Annual Report (10-k)

Date : 05/03/2019 @ 9:51PM
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Stock : Agritek Holdings, Inc. (AGTK)
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Annual Report (10-k)

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K

 

(Mark One)

 

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018

 

OR

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Commission File Number: 000-1321002

 
AGRITEK HOLDINGS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

     
Delaware   20-1321002
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
     
777 Brickell Ave. Suite 500    
Miami, FL   33131
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

 

 
(305) 721-2727
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Securities registered u nder Section 12(b) of the Act: None

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: Common Stock, $0.0001 par value

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes ☐ No ☑

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes ☑ No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the issuer (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or has for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes☑ No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes☑ No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§229.405) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. ☑

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer ☐ Accelerated filer ☐
Non-accelerated filer☐ (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

Smaller reporting company ☑

Emerging growth company ☑

 If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act). Yes ☐ No ☑

 

State the aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price at which the common equity was last sold, or the average bid and asked price of such common equity, as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter. $16,995,794 on June 30, 2018.

 

The number of shares outstanding of the registrant’s $0.0001 par value Common Stock as of May 3, 2019, was 6,538,578.

 

 
 

 

 

Table of Contents

 

 

  PART I Page
     
Item 1 Business 4
Item 1A Risk Factors 13
Item 1B Unresolved Staff Comments 32
Item 2 Properties 32
Item 3 Legal Proceedings 33
Item 4 Mine Safety Disclosures 33
     
  PART II  
     
Item 5 Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities 33
Item 6 Selected Financial Data 37
Item 7 Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 37
Item 7A Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 44
Item 8 Financial Statements and Supplementary Data 44
Item 9 Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure 44
Item 9A Controls and Procedures 44
Item 9B Other Information 45
     
  PART III  
     
Item 10 Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance 46
Item 11 Executive Compensation 48
Item 12 Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters 49
Item 13 Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence 50
Item 14 Principal Accountant Fees and Services 51
     
  PART IV  
     
Item 15 Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules 52
  Signatures 55

   

 

 
 

 

 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This report contains forward-looking statements. The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) encourages companies to disclose forward-looking information so that investors can better understand a company’s future prospects and make informed investment decisions. This report and other written and oral statements that we make from time to time contain such forward-looking statements that set out anticipated results based on management’s plans and assumptions regarding future events or performance. We have tried, wherever possible, to identify such statements by using words such as “project”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “expect”, “estimate”, “intend”, “should”, “would”, “could”, or “may”, or other such words, verbs in the future tense and words and phrases that convey similar meaning and uncertainty of future events or outcomes to identify these forward–looking statements. There are a number of important factors beyond our control that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results anticipated by these forward–looking statements. While we make these forward–looking statements based on various factors and using numerous assumptions, you have no assurance the factors and assumptions will prove to be materially accurate when the events they anticipate actually occur in the future. Factors that could cause our actual results of operations and financial condition to differ materially are discussed in greater detail under Item 1A, “Risk Factors” of this annual report on Form 10-K.

 

The forward–looking statements are based upon our beliefs and assumptions using information available at the time we make these statements. We caution you not to place undue reliance on our forward–looking statements as (i) these statements are neither predictions nor guaranties of future events or circumstances, and (ii) the assumptions, beliefs, expectations, forecasts and projections about future events may differ materially from actual results. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward–looking statement to reflect developments occurring after the date of this report.

 

  

PART I

 

ITEM 1. DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS.

 

General Business Development

 

Corporate History

 

Agritek Holdings, Inc. (referred to hereafter as “AGTK,” or, the “Company”), was initially incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware in 1997 under the name Easy Street Online, Inc.

 

In 1997, the Company changed its name to Frontline Communications Corp. (“Frontline”) and operated as a regional Internet service provider (“ISP”) providing Internet access, web hosting, website design, and related services to residential and small business customers throughout the Northeast United States and, through a network partnership agreement, Internet access to customers nationwide.

 

On April 3, 2003, the Company acquired Proyecciones y Ventas Organizadas, S.A. de C.V. (“Provo Mexico”) and in December 2003 the Company changed the name to Provo International Inc. (“Provo”).

 

In 2008, Provo changed its name to Ebenefits Direct, Inc., which, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, L.A. Marketing Plans, LLC, engaged in the business of direct response marketing. The Company’s principal business was to market and sell non-insurance healthcare programs designed to complement medical insurance products and to provide savings for those who cannot afford or qualify for traditional health insurance products.

 

On October 14, 2008, Ebenefits Direct, Inc. changed its name to Seraph Security, Inc. (“Seraph”).

 

On April 25, 2009, Seraph acquired Commerce Online Technologies, Inc., a credit and debit card processing company.

 

On May 20, 2009, Seraph Security, Inc. changed its name to Commerce Online, Inc. to more accurately reflect its core business of merchant processing, and financial services.

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As of February 18, 2010, Commerce Online, Inc. changed its name to Cannabis Medical Solutions, Inc. (“CMSI”) as a provider of merchant processing payment technologies for the medical marijuana and wellness sector.

 

On March 8, 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of 800 Commerce, Inc. (“800 Commerce”) a Florida Corporation incorporated by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. The company issued 1,000,000 shares of common stock to 800 Commerce for all the issued and outstanding stock of 800 Commerce, Inc.

 

In June 2010, 31,288,702 shares of common stock were issued as dividend shares (the “dividend”) to all existing shareholders of common stock of record.

 

On June 14, 2011, Cannabis Medical Solutions, Inc. changed its merchant name to MediSwipe Inc. (“MWIP”) as a result of its focus on the processing and financial services related to medical marijuana business.

 

On June 26, 2013, the Company formed American Hemp Trading Company, a wholly owned subsidiary.

 

On June 26, 2013, the Company formed Agritech Innovations, Inc. (“AGTI”), a wholly owned subsidiary. On September 3, 2013, AGTI changed its name to Agritech Venture Holdings, Inc. (“AVH”). 

 

On November 12, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Company approved a 1-for-10 reverse stock split (the “Reverse Stock Split”) and a decrease in the authorized common stock of the Company to 250,000,000. Pursuant to the Reverse Stock Split, each 10 shares of the Company’s common stock automatically converted into one share of Company common stock.

 

On November 12, 2013, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) approved the Reverse Stock Split with an effective date of December 11, 2013. All the share amounts in this annual report on Form 10-K reflect the Reverse Stock Split.

 

On April 23, 2014, MWIP changed its name to Agritek Holdings, Inc. (“AGTK”) to more properly reflect the Company’s current business model.

 

On May 27, 2014, AVH changed its names to Agritek Venture Holdings, Inc. (“AVHI”).

 

On August 27, 2014, American Hemp Trading Company changed its name to Prohibition Products, Inc. (“PPI”)

 

Unless otherwise noted, references in this Form 10-K to “Seraph,” “Commerce Online, Inc.,” “Cannabis Medical Solutions,” “Mediswipe,” the “Company,” “we,” “our” or “us” means Agritek Holdings, Inc.

 

Description of Business

 

Our corporate headquarters is located at 777 Brickell Avenue Suite 500, Miami, Fl. 33131 and our telephone number is (305) 721.2727. Our website addresses are as follows: www.agritekholdings.com. No information available on or through our websites shall be deemed to be incorporated into this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Our common stock, par value $0.0001 (the “Common Stock”), is quoted on the OTC Markets Group, Inc.’s OTC Pink Sheets tier under the symbol “AGTK.”

 

Agritek Holdings Inc. (“the Company” or “Agritek Holdings”) is a fully integrated, active investor and operator in the legal cannabis sector. Specifically, Agritek Holdings provides strategic capital and functional expertise to accelerate the commercialization of its diversified portfolio of holdings. Currently, the Company is focused on three high-value segments of the cannabis market, including real estate investment, intellectual property brands; and infrastructure, with operations in two states including Colorado and California, the territory of Puerto Rico as well as Canada. Agritek Holdings invests its capital via real estate holdings, licensing agreements, royalties and equity in acquisition operations. The company also owns several Hemp and cannabis brands for distribution including "Hemp Pops", “MD Vapes” and "California Premiums". Agritek Holdings, Inc. does not directly grow, harvest, or distribute or sell cannabis or any substances that violate or contravene United States law or the Controlled Substances Act, nor does it intend to do so in the future.

 

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Agritek Holdings Inc. has organized its interests across three business units – Agritek Venture Holdings; The American Hemp Trading Company; and MediSwipe, Inc. Agritek Venture Holdings includes the Company’s real estate portfolio, controlled equity holdings, minority equity holdings and royalty interests in real estate or licensed operations. Subsidiary operations also include a portfolio of wholly owned and licensed brands that cover high growth segments of the cannabis sector including vaping, pre-rolls, edibles, topicals, medical devices, concentrates and animal health under its American Hemp Trading Company brand and Colorado industrial hemp license. MediSwipe, Inc. offers a suite of services including corporate finance, marketing & branding, operational support, financial management, and compliance & regulatory services. These services are offered by a strong in-house team complemented by independent advisors with the objective of assisting clients and partners in accelerating the commercialization of their product(s) or services, and ultimately in leveraging their unique selling proposition to create a leadership position in their chosen niche within the global cannabis industry.

 

Recent Developments

 

Currently, we are exploring strategic alternatives for certain operational and non-operational assets in both Colorado and California. We are confident we can get a better return on our invested capital by redeploying assets. We’re working with financial advisors to identify locations or permits that can generate non-dilutive capital that can be reinvested in strategic locations to produce greater returns. We have identified multiple opportunities that appear to be a more accretive use of capital. There are numerous risks and uncertainties associated with our exploration of strategic alternatives and there can be no assurance that these efforts will be successful.

 

On March 26, 2019, we implemented a 1-for-200 reverse stock split of our common stock (the “Reverse Stock Split”). The Reverse Stock Split became effective in the stock market upon commencement of trading on March 26, 2018. As a result of the Reverse Stock Split, every two-hundred shares of our Pre-Reverse Stock Split common stock were combined and reclassified into one share of our common stock. No fractional shares were issued in connection with the Reverse Stock Split, and any fractional shares were rounded up to the nearest whole share. The number of shares of common stock subject to outstanding options, warrants and convertible securities were also reduced by a factor of two-hundred as of March 26, 2019. All historical share and per share amounts reflected throughout this report have been adjusted to reflect the Reverse Stock Split. The authorized number of shares and the par value per share of our common stock were not affected by the Reverse Stock Split.

 

We have a “rollup” gr owth strategy, which includes the following components:

 

  With our brand recognition and experienced management team, maximize productivity, provide economies of scale, and increase profitability through our public market vehicle;
     
  Acquire unique products and niche players where barriers to entry are high and margins are robust, providing them clients a broader outlet for their products; and
     
  Acquire multiple production facilities to capture the market vertically from manufacturing to production up to retail.

 

Marijuana Industry Overview

 

Marijuana cultivation refers to the planting, tending, improving and harvesting of the flowering plant Cannabis, primarily for the production and consumption of cannabis flowers, often referred to as “buds.” The cultivation techniques for marijuana cultivation differ for other purposes such as hemp production and generally references to marijuana cultivation and production do not include hemp.

 

Cannabis belongs to the genus Cannabis in the family Cannabaceae and for the purposes of production and consumption, includes three species, C. sativa (“Sativa”), C. indica (“Indica”), and C. ruderalis (“Ruderalis”). Sativa and Indica generally grow tall with some varieties reaching approximately four meters. The females produce flowers rich in tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”). Ruderalis is a short plant and produces trace amounts of THC but is very rich in cannabidiol (“CBD”) and which is an antagonist (inhibits the physiological action) to THC.

 

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As of December 2018, there are a total of 33 states, plus the District of Columbia, with legislation passed as it relates to medicinal cannabis. Of these states, 10 have decriminalized adult use cannabis legislation. These state laws are in direct conflict with the United States Federal Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. § 811) (“CSA”), which places controlled substances, including cannabis, in a schedule. Cannabis is classified as a Schedule I drug, which is viewed as having a high potential for abuse, has no currently-accepted use for medical treatment in the U.S., and lacks acceptable safety for use under medical supervision.

 

These 33 states, and the District of Columbia, have adopted laws that exempt patients who use medicinal cannabis under a physician’s supervision from state criminal penalties. These are collectively referred to as the states that have de-criminalized medicinal cannabis, although there is a subtle difference between de-criminalization and legalization, and each state’s laws are different.

 

The states that have legalized medicinal cannabis are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  

 

1 . Alaska   12 . Maine   23 . New York
2 . Arizona   13 . Maryland   24 . North Dakota
3 . Arkansas   14 . Massachusetts   25 . Ohio
4 . California   15 . Michigan   26 . Oklahoma
5 . Colorado   16 . Minnesota   27 . Oregon
6 . Connecticut   17 . Missouri   28 . Pennsylvania
7 . Delaware   18 . Montana   29 . Rhode Island
8 . Florida   19 . Nevada   30 . Utah
9 . Hawaii   20 . New Hampshire   31 . Vermont
10 . Illinois   21 . New Jersey   32 . Washington
11 . Louisiana   22 . New Mexico   33 . West Virginia

Medical cannabis decriminalization is generally referred to as the removal of all criminal penalties for the private possession and use of cannabis by adults, including cultivation for personal use and casual, nonprofit transfers of small amounts. Legalization is generally referred to as the development of a legally controlled market for cannabis, where consumers purchase from a safe, legal, and regulated source.

 

The dichotomy between federal and state laws has limited the access to banking and other financial services by marijuana businesses. The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Treasury have issued guidance for banks considering conducting business with marijuana dispensaries in states where those businesses are legal, pursuant to which banks must file a Marijuana Limited Suspicious Activity Report that states the marijuana business is following the government’s guidelines with regard to revenue that is generated exclusively from legal sales. However, as banks can still face prosecution if they provide financial services to marijuana businesses, there is widespread refusal of the banking industry to offer banking services to marijuana businesses operating within state and local laws.

 

In November 2016, California and Nevada voters both approved marijuana use for adults over the age of 21 without a physician’s prescription or recommendation, and permitted the cultivation and sale of marijuana, in each case subject to certain limitations. We have obtained the necessary permits and licenses to expand our existing business to cultivate and distribute marijuana in compliance with the laws in the State of Nevada and California. Despite the changes in state laws, marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

 

In November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, which is also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“the AUMA”), in a ballot initiative. Among other things, the AUMA makes it legal for adults over the age of 21 to use marijuana and to possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana flowers and 8 grams of marijuana concentrates. Individuals are also permitted to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use. In addition, the AUMA establishes a licensing system for businesses to, among other things, cultivate, process and distribute marijuana products under certain conditions. On January 1, 2018, the California Bureau of Marijuana Control enacted regulations to implement the AUMA.

 

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Nevada voters approved Question 2 in a ballot initiative in November 2016. Among other things, Question 2 makes it legal for adults over the age of 21 to use marijuana and to possess up to one ounce of marijuana flowers and one-eighth of an ounce of marijuana concentrates. Individuals are also permitted to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use. In addition, Question 2 authorizes businesses to cultivate, process and distribute marijuana products under certain conditions. On June 30, 2017, the State of Nevada Department of Taxation approved our Dual-Use Marijuana business licenses. This approval allowed all four of our Blüm cannabis dispensaries in Nevada to commence sales of cannabis for adult-use beginning on July 1, 2017.

