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Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtOctober 9, 2019
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The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (US: TGODF) is looking for a new source of funding to complete construction at its Ancaster, Ontario facility. The company had planned on using a traditional commercial bank facility but said that as market conditions have changed, the terms were no longer acceptable.

TGOD has no debt and $56.7 million in cash available in Canada, which includes $40.2 million in restricted cash allocated to capital expenditures. If the company doesn’t get sufficient financing on reasonable terms within the required timeframe, it said it may have to revise the construction schedule for Ancaster and its Valleyfield project. TGOD also warned that this financing review may not result in an acceptable solution.

The stock was lately trading at C$1.73, down from its 52-week high of $6.61. Capital 10X (TGOD is a consulting client) recently initiated coverage on organic cannabis and forecast a rise in value for the stock by 377%. The analyst wrote, “Ultimately, we think TGOD is the best positioned of the organic growers. When we looked at the organic landscape, TGOD has the lowest operational risk, along with big potential upside. TGOD has a longer track record of execution (construction, branding, and cultivation) than any of its publicly traded peers, decreasing the risk they fail to grow at scale. TGOD also is aiming for true scale, with ambitions to not only be the largest organic grower but one of the largest growers period.”  

Construction Update

“We are doing something no other producer has done before, growing premium certified organic cannabis at scale.  By leveraging our proprietary growing methods, purpose-built facilities and industry-leading horticultural team, we are creating a wide economic moat within the premium organic segment,” commented Brian Athaide, CEO of TGOD.  “We are extremely proud to showcase the hard work that went into designing and building these state-of-the-art facilities as well as our cannabis 2.0 portfolio.”

The company said that construction at Ancaster is largely complete with all grow rooms licensed by Health Canada and approximately 6 weeks left before substantial completion of the processing facility. In a statement, the company said, “The evidence package for this final component is expected to be submitted to Health Canada by the end of November for licensing. The company will prioritize any financing secured to accelerate commercial production in order to ramp-up revenues. TGOD already has supply agreements in place with AlbertaBritish Columbia and Ontario, and plans to distribute nationally as production increases in 2020. Portfolio development is underway for Cannabis 2.0 with first phase of product launches scheduled for December 2019, including organic teas and infusers.”

The company took analysts for a tour at the Hamilton and Valleyfield facilities a few weeks ago. Valleyfield’s first phase on track to be completed in Q4 with the first harvest in early 2020, taking annual production capacity for the site to 65,000 kg. The Hamilton hybrid greenhouse now completed; all rooms licensed by Health Canada, bringing total annual production capacity for the site to 17,500 kg.

 


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtSeptember 4, 2019
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Aurora Cannabis Inc.  (NYSE | TSX: ACB) sold off its final 28,833,334 shares of The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd (CSE: TGOD) (OTC: TGODF) at a price of $3.00 per share for gross proceeds of roughly $86.5 million. The stock was lately trading at C$3.51 on the CSE and $2.63 on the OTC. The share represent 10.5% of the issued and outstanding shares of TGOD.

“Aurora has a broad portfolio of strategic investments that allow us to participate in opportunities throughout the cannabis sector, while providing the company with non-dilutive access to capital,” said Terry Booth, CEO of Aurora. “We evaluate our investment portfolio on a regular basis to make sure it continues to align with our investment strategy and corporate priorities. When we acquired Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation – an iconic and premium organic cannabis producer – our interest in TGOD became less important to our core strategy. Our return on our TGOD investment is significant and will add non-dilutive capital and further enhance our strategy to remain a dominant force in the global cannabis industry.”

The investment turned out to be a winner for Aurora. The company said that the sale represented an approximate 50% internal rate of return for the company. Aurora said it no longer holds any shares of TGOD, but it does continue to hold warrants to purchase 16,666,667 shares of TGOD.

TGOD stock got a lift on Tuesday after announcing it got approval from Health Canada to expand operations into its new hybrid greenhouse located in Hamilton, Ontario. The new facility is the third phase of TGOD’s Hamilton site, measuring 166,000 square feet with an annual production capacity of 17,500 kgs of premium organic cannabis.

Mo Money

Selling the TGOD shares was a quick way to bring money to the company’s coffers. In June, Stifel initiated coverage of Aurora with a Hold rating. The analyst W. Andrew Carter wrote, “Aurora Cannabis’ near-term growth strategy hinges heavily on its ability to return to the capital markets. The company has filed a base shelf prospectus of $750 million (roughly C$1 billion) and in conjunction with its 3Q19 earnings release, announced a supplement that included a $400 million of “at-the-market” distributions over a period of up to 25 months.”

