that focuses on the protein and food markets. Tri-way Industries was formerly a subsidiary of Sino Agro Foods, Inc., but it has since been spun off into a new entity. However, Sino Agro Foods, Inc. still maintains a 36.6% ownership interest in the company. Shares of the food company are rallying 8.67% on Monday, July 17, 2017. Over the past month, the company saw average daily volume of 83,113 shares. However, volume of 124,511 shares or dollar volume of $267,698, has already exchanged hands today.

Shares of Sino Agro Foods, Inc. are gaining today, after the Agricultural Bank of China Co. Ltd. signed a Bank-Enterprise Comprehensive Agreement with Jiangman Yili Fisheries, a subsidiary of Tri-way Industries. Here is the full press release detailing of the agreement:

Sino Agro Foods, Inc. Press Release:

GUANGZHOU, China, July 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sino Agro Food, Inc. (OTCQX: SIAF | OSE: SIAF-ME), a specialized investment company focused on protein food including seafood and cattle, wishes to announce a key agreement toward the financing and spinoff of its former subsidiary, Tri-way Industries, in which Sino Agro Food, Inc. holds a 36.6% ownership interest.

Agricultural Bank of China (“ABC”) and Jiangman Yili Fisheries Co. Ltd. China (“JFD”), a fully owned subsidiary of Tri-way Industries Ltd. (“TW”) have signed a Bank-Enterprise Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation Agreement (“BECSCA”) this past week in Guangzhou. JFD is one of the select companies afforded this level of partnership with ABC in the Guangdong region.

ABC is providing a revolving credit facility to TW/JFD, which is eligible to be drawn incrementally up to its maximum line of RMB 100 million, with the maximum line intermittently increased as experience and corollaries between ABC and TW/JFD materialize. The monetary amount designated for each draw and its use will be determined in consultation between both parties. A rolling audit of TW/JFD by ABC is one of the conditions that must be met satisfactorily to permit continued use and increase of the revolving credit facility.

In addition to the revolving credit facility, the other major provisions of the agreement include:

  • Personal banking VIP channel, which provides one-on-one consultation and expedited services to its clients;
  • Bond and debt advisory, including bond underwriting, debt financing, and/or direct (equity) investment in the Company;
  • Foreign lending and/or foreign investment facilitation, utilizing ABC’s international network of investors and lenders to obtain outside funding sources in addition to those provided by ABC.

According to the BECSCA, these and other provisions afforded TW/JFD culminate in what best can be described as a “win-win” joint venture.

Agricultural Bank of China Co., Ltd., the world’s third largest bank based on reported assets, is oriented to create partnerships with well-vetted corporations with an international focus.

TW plans to develop an aggressive export sales side to complement its already strong domestic sales operations. This is one of the primary reasons ABC has requested the Company to become an Enterprise Partner during the build-out phase of its development.

CEO and CFO Commentary 

Mr. Solomon Lee, interim Chairman of TW as well as Chairman and CEO of Sino Agro Food, Inc., extended his sincere appreciation to the collective management of ABC for their high level of trust and confidence expressed in TW/JFD’s current operations, and its future impact, both locally and internationally.

Mr. Lee stated, “the ‘win-win’ partnership signed today with ABC, increases TW/JFD’s capacity to meet its development goals while enhancing its status as an economic driver throughout the region. Along with its recent 5A-1 rating by Dun and Bradstreet, the BECSCA arrangement provides further testament to JFD’s parent, TW, providing additional merit to the Company’s overall standing and expanded opportunities within the banking and business communities.”

SIAF CFO Dan Ritchey elaborated, “ABC is perhaps uniquely well-suited to help Tri-Way meet its aims, through not only financial commitment, but also direct strategic communication, and what it says to partners, customers, and other constituents about Tri-Way. As communicated previously, Tri-way is in discussions with financial institutions in other Asian countries.”

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