 

The U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) has not historically devoted resources to prosecuting individuals whose conduct is limited to possession of small amounts of marijuana for use on private property but has relied on state and local law enforcement to address marijuana activity. In the event the DOJ reverses its stated policy and begins strict enforcement of the CSA in states that have laws legalizing medical marijuana and recreational marijuana in small amounts, there may be a direct and adverse impact to our business and our revenue and profits.

 

We are monitoring the Trump administration’s, the DOJ’s and Congress’ positions on federal marijuana law and policy. Since the start of the new Congress in January 2019, there have been positive discussions about the Federal Government’s approach to cannabis. The DOJ has not signaled any change in their enforcement efforts. Based on public statements and reports, we understand that certain aspects of those laws and policies are currently under review, but no official changes have been announced. It is possible that certain changes to existing laws or policies could have a negative effect on our business and results of operations.

 

Although the possession, cultivation and distribution of marijuana for medical and adult use is permitted in California and Nevada, provided compliance with applicable state and local laws, rules, and regulations, marijuana is illegal under federal law. We believe we operate our business in compliance with applicable Nevada and California laws and regulations. Any changes in federal, state or local law enforcement regarding marijuana may affect our ability to operate our business. Strict enforcement of federal law re garding marijuana would likely result in the inability to proceed with our business plans, could expose us to potential criminal liability and could subject our properties to civil forfeiture. Any changes in banking, insurance or other business services may also affect our ability to operate our business.

 

Real Estate – Includes building ownership and construction operations where cannabis dispensary and/or cultivation operations are currently in development

 

Real Estate and Construction Operations

 

We own real property in Pueblo, Colorado on which we plan to build a cultivation operation for Hemp once we have completed payment for water and mineral rights. Additionally, we own equity interest within a 15,000 sq. ft. licensed manufacturing and cultivation facility based in San Juan, Puerto Rico including investments in infrastructure and equipment through a five- year operations and licensing agreement with our licensed partners 1919 Clinic. We have the first option to purchase the building under our licensee 1919 Clinic LLC, licensed by the Department of Health of Puerto Rico to produce and manufacture cannabis products.

 

Agritek Holdings Inc. intends to build on its existing relationships by developing operating plans and providing oversight, strategy and management of the business units’ growth and integration. Further, Agritek Holdings plans to continue expanding its reach by building new partnerships with vertical market partners and end- user products companies as well as exploring opportunities with successful cultivators and processors. Through its expansion efforts, Agritek Holdings intends to utilize online sales and marketing platforms, participate in relevant trade shows and develop various advertising materials to communicate its multiple licensed brands including “MD Vapes” “California Premiums”, “Hemp Pops” and additional CBD products.

 

Agritek Holdings is also well-positioned to participate in the large and growing legal cannabis market for enhanced downstream cannabis products and new products with various consumer and medical applications.

 

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Agritek Holdings focuses on the growth of its business units and expanding their reach to end-users and partners. Although the business units are primarily responsible for developing and operating their respective businesses, Agritek Holdings is available to provide functional expertise, financing, oversight and a framework of disciplined planning to the operations of the business units when needed.

 

Agritek Holdings’ short-term objective is to create a sustainable business in the key states of California, Colorado, Washington and Oregon as well as in Canada and Puerto Rico by integrating its holdings to create synergies and true end-to-end solutions geared to the needs of patients and consumers. Agritek Holdings has positioned itself for commercial growth by focusing its expanded resource base on finding and partnering with the best and most innovative companies, projects, assets and overall business frameworks in the legal cannabis sector in the aforementioned jurisdictions.

 

To achieve its objectives, the Company will continue making specific and deliberate investments, including acquisitions, to:

 

  1. Increase the diversity and quality of the Company’s product offerings across different market segments; and

 

 

  2. Increase the strength and segmentation of the Company’s diversified portfolio of real estate holdings and product brands.

 

In addition, management believes that significant opportunities exist today and will develop further in the future, to leverage the Company’s expertise, financial strength and business model in legal cannabis markets around the world. Agritek Holdings intends on pursuing opportunities in a number of jurisdictions where cannabis use is legal, and/or where governments are actively pursuing legalization.

 

Subject to legislative and regulatory compliance, strategic business opportunities pursued by the Company could include:

 

  1. Providing advisory services to third-parties that are interested in establishing licensed cannabis cultivation, processing and sales operations;

 

 

  2. Entering into strategic relationships that create value by sharing expertise and industry knowledge;

 

  3. Providing capital in the form of debt, royalties, or equity to new business units; and

 

  4. Entering into licensing agreements to generate revenue, create strategic partnerships, or other business opportunities.

 

Agritek Holdings and its wholly-owned subsidiaries Agritek Venture Holdings, Inc. American Hemp Trading Company Inc. and Mediswi pe Inc. provide turnkey support solutions to the legal cannabis industry. We provide key business services to the legal cannabis sector including:

 

 

Funding and Financing Solutions for Agricultural Land and Properties zoned for the regulated Cannabis Industry.
Dispensary and Retail Solutions
Commercial Production and Equipment Build Out Solutions
Banking and Payment Processing Solutions
Multichannel Supply Chain Solutions
Branding, Marketing and Sales Solutions of proprietary product lines
Consumer Product Solutions 

  

The Company intends to bring its’ array of services to each new state that legalizes the use of cannabis according to appropriate state and federal laws. Our primary objective is acquiring commercial properties to be utilized in the commercial marijuana industry as cultivation facilities in compliance with state law. This is an essential aspect of our overall growth strategy because once acquired and re-zoned, the value of such real property is substantially higher than under the previous zoning and use.

 

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Once properties are identified and acquired to be used for purposes related to the commercial marijuana industry as provided for by state law, and we plan to create vertical channels within that legal jurisdiction including equipment financing, payment processing and marketing of exclusive brands and services to retail dispensaries

 

Agritek’s business focus is primarily to hold, develop and manage real property. The Company shall also provide oversight on every property that is part of its portfolio. This can include complete architectural design and subsequent build-outs, general support, landscaping, general up-keep, and state of the art security systems. At this time, Agritek does not grow, process, own, handle, transport, or sell marijuana as the Company is organized and directed to operate strictly in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws.

 

Services and Markets

 

To date, we have purchased eighty (80) acres approved for licenses and cultivation in Pueblo, Colorado. We have multiple manufacturing and service contracts in place in areas which include the state of Colorado, California and the territory of Puerto Rico.

 

Funding and Financing Solutions

 

Our goal is to become the funding and financing service partner of choice in the legal Colorado and California cannabis market before expanding nationwide if and when applicable state and federal law allows us to do so. We offer financing and financial aid to cultivators, collectives, dispensaries and product businesses in the legal cannabis industry with alternative funding and financing solutions. In the evolving legal cannabis industry, where traditional banking opportunities are grossly limited, we step in to provide the “traditional” bank lending services; lines of credit, property financing, and/or commercial loans. Businesses and individuals seeking funding and financing solutions are qualified and scored based on their experience, current operations, financial records, and compliance grades given by our proprietary banking partners and credit lines that comply with all state governance rules.

 

Commercial Build Out and Dispensary Solutions

 

We offer turnkey build-out and commercial services to our clients. Whether it is financial assistance, real estate consulting, operations design, or building construction or brand development our Company can design and rollout customized services for our clients. We also offer traditional business services to dispensaries as well. These services include infrastructure investment, technology partners, donation accounting, payment processing and succession strategies. It is important to note that we are not a “one size fits all” organization, but are committed to custom tailored solutions for legal cannabis industry participants.

  

Finance and Real Estate

 

Real Estate Leasing

 

Our real estate leasing business primarily includes the acquisition and leasing of cultivation space and related facilities to licensed marijuana growers and dispensary owners for their operations. Management anticipates that these facilities will range in size from 5,000 to 50,000 square feet. These facilities will only be leased to tenants that possess the requisite state licenses to operate cultivation facilities. The leases with the tenants will provide certain requirements that permit us to continually evaluate our tenants’ compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

 

As of the date of this report, we own one cultivation property that is located in a suburb of Pueblo, Colorado (the “Pueblo West Property”). The property consists of approximately eighty (80) acres of land. The property is currently zoned for cultivating cannabis and is expected to be leased to a medical cannabis cultivator or manufacturer this year.  We are currently evaluating strategic options for this property.

 

Puerto Rico

We presently maintain a five (5) year operation and licensing agreement for a 15,000 sq. ft. licensed manufacturing facility in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Under the terms of the agreement, we provide financing for build out, equipment leasing and purchase and development of cannabis brands for legal distribution in Puerto Rico. Under the terms of the agreement, the Company is entitled to revenue based on consulting fees, rent, and brand royalties up to 30 per cent.

 

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Shared Office Space, Networking and Event Services  

 

We plan to continue to acquire commercial real estate and lease office space to participants in the cannabis industry. These participants include media, internet, packaging, lighting, cultivation supplies, and financial services. In exchange for certain services that may be provided to these tenants, we expect to receive rental income. In certain cases, we may acquire equity interests or provide debt capital to these businesses and eventually acquire a specific business as a wholly owned subsidiary of Agritek.

 

Industry Finance and Equipment Leasing Services

 

We plan to lease cultivation equipment and facilities to customers in the cannabis industry. We expect we will enter into sale lease-back transactions of land zoned for cultivation, green houses, grow lights, tenant improvements and other grow equipment. Since Colorado State law does not allow entities operating under a cannabis license to pledge the assets or the license of the cannabis operation for any type of general borrowing activity, we intend to provide loans to individuals and businesses in the cannabis industry on an unsecured basis.  Equipment will only be leased to tenants that possess the requisite state licenses to operate such facilities. The leases with the tenants will provide certain requirements that permit us to continually evaluate its tenants’ compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

 

Our finance strategy will include making direct term loans and providing revolving lines of credit to businesses involved in the cultivation and sale of cannabis and related products.  These loans will generally be secured to the maximum extent permitted by law.  We believe there is a significant demand for this financing.  We are pursuing other finance services including customized finance, capital formation, and banking, for participants in the cannabis industry.

 

Competitive Strengths

 

We believe we possess certain competitive strengths and advantages in the industries which we operate:

 

Range of Services:   We are able to leverage our breadth of services and resources to deliver a comprehensive, integrated solution to companies in the cannabis industry – from operational and compliance consulting to security and marketing to financing needs.

 

Strategic Alliances.  We are dedicated to rapid growth through acquisitions, partnerships and agreements that will enable us to enter and expand into new markets. Our strategy in pursuing these alliances are based on the target’s ability to generate positive cash flow, effectively meet customer needs, and supply desirable products, services or technologies, among other considerations. We anticipate that strategic alliances will play a significant role as more states pass legislation permitting the cultivation and sale of hemp and cannabis.

 

 

Industry Breadth.  We continue to create, share and leverage information and experiences with the purpose of creating awareness and identifying opportunities to increase shareholder value. Our management team has extensive knowledge of the cannabis industry and closely monitors changes in legislation. We work with partners who enhance our industry breadth.

 

Intellectual Property

 

On November 17, 2016, we filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) a federal trademark registration for “Hemp Pops” in the category of Staple Food Products.

 

 

Competition

 

Currently, there are a number of other companies that provide similar products and/or services, such as direct finance, leasing of real estate, including shared workspace, warehouse sales, and consulting services to the cannabis industry. In the future we fully expect that other companies will recognize the value of ancillary businesses serving the cannabis industry and enter into the marketplace as competitors.

 

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The cannabis industry in the United States is highly fragmented, rapidly expanding and evolving. The industry is characterized by new and potentially disruptive or conflicting legislation propounded on a state-by-state basis. Our competitors may be local or international enterprises and may have financial, technical, sales, marketing and other resources greater than ours. These companies may also compete with us in recruiting and retaining qualified personnel and consultants.

 

Our competitive position will depend on our ability to attract and retain qualified underwriters, investment banking partners and loan managers, consultants and advisors with industry depth, and talented managerial, operational and other personnel. Our competitive position will also depend on our ability to develop and acquire effective proprietary products and solutions, personal relationships of our executive officers and directors, and our ability to secure adequate capital resources. We compete to attract and retain customers of our services. We expect to compete in this area on the basis of price, regulatory compliance, vendor relationships, usefulness, availability, and ease of use of our services.

 

FinCEN

 

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) provided guidance on February 14, 2014 about how financial institutions can provide services to cannabis-related businesses consistent with their Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) obligations. For purposes of the FinCEN guidelines, a “financial institution” includes any person doing business in one or more of the following capacities:

 

  Bank (except bank credit card systems);
  Broker or dealer in securities;
  Money services business;
  Telegraph company;
  Casino;
  Card club; and
  A person subject to supervision by any state or federal bank supervisory authority.

 

In general, the decision to open, close, or refuse any particular account or relationship should be made by each financial institution based on a number of factors specific to that institution. These factors may include its particular business objectives, an evaluation of the risks associated with offering a particular product or service, and its capacity to manage those risks effectively. Thorough customer due diligence is a critical aspect of making this assessment.

 

In assessing the risk of providing services to a cannabis-related business, a financial institution should conduct customer due diligence that includes: (i) verifying with the appropriate state authorities whether the business is duly licensed and registered; (ii) reviewing the license application (and related documentation) submitted by the business for obtaining a state license to operate its cannabis-related business; (iii) requesting from state licensing and enforcement authorities available information about the business and related parties; (iv) developing an understanding of the normal and expected activity for the business, including the types of products to be sold and the type of customers to be served (e.g., medical versus recreational customers); (v) ongoing monitoring of publicly available sources for adverse information about the business and related parties; (vi) ongoing monitoring for suspicious activity, including for any of the red flags described in this guidance; and (vii) refreshing information obtained as part of customer due diligence on a periodic basis and commensurate with the risk. With respect to information regarding state licensure obtained in connection with such customer due diligence, a financial institution may reasonably rely on the accuracy of information provided by state licensing authorities, where states make such information available.

 

As part of its customer due diligence, a financial institution should consider whether a cannabis-related business violates state law. This is a particularly important factor for a financial institution to consider when assessing the risk of providing financial services to a cannabis-related business. Considering this factor also enables the financial institution to provide information in BSA reports pertinent to law enforcement’s priorities. A financial institution that decides to provide financial services to a cannabis-related business would be required to file suspicious activity reports.

 

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While we believe we do not qualify as a financial institution in the United States, we cannot be certain that we do not fall under the scope of the FinCEN guidelines. We plan to use the FinCEN Guidelines, as may be amended, as a basis for assessing our relationships with potential tenants, clients and customers. As such, as we engage in financing activities, we intend to adhere to the guidance of FinCEN in conducting and monitoring our financial transactions. Because this area of the law is uncertain but expected to evolve rapidly, we believe that FinCEN’s guidelines will help us best operate in a prudent, reasonable and acceptable manner. There is no assurance, however, that our activities will not violate some aspect of the CSA. If we are found to violate the federal statute or any other in connection with our activities, our company could face serious criminal and civil sanctions.