At that time the stock was trading at C$10.65 and the analyst had a target price of C$10.00. The stock was lately trading at C$7.57.

The analyst went on to add, ” We question if Aurora has fully embraced the level of investment necessary to sustain a leading position in the Canadian market, and we believe the company could be challenged without the expertise of a consumer partner with a vested interest in the success of Aurora.”


StaffStaffSeptember 3, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for September 3, 2019.

On The Site

CBD

A new report from BDS Analytics titled “The Global Cannabinoids Market: Will CBD Overtake THC?” is forecasting that CBD sales will reach $20 billion by 2024. This would account for nearly 44%  of the $45 billion total forecasted
cannabinoid market (which includes legal cannabis).

Cannabidiol or CBD is a natural compound found within the cannabis plant. The report notes that CBD was first extracted from the cannabis plant in 1940, but it wasn’t until 1946 that Dr. Raphael Mechoulam identified the structure of CBD and later discovered properties within the compound to treat epilepsy. Since that time, the FDA approved the GW Pharmaceutical CBD drug Epidiolex for use in treating rare forms of epilepsy. Congress also passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized help and set off a tsunami of hemp-derived CBD products onto the marketplace.

Netherlands

Reforms to the Netherland’s opaque cannabis laws are finally underway after an agreement was struck on a four-year trial to provide cafes with a legal and regulated supply of the product.

Under existing law, cannabis can be sold over the counter in licensed coffee shops, but it is illegal to produce and supply the drug.

From 2021, 10 areas will acquire a legal supply of top quality cannabis from regulated producers for their cafes, in a bid to reduce black market activity.

In Other News

GrowGeneration

GrowGeneration Corp. (OTCQX: GRWG), has purchased the assets of Grand Rapids Hydroponics (GRH), with 1 location in Grand Rapids, MI. Following the acquisition, GrowGen now has 4 retail and warehouse locations in the Michigan market. 3rd Quarter Revenue is Tracking in Excess of $20 Million

“Grand Rapids Hydro marks our 7th acquisition in 2019, adding an accretive $8.0 Million in revenue to our Company. GRH, strategically located in Grand Rapids, MI., adds one of the largest and highest volume hydroponic garden centers in the country. Further, this acquisition positions the Company to service the ever-growing Michigan market.  GRH has a seasoned team and we are excited that the founder, Christopher Nicholson will be continuing in an executive sales and business development role for GrowGen.”

Golden Leaf

Golden Leaf Holdings Ltd. (CSE: GLH) (OTCQB: GLDFF) announced that Jeffrey Yapp will succeed John Varghese as CEO of Golden Leaf Holdings. Upon the resignation of Gary Zipfel on September 2, Mr. Yapp joined the Board of Directors. Mr. Varghese, who served as Interim CEO, will transition to the role of Executive Chairman and lead all capital markets related activities.

Rick Miller, current Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors stated, “We are enthusiastic about the wealth of experience, innovative thinking and consumer-oriented vision that Jeff will bring to the role of CEO. The Board remains confident in the great potential and growth prospects for Golden Leaf Holdings.  We want to thank John Varghese who stepped up to lead Golden Leaf through this transitional phase, for his professionalism and leadership over the last few months. As John takes on the role of Executive Chairman, I will continue to work closely with both gentlemen as the Company’s lead director.”

TGOD

The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd.  (TSX:TGOD) (US:TGODF) has obtained approval from Health Canada, under the Cannabis Regulations, to expand operations into its new hybrid greenhouse located in Hamilton, Ontario. The 123,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility will serve to increase TGOD’s premium organic cannabis production as it expands its sales in Canada.

TGOD’s hybrid greenhouse is the fruit of years of research and development. From its cutting-edge climate control systems and water recapture systems to LED lighting, it combines the latest technologies with natural elements such as living soil and natural sunlight.  This organic growing facility has a much better environmental footprint and lower waste than traditional large-scale cannabis growing.

“We are thrilled to start using this purpose-built hybrid greenhouse as we ramp up our production of premium organic cannabis, an underserved segment of the market,” commented Brian Athaide, CEO of TGOD.  “Our team pioneered the concept of growing organic cannabis at scale; this hybrid greenhouse has been artfully designed for organic cultivation, allowing us to reliably produce clean, safe and non-irradiated cannabis.”


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtAugust 7, 2019
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The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TGOD)  (TSX: TGOD) (US: TGODF) has submitted an application to list its common shares on the NASDAQ according to a statement from the company.

