Health, Household & Therapeutic Products from the Vetiver Plant

Opportunity Snapshot

  • Country: USA USA
  • Industry: Agriculture
  • Stage: Start-up
  • Investment size: $2,400,000 / min. $100,000
  • Type of investment: Debt, Equity
Vetiver-Based Products Vetiver is a small, aromatic shrub used in the fragrance, specialty food, and alternative medicine industries. Its fragrance is well demanded for its grounding, calming and balancing impact.

Investment Opportunity

Health, personal care & household products derived from the plant "VETIVER" and grown in a highly automated 20 acres organic greenhouse in the Pacific North West, USA.

Demand projection divulges that the domestic demand for value added products from the essential oil Vetiver is substantial and is increasing with time. Vetiver is a small, aromatic shrub used in the fragrance, specialty food, and alternative medicine industries. Accordingly, the planned plant is set to produce 1/4 tons annually of vetiver oil with byproducts such as floral water and manufacture in house over 100 value added products. The total investment cost of the project including working capital is estimated at $2.4 million dollars and creates 51 jobs.

We are running an organic, bottom-up, non-GMO, vertically integrated initiative which will consist of cultivating vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) along with two other supporting crops namely menthol mint (Mentha arivensis) and tulsi (Ocimum basilicum) , processing, transforming it, and directly creating value-added products which will be sold to markets in France, U.S.A. Canada and Japan.

We will also design, build and operate a ‘state of the art’ automation greenhouses. Our uniqueness is in how we grow our crops, and in our self-sufficiency. Vetiver will grow in environmentally controlled and monitored Climate Buildings on 20 acres greenhouse ‘Ranges’. Our facilities will be powered and heated by our biomass generator that utilizes renewable fuels derived from the vetiver grass.

Production will be year round in cold or hot weather. Irrigation water will be recycled and we control exactly what goes into our product.

Our operation provides the following:
• Energy: Use renewable fuels for heat and electricity on site –carbon neutral facilities
• Wellness: Lower medical costs, benefits of therapeutic extracts of vetiver
• Job Security: Year round steady employment
• Sustainability: No depletion of land, low water consumption, zero pollution, and competitive products
• Markets: Replace imports, and develop exports
• Local Supply: Fresh botanical year round unaffected by climate change

We would create a brand concept consisting of Personal Care Products, Therapeutic Products, Kitchen Products, Home Products, Outdoor Products, Pest Control Products, Plant Control Products and Pet & Animal Products.

Statera innovation in this project is the cultivation and production of essentials oil from vetiver grass following organic agriculture farming practices. Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of external inputs with adverse effects.

Building our own Production Center, manufacturing Center and developing our own formulas, recipes and procedures on a 20 acre farm will allow us to retain full product value within the venture and also distinguish us from many others, not least in allowing us to further affirm our focus on quality by knowing intimately our source of fibers and essential oil – our own organically certified fields!

Use of financing

• Land Development & Construction
• Interior, Furniture, administration, Branding and Equipment
• Employee salary & other expenses (for 6 months)

The funds will be used for development of the project - design, construction, project management Procuring raw materials, marketing products, in the production process and working capital during initial years.

Investors have options to invest in Equity or Debt.

The construction period is expected to be in 2 phases of 1 year each total 2 yrs.

The terms, interest rates and loan covenants are to be determined during negotiations.

The Company requires financing of approximately US$2.4 million over the next 2 years to fund its operations.

The overall construction cost is estimated at US$1.8 million over the next two (2) years, which excludes the land cost of US$450,000.

The Project is expected to be profitable over the investment period, reporting a projected Profit after Tax of US$206,600 in year 3.

Annual Percentage return:
Year 2 - 10%
Year 3 - 11.8%
Year 4 - 14.1%
Year 5 - 17.2%
Year 6 - 20%

The above show the anticipated return on investment, we expect the investment will be recouped over a 6 year time frame.

Opportunity for the investor

We are a startup company with high growth potential within the technological and alternative value-added personal care, household and therapeutic product industries.

For debt investors the expected payback period will be 5 years with a rate of interest of 14% per year.

For equity investors we are offering 25-35 % share in the company depending on the involvement.

The company is interested in gaining a return on investment within approximately 3-5 years. Statera possess the following attributes:
• Huge growth prospects – typically because of meeting a critical customer need
• One or more great customers
• The potential to lead their market
• Sustainable competitive advantage
• A business model that is highly scalable and relatively capital efficient
• Not in a sector already crowded by other venture-backed companies

Our business model is very simple. As we are in a growing stage, to leverage the risk we will initially outsource the manufacturing process to a third party. Our team designs and monitors the process and we hand-check each product to match the requirements.

Upon successful funding we estimate our growth at 30% annually. We will be able to set up our own manufacturing unit in the third year.

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