Organic cannabis company The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (OTC: TGODF) reported revenue of C$3.06 million for the first quarter of 2020 ended March 31, 2020. The company also delivered a net loss of $73.4 million – a staggering amount when the revenues are so small, but it was at least an improvement over the fourth quarter’s net loss of $144 million.
TGOD said that the revenue mostly consisted of hemp-derived product sales in Europe of $2.40 million and sales from cannabis products in Canada of $0.66 million. The meager Canadian sales were blamed on a limited product assortment while the company scaled up its Ancaster cultivation and processing capacity from the prior quarter.
The bulk of the net loss was attributed to a write-down on the book value of the company’s global assets by $55.8 million for impairment as of March 31, 2020. “This reflects the uncertainty created by the pandemic, including the evolution of market demand, the temporary cessation of operating activities in Valleyfield, Québec, and the reduction of activity in Jamaica. This non-cash impairment charge is in line with the announcement on May 14, 2020, and does not impact the Company’s operations or liquidity.”
“I am proud of the resilience demonstrated by everyone on the team in the face of the global pandemic. With safety as our top priority, we have quickly adapted our processes, allowing our operations to continue running smoothly and uninterrupted to ensure that we meet the needs of our patients and consumers,” commented Brian Athaide, CEO of TGOD. “I am also satisfied with the progress we have made on bringing innovative new products to market and expanding distribution. TGOD remains on track to becoming operational cash-flow positive later this year,” added Athaide.
The company’s total operating expenses for the quarter were $16.9 million, but with revenue of only $3 million the company will need to either cut expenses even further or find a way to bring in more revenue. Prior to the end of the first quarter, TGOD was in a very precarious situation. At the end of March, the company had negative working capital of $8,197 (December 31, 2019 – positive working capital of $14,939) and an accumulated deficit of $327,169.
The company says that through its various financing arrangements, that it has enough funds for operations at this time. These deals are as follows:
- The Company entered into a definitive agreement for a second-lien revolving credit facility (“Revolver Loan”) with a commercial lender for gross proceeds of up to $30 million of which $10 million of the revolving credit facility was funded on April 22, 2020.
- The Company executed an amendment with the lender under its senior secured credit facility. On April 27, 2020, the Company received an accordion advance of $5 million and issued 1,500,000 warrants exercisable at $0.39 per share exercisable for 36 months to the lender.
- Also on April 27, 2020, the Company completed a bought deal equity financing of 20,536,700 units at $0.28 for gross proceeds of $5.75 million. Each unit consisted of one common share and one-half common share purchase warrant, with each whole warrant being exercisable at $0.38 for 36 months.
The company has postponed the startup of its Valleyfield Facility in order to centralize cultivation in Canada at its facility in Ancaster, Ontario. The company said it has temporarily laid off the majority of its employees in Valleyfield with the intention of beginning operations at the Valleyfield Facility later in 2020, should market conditions improve.
TGOD said that it expects that the net proceeds, together with cash on hand, amounts available under previously announced credit facilities, and positive cash flow generated from anticipated revenues, will be sufficient to fund operations going forward. TGOD expects revenue growth acceleration to be driven mainly by product innovation. Its first 2.0 product, the TGOD Infuser, launched during March 2020 and quickly became a top-selling SKU within the beverage category; new formats of the popular dissolvable powder will be launching in June 2020