“This is an important step in the growth of TGOD, one that will broaden our investor base and increase access for international investors as we build the leading global organic cannabis brand”, commented Brian Athaide, CEO of TGOD. “Our team remains focused on executing our business plan and creating value for our shareholders.”

The listing of TGOD’s shares on the NASDAQ will be subject to a number of regulatory requirements, including registration of the common shares under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and a determination by the NASDAQ that TGOD has satisfied all applicable listing requirements.  Subject to approval for listing, the common shares will continue to trade on the TSX Exchange under ‘TGOD’, which is also the reserved symbol for the NASDAQ application.

In May, the company reported its first-quarter financial results for the period ending on March 31, 2019. Quarter-over-quarter revenue rose by 28% to $2.4 million. Much of that revenue was generated from the recently acquired HemPoland. The company experienced a net loss of $14.1 million, down $4 million from the previous quarter. Management attributes these losses to continued preparation for commercial cannabis production and its preparations to enter the adult-use market next year.

The company is on schedule with the construction of production facilities in Hamilton, Ontario and Valleyfield, Quebec. Approximately $46.9 million in investment is dedicated to the sites’ construction.

Close to the end of the quarter, TGOD launched Growers Circle, which sells medical cannabis directly to patients in Canada. The company did not record any revenue from the venture in the first quarter as the bulk of orders were shipped in April. However, revenues should appear on the financial results for the second quarter.


William SumnerWilliam SumnerMay 15, 2019
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After the markets closed yesterday, The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTCMKTS: TGODF) reported their first quarter financial results for the period ending on March 31, 2019.

Quarter-over-quarter revenue rose by 28% to $2.4 million. Much of that revenue was generated from the recently acquired HemPoland. The company experienced a net loss of $14.1 million, down $4 million from the previous quarter. Management attributes these losses to continued preparation for commercial cannabis production and its preparations to enter the adult-use market next year.

Quarterly Highlights

The company is on schedule with the construction of production facilities in Hamilton, Ontario and Valleyfield, Quebec. Approximately $46.9 million in investment is dedicated to the sites’ construction.

Close to the end of the quarter, TGOD launched Growers Circle, which sells medical cannabis directly to patients in Canada. The company did not record any revenue from the venture in the first quarter as the bulk of orders were shipped in April. However, revenues should appear on the financial results for the second quarter.

As of March 31, 2019, the company has a balance sheet of $224.4 million of cash and restricted cash, which will be used to fund the expansion of production facilities, operating costs, and international growth.

On May 15, 2019, TGOD management held a conference call to go over in detail the company’s financial results, and playback of the call can be listened to here for up to one week.

“Q1 results are continued proof that we are delivering on our business plan with executional excellence,” said Brian Athaide, CEO of TGOD. “The Company is now bringing to market high quality, premium certified organic cannabis flower and hemp-derived CBD oils. With the construction of the Hamilton facility nearing completion and our flagship Valleyfield facility on track, TGOD will soon be able to sell at scale in Canada and rapidly grow the organic segment that is currently being significantly under-served by the market.”


Video StaffVideo StaffSeptember 19, 2018

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At last week’s Green Market Summit in New York City, TheStreet’s founder and CNBC star Jim Cramer interviewed The Green Organic Dutchman’s (TGODF) Chief Executive Officer Brian Athaide in a keynote address. Cramer was specifically interested in Athaide’s background at Procter & Gamble (PG) and how that experience would translate to the cannabis industry.

Cramer and Athaide also discussed cannabis company valuations and whether they were too rich. The Constellation Brands (STZ) investment into Canopy Growth Corp. (CGC) was also discussed. Athaide told Cramer that he didn’t think Constellation overpaid at all. He thinks they actually got a good deal. This is a fascinating interview that is well worth watching.

Video editing was performed by Small Cap Nation.


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtSeptember 4, 2018
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Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACBFF) said that it has closed its previously announced debt facility with the Bank of Montreal for a C$150 million term loan and a $50 million revolving credit facility. The two pieces of debt will mature in 2021 with the option to increase it to C$250 million.

According to a company statement, the debt facility is primarily secured by Aurora’s production facilities, including Aurora Sky, Aurora Mountain, and Aurora Vie. Aurora Sky is strategically located at Edmonton International Airpor and is projected to produce in excess of 100,000 kg per year of high-quality, low-cost per gram, cannabis upon completion.

