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FastForward Innovations agrees to invest US$1mln in Yooma, reshuffles board as CEO resigns

Yooma is planning to partner with leading social and e-commerce platforms to create the first hemp and CBD lifestyle company in Asia

FastForward Innovations Limited - FastForward Innovations agrees to invest US$1mln in Yooma, chairman and CEO resigns

FastForward Innovations Ltd (LON:FFWD) said it has agreed to invest US$1mln in hemp-based wellness products firm Yooma Corp at a price of US$0.65 per share.

The investment forms part of a US$5mln fundraising following FastForward’s sale of its holding in Entertainment Direct Asia to Yooma announced last April.

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Following the investment, FastForward will hold a 10.65% stake in Yooma with an implied value of US$2.33mln.

Yooma is planning to partner with some of Pan-Asia’s leading social and e-commerce platforms to create the first hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) lifestyle company in Asia.

Yooma will initially focus on hemp-based wellness products in China but will expand to include licenced CBD products in new territories as the business develops.

Board changes

Meanwhile, FastForward also announced that its chairman and chief executive Lorne Abony has agreed to step down with immediate effect to pursue other business interests, and will also be appointed as a non-executive director of Yooma.

Abony has also agreed with FastFoward that he will continue to monitor the company's interests in Yooma, EMMAC Life Sciences, Vemo Education and Leap Gaming, where he is also a director.

FastFoward said it has appointed non-executive director Ed McDermott as its new CEO with immediate effect, while fellow non-executive director Ian Burns will serve as non-executive chairman.

"Lorne has been a great mentor to me personally and most importantly a huge supporter of FFWD. He has created an excellent platform for investors of any size to gain exposure to opportunities that are too often reserved for super high net worth investors or venture capital funds, and I am delighted that we will continue to work with him in his capacity as one of our largest shareholders and a director of four of our investee companies, EMMAC Life Sciences, Vemo Education, Leap Gaming and Yooma”, McDermott said.

"We are excited by the potential of Yooma in taking European and US hemp oil products into the largely untapped Chinese market at a time when the Chinese Government is actively encouraging the continued development of online retail in China. The Yooma team has a unique combination of Asian markets insight, and a successful history of financing, launching, and exiting hemp-related businesses in North America and Europe", he added.

Shares in FastForward were 1.6% lower at 6.2p in mid-morning trading on Monday.

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