S&W Seed Retains Lytham Partners For Investor
Robert Blum, Joe Dorame, Joe Diaz
Lytham Partners, LLC
PHOENIX, Arizona and FIVE POINTS, California -
June 21, 2011 - S&W Seed Company (Nasdaq: SANW), announced
today the retention of Lytham Partners, LLC to conduct a national
investor relations program.
Mark S. Grewal, president and CEO of S&W Seed Company,
commented, "S&W is now firmly positioned in three markets:
production and marketing of high salt- and heat-tolerant alfalfa
seed, the natural sweetener market via our new stevia planting
program, and seed cleaning and processing for other seed producers.
All three of these markets provide substantial growth opportunities
in the years to come. We believe the time is right to expand our
visibility within the national investment community as we execute
on our strategic business plan. Lytham Partners has developed
strong relationships in the institutional investor community that
we believe will benefit the Company going forward."
Grewal continued, "I want to personally thank Dodi Handy and the
entire team at Elite Financial Communications for the fine work
that they have done in representing S&W since our IPO. They
have helped us to build a presence within the national investment
community and we look forward to leveraging that presence in the
Joseph Diaz of Lytham Partners, LLC, commented, "We believe that
S&W Seed Company can be an emerging leader in the seed industry
with its alfalfa seed development program and in the natural
sweetener market as a stevia leaf supplier. With the increased
demands on our global food supply chain in conjunction with the
continued reduction of arable land, particularly in third world
countries, we believe S&W has developed a palette of products
that can grow and thrive in extremely challenging soil conditions.
Developed in a seed-breeding program spanning three decades,
S&W's high salt- and heat-tolerant alfalfa seed products can
make significant contributions to the food chain in meeting the
nutritional needs of people around the world. The coming
importance of S&W's salt tolerant varieties was highlighted as
recently as last week by a report released by the United Nations.
According to the report, 70 percent of the area that is available
to increase agricultural production, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa
and Latin America, suffers from soil and terrain constraints. The
key soil constraint impacting development is 'brackish soil,'
according to the report. This is the need that S&W has targeted
with its salt tolerant alfalfa varieties."
"The S&W management team and the Board of Directors have
extensive agricultural industry experience and the Company is
equipped to respond to the rapidly changing conditions that are the
hallmark of agriculture in the 21st century," continued Mr. Diaz.
"We believe that S&W has significant competitive advantages
that will serve the Company well as it works to further develop its
markets. We look forward to working with management and the Board
of Directors in the years to come."
About Lytham Partners
Lytham Partners, LLC provides expertise and guidance to
small-cap companies in the healthcare, technology, services,
agricultural, industrial, aerospace and defense segments, as well
as the consumer and capital goods industries. The firm is dedicated
to generating substantive communications programs with an emphasis
on developing management credibility via data, clear articulation
of achievable strategic plans, and timely interaction with
investors. For more information visit our website at
About S&W Seed Company
Founded in 1980 and headquartered in the Central Valley of
California, S&W Seed Company is a leading producer of warm
climate, high yield alfalfa seed varieties, including varieties
that can thrive in poor, saline soils, as verified over decades of
university-sponsored trials. S&W also offers seed cleaning and
processing at its 40-acre facility in Five Points, California and
has recently launched a business expansion initiative centered on
its plan to mass produce stevia leaf in the U.S. in response to
growing global demand for the all-natural, zero calorie sweetener
from the food and beverage industry. For more information, please
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