“We are incredibly proud to have successfully closed this historic debt facility supported by a premier Canadian bank, BMO, who understands our needs and potential. This is both a reflection of the rapidly maturing nature of the broader cannabis industry and strong validation of the economic potential of Aurora’s best-in-class, technologically advanced production facilities,” said Terry Booth, CEO of Aurora. “This additional capital positions us well to continue building the pre-eminent global cannabis company with a focus on vertically integrated, geographically and horizontally diversified assets.”

In addition to closing on the debt deal, Aurora also announced that it has agreed with The Green Organic Dutchman (TGODF) to extend its deadline for the company’s first milestone option by six weeks. to October 12, 2018, from the original date of August 2. The option enables Aurora to purchase an additional 8% of TGOD shares.

“The Aurora partnership has been incredibly beneficial for both parties to date,” said Brian Athaide, TGOD’s CEO. “In addition to the organic supply agreement, the value of Aurora’s initial investment has increased nearly five-fold. In turn, the assistance provided by the Aurora team has helped accelerate our progress across all divisions, and we look forward to continuing our strategic partnership as we work towards building the largest organic cannabis brand in the world,” continued Athaide.

Terry Booth, CEO of Aurora, added, “We are pleased with the progress made at TGOD to date, as reflected by the significant appreciation of our investment. We are now working with the TGOD team on finalizing the details of our go forward partnership, and we will continue to support them as they execute on their strategy.”


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtAugust 21, 2018
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The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd.  (TGODF) signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of privately-held HemPoland in an immediately accretive cash and share transaction.

HemPoland is a leading European manufacturer and marketer of premium organic CBD oils led by founder and CEO, Maciej Kowalski, one of Europe’s most widely recognized CBD experts. TGOD’s goal in the acquisition is to get access to HemPoland’s vast distribution network, premium Cannabigold brand, hemp oil extraction technologies, and get a jump into the European market for TGOD’s medical & recreational products and licensing deals. In 2017, the company produced over 32,000 kgs of organic dried flower and 310 kgs of organic CBD oils.

The deal will cost of US$7.75 million in cash and 1,968,323 restricted TGOD shares currently worth US$7.75 million with an additional US$10.3 million cash investment for rapid European expansion. In addition to that, there are performance-based incentives of up to US$12 million for delivery of US$32 million of EBITDA in fiscal 2021.

“HemPoland is a key component to a number of strategic acquisitions and planned partnerships focused on expanding our global distribution network. This acquisition will significantly add to the Company’s top and bottom line,” said Brian Athaide, CEO of TGOD. “Gaining market share with CBD products now, in the EU, with over 700 locations allows TGOD to establish immediate brand awareness across all verticals including infused beverages. This is an accretive acquisition and gateway to Europe’s 750 million people accelerating our plan of becoming the world’s largest organic cannabis brand,” continued Athaide.

HemPoland was founded in 2014 and was the first company in Poland to obtain a state license allowing the company to grow hemp and manufacture CBD oil products. According to the company statement, HemPoland’s management is comprised of experts in cultivation, oil extraction, and marketing of high-quality organic CBD oil. The company is vertically integrated, with over 1,250 acres of cultivation leveraging third parties, multiple commercial-scale extraction units, local distributors in Poland, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Ireland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Lithuania, and Estonia, and product sales in over 700 locations.

“We are pleased to join forces with the premier brand in organic cannabis, TGOD, to scale the growth of our business both domestically and internationally,” said Maciej Kowalski, Founder, and CEO of HemPoland. “The market and demand for premium organic cannabis and CBD oil is just the beginning, ultimately leading to a variety of higher margin products. Having access to TGOD’s capital, licensing deals, experienced leadership team, and intellectual property will significantly drive momentum for our brand and our company. We are proud to be part of the TGOD family and look forward to becoming the global leaders in organic cannabis.”

Terms Of The Deal

The financial terms of the transaction are US$7.75 million cash and 1,968,323 restricted TGOD shares currently worth US$7.75 million, which will be escrowed for a term of three years from closing. In addition, there is contingent consideration of up to 3,047,722 shares of TGOD currently worth US$12 million based on delivery of US$32 million EBITDA in the 2021 fiscal year. TGOD will invest a further US$10.3 million in HemPoland to fund product development, R&D, drug development and continue global expansion initiatives.

Stock Performance

TGOD was lately trading at $3.93 on the OTC Markets, down from its 52-week high of $7.57, but above its year low of $2.78.


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtAugust 15, 2018
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The Green Organic Dutchman (TGODF) reported its quarterly results that demonstrate the company is still in a phase of ramping up as there are no sales to report as of yet. The net loss for the quarter ending June 30, 2018, was C$8.5 million or C$0.04 per share versus last year’s C$2.3 million loss or C$0.02 per share.