 

We intend to conduct rigorous due diligence to verify the legality of all activities that we engage in. We realize that there is a discrepancy between the laws in some states, which permit the distribution and sale of medical and recreational cannabis, from federal law that prohibits any such activities. The CSA makes it illegal under federal law to manufacture, distribute, or dispense cannabis. Many states impose and enforce similar prohibitions. Notwithstanding the federal ban, as of the date of this filing, twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have legalized certain cannabis-related activity.

 

Moreover, since the use of cannabis is illegal under federal law, we may have difficulty acquiring or maintaining bank accounts and insurance and our stockholders may find it difficult to deposit their stock with brokerage firms.

 

Employees

 

Other than the Company’s sole officer and director, we do not have any full-time employees. The Company relies on several independent contractors and other agreements it has with other companies to provide the services needed. Each contractor has been carefully selected to address immediate needs in particular functional areas, but also with consideration of the Company’s future needs during a period of expected rapid growth and expansion. Value is placed not only on outstanding credentials in specific areas of functional expertise, but also on cross-functionality, a strong knowledge of content acquisition and distribution, along with hands-on experience in scaling operations from initial beta and development stage through successful commercial deployment.

 

Available Information

 

The public may read and copy any materials we file with the SEC, including our annual reports, quarterly reports, current reports, proxy statements, information statements and other information, at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, DC 20549, on official business days during the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. The SEC maintains an Internet site that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC at  http://www.sec.gov  .

  

 

ITEM 1A – RISK FACTORS

 

You should carefully consider the risks described below, as well as other information provided to you in this document, including information in the section of this document entitled “Forward-Looking Statements.” The risks and uncertainties described below are not the only ones facing the Company. If any of the following risks actually occur, the Company’s business, financial condition or results of operations could be materially adversely affected.

 

Investors should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances. Our business, financial condition and/or results of operation may be materially adversely affected by the nature and impact of these risks. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of such factors. Further, we cannot assess the impact of each such factor on our results of operations or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

 

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Risk Related to Our Company

   

Investing in our common stock involves a high degree of risk. Before deciding to purchase, hold, or sell our common stock, you should carefully consider the risks described below in addition to the cautionary statements and risks described elsewhere and the other information contained in this Report and in our other filings with the SEC, including subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. The risks and uncertainties described below are not the only ones we face. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial may also impair our business operations. If any of these known or unknown risks or uncertainties actually occur, our business, financial condition, results of operations and/or liquidity could be seriously harmed, which could cause our actual results to vary materially from recent results or from our anticipated future results. In addition, the trading price of our common stock could decline due to any of these known or unknown risks or uncertainties, and you could lose all or part of your investment. An investment in our securities is speculative and involves a high degree of risk. You should not invest in our securities if you cannot bear the economic risk of your investment for an indefinite period of time and cannot afford to lose your entire investment. See also “Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements.”

 

Risks Relating to Our Business and Industry

 

We have a limited operating history, which may make it difficult for investors to predict future performance based on current operations.

 

We have a limited operating history upon which investors may base an evaluation of our potential future performance. In particular, we have not proven that we can produce or sell our hemp products, or cannabis products in a manner that enables us to be profitable and meet customer requirements, enhance our produce and herb products, obtain the necessary permits and/or achieve certain milestones to develop our manufacturing and cultivation businesses, enhance our line of cannabis products, including MD Vapes and Mountain High Suckers under license, develop and maintain relationships with key manufacturers and strategic partners to extract value from our intellectual property, raise sufficient capital in the public and/or private markets, or respond effectively to competitive pressures. As a result, there can be no assurance that we will be able to develop or maintain consistent revenue sources, or that our operations will be profitable and/or generate positive cash flow.

 

Any forecasts we make about our operations may prove to be inaccurate. We must, among other things, determine appropriate risks, rewards, and level of investment in our product lines, respond to economic and market variables outside of our control, respond to competitive developments and continue to attract, retain, and motivate qualified employees. There can be no assurance that we will be successful in meeting these challenges and addressing such risks and the failure to do so could have a materially adverse effect on our business, results of operations, and financial condition. Our prospects must be considered in light of the risks, expenses, and difficulties frequently encountered by companies in the early stage of development. As a result of these risks, challenges, and uncertainties, the value of your investment could be significantly reduced or completely lost.

 

We have incurred significant losses in prior periods, and losses in the future could cause the quoted price of our Common Stock to decline or have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, our ability to pay our debts as they become due and on our cash flow.

 

We have incurred significant losses in prior periods. For the year ended December 31, 2018, we incurred a net loss of $1,412,278 and, as of that date, we had an accumulated deficit of $26,990,355. For the year ended December 31, 2017, we incurred a net loss of $9,153,310. Any losses in the future could cause the quoted price of our Common Stock to decline or have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, our ability to pay our debts as they become due, and on our cash flow.

 

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We will need additional capital to sustain our operations and will need to seek further financing, which we may not be able to obtain on acceptable terms, or at all. If we fail to raise additional capital, as needed, our ability to implement our business model and strategy could be compromised.

 

We have limited capital resources and operations. To date, our operations have been funded primarily from the proceeds of debt and equity financings. We expect to require substantial capital in the near future to commence operations at additional cultivation and production facilities, expand our product lines, develop our intellectual property base, and establish our targeted levels of commercial production. We may not be able to obtain additional financing on terms acceptable to us, or at all. In particular, because marijuana is illegal under federal law, we may have difficulty attracting investors.

 

Even if we obtain financing for our near-term operations, we expect that we will require additional capital thereafter. Our capital needs will depend on numerous factors including: (i) our profitability; (ii) the release of competitive products by our competition; (iii) the level of our investment in research and development; and (iv) the amount of our capital expenditures, including acquisitions. We cannot assure you that we will be able to obtain capital in the future to meet our needs.

 

If we raise additional funds through the issuance of equity or convertible debt securities, the percentage ownership held by our existing stockholders will be reduced and our stockholders may experience significant dilution. In addition, new securities may contain rights, preferences, or privileges that are senior to those of our Common Stock. If we raise additional capital by incurring debt, this will result in increased interest expense. If we raise additional funds through the issuance of securities, market fluctuations in the price of our shares of Common Stock could limit our ability to obtain equity financing.

 

We cannot give you any assurance that any additional financing will be available to us, or if available, will be on terms favorable to us. If we are unable to raise capital when needed, our business, financial condition, and results of operations would be materially adversely affected, and we could be forced to reduce or discontinue our operations.

 

We face intense competition and many of our competitors have greater resources that may enable them to compete more effectively.

 

The industries in which we operate in general are subject to intense and increasing competition. Some of our competitors may have greater capital resources, facilities, and diversity of product lines, which may enable them to compete more effectively in this market. Our competitors may devote their resources to developing and marketing products that will directly compete with our product lines. Due to this competition, there is no assurance that we will not encounter difficulties in obtaining revenues and market share or in the positioning of our products. There are no assurances that competition in our respective industries will not lead to reduced prices for our products. If we are unable to successfully compete with existing companies and new entrants to the market this will have a negative impact on our business and financial condition.

 

If we fail to protect our intellectual property, our business could be adversely affected.

 

Our viability will depend, in part, on our ability to develop and maintain the proprietary aspects of our intellectual property to distinguish our products from our competitors’ products. We rely on copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and confidentiality provisions to establish and protect our intellectual property. We may not be able to enforce some of our intellectual property rights because cannabis is illegal under federal law.

 

Any infringement or misappropriation of our intellectual property could damage its value and limit our ability to compete. We may have to engage in litigation to protect the rights to our intellectual property, which could result in significant litigation costs and require a significant amount of our time. In addition, our ability to enforce and protect our intellectual property rights may be limited in certain countries outside the United States, which could make it easier for competitors to capture market position in such countries by utilizing technologies that are similar to those developed or licensed by us.

 

Competitors may also harm our sales by designing products that mirror our products or processes without infringing on our intellectual property rights. If we do not obtain sufficient protection for our intellectual property, or if we are unable to effectively enforce our intellectual property rights, our competitiveness could be impaired, which would limit our growth and future revenue.

 

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We may also find it necessary to bring infringement or other actions against third parties to seek to protect our intellectual property rights. Litigation of this nature, even if successful, is often expensive and time-consuming to prosecute and there can be no assurance that we will have the financial or other resources to enforce our rights or be able to enforce our rights or prevent other parties from developing similar products or processes or designing around our intellectual property.

 

Although we believe that our products and processes do not and will not infringe upon the patents or violate the proprietary rights of others, it is possible such infringement or violation has occurred or may occur, which could have a material adverse effect on our business.

 

We are not aware of any infringement by us of any person’s or entity’s intellectual property rights. In the event that products we sell or processes we employ are deemed to infringe upon the patents or proprietary rights of others, we could be required to modify our products or processes or obtain a license for the manufacture and/or sale of such products or processes or cease selling such products or employing such processes. In such event, there can be no assurance that we would be able to do so in a timely manner, upon acceptable terms and conditions, or at all, and the failure to do any of the foregoing could have a material adverse effect upon our business.

 

There can be no assurance that we will have the financial or other resources necessary to enforce or defend a patent infringement or proprietary rights violation action. If our products or processes are deemed to infringe or likely to infringe upon the patents or proprietary rights of others, we could be subject to injunctive relief and, under certain circumstances, become liable for damages, which could also have a material adverse effect on our business and our financial condition.

 

Our trade secrets may be difficult to protect.

 

Our success depends upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of our scientific and technical personnel, our consultants and advisors, as well as our licensors and contractors. Because we operate in several highly competitive industries, we rely in part on trade secrets to protect our proprietary technology and processes. However, trade secrets are difficult to protect. We enter into confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements with our corporate partners, employees, consultants, outside scientific collaborators, developers, and other advisors. These agreements generally require that the receiving party keep confidential and not disclose to third parties, confidential information developed by the receiving party or made known to the receiving party by us during the course of the receiving party’s relationship with us. These agreements also generally provide that inventions conceived by the receiving party in the course of rendering services to us will be our exclusive property, and we enter into assignment agreements to perfect our rights.

 

These confidentiality, inventions, and assignment agreements may be breached and may not effectively assign intellectual property rights to us. Our trade secrets also could be independently discovered by competitors, in which case we would not be able to prevent the use of such trade secrets by our competitors. The enforcement of a claim alleging that a party illegally obtained and was using our trade secrets could be difficult, expensive, and time consuming and the outcome would be unpredictable. In addition, courts outside the United States may be less willing to protect trade secrets. The failure to obtain or maintain meaningful trade secret protection could adversely affect our competitive position.

 

Our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flow may in the future be negatively impacted by challenging global economic conditions.

 

Future disruptions and volatility in global financial markets and declining consumer and business confidence could lead to decreased levels of consumer spending. These macroeconomic developments could negatively impact our business, which depends on the general economic environment and levels of consumer spending. As a result, we may not be able to maintain our existing customers or attract new customers, or we may be forced to reduce the price of our products. We are unable to predict the likelihood of the occurrence, duration, or severity of such disruptions in the credit and financial markets and adverse global economic conditions. Any general or market-specific economic downturn could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flow.

 

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Our future success depends on our key executive officers and our ability to attract, retain, and motivate qualified personnel.

 

Our future success largely depends upon the continued services of our executive officers and management team. If one or more of our executive officers are unable or unwilling to continue in their present positions, we may not be able to replace them readily, if at all. Additionally, we may incur additional expenses to recruit and retain new executive officers. If any of our executive officers joins a competitor or forms a competing company, we may lose some or all of our customers. Finally, we do not maintain “key person” life insurance on any of our executive officers. Because of these factors, the loss of the services of any of these key persons could adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations, and thereby an investment in our stock.

 

Our continuing ability to attract and retain highly qualified personnel will also be critical to our success because we will need to hire and retain additional personnel as our business grows. There can be no assurance that we will be able to attract or retain highly qualified personnel. We face significant competition for skilled personnel in our industries. In particular, if the marijuana industry continues to grow, demand for personnel may become more competitive. This competition may make it more difficult and expensive to attract, hire, and retain qualified managers and employees. Because of these factors, we may not be able to effectively manage or grow our business, which could adversely affect our financial condition or business. As a result, the value of your investment could be significantly reduced or completely lost. 

 

We may not be able to effectively manage our growth or improve our operational, financial, and management information systems, which would impair our results of operations.

 

In the near term, we intend to expand the scope of our operations activities significantly. If we are successful in executing our business plan, we will experience growth in our business that could place a significant strain on our business operations, finances, management, and other resources. The factors that may place strain on our resources include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  The need for continued development of our financial and information management systems;
  The need to manage strategic relationships and agreements with manufacturers, customers, and partners; and
  Difficulties in hiring and retaining skilled management, technical, and other personnel necessary to support and manage our business.

 

Additionally, our strategy envisions a period of rapid growth that may impose a significant burden on our administrative and operational resources. Our ability to effectively manage growth will require us to substantially expand the capabilities of our administrative and operational resources and to attract, train, manage, and retain qualified management and other personnel. There can be no assurance that we will be successful in recruiting and retaining new employees or retaining existing employees.

 

We cannot provide assurances that our management will be able to manage this growth effectively. Our failure to successfully manage growth could result in our sales not increasing commensurately with capital investments or otherwise materially adversely affecting our business, financial condition, or results of operations.

 

If we are unable to continually innovate and increase efficiencies, our ability to attract new customers may be adversely affected.

 

In the area of innovation, we must be able to develop new technologies and products that appeal to our customers. This depends, in part, on the technological and creative skills of our personnel and on our ability to protect our intellectual property rights. We may not be successful in the development, introduction, marketing, and sourcing of new technologies or innovations, that satisfy customer needs, achieve market acceptance, or generate satisfactory financial returns.

 

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We are dependent on the popularity of consumer acceptance of our product lines.

 

Our ability to generate revenue and be successful in the implementation of our business plan is dependent on consumer acceptance and demand of our product lines. Acceptance of our products will depend on several factors, including availability, cost, ease of use, familiarity of use, convenience, effectiveness, safety, and reliability. If customers do not accept our products, or if we fail to meet customers’ needs and expectations adequately, our ability to continue generating revenues could be reduced.

 

A drop in the retail price of medical and adult use marijuana products may negatively impact our business.

 

The demand for our products depends in part on the price of commercially grown marijuana. Fluctuations in economic and market conditions that impact the prices of commercially grown marijuana, such as increases in the supply of such marijuana and the decrease in the price of products using commercially grown marijuana, could cause the demand for medical marijuana products to decline, which would have a negative impact on our business.

 

Federal regulation and enforcement may adversely affect the implementation of cannabis laws and regulations may negatively impact our revenues and profits.

 

Currently, there are 33 states plus the District of Columbia that have laws and/or regulations that recognize, in one form or another, legitimate medical and adult uses for cannabis and consumer use of cannabis in connection with medical treatment. Many other states are considering similar legislation. Conversely, under the CSA, the policies and regulations of the federal government and its agencies are that cannabis has no medical benefit and a range of activities including cultivation and the personal use of cannabis is prohibited. Unless and until Congress amends the CSA with respect to medical marijuana, as to the timing or scope of any such potential amendments there can be no assurance, there is a risk that federal authorities may enforce current federal law, and we may be deemed to be producing, cultivating, or dispensing marijuana in violation of federal law. Active enforcement of the current federal regulatory position on cannabis may thus indirectly and adversely affect our revenues and profits. The risk of strict enforcement of the CSA in light of Congressional activity, judicial holdings, and stated federal policy remains uncertain.

