MENLO PARK, Calif., July 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Landec Corporation (Nasdaq:LNDC), a materials science Company that develops and markets innovative and patented products for healthy living applications in food and biomedical markets, announced that its subsidiary, Apio, Inc., has increased its equity investment in Windset Holdings 2010 Ltd. ("Windset") by purchasing 15,857 shares of non-voting Junior Preferred Stock which represents 8.5% of the outstanding Junior Preferred Stock and an additional 68 shares of Common Stock from the Newell Capital Corporation. The purchase of the 68 shares of Common Stock of Windset represents an additional 6.8% share in Apio's ownership in Windset and increases Apio's total Common Stock ownership in Windset from 20.1% to 26.9%.
The aggregate purchase price for the Junior Preferred Stock and the additional Common Stock was $11.0 million. With the increase in Apio's Common Stock ownership, beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, Apio will recognize 26.9% of the quarterly change in the fair market value of Windset. The increased ownership is not expected to have a significant impact on the change in the fair market value recognized by Apio in fiscal 2015 since the purchase of the new 68 shares of Common Stock approximated fair market value at the time of transaction.
Apio's strategic partnership with Windset, a leading grower of high tech greenhouse produce, began in July 2010 when Apio granted an exclusive license to Windset to use Landec's BreatheWay® packaging technology for cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. In February 2011, Apio purchased $15 million of non-voting Senior Preferred Stock and 201 shares of Common Stock in Windset which represented a 20.1% equity ownership interest in Windset.Apio's increased equity investment in Windset is the continuation of its ongoing strategic objective to pursue opportunities provided by healthy living trends that are driving increased consumer demand for fresh vegetables and fruit. Apio recognizes Windset as the most advanced and highest yielding hydroponic greenhouse vegetable producer in North America where the demand for hydroponic greenhouse grown produce is rapidly increasing. The hydroponic greenhouse process uses no soil and a fraction of the water required in field production. Furthermore, the process results in higher yields per acre and is not burdened with traditional weather-related risks.