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KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Inc. Closes Two Senior Loans Totaling $602.5 Million

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Inc. (the “Company” or “KREF”) (NYSE:KREF)
today announced the Company closed two floating-rate senior loans
totaling $602.5 million since the May 1st earnings release,
resulting in current second quarter 2019 originations of $785.1 million
across three senior loans. Year-to-date, KREF has originated five senior
loans totaling $999.1 million. As of today, the outstanding funded
portfolio is $4.3 billion.

Recent Investment Activity

In May 2019, KREF closed a $386.0 million floating-rate senior loan
secured by 857-units, across two luxury multifamily properties located
in Brooklyn, NY. The loan has a three-year initial term with two
one-year extension options, carries a coupon of LIBOR+2.7% and has an
appraised loan-to-value (“LTV”) of approximately 52%.

In addition, in May 2019, KREF closed a $216.5 million floating-rate
senior loan secured by a 1,070-unit, three property class-A multifamily
portfolio located in Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL and Fort Worth, TX. The
loan has a three-year initial term with two one-year extension options,
carries a coupon of LIBOR+3.5% and has an appraised LTV of approximately
74%.

The following table summarizes key features of the two recently closed
floating-rate senior loan transactions ($ in thousands):

 

                           
Month Maximum Initial Face Interest
Description/Location     Property Type     Originated     Face Amount     Amount Funded     Rate(A)     Maturity Date(B)     LTV
Senior Loan, Brooklyn, NY Multifamily May 2019 $ 386,000 $ 324,400 L + 2.7% June 2024 52 %
Senior Loan, Various Multifamily May 2019   216,500       171,850     L + 3.5 June 2024     74  
Total/Weighted Average $ 602,500     $ 496,250     L + 3.0%     60 %
 

(A) Floating rate based on one-month USD LIBOR
(B) Maturity date
assumes all extension options are exercised.

About KREF

KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Inc. (NYSE:KREF) is a real estate finance
company that focuses primarily on originating and acquiring senior loans
secured by commercial real estate properties. KREF is externally managed
and advised by an affiliate of KKR & Co. Inc. For additional information
about KREF, please visit its website at www.kkrreit.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains certain forward-looking statements within the
meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and
Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which
reflect the Company’s current views with respect to, among other things,
its future operations and financial performance. The forward-looking
statements are based on the Company’s beliefs, assumptions and
expectations, taking into account all information currently available to
it. These beliefs, assumptions and expectations can change as a result
of many possible events or factors, not all of which are known to the
Company or are within its control, including those described under Part
I—Item 1A. “Risk Factors” of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K
for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, filed with the Securities
and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), as such factors may be updated from
time to time in the Company’s periodic filings with the SEC.
Accordingly, actual outcomes or results may differ materially from those
indicated in this release. All forward looking statements in this
release speak only as of the date of this release. The Company
undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.

Definitions

“Loan-to-value ratio”: Generally based on the initial loan amount
divided by the as-is appraised value as of the date the loan was
originated.

Contacts

Media
Kristi Huller or Cara Major
(212) 750-8300
media@kkr.com

Investor
Relations

Michael Shapiro
(646) 901-5920
michael.shapiro@kkr.com

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PURA Cannabis Cultivation Spinoff and Dividend Breaking News Update

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Dallas, Texas–(Newsfile Corp. – July 10, 2020) – Puration, Inc. (OTC Pink: PURA) now has the following update to the press release published this morning about the management buyout of a separate public company that will in turn purchase PURA’s cannabis cultivation spinoff in exchange for common stock scheduled to close today. The management buyout has been executed by all parties. The purchase is scheduled to be funded on Monday. The management/owner team plans to make a formal announcement on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 (the formal announcement was previously expected on Monday, but to ensure funding is complete first, the announcement is now scheduled for the next day).

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The common stock issued in exchange for the PURA spinoff is intended to be issued to PURA shareholders in a dividend distribution.

NCM Biotech, a subsidiary of Kali-Extracts (OTC Pink: KALY) will also be acquired and merged with PURA’s cannabis spinoff.

The management team purchasing control of the target public company is expected to confirm the planned acquisitions of PURA’s cannabis cultivation company and KALY’s NCM Biotech in the announcement now scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

PURA’s cannabis cultivation operation is thriving. The operation has recently purchased and relocated to a new property from its former leased property. Texas lawmakers have recently implemented hemp friendly farming regulations and in so doing, universities within the State of Texas have initiated hemp farming research programs. PURA’s cannabis cultivation spinoff has initiated a number of joint research applications with Texas universities.

NCM Biotech is focused on medical research and the development of treatments derived from its patented cannabis extraction process. See a recent research report on CBD extracts derived from NCM Biotech’s patented extraction process: Journal of Cannabis Research.

For more information on Puration, visit http://www.purationinc.com

Disclaimer/Safe Harbor:

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Among others, these risks include the expectation that any of the companies mentioned herein will achieve significant sales, the failure to meet schedule or performance requirements of the companies’ contracts, the companies’ liquidity position, the companies’ ability to obtain new contracts, the emergence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing. In the light of these uncertainties, the forward-looking events referred to in this release might not occur. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Contact:
Puration, Inc.
Brian Shibley,
info@aciconglomerated.com
(800) 861-1350

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PURA Ongoing EVERx CBD Sports Water Sales Fuel Expansion

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Dallas, Texas–(Newsfile Corp. – July 10, 2020) – Puration, Inc. (OTC Pink: PURA) management today indicated that its EVERx CBD Sports Water sales remain strong and continue to support the company’s expansion plans to diversify into additional CBD infused consumer product lines.