 

In February 2017, the Trump administration announced that there may be “greater enforcement” of federal laws regarding marijuana. Any such enforcement actions could have a negative effect on our business and results of operations.

 

Since the start of the new congress, there have been “positive” discussions about the Federal Government’s approach to cannabis. The DOJ has not historically devoted resources to prosecuting individuals whose conduct is limited to possession of small amounts of marijuana for use on private property but has relied on state and local law enforcement to address marijuana activity. With the change of the Attorney General, the DOJ has not signaled any change in their enforcement efforts. In the event the DOJ reverses its stated policy and begins strict enforcement of the CSA in states that have laws legalizing medical marijuana and recreational marijuana in small amounts, there may be a direct and adverse impact to our business and our revenue and profits. Furthermore, H.R. 83, enacted by Congress on December 16, 2014, provides that none of the funds made available to the DOJ pursuant to the 2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act may be used to prevent certain states, including Nevada and California, from implementing their own laws that authorized the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana. This prohibition is currently in place until September 30, 2019.

 

We could be found to be violating laws related to cannabis.  

 

Currently, there are 33 states plus the District of Columbia that have laws and/or regulations that recognize, in one form or another, legitimate medical uses for cannabis and consumer use of cannabis in connection with medical treatment. Many other states are considering similar legislation. Conversely, under the CSA, the policies and regulations of the federal government and its agencies are that cannabis has no medical benefit and a range of activities including cultivation and the personal use of cannabis is prohibited. Unless and until Congress amends the CSA with respect to medical marijuana, as to the timing or scope of any such amendments there can be no assurance, there is a risk that federal authorities may enforce current federal law. The risk of strict enforcement of the CSA in light of Congressional activity, judicial holdings, and stated federal policy remains uncertain. Because we plan to cultivate, produce, sell and distribute cannabis products, we have risk that we will be deemed to facilitate the selling or distribution of medical marijuana in violation of federal law. Finally, we could be found in violation of the CSA in connection with the sale of Agritek products. This would cause a direct and adverse effect on our subsidiaries’ businesses, or intended businesses, and on our revenue and prospective profits.

 

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Variations in state and local regulation, and enforcement in states that have legalized cannabis, may restrict cannabis-related activities, which may negatively impact our revenues and prospective profits.

 

Individual state laws do not always conform to the federal standard or to other states' laws. A number of states have decriminalized marijuana to varying degrees, other states have created exemptions specifically for medical cannabis, and several have both decriminalization and medical laws. As of December 2018, ten states and the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use of cannabis. Variations exist among states that have legalized, decriminalized, or created medical marijuana exemptions. For example, certain states have limits on the number of marijuana plants that can be homegrown. In most states, the cultivation of marijuana for personal use continues to be prohibited except for those states that allow small-scale cultivation by the individual in possession of medical marijuana needing care or that person’s caregiver. Active enforcement of state laws that prohibit personal cultivation of marijuana may indirectly and adversely affect our business and our revenue and profits.

 

In November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“AUMA”), in a ballot initiative. Among other things, the AUMA makes it legal for adults over the age of 21 to use marijuana and to possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana flowers and 8 grams of marijuana concentrates. Individuals are also permitted to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use. In addition, the AUMA establishes a licensing system for businesses to, among other things, cultivate, process and distribute marijuana products under certain conditions. On January 1, 2018 and the California Bureau of Marijuana Control enacted regulations to implement the AUMA.

 

Also, in November 2016, Nevada voters approved Question 2 in a ballot initiative. Among other things, Question 2 makes it legal for adults over the age of 21 to use marijuana and to possess up to one ounce of marijuana flowers and one-eighth of an ounce of marijuana concentrates. Individuals are also permitted to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use. In addition, Question 2 authorizes businesses to cultivate, process and distribute marijuana products under certain conditions. The Nevada Department of Taxation enacted regulations to implement Question 2 in the summer of 2017.

 

If we are unable to obtain and maintain the permits and licenses required to operate our business in compliance with state and local regulations in California, we may experience negative effects on our business and results of operations.

 

California has only issued temporary cannabis licenses and there is no guarantee we will receive permanent licenses.

 

Effective January 1, 2018, the State of California allowed for adult-use cannabis sales. California’s cannabis licensing system is being implemented in two phases. First, beginning on January 1, 2018, the State of California began issuing temporary licenses. Temporary licenses were initially issued for 90 days, but have since been extended three times by the State of California. Our current temporary licenses expire in July 2019. The extensions were initially provided because in April 2018 the Company had submitted all the necessary documentation for an annual license to be issued. Prior to the State of California completing its review of any annual licenses, the licensing authority determined they would eliminate the need to have multiple licenses issued to each entity for both medical and adult use. The Company has since applied for single category licenses that allow our vertically integrated activities to conduct sales in both the medical and adult-use categories. The Company’s prior licenses obtained from the local jurisdictions in which it operated have been continued by such jurisdictions and are necessary to obtain state licensing. The Company has received a temporary license for each local jurisdiction in which it has active operations. The temporary licenses may be extended for an additional period of time. The Company submitted its applications for the annual licenses in April 2018. Although the Company believes it will receive the necessary licenses from the State of California to conduct its business in a timely fashion, there is no guarantee the Company will be able to do so and any failure to do so may have a negative effect on its business and results of operations.

 

Prospective customers may be deterred from doing business with a company with a significant nationwide online presence because of fears of federal or state enforcement of laws prohibiting possession and sale of medical or recreational marijuana.

 

Our website is visible in jurisdictions where medicinal and adult use of marijuana is not permitted and, as a result, we may be found to be violating the laws of those jurisdictions.

 

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Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

 

Marijuana is a Schedule-I controlled substance and is illegal under federal law. Even in those states in which the use of marijuana has been legalized, its use remains a violation of federal law. Since federal law criminalizing the use of marijuana preempts state laws that legalize its use, strict enforcement of federal law regarding marijuana would likely result in our inability to proceed with our business plan, especially in respect of our marijuana cultivation, production and dispensaries. In addition, our assets, including real property, cash, equipment and other goods, could be subject to asset forfeiture because marijuana is still federally illegal.

 

We are not able to deduct some of our business expenses.

 

Section 280E of the Internal Revenue Code prohibits marijuana businesses from deducting their ordinary and necessary business expenses, forcing us to pay higher effective federal tax rates than similar companies in other industries. The effective tax rate on a marijuana business depends on how large its ratio of nondeductible expenses is to its total revenues. Therefore, our marijuana business may be less profitable than it could otherwise be.

 

We may not be able to attract or retain a majority of independent directors.

 

Our board of directors is not currently comprised of a majority of independent directors. We may in the future desire to list our common stock on The New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) or The NASDAQ Stock Market (“NASDAQ”), both of which require that a majority of our board be comprised of independent directors. We may have difficulty attracting and retaining independent directors because, among other things, we operate in the marijuana industry, and as a result we may be delayed or prevented from listing our common stock on the NYSE or NASDAQ.

 

We may not be able to successfully execute on our merger and acquisition strategy

 

Our business plan depends in part on merging with or acquiring other businesses in the marijuana industry. The success of any acquisition will depend upon, among other things, our ability to integrate acquired personnel, operations, products and technologies into our organization effectively, to retain and motivate key personnel of acquired businesses, and to retain their customers. Any acquisition may result in diversion of management’s attention from other business concerns, and such acquisition may be dilutive to our financial results and/or result in impairment charges and write-offs. We might also spend time and money investigating and negotiating with potential acquisition or investment targets, but not complete the transaction.

 

Although we expect to realize strategic, operational and financial benefits as a result of our acquisitions, we cannot predict whether and to what extent such benefits will be achieved. There are significant challenges to integrating an acquired operation into our business.

 

Any future acquisition could involve other risks, including the assumption of unidentified liabilities for which we, as a successor owner, may be responsible. These transactions typically involve a number of risks and present financial and other challenges, including the existence of unknown disputes, liabilities, or contingencies and changes in the industry, location, or regulatory or political environment in which these investments are located, that our due diligence review may not adequately uncover and that may arise after entering into such arrangements.

 

Laws and regulations affecting the medical and adult use marijuana industry are constantly changing, which could detrimentally affect our operations.

 

Local, state, and federal medical and adult use marijuana laws and regulations are broad in scope and subject to evolving interpretations, which could require us to incur substantial costs associated with compliance or alter certain aspects of our business plan. In addition, violations of these laws, or allegations of such violations, could disrupt certain aspects of our business plan and result in a material adverse effect on certain aspects of our planned operations. In addition, it is possible that regulations may be enacted in the future that will be directly applicable to certain aspects of our cultivation, production and manufacturing businesses, and our business of selling cannabis products. We cannot predict the nature of any future laws, regulations, interpretations or applications, nor can we determine what effect additional governmental regulations or administrative policies and procedures, when and if promulgated, could have on our business.

 

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We may not obtain the necessary permits and authorizations to operate the medical and adult use marijuana business.

 

We may not be able to obtain or maintain the necessary licenses, permits, authorizations, or accreditations for our cultivation, production and dispensary businesses, or may only be able to do so at great cost. In addition, we may not be able to comply fully with the wide variety of laws and regulations applicable to the medical and adult use marijuana industry. Failure to comply with or to obtain the necessary licenses, permits, authorizations, or accreditations could result in restrictions on our ability to operate the medical and adult use marijuana business, which could have a material adverse effect on our business.

 

If we incur substantial liability from litigation, complaints, or enforcement actions, our financial condition could suffer.

 

Our participation in the medical and adult use marijuana industry may lead to litigation, formal or informal complaints, enforcement actions, and inquiries by various federal, state, or local governmental authorities against us. Litigation, complaints, and enforcement actions could consume considerable amounts of financial and other corporate resources, which could have a negative impact on our sales, revenue, profitability, and growth prospects. We have not been, and are not currently, subject to any material litigation, complaint, or enforcement action regarding marijuana (or otherwise) brought by any federal, state, or local governmental authority

 

We may have difficulty accessing the service of banks, which may make it difficult for us to operate.

 

Since the use of marijuana is illegal under federal law, many banks will not accept for deposit funds from businesses involved with the marijuana industry. Consequently, businesses involved in the marijuana industry often have difficulty finding a bank willing to accept their business. The inability to open or maintain bank accounts may make it difficult for us to operate our medical and adult use marijuana businesses. If any of our bank accounts are closed, we may have difficulty processing transactions in the ordinary course of business, including paying suppliers, employees and landlords, which could have a significant negative effect on our operations.

 

Litigation may adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

 

From time to time in the normal course of our business operations, we may become subject to litigation that may result in liability material to our financial stat ements as a whole or may negatively affect our operating results if changes to our business operations are required. The cost to defend such litigation may be significant and may require a diversion of our resources. There also may be adverse publicity associated with litigation that could negatively affect customer perception of our business, regardless of whether the allegations are valid or whether we are ultimately found liable. Insurance may not be available at all or in sufficient amounts to cover any liabilities with respect to these or other matters. A judgment or other liability in excess of our insurance coverage for any claims could adversely affect our business and the results of our operations.

 

 

Federal income tax reform could have unforeseen effects on our financial condition and results of operations

 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, or the Tax Act, was enacted on December 22, 2017, and contains many changes to U.S. federal tax laws. The Tax Act requires complex computations that were not previously provided for under U.S. tax law and significantly revised the U.S. tax code by, among other changes, lowering the corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%, requiring a one-time transition tax on accumulated foreign earnings of certain foreign subsidiaries that were previously tax deferred and creating new taxes on certain foreign sourced earnings. At December 31, 2018, the Company has completed its accounting for the tax effects of the 2017 Tax Act. However, additional guidance may be issued by the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, the Department of the Treasury, or other governing body that may significantly differ from our interpretation of the law, which may result in a material adverse effect on our business, cash flow, results of operations or financial conditions.

 

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Inadequate funding for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and other government agencies could hinder their ability to perform normal business functions on which the operation of our business may rely, which could negatively impact our business.

 

In an effort to provide guidance to federal law enforcement, the DOJ has issued Guidance Regarding Marijuana Enforcement to all United States Attorneys in a memorandum from Deputy Attorney General David Ogden on October 19, 2009, in a memorandum from Deputy Attorney General James Cole on June 29, 2011 and in a memorandum from Deputy Attorney General James Cole on August 29, 2013. Each memorandum provides that the DOJ is committed to the enforcement of the CSA but, the DOJ is also committed to using its limited investigative and prosecutorial resources to address the most significant threats in the most effective, consistent, and rational way. On January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoked the Ogden Memo and the Cole Memos.

 

The DOJ has not historically devoted resources to prosecuting individuals whose conduct is limited to possession of small amounts of marijuana for use on private property but has relied on state and local law enforcement to address marijuana activity. In the event the DOJ reverses its stated policy and begins strict enforcement of the CSA in states that have laws legalizing medical marijuana and recreational marijuana in small amounts, there may be a direct and adverse impact to our business and our revenue and profits. Furthermore, H.R. 83, enacted by Congress on December 16, 2014, provides that none of the funds made available to the DOJ pursuant to the 2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act may be used to prevent certain states, including Nevada and California, from implementing their own laws that authorized the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana. This prohibition is currently in place until September 30, 2019. If a prolonged government shutdown occurs, it could enable the DOJ to enforce the CSA in states that have laws legalizing medical marijuana.

 

California’s Phase-In of Laboratory Testing Requirements could impact the availability of the products sold in dispensaries

 

Beginning July 1, 2018, cannabis goods must meet all statutory and regulatory requirements. A licensee can only sell cannabis goods that have been tested by a licensed testing laboratory and have passed all statutory and regulatory testing requirements. In order to be sold, cannabis goods harvested or manufactured prior to January 1, 2018, must be tested by a licensed testing laboratory and must comply with all testing requirements in section 5715 of the Bureau of Cannabis Control (“BCC”) regulations. Cannabis goods that do not meet all statutory and regulatory requirements must be destroyed in accordance with the rules pertaining to destruction.

 

Risks Related to an Investment in Our Securities

 

We expect to experience volatility in the price of our Common Stock, which could negatively affect stockholders’ investments.

 

The trading price of our Common Stock may be highly volatile and could be subject to wide fluctuations in response to various factors, some of which are beyond our control. The stock market in general has experienced extreme price and volume fluctuations that have often been unrelated or disproportionate to the operating performance of companies with securities traded in those markets. Broad market and industry factors may seriously affect the market price of companies’ stock, including ours, regardless of actual operating performance. All of these factors could adversely affect your ability to sell your shares of Common Stock or, if you are able to sell your shares, to sell your shares at a price that you determine to be fair or favorable.

 

The relative lack of public company experience of our management team could adversely impact our ability to comply with the reporting requirements of U.S. securities laws.