The company celebrated its successful Initial Public Offering during the quarter that raised C$132 million and listed its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange. This resulted in the shareholder count jumping from 4,000 to over 20,000. These shareholders are clearly pinning their hopes on the many deals that TGOD has arranged and the eventual success of the company’s cultivation facilities.

TGOD said it has spent C$20 million so far on the construction of its facilities in Ancaster, Ontario, and Valleyfield, Quebec. It has also announced several strategic licensing agreements with top US brands including Stillwater Brands, Evolabs, and CBx Sciences. TGOD also signed a strategic partnership agreement with Epican Medicinals Limited, a vertically integrated Jamaican cannabis company and completed a letter of intent with Denmark’s Queen Genetics/Knud Jepsen A/S, which, if completed will increase TGOD’s total organic-funded capacity to 195,000 kgs.

“We are pleased with the accomplishments we have made in such a short period of time. We have invested heavily in building the foundation to drive our Company forward at an unparalleled pace,” said Brian Athaide, TGOD’s CEO. “Construction is on schedule across all jurisdictions and we continue to aggressively build our medical and adult-use brand. TGOD is investing heavily in consumer research, R&D and simultaneously building both the capability and systems needed to rapidly scale as we prepare for the adult-use market,” continued Athaide.

“The announcement of the partnership with Jamaica is just the beginning for our international expansion plans,” said Csaba Reider, the Company’s President. “TGOD’s business plan calls for operations in 12 countries on three continents by the end of 2018 with a focus on Europe and Latin America. We continue to make strategic additions across all divisions of the Company to execute on our expansion plans,” continued Reider.

Looking Ahead

TGOD is preparing for the launch of its premium organic brand and the company focuses on R&D to develop innovative cannabis consumer products for both the medical and recreational markets. According to the company statement, TGOD’s patient database continues to experience significant month over month growth as TGOD’s brand of organically-certified cannabis continues to gain increased recognition. The back-office e-commerce network agreement with Shopify has been consummated, and TGOD continues to develop a robust e-commerce platform to support domestic and international expansion.

Stock Performance

TGOD stock was lately trading at C$5.02 on the Toronto Exchange, down from its year high of C$8.15. The OTC traded stock was at $3.82, down from its 52-week high of $7.56.


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtJuly 19, 2018
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The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TGODF) is distributing a dividend that will consist of a warrant in a new corporation called TGOD Acquisitions to its shareholders. The company will do just as the name says – acquire and develop worldwide opportunities.

TGOD said that it had met with many cannabis companies around the world that didn’t quite fit with the company, but believes the properties would benefit their shareholders. The company said that it plans to execute a series of staged financings and acquisitions that would ultimately lead to a late 2018 target IPO date.

“This is an incredible opportunity for TGOD to transfer expertise and monetize our proprietary knowledge from the Canadian marketplace. We will partner with innovative and disruptive companies that we can assist with capital market knowledge and unique retail-exclusive financing methods. The intention is to raise additional capital and list TGOD Acquisitions on the Canadian Securities Exchange. We are excited about this unique opportunity to reward our investors and provide additional value to TGOD shareholders,” said TGOD CEO, Brian Athaide.

Once the spin-out is complete TGOD Acquisitions will operate separately from TGOD and will have its own Board of Directors and management.

Terms

According to a company statement, TGOD will distribute to its shareholders a Warrant to acquire a TGOD Acquisitions Unit for $0.50. Each Unit will consist of one share plus an additional warrant for the investor. This additional warrant (the “Additional Warrant”) will be triggered by a subsequent financing to occur following the initial $0.50 offering.

The distribution will be paid on the basis of one Warrant for every 6.67 TGOD shares owned on the record date, to be fixed by the Board of Directors of TGOD following satisfaction of the conditions for the Arrangement.

TGOD and TGOD Acquisitions will enter into a repayable funding agreement, whereby TGOD will provide $25,000,000 of working capital to TGOD Acquisitions. This will be repayable by TGOD Acquisitions prior to completion of any investment. In consideration for the funding agreement, TGOD Acquisitions will issue a restricted warrant to purchase 50 million common shares for a period of 25 years from the date upon which the shares of TGOD Acquisitions commence trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

“We have developed a significant amount of intrinsic value from years of corporate development at TGOD,” said Brian Athaide. “Capitalizing on these efforts will add value to both TGOD’s balance sheet and the investment portfolios of our shareholders,” continued Athaide.



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