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After launching an acquisition campaign in January, PURA has acquired four businesses ranging from CBD confections, to CBD pet products, to CBD sun care products and CBD sexual wellness products. PURA is building a brand name strategy to relaunch the acquired products. Management emphasizes that PURA’s success with EVERx CBD Sports Water is the ongoing catalyst making PURA’s diversified expansion possible.

For more information on Puration, visit http://www.purationinc.com

Disclaimer/Safe Harbor:

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Among others, these risks include the expectation that any of the companies mentioned herein will achieve significant sales, the failure to meet schedule or performance requirements of the companies’ contracts, the companies’ liquidity position, the companies’ ability to obtain new contracts, the emergence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing. In the light of these uncertainties, the forward-looking events referred to in this release might not occur. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Contact:
Puration, Inc.
Brian Shibley,
info@aciconglomerated.com
(800) 861-1350

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SLANG Worldwide Announces Election of New Directors

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Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – July 10, 2020) – SLANG Worldwide Inc. (CNSX: SLNG) (“SLANG” or the “Company“), a leading global cannabis consumer packaged goods (CPG) company with a diversified portfolio of popular brands, today announced the election of four new directors who will add considerable expertise in consumer products, marketing, corporate strategy and financial management to its Board.

Joining SLANG’s Board are the following individuals:

  • Chris Donnelly is the founder of four start-up ventures across consumer products, digital marketing, and outdoor advertising. In 2002, Mr. Donnelly helped create the subsidiaries group within Nike. In 2006, Mr. Donnelly joined Oakley as SVP of Global Strategy and Product, where he rebuilt the organizational structure for all 3,000 employees to align the company around its top priorities. Over 9 years, through 450 new retail stores and 4 website launches, he shifted the direct to consumer business from 11% of revenues to 48%. Since 2016, Mr. Donnelly has spent his time advising and investing in consumer businesses.

  • Kelly Ehler is a Chartered Accountant and former auditor with PWC and banker with Bank of Montreal. He has sat on various public company corporate boards and board committees including additional roles as Audit Committee chair. He has led several companies, from start-ups to billion-dollar public companies, as CFO in a variety of industries and countries. His experience covers debt financing, due diligence, acquisitions and dispositions, audits, consolidations, multi jurisdiction entities and multijurisdictional public companies. Mr. Ehler also serves as CFO of SLANG.

  • Matt Fraser is President and COO at CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective (“CANarchy”) where he leads all business operations across the portfolio of craft breweries. Under his leadership, CANarchy has grown to the 8th largest craft brewery in the United States and operates 8 manufacturing locations and 16 brewpubs and taprooms. He initially joined CANarchy as CFO, with responsibility for financial reporting and analysis, forecasting and overall budget management. Mr. Fraser previously spent eight years at Lazard Frères in its Middle Market advisory group.

  • Robert (Bob) Verdun specializes in helping businesses with their go to market/growth strategies and effective ways to maximize shareholder value. He has recently been involved in dozens of M&A transactions, advising company owners on strategies for growth, acquisitions, mergers and capital raises. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Computerized Facility Integration, Mr. Verdun established partnerships with some of the leading companies in its industry and became IBM’s largest global partner for multiple product lines.

“We are very pleased to welcome four new directors with tremendous experience leading and counseling growth companies across a range of sectors. Their insights will be valuable as SLANG continues to execute on its vision of becoming the leading CPG company in the cannabis space,” said SLANG Chairman and CEO Peter Miller. “On behalf of the Company, I would also like to thank Chris McElvany, William Stocks and Olaf van Tulder for their contributions to our Board during the crucial early stages of our growth.”

All seven of the nominees listed in the Management Information Circular dated June 9, 2020 were elected as directors of the Company at its annual and special meeting of shareholders held in a virtual format on July 8, 2020. Re-elected directors include Chris Driessen, Peter Miller and Keith Stein. Messrs. Donnelly, Fraser, Stein and Verdun are all considered independent directors of the Company.

Media and Investor inquiries

Investors@SLANGworldwide.co

About SLANG Worldwide Inc.

SLANG Worldwide Inc. is a global leader in the cannabis CPG sector with a diversified portfolio of popular brands distributed across the United States. The Company specializes in acquiring and developing market-proven regional brands as well as launching innovative new brands to seize global market opportunities. SLANG is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker symbol SLNG. For more information, please visit www.slangww.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements.” Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements, or developments in the industry to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words “expects,” “plans”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “projects”, “potential” and similar expressions, or that events or conditions “will”, “would”, “may”, “could” or “should” occur.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management of SLANG at this time, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive risks, uncertainties and contingencies that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Applicable risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to regulatory risks, risks related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, changes in laws, resolutions and guidelines, market risks, concentration risks, operating history, competition, the risks associated with international and foreign operations and the other risks identified under the headings “Risk Factors” in SLANG’s final long form prospectus dated January 17, 2019 and “Risks and Uncertainties” in the management discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2019, as filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. SLANG is not under any obligation, and expressly disclaims any intention or obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable law.

The Canadian Securities Exchange has not reviewed, approved or disapproved the content of this news release.

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