 

Our senior management may not be able to implement programs and policies in an effective and timely manner that adequately respond to increased legal, regulatory compliance, and reporting requirements, including the establishing and maintaining of internal controls over financial reporting. Any such deficiencies, weaknesses, or lack of compliance could have a materially adverse effect on our ability to comply with the reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which is necessary to maintain our public company status. If we were to fail to fulfill those obligations, our ability to continue as a U.S. public company would be in jeopardy, we could be subject to the imposition of fines and penalties, and our management would have to divert resources from attending to our business plan.

 

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Our Common Stock is categorized as “penny stock,” which may make it more difficult for investors to sell their shares of Common Stock due to suitability requirements.

 

Our Common Stock is categorized as “penny stock.” The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted Rule 15g-9, which generally defines “penny stock” to be any equity security that has a market price (as defined) less than $5.00 per share or an exercise price of less than $5.00 per share, subject to certain exceptions. The price of our Common Stock is significantly less than $5.00 per share and is therefore considered “penny stock.” This designation imposes additional sales practice requirements on broker-dealers who sell to persons other than established customers and accredited investors. The penny stock rules require a broker-dealer buying our securities to disclose certain information concerning the transaction, obtain a written agreement from the purchaser and determine that the purchaser is reasonably suitable to purchase the securities given the increased risks generally inherent in penny stocks. These rules may restrict the ability and/or willingness of brokers or dealers to buy or sell our Common Stock, either directly or on behalf of their clients, may discourage potential stockholders from purchasing our Common Stock, or may adversely affect the ability of stockholders to sell their shares.

 

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) sales practice requirements may also limit a stockholder’s ability to buy and sell our Common Stock, which could depress the price of our Common Stock.

 

In addition to the “penny stock” rules described above, FINRA has adopted rules that require a broker-dealer to have reasonable grounds for believing that the investment is suitable for that customer before recommending an investment to a customer. Prior to recommending speculative low-priced securities to their non-institutional customers, broker-dealers must make reasonable efforts to obtain information about the customer’s financial status, tax status, investment objectives, and other information. Under interpretations of these rules, FINRA believes that there is a high probability that speculative low-priced securities will not be suitable for at least some customers. Thus, the FINRA requirements make it more difficult for broker-dealers to recommend that their customers buy our Common Stock, which may limit your ability to buy and sell our shares of Common Stock, have an adverse effect on the market for our shares of Common Stock, and thereby depress our price per share of Common Stock.

 

The elimination of monetary liability against our directors, officers, and employees under Nevada law and the existence of indemnification rights for our obligations to our directors, officers, and employees may result in substantial expenditures by us and may discourage lawsuits against our directors, officers, and employees.

 

Our Articles of Incorporation contain a provision permitting us to eliminate the personal liability of our directors to us and our stockholders for damages for the breach of a fiduciary duty as a director or officer to the extent provided by Nevada law. We may also have contractual indemnification obligations under any future employment agreements with our officers or agreements entered into with our directors. The foregoing indemnification obligations could result in us incurring substantial expenditures to cover the cost of settlement or damage awards against directors and officers, which we may be unable to recoup. These provisions and the resulting costs may also discourage us from bringing a lawsuit against directors and officers for breaches of their fiduciary duties; and may similarly discourage the filing of derivative litigation by our stockholders against our directors and officers even though such actions, if successful, might otherwise benefit us and our stockholders.

 

We may issue additional shares of Common Stock or Preferred Stock in the future, which could cause significant dilution to all stockholders.

 

Our Articles of Incorporation authorize the issuance of up to 1,499,000,000 shares of Common Stock, par value $0.0001 and 1,000,000 shares of preferred stock, with a par value of $0.01 per share. As of May 3, 2019, we had 6,538,578 shares of Common Stock and 1,000 shares of Series B Preferred Stock outstanding; however, we may issue additional shares of Common Stock or preferred stock in the future in connection with a financing or an acquisition. Such issuances may not require the approval of our stockholders. In addition, certain of our outstanding rights to purchase additional shares of Common Stock or securities convertible into our Common Stock are subject to full-ratchet anti-dilution protection, which could result in the right to purchase significantly more shares of Common Stock being issued or a reduction in the purchase price for any such shares or both. Any issuance of additional shares of our Common Stock, or equity securities convertible into our Common Stock, including but not limited to, preferred stock, warrants, and options, will dilute the percentage ownership interest of all stockholders, may dilute the book value per share of our Common Stock, and may negatively impact the market price of our Common Stock.

 

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Because we do not intend to pay any cash dividends on our Common Stock, our stockholders will not be able to receive a return on their shares unless they sell them.

 

We intend to retain any future earnings to finance the development and expansion of our business. We do not anticipate paying any cash dividends on our Common Stock in the foreseeable future. Declaring and paying future dividends, if any, will be determined by our Board, based upon earnings, financial condition, capital resources, capital requirements, restrictions in our Articles of Incorporation, contractual restrictions, and such other factors as our Board deems relevant. Unless we pay dividends, our stockholders will not be able to receive a return on their shares unless they sell them. There is no assurance that stockholders will be able to sell shares when desired.

 

Our independent auditors have expressed substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.

 

We incurred a net loss of $ 1,412,278 and $9,153,310 for the years ending December 31, 2018, and 2017, respectively. Because of our continued operating losses, negative cash flows from operations and working capital deficit, in their report on our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018, our independent auditors included an explanatory paragraph regarding their substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. We will continue to experience net operating losses in the foreseeable future. Our ability to continue as a going concern is subject to our ability to generate a profit and/or obtain necessary funding from outside sources, including obtaining additional funding from the sale of our securities, increasing sales or obtaining loan from various financial i nstitutions where possible. Our continued net operating losses increase the difficulty in meeting such goals and there can be no assurances that such methods will prove successful.

 

Federal regulation and enforcement may adversely affect the implementation of medical marijuana laws and regulations may negatively impact our revenues and profits.

 

Currently, there are 33 states plus the District of Columbia that have laws and/or regulation that recognize in one form or another legitimate medical uses for cannabis and consumer use of cannabis in connection with medical treatment. Many other states are considering similar legislation. Conversely, under the Controlled Substances Act (the “CSA”), the policy and regulations of the Federal government and its agencies is that cannabis has no medical benefit and a range of activities including cultivation and use of cannabis for personal use is prohibited. Until Congress amends the CSA with respect to medical marijuana, there is a risk that federal authorities may enforce current federal law, and we may be deemed to be facilitating the selling or distribution of drug paraphernalia in violation of federal law. Active enforcement of the current federal regulatory position on cannabis may thus indirectly and adversely affect revenues and profits of the Company. The risk of strict enforcement of the CSA in light of congressional activity, judicial holdings and stated federal policy remains uncertain.

 

Federal authorities have not focused their resources on such tangential or secondary violations of the Act, nor have they threatened to do so, with respect to the leasing of real property or the sale of equipment that might be used by medical cannabis gardeners, or with respect to any supplies marketed to participants in the emerging medical cannabis industry. We are unaware of such a broad application of the CSA by federal authorities, and we believe that such an attempted application would be unprecedented.

 

The Company may provide services to and potentially handle monies for businesses in the legal cannabis industry.  

 

Selling or distributing medical or retail cannabis is deemed to be illegal under the Federal Controlled Substances Act even though such activities may be permissible under state law. A risk exists that our lending and services could be deemed to be facilitating the selling or distribution of cannabis in violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act, or to constitute aiding or abetting, or being an accessory to, a violation of that Act. Such a finding, claim, or accusation would likely severely limit the Company’s ability to continue with its operations and may result in our investors losing all of their investment in our Company. 

 

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The legal cannabis industry faces an uncertain legal environment on state, federal, and local levels.

 


Although we continually monitor the most recent legal developments affecting the legal cannabis industry, the legal environment in California and elsewhere could shift in a manner not currently contemplated by the Company. For example, while we think there will always be a place for compliance-related services, broader state and federal legalization could render the compliance landscape significantly less technical, which would render our suite of compliance services less valuable and marketable. Lending money to legal cannabis participants could also be subject to legal challenge if the federal government or another jurisdiction decides to more actively enforce applicable laws. These unknown legal developments could directly and indirectly harm our business and results of operations.

 

Profit sharing, distributions, and equity ownership in California medical marijuana dispensaries and growing operations are not permissible.  

 


The Company does not currently maintain an ownership interest in legal cannabis dispensaries or growing operations in California or elsewhere. We believe such ownership is not permitted by applicable law. Investors should be aware that the Company will not engage in such activity until such time as it is legally permissible. If the applicable laws make it so that the Company is unable to own interests in legal cannabis dispensaries in growing operations ever, the Company may not be able to attain its financial projections, and thus, this would directly and indirectly harm our business and results of operations.

 

We depend on third party providers for a reliable Internet infrastructure and the failure of these third parties, or the Internet in general, for any reason would significantly impair our ability to conduct our business.

 

We outsource all of our data center facility management to third parties who host the actual servers and provide power and security in multiple data centers in each geographic location. These third party facilities require uninterrupted access to the Internet. If the operation of our servers is interrupted for any reason, including natural disaster, financial insolvency of a third party provider, or malicious electronic intrusion into the data center, our business would be significantly damaged. If either a third party facility failed, or our ability to access the Internet was interfered with because of the failure of Internet equipment in general or we become subject to malicious attacks of computer intruders, our business and operating results will be materially adversely affected.

  

The gathering, transmission, storage and sharing or use of personal information could give rise to liabilities or additional costs of operation as a result of governmental regulation, legal requirements, civil actions or differing views of personal privacy rights.

 

We transmit and plan to store a large volume of personal information in the course of providing our services. Federal and state laws and regulations govern the collection, use, retention, sharing and security of data that we receive from our customers and their users. Any failure, or perceived failure, by us to comply with U.S. federal or state privacy or consumer protection-related laws, regulations or industry self-regulatory principles could result in proceedings or actions against us by governmental entities or others, which could potentially have an adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition. Additionally, we may also be contractually liable to indemnify and hold harmless our customers from the costs or consequences of inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of their customers’ personal data which we store or handle as part of providing our services.

 

The interpretation and application of privacy, data protection and data retention laws and regulations are currently unsettled particularly with regard to location-based services, use of customer data to target advertisements and communication with consumers via mobile devices. Such laws may be interpreted and applied inconsistently from country to country and inconsistently with our current data protection policies and practices. Complying with these varying international requirements could cause us to incur substantial costs or require us to change our business practices in a manner adverse to our business, operating results or financial condition.

 

As privacy and data protection have become more sensitive issues, we may also become exposed to potential liabilities as a result of differing views on the privacy of personal information. These and other privacy concerns, including security breaches, could adversely impact our business, operating results and financial condition.

 

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In the U.S., we have voluntarily agreed to comply with wireless carrier technological and other requirements for access to their customers’ mobile devices, and also trade association guidelines and codes of conduct addressing the provision of location-based services, delivery of promotional content to mobile devices and tracking of users or devices for the purpose of delivering targeted advertising. We could be adversely affected by changes to these requirements, guidelines and codes, including in ways that are inconsistent with our practices or in conflict with the rules or guidelines in other jurisdictions.

 

We have identified material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting which could, if not remediated, result in material misstatements in our financial statements.

 

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over our financial reporting, as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). A material weakness is defined as a deficiency, or combination of deficiencies, in internal control over financial reporting, such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of our annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis. During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018, management identified material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting as discussed in Item 9A of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. As a result of these material weaknesses, our management concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was not effective based on criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organization of the Treadway Commission in Internal Control-An Integrated Framework. We are planning to engage in developing a remediation plan designed to address these material weaknesses. If our remedial measures are insufficient to address the material weaknesses, or if additional material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in our internal control are discovered or occur in the future, our consolidated financial statements may contain material misstatements and we could be required to restate our financial results, which could lead to substantial additional costs for accounting and legal fees and shareholder litigation.

 

We may require additional capital in the future, which may not be available or may only be available on unfavorable terms.

 

We monitor our capital adequacy on an ongoing basis. To the extent that our funds are insufficient to fund future operating requirements, we may need to raise additional funds through corporate finance transactions or curtail our growth and reduce our liabilities. Any equity, hybrid or debt financing, if available at all, may be on terms that are not favorable to us. If we cannot obtain adequate capital on favorable terms or at all, our business, financial condition and operating results could be adversely affected.

 

Risks Relating to Ownership of Our Common Stock

 

Although there is presently a market for our common stock, the price of our common stock may be extremely volatile and investors may not be able to sell their shares at or above their purchase price, or at all. We anticipate that the market may be potentially highly volatile and may fluctuate substantially because of:

 

  Actual or anticipated fluctuations in our future business and operating results;

 

  Changes in or failure to meet market expectations;

 

  Fluctuations in stock market price and volume

 

B. Michael Friedman, holds Series B Preferred Stock which will provide him continuing voting control over the Company and, as a result, he will exercise significant control over corporate decisions.

 

B. Michael Friedman, our former President, Chief Executive Officer and sole Director owns 100% of Class B Preferred Stock (the “Series B Preferred Stock”). Pursuant to the Certificate of Designation, the Series B Preferred Stock has the right to vote in aggregate, on all shareholder matters equal to 51% of the total vote, no matter how many shares of common stock or other voting stock of the Company are issued or outstanding in the future. The Series B Preferred Stock has a right to vote on all matters presented or submitted to the Company’s stockholders for approval in pari passu with the common stockholders, and not as a separate class. The holders of Series B Preferred Stock have the right to cast votes for each share of Series B Preferred Stock held of record on all matters submitted to a vote of common stockholders, including the election of directors. There is no right to cumulative voting in the election of directors. The holders of Series B Preferred Stock vote together with all other classes and series of common stock of the Company as a single class on all actions to be taken by the common stockholders except to the extent that voting as a separate class or series is required by law.

 

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As a result of the above, Mr. Friedman exercises control in determining the outcome of corporate transactions or other matters, including the election of directors, mergers, consolidations, the sale of all or substantially all of our assets, and also the power to prevent or cause a change in control. Any investors who purchase shares will be minority shareholders and as such will have no say in the direction of the Company and the election of Directors. Investors in the Company should keep in mind that even if you own shares of the Company's common stock and wish to vote them at annual or special shareholder meetings, your shares will have no effect on the outcome of corporate decisions or the election of Directors. Furthermore, investors should be aware that Mr. Friedman may choose to elect new Directors to the Board of Directors of the Company and/or take the Company in a new business direction altogether, and, as a result, current shareholders of the Company will have little to no say in such matters.

 

As a public company, we will incur substantial expenses.

 

The U.S. securities laws require, among other things, review, audit, and public reporting of our financial results, business activities, and other matters. Recent SEC regulation, including regulation enacted as a result of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, has also substantially increased the accounting, legal, and other costs related to becoming and remaining an SEC reporting company. If we do not have current information about our Company available to market makers, they will not be able to trade our stock. The public company costs of preparing and filing annual and quarterly reports, and other information with the SEC and furnishing audited reports to stockholders, will cause our expenses to be higher than they would be if we were privately-held. These increased costs may be material and may include the hiring of additional employees and/or the retention of additional advisors and professionals. Our failure to comply with the federal securities laws could result in private or governmental legal action against us and/or our officers and directors, which could have a detrimental effect on our business and finances, the value of our stock, and the ability of stockholders to resell their stock.

