|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2019
|Schedule of Investments [Abstract]|
NOTE 4 – INVESTMENTS
At December 31, 2019 and 2018, the Company’s investments were comprised of the following:
In May 2019, the Company issued 500,000 shares of its common stock, valued at $1.59 million on the date of issuance, to purchase an 8.95% interest in Terrace Inc. (“Terrace”), a Canadian entity that develops and acquires international cannabis assets. The Company has no board representation, nor does it have the ability to exert operational or financial control over the entity.
In November 2019, the common stock of Terrace commenced public trading on the Toronto Stock Venture Exchange. In accordance with ASC 321, Investments – Equity Securities, this investment is carried at fair value, with changes to fair value recognized in net income. Prior to Terrace becoming publicly traded, the Company had elected the measurement alternative to value this equity investment without a readily determinable fair value.
At December 31, 2019, the carrying amount of this investment declined to approximately $1.45 million, based on its fair value on such date, and the Company recorded a charge to net income of approximately $141,000.
GenCanna Global Inc.
During 2018, in a series of transactions, the Company purchased $30 million of subordinated secured convertible debentures (the “GC Debentures”) of GenCanna. In February 2019, the Company converted the GC Debentures, plus unpaid accrued interest of approximately $229,000 through the conversion date, into common stock of GenCanna equal to a 33.5% ownership interest in GenCanna on a fully diluted basis. Concurrent with the conversion, Company’s CEO was appointed to GenCanna’s board and the Company was granted certain rights, including the rights of inspection, financial information, and participation in future security offerings of GenCanna.
Since the conversion date, this investment had been accounted for under the equity method. However, as previously discussed in Note 1 – Organization and Description of Business, GenCanna filed for voluntary reorganization under Chapter 11 in February 2020 with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Kentucky. As a result, the Company recorded a charge to net income of approximately $30.23 million, classified under Loss on Equity Investments on the statement of operations for the year ended December 31, 2019, which reduced the carrying value of this investment to zero.
CVP Worldwide LLC
In August 2018, the Company invested $300,000, of a total contracted cash investment of $500,000, and issued 378,259 shares of its common stock, valued at approximately $915,000, in exchange for a 23% ownership in CVP Worldwide LLC (“CVP”). CVP has developed a customer relationship management and marketing platform, branded under the name Sprout, which is specifically designed for companies in the cannabis industry.
The Company shall assist in the ongoing development and design of Sprout, and in marketing Sprout to companies within the cannabis industry. The Company shall earn a percentage share of Sprout’s revenues generated from sales (i) to the Company’s clients, and (ii) by the Company to third parties. As of December 31, 2019, no revenue was earned by the Company.
The investment is accounted under the equity method. In 2018, the Company recorded a charge to net income of approximately $43,000 based on its equity in CVP’s net loss during the period of the Company’s ownership. Such amount reduced the carrying value of the investment to approximately $1,172,000 at December 31, 2018. In 2019, the Company recorded a charge of approximately $105,000 representing the Company’s equity in CVP’s net loss during year, further reducing the carrying value of the investment to approximately $1,067,000 at December 31, 2019.
Iconic Ventures Inc.
In December 2018, the Company purchased 2,500,000 shares of common stock of Iconic Ventures Inc. (“Iconic”) for an aggregate cash payment of $500,000. Iconic has developed DabTabs™, a unique solution for cannabinoid vaporization via a convenient portable tablet that provides precisely measured dosing and acts as a storage system for full spectrum extracts, concentrates and distillates.
The Company’s investment equates to a current ownership interest in Iconic of approximately 10%. The Company has no board representation, nor does it have the ability to exert operational or financial control over the entity. In accordance with ASC 321, the Company elected the measurement alternative to value this equity investment without a readily determinable fair value. Under this alternative measurement election, the investment is recorded at its cost minus impairment, if any, plus or minus changes resulting from observable price changes in orderly transactions for the identical or a similar investment in Iconic.
In 2019, the Company wrote off the investment after an impairment review that considered the viability of the entity in light of the current economic climate. Accordingly, this investment was carried at zero and $500,000 on December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.
In January 2019, the entire principal and accrued interest balance of a note receivable from Chooze Corp. of approximately $258,000 was converted into a 2.7% equity interest in Chooze. In accordance with ASC 321, the Company elected the measurement alternative to value this equity investment without a readily determinable fair value. Following the Company’s purchase, there has been no impairment to this investment, nor any observable price changes to investments in the entity. Accordingly, this investment was carried at approximately $258,000 at December 31, 2019.
The Company will continue to apply the alternative measurement guidance until this investment does not qualify to be so measured. The Company may subsequently elect to measure this investment at fair value, and if so, shall measure all identical or similar investments in Chooze at fair value. Any subsequent changes in fair value shall be recognized in net income.
In July 2019, the Company entered into a licensing agreement for the exclusive manufacturing and distribution in seven eastern U.S. states of the Binske® portfolio of products, a brand known for utilizing best-in-class proprietary strains and craft ingredients in its edibles, concentrates, vaporizers, and topicals. In consideration for the license and other rights, the Company agreed to pay a royalty of 10.0% to 12.5% of gross revenue, as defined, derived from the sale of Binske® products, subject to an annual minimum royalty. No gross revenue was generated as of December 31, 2019.
In August 2019, the Company terminated the license agreement it had entered into in August 2018 for the use of a patented technology to produce and distribute cannabis products with precise dosing and at increased economies (“Vitiprints”). The licensing agreement had an initial term of five years, and required the Company to make a non-refundable payment of $250,000 which the Company charged to Cost of Revenues in August 2018.
The entire disclosure for investment holdings. This includes the long positions of investments for the entity. It contains investments in affiliated and unaffiliated issuers. The investments include securities and non securities (i.e. commodities and futures contracts).
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