WORLD TREE

Empress Tree Investments

Eco-timber for the conscious investor

Acre of trees planted for every $2750 CAD invested.

%

Percentage of profits received by the investor at harvest.

Tons of carbon absorbed by 1 acre of trees in 10 years.

Sustainability

WITH DIVIDENDS

A truly green, climate-focused investment
Offset your carbon footprint for life
Low minimum investment of $2750 CAD
RRSP and TFSA eligible
Empress Investments represents a group of committed people who are using their money to make a difference in the world. Climate change, soil degradation and deforestation are issues that will affect us all. Our investors are putting their money into action to create climate change solutions while generating a return.

World Tree’s programs are based on the fastest growing tree in the world: The Empress Splendor.  When you invest in the Empress, you are investing in plantations of eco-timber across North and Central America. You are supporting farmers and protecting our forests, and get to share in the dividends from the sale of the lumber.

Long-term profit potential is projected to be high, as the United Nations predicts that demand for timber will double by 2050. With the majority of trees taking 20 to 50 years to reach maturity, eco-timber is a way to keep up the demand for timber without sacrificing our forests.

Please note that this Offering is available to Canadian and overseas investors only. Our US offering is available here.

Offering Summary

Issuer: World Tree COP Inc.
Price: $1.10
Min. Subscription: 2500 shares, $2750 CDN
Shares issued: World Tree COP 2018
Time to harvest: 10 years
RRSP and TFSA eligible: Yes
Deadline: December 31st, 2018

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How to invest

You can invest directly with us, or online via one of our partners.

How you invest makes no difference to your investment, you will not be charged fees whichever route you take.

Invest with FrontFundr

Invest with SVX 

Or Invest Direct with World Tree here

Investing in Empress trees

HOW IT WORKS

Invest in eco-timber production in North and Central America
1 acre of trees planted for every $2750 CAD invested
Risks from weather and disease are reduced by planting in multiple locations
Shareholders receive 50% of company profits
Empress Investments has two primary objectives:  To generate income from the harvest of Empress Splendor trees and to offset the carbon footprint of our investors. How we do that is by planting Empress trees for the purposes of timber production with our network of farmers in North and Central America.

Every year, World Tree brings together a group of investors who become part of a planting and harvest season. We grow trees with our farmers and when the trees mature, we all share in the profits.

This year, investors will receive shares in “World Tree COP 2018” and will receive dividends on the trees we harvest in 2028. The farmers who grow the trees on our behalf will receive 50% of the income from the sale of the lumber. The other half comes back to World Tree and we share our profits equally 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, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Planting in diverse locations allows us to spread the investment risk so that we are not depending on any single plantation or farmer.

 

World Tree

Provides the tree stock, know-how and a buyer for the lumber.

25%

of profits received upon harvest.

 

Farmers

Provide the land, labor, care, and maintenance of the trees.

50%

of profits received upon harvest.

 

Investors

Provide the funding that makes the program possible.

25%

of profits received upon harvest.

Did you know timber has outperformed the stock market for the last 100 years?

~ as reported by InvestmentU and Nasdaq Blog

Why invest in trees?

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
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.

The impact is degradation of our soils, destruction of our forests and reduced resiliency to climate change. For many of us investing in trees is a new concept. What you may not know is that timber is a valuable, finite resource that has consistently increased in value. Timber has increased in value at a rate 3% higher than inflation for the past 90 years. Since most timber investments are private holdings, they are not as susceptible to the whims of the stock market. In fact, timber has out-performed the stock market for the last 100 years.

For many of us investing in trees is a new concept. What you may not know is that timber is a valuable, finite resource that has consistently increased in value. Timber has increased in value at a rate 3% higher than inflation for the past 90 years. Since most timber investments are private holdings, they are not as susceptible to the whims of the stock market. In fact, timber has out-performed the stock market for the last 100 years.

Empress eco-timber is a way to keep up with demand, without sacrificing our forests.

Return on Investment 

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 right 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 preparation 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.

“As long as the sun shines and the rain rains, trees just keep on growing.”

~ Billionaire investor Jeremy Grantham on why he invests in trees.

How to invest

TAKE THE FUTURE INTO YOUR OWN HANDS

Empress investing is open to everyone, not just people who are already wealthy
Invest directly with World Tree or online with one of our partners
RRSP and TFSA eligible in Canada
Empress Investments is made possible by our investors. Thank you for considering this investment for your portfolio. Whether you are a first-time investor or whether you are an investment group, our scaleable offerings make it possible for everyone to participate.

To make it as easy as possible to invest, you can now invest online through our Equity Crowdfunding parters, Frontfundr and SVX:

If you would prefer to speak with someone, please contact our team at this email address. You can also join us at one of our live events or webinars.

Offering Summary

Issuer: World Tree COP Inc.
Price: $1.10
Min. Subscription: 2500 shares, $2750 CDN
Shares issued: World Tree COP 2018
Time to harvest: 10 years
RRSP and TFSA eligible: Yes
Deadline: December 31st, 2018

Download Brochure

How to invest

You can invest directly with us, or online via one of our partners.

How you invest makes no difference to your investment, you will not be charged fees whichever route you take.

Invest with FrontFundr

Invest with SVX 

Or Invest Direct with World Tree here

Risk Management

ANTICIPATING THE UNEXPECTED

We all know that investments carry risks and we advise you to read our Offering Documents so that you can understand both the risks and rewards involved with the program.

We are dealing with Mother Nature and 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 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 lower 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 1-acre plot can yield approximately 30,000 board feet of lumber. Empress Splendor lumber currently sells for between $3 and $14 per board foot 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. Salmon genes are used in tomatoes to develop frost resistance. This raises concerns that as such an organism could not possibly develop naturally. 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.

Disclaimer

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

The information provided herein includes forward-looking statements and projections. These statements relate to future events or future performance. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements or projections. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “expect”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “predict”, “potential”, “targeting”, “intend”, “could”, “might”, “continue” “projected” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions. Undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are based will occur. By its nature, forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not occur and may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements and projections made as the date hereof and are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. No obligation is assumed to update or revise any of the forward-looking statements after the date of the Offering Memorandum associated with this Offering to conform such statements to actual results or to changes in expectations except as otherwise required by applicable legislation. See Item 8 – Risk Factors and “Forward-Looking Statements” on page 4 of the Offering Memorandum associated with this Offering.

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