 

FINRA sales practice requirements may limit a stockholder’s ability to buy and sell our stock.

 

“FINRA” has adopted rules that relate to the application of the SEC’s penny stock rules in trading our securities and require that a broker/dealer have reasonable grounds for believing that the investment is suitable for that customer, prior to recommending the investment. Prior to recommending speculative, low priced securities to their non-institutional customers, broker/dealers must make reasonable efforts to obtain information about the customer’s financial status, tax status, investment objectives and other information. Under interpretations of these rules, FINRA believes that there is a high probability that speculative, low priced securities will not be suitable for at least some customers. The FINRA requirements make it more difficult for broker/dealers to recommend that their customers buy our common stock, which may have the effect of reducing the level of trading activity and liquidity of our common stock. Further, many brokers charge higher transactional fees for penny stock transactions. As a result, fewer broker/dealers may be willing to make a market in our common stock, reducing a shareholder’s ability to resell shares of our common stock.

 

The Company’s common stock is currently deemed to be “penny stock”, which makes it more difficult for investors to sell their shares .

 

The Company’s common stock is currently subject to the “penny stock” rules adopted under section 15(g) of the Exchange Act. The penny stock rules apply to companies whose common stock is not listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market or other national securities exchange and trades at less than $5.00 per share or that have tangible net worth of less than $5,000,000 ($2,000,000 if the company has been operating for three or more years). These rules require, among other things, that brokers who trade penny stock to persons other than “established customers” complete certain documentation, make suitability inquiries of investors and provide investors with certain information concerning trading in the security, including a risk disclosure document and quote information under certain circumstances. Many brokers have decided not to trade penny stocks because of the requirements of the penny stock rules and, as a result, the number of broker-dealers willing to act as market makers in such securities is limited. If the Company remains subject to the penny stock rules for any significant period, it could have an adverse effect on the market, if any, for the Company’s securities. If the Company’s securities are subject to the penny stock rules, investors will find it more difficult to dispose of the Company’s securities.

 

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We have raised capital through the use of convertible debt instruments that causes substantial dilution to our stockholders.

 

Because of the size of our Company and its status as a “penny stock” as well as the current economy and difficulties in companies our size finding adequate sources of funding, we have been forced to raise capital through the issuance of convertible notes and other debt instruments. These debt instruments carry favorable conversion terms to their holders of up to 42% discounts to the market price of our common stock on conversion and in some cases provide for the immediate sale of our securities into the open market. Accordingly, this has caused dilution to our stockholders in 2018 and may for the foreseeable future. As of December 31, 2018, we had approximately $935,008 in convertible debt and potential convertible debt outstanding. This convertible debt balance as well as additional convertible debt we incur in the future will cause substantial dilution to our stockholders.

 

Because we are quoted on the OTC Markets Group, Inc.’s OTC Pink Sheets instead of an exchange or national quotation system, our investors may have a tougher time selling their stock or experience negative volatility on the market price of our common stock.

 

Our common stock is quoted on the OTC Markets Group, Inc’s OTC Pink Sheets. The OTC Markets Pink Sheets is often highly illiquid, in part because it does not have a national quotation system by which potential investors can follow the market price of shares except through information received and generated by a limited number of broker-dealers that make markets in particular stocks. There is a greater chance of volatility for securities that are quoted on the OTCQB as compared to a national exchange or quotation system. This volatility may be caused by a variety of factors, including the lack of readily available price quotations, the absence of consistent administrative supervision of bid and ask quotations, lower trading volume, and market conditions. Investors in our common stock may experience high fluctuations in the market price and volume of the trading market for our securities. These fluctuations, when they occur, have a negative effect on the market price for our securities. Accordingly, our stockholders may not be able to realize a fair price from their shares when they determine to sell them or may have to hold them for a substantial period of time until the market for our common stock improves.

 

We do not intend to pay dividends.

 

We do not anticipate paying cash dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future. We may not have sufficient funds to legally pay dividends. Even if funds are legally available to pay dividends, we may nevertheless decide in our sole discretion not to pay dividends. The declaration, payment and amount of any future dividends will be made at the discretion of the board of directors, and will depend upon, among other things, the results of our operations, cash flows and financial condition, operating and capital requirements, and other factors our board of directors may consider relevant. There is no assurance that we will pay any dividends in the future, and, if dividends are paid, there is no assurance with respect to the amount of any such dividend.

 

Our operating history and lack of profits which could lead to wide fluctuations in our share price. You may be unable to sell your common shares at or above your purchase price, which may result in substantial losses to you. The market price for our common shares is particularly volatile given our status as a relatively unknown company with a small and thinly traded public float.

 

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The market for our common shares is characterized by significant price volatility when compared to seasoned issuers, and we expect that our share price will continue to be more volatile than a seasoned issuer for the indefinite future. The volatility in our share price is attributable to a number of factors. First, our common shares are sporadically and thinly traded. As a consequence of this lack of liquidity, the trading of relatively small quantities of shares by our shareholders may disproportionately influence the price of those shares in either direction. The price for our shares could, for example, decline precipitously in the event that a large number of our common shares are sold on the market without commensurate demand, as compared to a seasoned issuer which could better absorb those sales without adverse impact on its share price. Secondly, we are a speculative or “risky” investment due to our limited operating history and lack of profits to date, and uncertainty of future market acceptance for our potential products. As a consequence of this enhanced risk, more risk-adverse investors may, under the fear of losing all or most of their investment in the event of negative news or lack of progress, be more inclined to sell their shares on the market more quickly and at greater discounts than would be the case with the stock of a seasoned issuer. Many of these factors are beyond our control and may decrease the market price of our common shares, regardless of our operating performance. We cannot make any predictions or projections as to what the prevailing market price for our common shares will be at any time, including as to whether our common shares will sustain their current market prices, or as to what effect that the sale of shares or the availability of common shares for sale at any time will have on the prevailing market price.

 

Shareholders should be aware that, according to SEC Release No. 34-29093, the market for penny stocks has suffered in recent years from patterns of fraud and abuse. Such patterns include (1) control of the market for the security by one or a few broker-dealers that are often related to the promoter or issuer; (2) manipulation of prices through prearranged matching of purchases and sales and false and misleading press releases; (3) boiler room practices involving high-pressure sales tactics and unrealistic price projections by inexperienced sales persons; (4) excessive and undisclosed bid-ask differential and markups by selling broker-dealers; and (5) the wholesale dumping of the same securities by promoters and broker-dealers after prices have been manipulated to a desired level, along with the resulting inevitable collapse of those prices and with consequent investor losses. Our management is aware of the abuses that have occurred historically in the penny stock market. Although we do not expect to be in a position to dictate the behavior of the market or of broker-dealers who participate in the market, management will strive within the confines of practical limitations to prevent the described patterns from being established with respect to our securities. The occurrence of these patterns or practices could increase the volatility of our share price.

 

Federal regulation and enforcement may adversely affect the implementation of marijuana laws and regulations may negatively impact our revenues and profits .

 

Currently, there are thirty-three (33) states plus the District of Columbia that have laws and/or regulation that recognize in one form or another legitimate medical uses for cannabis and consumer use of cannabis in connection with medical treatment. There are currently two states that have laws and/or regulation that permits consumer use of cannabis for commercial and recreational purposes. Many other states are considering legislation to similar effect. As of the date of this writing, the policy and regulations of the Federal government and its agencies is that cannabis has no medical benefit and a range of activities including cultivation and use of cannabis for personal use is prohibited on the basis of federal law and may or may not be permitted on the basis of state law. Active enforcement of the current federal regulatory position on cannabis on a regional or national basis may directly and adversely affect the willingness of customers of the Company to invest in or lease properties from the Company that may be used in connection with cannabis. Active enforcement of the current federal regulatory position on cannabis may thus indirectly and adversely affect revenues and profits of the Company.

 

We may be subject to unknown or contingent liabilities or restrictions related to properties that we acquire for which we may have limited or no recourse.

 

Assets and entities that we have acquired or may acquire in the future may be subject to unknown or contingent liabilities for which we may have limited or no recourse against the sellers. Unknown or contingent liabilities might include liabilities for or with respect to liens attached to properties, unpaid real estate tax, or utilities charges for which a subsequent owner remains liable, clean-up or remediation of environmental conditions or code violations, claims of customers, vendors or other persons dealing with the acquired entities and tax liabilities, among other things.

 

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Our revenue and expenses are not directly correlated, and because a large percentage of our costs and expenses are fixed, we may not be able to adapt our cost structure to offset declines in our revenue.

 

Most of the expenses associated with our business, such as acquisition costs, renovation and maintenance costs, real estate taxes, personal and ad valorem taxes, insurance, utilities, employee wages and benefits and other general corporate expenses are fixed and do not necessarily decrease with a reduction in revenue from our business. Our expenses and ongoing capital expenditures will also be affected by inflationary increases and certain of our cost increases may exceed the rate of inflation in any given period. By contrast, as described above, our rental income will be affected by many factors beyond our control such as the availability of alternative rental properties and economic conditions in our target markets. As a result, we may not be able to fully offset rising costs and capital spending by higher lease rates, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and cash available for distribution. In addition, state and local regulations may require us to maintain properties that we own, even if the cost of maintenance is greater than the value of the property or any potential benefit from leasing the property.

 

Our future portfolio consists of properties geographically concentrated in certain markets and any adverse developments in local economic conditions, the demand for commercial property in these markets or natural disasters may negatively affect our operating results.

 

Our future portfolio consists of properties geographically concentrated in Colorado. As such, we are susceptible to local economic conditions, other regulations, the supply of and demand for commercial rental properties and natural disasters in these areas. If there is a downturn in the economy, an oversupply of or decrease in demand for commercial rental properties in these markets or natural disasters in these geographical areas, our business could be materially adversely affected to a greater extent than if we owned a real estate portfolio that was more geographically diversified.

 

We may be subject to losses that are either uninsurable, not economically insurable or that are in excess of our insurance coverage.

 

Our properties may be subject to environmental liabilities and we will be exposed to personal liability for accidents which may occur on our properties. Our insurance may not be adequate to cover all damages or losses from these events, or it may not be economically prudent to purchase insurance for certain types of losses. As a result, we may be required to incur significant costs in the event of adverse weather conditions and natural disasters or events which result in environmental or personal liability. We may not carry or may discontinue certain types of insurance coverage on some or all of our properties in the future if the cost of premiums for any of these policies in our judgment exceeds the value of the coverage discounted for the risk of loss. If we experience losses that are uninsured or exceed policy limits, we could incur significant uninsured costs or liabilities, lose the capital invested in the properties, and lose the anticipated future cash flows from those properties. In addition, our environmental or personal liability may result in losses substantially in excess of the value of the related property.

 

Compliance with new or existing laws, regulations and covenants that are applicable to our future properties, including permit, license and zoning requirements, may adversely affect our ability to make future acquisitions or renovations, result in significant costs or delays and adversely affect our growth strategy.

 

Our future properties are subject to various covenants and local laws and regulatory requirements, including permitting and licensing requirements. Local regulations, including municipal or local ordinances, zoning restrictions and restrictive covenants imposed by community developers may restrict our use of our properties and may require us to obtain approval from local officials or community standards organizations at any time with respect to our properties, including prior to acquiring a property or when undertaking renovations of any of our existing properties. We cannot assure you that existing regulatory policies will not adversely affect us or the timing or cost of any future acquisitions or renovations, or that additional regulations will not be adopted that would increase such delays or result in additional costs. Our failure to obtain permits, licenses and zoning approvals on a timely basis could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

 

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Poor tenant selection and defaults by renters may negatively affect our financial performance and reputation.

Our success will depend in large part upon our ability to attract and retain qualified tenants for our properties. This will depend, in turn, upon our ability to screen applicants, identify good tenants and avoid tenants who may default. We will inevitably make mistakes in our selection of tenants, and we may rent to tenants whose default on our leases or failure to comply with the terms of the lease negatively affect our financial performance, reputation and the quality and value of our properties. For example, tenants may default on payment of rent, make unreasonable and repeated demands for service or improvements, make unsupported or unjustified complaints to regulatory or political authorities, make use of our properties for illegal purposes, damage or make unauthorized structural changes to our properties which may not be fully covered by security deposits, refuse to leave the property when the lease is terminated, engage in violence or similar disturbances, disturb nearby residents with noise, trash, odors or eyesores, fail to comply with regulations, sublet to less desirable individuals in violation of our leases, or permit unauthorized persons to live therein. The process of evicting a defaulting renter from a commercial property can be adversarial, protracted and costly. Furthermore, some tenants facing eviction may damage or destroy the property. Damage to our properties may significantly delay re-leasing after eviction, necessitate expensive repairs or impair the rental income or value of the property, resulting in a lower than expected rate of return. In addition, we will incur turnover costs associated with re-leasing the properties such as marketing and brokerage commissions and will not collect revenue while the property sits vacant. Although we will attempt to work with tenants to prevent such damage or destruction, there can be no assurance that we will be successful in all or most cases. Such tenants will not only cause us not to achieve our financial objectives for the properties, but may subject us to liability, and may damage our reputation with our other tenants and in the communities where we do business.

 

Declining real estate valuations and impairment charges could adversely affect our earnings and financial condition.

 

Our success will depend upon our ability to acquire rental properties at attractive valuations, such that we can earn a satisfactory return on the investment primarily through rental income and secondarily through increases in the value of the properties. If we overpay for properties or if their value subsequently drops or fails to rise because of market factors, we will not achieve our financial objectives.

 

We will periodically review the value of our properties to determine whether their value, based on market factors, projected income and generally accepted accounting principles, has permanently decreased such that it is necessary or appropriate to take an impairment loss in the relevant accounting period. Such a loss would cause an immediate reduction of net income in the applicable accounting period and would be reflected in a decrease in our balance sheet assets. The reduction of net income from an impairment loss could lead to a reduction in our dividends, both in the relevant accounting period and in future periods. Even if we do not determine that it is necessary or appropriate to record an impairment loss, a reduction in the intrinsic value of a property would become manifest over time through reduced income from the property and would therefore affect our earnings and financial condition.

 

Increasing real estate taxes, fees and insurance costs may negatively impact our financial results.

 

The cost of real estate taxes and insuring our properties is a significant component of our expenses. Real estate taxes, fees and insurance premiums are subject to significant increases, which can be outside of our control. If the costs associated with real estate taxes, fees and assessments or insurance should rise significantly and we are unable to raise rents to offset such increases, our results of operations would be negatively impacted.

 

We may not be able to effectively manage our growth, which requires significant resources, and our results may be adversely affected.

 

We plan to continue our acquisition strategy, which will demand significant resources and attention and may affect our financial performance. Our future operating results depend on our ability to effectively manage this growth, which is dependent, in part, upon the ability of the Company to:

 

 

 

 

stabilize and manage a rapidly increasing number of properties and tenant relationships while maintaining a high level of customer service and building and enhancing our brand; 
identify and supervise an increasing number of suitable third parties on which we rely on to provide certain services to our properties; 
continue to improve our operational and financial controls and reporting procedures and systems; and, 
scale our technology and other infrastructure platforms to adequately service new properties. 

 

 

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We cannot assure you that we will be able to achieve these results or that we may otherwise be able to manage our growth effectively. Any failure to do so may have an adverse effect on our business and financial results.

 

 

Should one or more of the foregoing risks or uncertainties materialize, or should the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may differ significantly from those anticipated, believed, estimated, expected, intended or planned.

 

 

ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

 

None.

 

 

 

ITEM 2. DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY

 

Owned Real Estate

 

The Company owns approximately 80 acres real property, including all buildings, fixtures and equipment located in Pueblo County, Colorado. The Company acquired the property for the purpose of making it suitable for use in the legal commercial cannabis industry.

 

Office Space

 

Our corporate offices are located at 777 Brickell Avenue Suite 500, Miami, FL 33131. We can be reached by phone at 1 (305) 721-2727 and by email at info@Agritekholdings.com.

 

In April 2014, the Company entered into a two-year sublease agreement for the use of up to 7,500 square feet with a Colorado based oncology clinical trial and drug testing company and facility presently doing cancer research and testing for established pharmaceutical companies seeking FDA approval for new drugs . Pursuant to the lease, as amended, the Company agreed to pay $3,500 per month for the space. The lease expired in April 2016, and the Company owes the landlord $48,750.

 

In January 2017, the Company signed a five (5) year lease, beginning February 1, 2017, for approximately 6,000 square feet of office space, comprised of two floors, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Pursuant to the lease, the Company will pay $3,000 per month for the third floor of the building for the first year of the lease. The rent will increase 3% per year on February beginning in 2018 and an additional 3% per year on each successive February 1, during the term of the lease. The landlord agreed that the month of February 2017, the rent was $1,500. The rent for second floor of the building will be $2,000 per month during the term of the lease and the Company does not have any rent payments for the first three months of the lease (February 2017 through April 2017). Through September 30, 2017, the Company calculated the total amount of the rent for the term lease and recorded straight line rent expense of $45,417 and had made payments of $20,516. As of December 31, 2018, the Company has a balance of $24,916 in deferred rent which is included in the consolidated balance sheet. The leases for the second and third floor were cancelled in September 2017 as a result of Hurricane Irma.

 

Leased Properties

 

On April 28, 2014, the Company executed and closed a ten-year lease agreement for 20 acres of an agricultural farming facility located in South Florida following the approval of the so-called “Charlotte’s Web” legislation, aimed at decriminalizing low grade marijuana specifically for the use of treating epilepsy and cancer patients.  Pursuant to the lease agreement, the Company maintains a first right of refusal to purchase the property for three years. The Company has recorded $38,244 of expense (included in leased property expenses) for the year ended December 31, 2017.  The Company is currently in default of the lease agreement, as rents have not been for the second year of the lease beginning May 2015.

 

On July 11, 2014, the Company signed a ten-year  lease agreement for an additional 40 acres in Pueblo, Colorado. The lease requires monthly rent payments of $10,000 during the first year and is subject to a 2% annual increase over the life of the lease. The lease also provides rights to 50 acres of certain tenant water rights for $50,000 annually plus cost of approximately $2,400 annually. The Company paid the $50,000 in July 2014, and has not used the property and any water and has not paid for any water rights after September 30, 2015. The Company has not recorded any expense for the years ended December 31, 2018, and 2017. The Company is currently in default of the lease agreement, as rents have not been paid since February 2015.

 

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On October 5, 2017, the Company agreed to lease from Mr. Friedman, a "420 Style" resort and estate property approximately one hour outside of Quebec City, Canada. The fifteen-acre estate consists of nine (9) unique guest suites, horse stables, and is within walking distance to a public golf course. A separate structure will serve as a small grow facility run by patient employees and caretakers on the property which may be toured by guests of the facility. Pursuant to the agreement, the Company will pay $8,000 per month in exchange for the Company being entitled to all rents and income generated from the property. For the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company paid and recorded $96,000 of expense, included in leased property expense, related party in the consolidated statements of operations, included herein. The Company will be responsible for all costs of the property, including, but not limited to, renovations, repairs and maintenance, insurance and utilities. For the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company has incurred $152,943 of renovation expense.

 

On December 1, 2016, the Company signed a one (1) year lease for a corporate apartment in Puerto Rico for $5,500 per month. This lease expired in November 30, 2017.

 

  

 

ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

 

On March 2, 2015, the Company, the Company’s CEO and the Company’s CFO at the time were named in a civil complaint filed by Erick Rodriguez in the District Court in Clark County, Nevada (the “DCCC”). The complaint alleges that Mr. Rodriguez never received 250,000 shares of Series B preferred stock that were initially approved by the Board of Directors in 2012, subject to the completion of a merger of a company controlled by Mr. Rodriguez. Since the merger was never completed, the shares were never certificated to Mr. Rodriguez. On March 21, 2017, the DCC agreed to Set Aside the Entry of Default against the Defendants. Mr. Rodriguez resigned in June 2013. On December 10, 2018, the parties agreed to a confidential settlement on the matter. The Company recorded losses of $24,242 and $399,291, on the legal matter, included in other expenses for the years ended December 31, 2018, and 2017, respectively.

 

On May 6, 2016, the Company, B. Michael Freidman and Barry Hollander (former CFO) were named as defendants in a Summons/Complaint filed by Justin Braune (the “Plaintiff”) in Palm Beach County Civil Court, Florida (the “PBCCC”). The complaint alleges that Mr. Braune was entitled to shares of common stock of the Company. On December 5, 2016, the PBCCC set aside a court default that had been previously issued. The defendants have answered the complaint, including the defenses that Mr. Braune advised the Company’s transfer agent and the Company in his letter of resignation dated November 4, 2015, clearly stating that he has relinquished all shares of common stock. The Company has filed a counterclaim suit against the Plaintiff, as well as sanctions against the Plaintiff and their counsel.

 

 

 

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

 

Not applicable.

 

 

PART II

 

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

 

The Company’s common stock is traded in the over-the-counter market, and quoted on the OTC Markets Group Inc. Pink Sheets under the symbol “AGTK.”

 

(a) Market Information

 

The following table sets forth for the periods indicated the high and low bid quotations for our common stock. These quotations represent inter-dealer quotations, without adjustment for retail markup, markdown, or commission and may not represent actual transactions.

 

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Period   High   Low
Fiscal Year 2018                
First Quarter (January 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018)   $ 10.90     $ 3.00  
Second Quarter (April 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018)   $ 4.76     $ 2.40  
Third Quarter (July 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018)   $ 2.84     $ 1.72  
Fourth Quarter (October 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018)   $ 2.54     $ 0.338  
                 
Fiscal Year 2017                
First Quarter (January 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017)   $ 7.40     $ 4.24  
Second Quarter (April 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017)   $ 5.20     $ 1.88  
Third Quarter (July 1, 2017 -- September 30, 2017)   $ 4.80     $ 1.92  
Fourth Quarter (October 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017)   $ 9.60     $ 1.98  

 

(b) Holders

 

The number of record holders of our common stock as of May 3, 2019, was approximately 255. This excludes shareholders who hold their stock in street name. The Company estimates that there are over 15,000 stockholders who hold their shares of common stock in street name.

 

(c) Dividends

 

The Company did not declare any cash dividends for the years ended December 31, 2018, and 2017. Our Board of Directors does not intend to distribute any cash dividends in the near future. The declaration, payment and amount of any future dividends will be made at the discretion of the Board of Directors, and will depend upon, among other things, the results of our operations, cash flows and financial condition, operating and capital requirements, and other factors as the Board of Directors considers relevant. There is no assurance that future dividends will be paid, and if dividends are paid, there is no assurance with respect to the amount of any such dividend.

 

(d) Securities authorized for issuance under equity compensation plan s

 

None

 

Recent Sales of Unregistered Equity Securities

 

During the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company issued the following shares of common stock upon the conversions of portions of the Convertible Notes:

 

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Date   Principal Conversion   Interest Conversion   Total Conversion   Conversion Price   Shares Issued   Issued to
  2/12/2018     $ 69,221     $ 5,779     $ 75,000     $ 1.128       66,489     St Georges
  3/27/2018     $ 47,061     $ 2,939     $ 50,000     $ 1.128       44,326     St Georges
  4/23/2018     $ 26,234     $ 1,266     $ 27,500     $ 1.128       24,379     St Georges
  6/11/2018     $ 32,604     $ 2,396     $ 35,000     $ 1.128       31,028     St Georges
  7/9/2018     $ 17,690     $ —       $ 17,690     $ 1.4152       12,500     L2
  7/31/2018     $ 27,550     $ —       $ 27,550     $ 1.102       25,000     L2
  8/6/2018     $ 44,080     $ —       $ 44,080     $ 1.102       40,000     L2
  9/18/2018     $ 29,928     $ —       $ 29,928     $ 0.9976       30,000     L2
  9/24/2018     $ 31,320     $ —       $ 31,320     $ 1.044       30,000     L2
  9/28/2018     $ 36,540     $ —       $ 36,540     $ 1.044       35,000     L2
  10/3/2018     $ 36,540     $ —       $ 36,540     $ 1.044       35,000     L2
  10/8/2018     $ 41,760     $ —       $ 41,760     $ 1.044       40,000     L2
  10/11/2018     $ 41,760     $ —       $ 41,760     $ 1.044       40,000     L2
  10/16/2018     $ 42,282     $ —       $ 42,282     $ 0.9396       45,000     L2
  10/22/2018     $ 39,150     $ —       $ 39,150     $ 0.87       45,000     L2
  10/29/2018     $ 33,930     $ —       $ 33,930     $ 0.754       45,000     L2
  11/6/2018     $ 35,496     $ —       $ 35,496     $ 0.5916       60,000     L2
  11/12/2018     $ 22,000     $ —       $ 22,000     $ 0.66       33,333     Power Up
  11/12/2018     $ 26,000     $ —       $ 26,000     $ 0.64       40,625     Power Up
  11/12/2018     $ 39,150     $ —       $ 39,150     $ 0.522       75,000     L2
  11/13/2018     $ 15,000     $ —       $ 15,000     $ 0.594       25,253     Power Up
  11/14/2018     $ 29,580     $ —       $ 29,580     $ 0.3944       75,000     L2
  11/15/2018     $ 15,000     $ 4,680     $ 19,680     $ 0.52       37,846     Power Up
  11/26/2018     $ 37,120     $ —       $ 37,120     $ 0.3712       100,000     L2
  11/30/2018     $ 37,700     $ —       $ 37,700     $ 0.3016       125,000     L2
  12/4/2018     $ 29,000     $ —       $ 29,000     $ 0.232       125,000     L2
  12/17/2018     $ 14,790     $ —       $ 14,790     $ 0.1972       75,000     L2
  12/18/2018     $ 14,790     $ —       $ 14,790     $ 0.1972       75,000     L2
  12/27/2018     $ 19,720     $ —       $ 19,720     $ 0.1972       100,000     L2
  12/27/2018     $ 15,000     $ —       $ 15,000     $ 0.42       35,714     Power Up
  12/28/2018     $ 15,000     $ —       $ 15,000     $ 0.394       38,071     Power Up
  12/28/2018     $ 15,000     $ —       $ 15,000     $ 0.394       38,071     Power Up
  12/31/2018     $ 8,000     $ 3,204     $ 11,204     $ 0.386       29,026     Power Up
        $ 985,996     $ 20,264     $ 1,006,260               1,676,663      

 

In addition to the above, during the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company:

 

On February 26, 2018, the Company agreed to issue 25,000 shares of common stock to Dr. Stephen Holt, for his appointment to the advisory board. The Company recorded an expense of $97,500 (based on the market price of the Company’s common stock of $3.90 per share) and is included in professional and consulting fees in the consolidated statements of operations for the year ended December 31, 2018.

On June 21, 2018, the Company filed Amended Articles of Incorporation with the State of Delaware increasing the authorized shares of common stock to 1,249,000,000 shares, and on January 9, 2019, the authorized shares of common stock were increased to 1,499,000,000.

On June 25, 2018, the Company issued 8,500 shares to Mr. Friedman. The Company recorded an expense of $22,950 (based on the market price of the Company’s common stock of $2.70 per share) for 8,500 shares and is included in management fees in the consolidated statements of operations for the year ended December 31, 2018.

During the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company issued 284,258 shares of common stock to St. George pursuant to Notices of Exercise of Warrant received. The shares were issued based upon the cashless exercise provision of the warrant. The Company recorded the shares at their par value of $0.0001, with the offset to additional-paid-in-capital.

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During the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company issued the following shares of common stock upon the conversions of portions of the Convertible Notes:

 

Date   Principal Conversion   Interest Conversion   Total Conversion   Conversion Price   Shares Issued   Issued to
  1/10/17     $ 73,000     $ 5,664     $ 78,664     $ 3.19       24,660     Cerberus
  1/17/17     $ 57,500     $ 4,562     $ 62,062     $ 3.074       20,190     LG
  1/27/17     $ 48,129     $ 3,914     $ 52,043     $ 2.552       20,393     Cerberus
  2/8/17     $ 60,000     $ 5,050     $ 65,050     $ 2.5868       25,147     LG
  2/27/17     $ 26,120     $ 2,171     $ 28,291     $ 2.7698       10,248     Cerberus
  3/10/17     $ 40,000     $ 3,630     $ 43,630     $ 2.726       16,005     LG
  3/27/17     $ 34,775     $ 3,255     $ 38,030     $ 2.5752       14,768     Cerberus
  3/28/17     $ 65,625     $ 3,697     $ 69,322     $ 2.552       27,164     LG
  4/25/17     $ 76,081     $ 4,752     $ 80,833     $ 1.9488       41,479     LG
  5/10/17     $ 22,000     $ 2,199     $ 24,199     $ 1.60       15,117     Cerberus
  5/10/17     $ 20,640     $ 9,360     $ 30,000     $ 1.50       20,000     St Georges
  5/25/17     $ 29,052     $ 947     $ 30,000     $ 1.128       26,596     St Georges
  6/6/17     $ 32,813     $ 2,999     $ 35,811     $ 1.102       32,497     LG
  6/8/17     $ 34,100     $ 900     $ 35,000     $ 1.128       31,029     St Georges
  6/9/17     $ 22,000     $ 1,500     $ 23,500     $ 1.102       21,325     Cerberus
  6/29/17     $ 48,849     $ 1,151     $ 50,000     $ 1.128       44,327     St Georges
  6/30/17     $ 30,625     $ 2,960     $ 33,585     $ 1.16       28,953     LG
  7/17/17     $ 37,358     $ 733     $ 38,091     $ 1.128       33,770     St Georges
  7/25/17     $ 35,000     $ 3,575     $ 38,575     $ 1.1136       34,640     LG
  7/26/17     $ 28,000     $ 1,117     $ 29,117     $ 1.1136       26,147     Cerberus
  8/15/17     $ 35,199     $ 409     $ 35,608     $ 1.16       30,697     LG
  8/29/17     $ 38,000     $ 558     $ 38,558     $ 1.1716       32,911     LG
  9/19/17     $ 34,500     $ 665     $ 35,165     $ 1.6356       21,500     LG
  10/9/17     $ 30,000     $ 710     $ 30,710     $ 1.4152       21,701     LG
  10/23/17     $ 30,000     $ 802     $ 30,802     $ 1.218       25,290     LG
  11/6/17     $ 28,376     $ 6,624     $ 35,000     $ 1.128       31,029     St Georges
  11/6/17     $ 19,500     $ 1,218     $ 20,718     $ 1.1716       17,684     LG
  11/13/17     $ 35,000     $ 2,240     $ 37,240     $ 1.1716       31,786     Cerberus
  11/14/17     $ 26,624     $ 428     $ 27,052     $ 1.128       23,983     St Georges
  11/15/17     $ 75.000     $ 4,833     $ 79,833     $ 1.1484       69,517     LG
  12/1/17     $ 32,813     $ 453     $ 33,266     $ 1.1484       28,967     LG
  12/5/17     $ 16,756     $ 1,105     $ 17,861     $ 1.128       15,835     St Georges
  12/7/17     $ 32,813     $ 2,567     $ 35,380     $ 1.1832       29,902     LG
  12/15/17     $ 52,000     $ 889     $ 52,889     $ 1.1832       44,700     LG
  12/28/17     $ 42,000     $ 2,209     $ 44,209     $ 1.3456       32,855     Cerberus
        $ 1,350,247     $ 89,846     $ 1,440,093               972,798      

 

In addition to the above, during the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company:

 

On January 16, 2017, the Company entered into a Business Consultant Agreement (the “BCA”). Pursuant to the BCA, the Company issued 25,000 shares of common stock for services to be provided to the Company related to business development, product marketing, helping identify mergers and acquisition candidates, and will consult with and advise the Company on matters pertaining to business modeling and strategic alliances. The Company valued the shares at $5.34 per share (the market price of the common stock) and recorded stock compensation expense for the year ended December 31, 2017, of $133,500.

 

On January 27, 2017, the Company issued 5,000 shares of restricted common stock to Kopelowitz Ostrow P.A. (“ KO ”) pursuant to a Debt Settlement and Release Agreement (the “Debt Settlement”) by and between the Company and KO. Among the terms of the Debt Settlement was the forgiveness of $24,614 of debt the Company owed KO for legal services provided.

 

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On January 30, 2017, the Company issued 5,000 shares of common stock to Venture Equity. The Company valued the shares at $6.00 per share (the market price of the common stock) and cancelled of $13,169 of accrued and unpaid fees owed Venture Equity and recorded stock-based compensation expense for the year ended December 31, 2017, of $16,831.

 

Also, on January 30, 2017, the Company issued 50,000 shares of common stock to Mr. Friedman. The shares were issued for services performed as the sole Officer and director of the Company since November 2014. The Company valued the shares at $6.02 per share (the market price of the common stock) and for the year ended December 31, 2017, recorded stock compensation expense, management, of $301,000.

 

On June 19, 2017, the Company issued 6,596 shares of common stock to St. George pursuant to the “true-up” terms and conditions of the St. George note.

 

On August 8, 2017, the Company issued 10,000 shares of common stock for compensation for services of the Company’s chief operating officer. The Company valued the shares at $2.46 per share (the market price of the common stock) and for the year ended December 31, 2017, recorded stock compensation expense, management, of $24,600.

 

On August 8, 2017, the Company issued 25,000 shares of common stock for the property known as the "420 Style" resort and estate, located in Canada (see note 11). The Company valued the shares at $2.46 per share (the market price of the common stock) and has included $61,500 in stock- based compensation expense for the year ended December 31, 2017.

  

 

All such shares were issued in reliance on the exemption found in Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Each share recipient was provided with access to information which would be required to be included in a registration statement and such issuances did not involve a public offering.

 

 

 

ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

 

Not applicable to a smaller reporting company.

 

 

 

ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

   

The following is management’s discussion and analysis of certain significant factors that have affected our financial position and operating results during the periods included in the accompanying consolidated financial statements, as well as information relating to the plans of our current management. This report includes forward-looking statements. Generally, the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “continue,” and similar expressions or the negative thereof or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including the matters set forth in this report or other reports or documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, which could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those projected. Undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

The independent auditors’ reports on our financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2018, and 2017, includes a “going concern” explanatory paragraph that describes substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. Management’s plans in regard to the factors prompting the explanatory paragraph are discussed below and also in Note 12 to the consolidated financial statements filed herein.

While our financial statements are presented on the basis that we are a going concern, which contemplates the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business over a reasonable length of time, our auditors have raised a substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.

 

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Results of Operations

 

For the year ended December 31, 2018, compared to December 31, 2017

 

Revenues

 

Revenues for the years ended December 31, 2018, and 2017 were $3,339 and $50,000, respectively. Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2018 were comprised of sales of product and for the year ended December 31, 2017, were comprised of consulting fees of $48,000 and other fees of $2,000.

 

Cost of Sales

 

For the year ended December 31, 2018, cost of sales were comprised of cost of products sold of $8,072, write off obsolete inventory of $23,056 and an allocation of $30,000, or twenty percent (20%) of Mr. Friedman’s management fees, and for the year ended December 31, 2017, cost of sales was comprised of consulting fees, including an allocation of $30,000, or twenty (20%) percent of the Mr. Friedman’s management fees.

 

Operating Expenses

 

Operating expenses were $1,297,054 for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared to $1,715,983 for the year ended December 31, 2017. The expenses were comprised of:

 

    Year Ended December 31,
Description   2018   2017
Administration and management fees   $ 208,365     $ 504,200  
Professional and consulting fees     383,664       730,357  
Advertising and promotional expenses     60,842       54,927  
Rent and occupancy costs     49,166       101,279  
Leased property for sub-lease including maintenance costs     294,996       41,546  
Travel and entertainment     139,499       136,751  
General and other administrative     160,522       146,923  
Total   $ 1,297,054     $ 1,715,983  

  

Administration and management fees for each year include $120,000 expensed as fees for Mr. Friedman, and fees paid for administration services of $65,415 (including $57,000 related party) and $83,200 (including $48,000 related party) for the years ended December 31, 2018, and 2017, respectively. The related party expenses were fees paid to Mrs. Friedman. For the year ended December 31, 2018, stock compensation of $22,950 is included in administrative and management fees for the issuance of 8,500 shares of restricted common stock to Mr. Friedman. The Company recorded the expense of $22,950 (based on the market price of the Company’s common stock of $2.70 per share). Administrative and management fees for 2017, include stock compensation expense of $301,000 for the issuance of 50,000 shares of common stock to Mr. Friedman. The shares were issued for services performed as the sole Officer and director of the Company since November 2014. The Company valued the shares at $6.02 per share (the market price of the common stock) and for the year ended December 31, 2017, recorded stock compensation expense, management, of $301,000. Effective January 1, 2019, the Company has agreed to compensation of $12,500 per month for Mr. Friedman, $7,500 per month for the Company’s Interim CEO and estimates that administration fees will be approximately $7,600 per month at this time.

 

Professional and consulting fees include stock-based compensation of $97,500 and $220,600 for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. The stock compensation expense component for the year ended December 31, 2018, was a result of 25,000 shares of common stock issued to Dr. Stephen Holt, for his appointment to the advisory board. The Company recorded an expense of $97,500 (based on the market price of the Company’s common stock of $3.90 per share). The 2017 stock compensation component was comprised of:

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The Company issuing 25,000 shares of common stock issued in January 2017 for services to be provided to the Company related to business development, product marketing, helping identify mergers and acquisition candidates. The Company valued the shares at $5.34 per share (the market price of the common stock) and recorded stock compensation expense for the year ended December 31, 2017, of $133,500.

 

On August 8, 2017, the Company issued 10,000 shares of common stock for compensation for services of the Company’s chief operating officer. The Company valued the shares at $2.46 per share (the market price of the common stock) and for the year ended December 31, 2017, recorded stock compensation expense, management, of $24,600.

 

$61,500 for the issuance of 25,000 shares of common stock for the property known as the "420 Style" resort and estate, located in Canada (see note 11). The Company valued the shares at $2.46 per share (the market price of the common stock) and has included $61,500 in stock- based compensation expense for the year ended December 31, 2017.

 

Professional and con sulting fees (excluding stock compens ation expense) decreased for the year ended December 31, 2018 to $286,164, compared to $510,757 for the year ended December 31, 2017, and is comprised of the following:

 

    Year ended December 31,
    2018   2017
Legal fees   $ 75,064     $ 324,057  
Consulting fees     74,700       29,000  
Accounting and auditing fees     74,500       78,000  
Investor relation costs (including related of $46,900 and $30,500 for 2018, and 2017, respectively)     61,900       79,700  
    $ 286,164     $ 510,757  

 

Legal fees decreased for the year ended December 31, 2018, as costs incurred related to the Braune and Rodriguez matters (see Note 11 to consolidated financial statements included herein) were significantly higher in the 2017 period. Consulting fees increased for the year ended December 31, 2018, as the Company had engaged various consultants to assist the Company in strategic planning regarding the Company’s current operations and future growth plans.

 

Advertising and promotional expenses increased for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared to the year ended December 31, 2017, as a result of the Company distributing product samples to distributors and dispensaries in California as part of a marketing campaign regarding a product launch and introduction.

 

Rent and occupancy costs were $49,166 and $101,279 for the years ended December 31, 2018, and 2017, respectively. The decreases were primarily due to the 2017 periods included :

 

a five (5) year lease, beginning February 1, 2107, for approximately 6,000 square feet of office space, comprised of two floors, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Pursuant to the lease, the Company was to pay $3,000 per month for one floor for the first year of the lease. The rent was to increase 3% per year on February beginning in 2018 and an additional 3% per year on each successive February 1, during the term of the lease. The landlord agreed that for the month of February 2017, the rent was $1,500. The rent for the other floor was to be $2,000 per month during the term of the lease and the Company did not have any rent payments for the first three months of the lease (February 2017 through April 2017). The Company is straight lining the total lease payments over the term of the lease and for the year ended December 31, 2017 has recorded $45,017 rent expense. The leases for the second and third floor were cancelled in September 2017 as a result of Hurricane Irma. There was no rent expense recorded for these leases for the year ended December 31, 2018.

 

In December 2016, the Company signed a one- year lease for office space in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The lease required monthly base rent of $800 for the months of December 2016 through February 2017, and $900 per month for the months of March 2017 through November 2017. Effective May 15, 2017, the Company terminated this lease. For the year ended December 31, 2017 the Company has included $4,119 of rent expense related to this lease. The lease was cancelled in September 2017 as a result of Hurricane Irma. There was no rent expense recorded for this lease for the year ended December 31, 2018.

 

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On December 1, 2016, the Company signed a one (1) year lease for a corporate apartment in Puerto Rico for $5,500 per month. For the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company has included $44,000 of rent expense related to this lease. The lease was cancelled in September 2017 as a result of Hurricane Irma. There was no rent expense recorded for these leases for the three and nin3e months ended September 30, 2018.

 

Leased property available for sub-lease and property maintenance costs were $294,995 ($96,000 related) and $41,546 for the years ended December 31, 2018, and 2017, respectively. For the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company made lease payments of $96,000 for their lease with Mr. Friedman for, the "420 Style" resort and estate property approximately one hour outside of Quebec City, Canada. For the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company also had renovation and other expenses of $169,295, for this property, as well as $29,700 for costs associated with acquiring and transferring licenses related to other property the Company leases. The 2017 costs were comprised of leased real estate. On April 28, 2014, the Company executed a 10- year lease agreement for 20 acres of an agricultural fa rming facility located in South Florida. The Company has recorded $38,244 of expense for the year ended December 31, 2017. The Company is currently in default of the lease agreement, as rents have not been paid for the second year of the lease beginning May 2015.

 

General and other administrative costs for the year ended December 31, 2018, increased to $160,522, from $146,923 for the year ended December 31, 2017. The costs are comprised of public company expenses (including transfer agent fees, filing fees, press releases and other) and general office expenses. The significant expenses is comprised of the following:

 

Description   2018   2017
Filing fees and transfer agent fees   $ 19,158     $ 15,913  
Other taxes     7,596       8,182  
Depreciation     38,104       15,516  
Telephone, internet and website expenses     15,964       39,738  
Investor relations     24,311       25,508  
Office supplies and expense     8,279       9,866  
Other general and other administrative     47,110       32,200  
Total   $ 160,522     $ 146,923  

 

Other Income (Expense), Net

 

Other expense, net, for the year ended December 31, 2018, was $57,395 compared to $7,423,327 for the year ended December 31, 2017. Other expense, net, for the year ended December 31, 2018, included a decrease in the fair value of derivatives of $2,880,913, offset by interest expense of $2,724,307, the losses on impairment of investments of $131,000, debt settlement loss of $58,759 and a loss on legal matter of $24,242. Other expense, net, for the year ended December 31, 2017, included an increase on the fair value of derivatives of $4,986,057, interest expense of $1,873,198, losses on legal matter and debt settlement of $399,291 and $114,781, respectively and a loss on investments of $50,000.

Interes t expense increased in the current period and was comprised of:

        

    Year ended December 31,
    2018   2017
Interest on face value and other   $ 206,485     $ 92,147  
Prepayment interest and other     883       65,000  
Amortization of note discount     2,407,751       1,587,831  
Amortization of deferred financing fees     109,188       128,220  
Total   $ 2,724,307     $ 1,873,198  

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources.

 

Liquidity is the ability of an enterprise to generate adequate amounts of cash to meet its needs for cash requirements. As of December 31, 2018, we had cash and cash equivalents of $77,016, a decrease of $227,873, from $304,889 as of December 31, 2017. At December 31, 2018, we had current liabilities of $3,519,714 (including $1,561,232 of non-cash derivative liabilities) compared to current assets of $115,709 which resulted in working capital deficit of $3,404,005. The current liabilities are mostly comprised of accounts payable, accrued expenses, convertible debt, derivative liabilities and notes payable.

 

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Currently, we have limited operating capital. The Company anticipates that it will require a minimum of $2,000,000 of working capital to complete substantially all of its desired business activity for the next twelve months, including bringing new products to market. The Company has earned limited revenue from its business operations. Our current capital and our other existing resources will be sufficient only to provide a limited amount of working capital, and, to date, the revenues generated from our business operations have not been sufficient to fund our operations or planned growth. As noted above, we will require additional capital to continue to operate our business, and to further expand our business. We may be unable to obtain the additional capital required. Our inability to generate capital or raise additional funds when required will have a negative impact on our operations, business development and financial results.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2018, net cash used in operating activities was $1,260,492 compared to $1,228,835 for the year ended December 31, 2017. The Company had a net loss for the year ended December 31, 2018, of $1,412,278 primarily attributable to a gain of $3,386,723 in the change of the fair value of derivative liabilities, offset by non-cash expenses of the initial derivative liability expense of $505,912 on new convertible notes and warrants issued and the amortization of discounts and financing fees on convertible notes of $2,516,937, losses on impairment of investments of $115,000, debt settlement of $58,759 and legal matter of $24,242, depreciation expense of $38,104 and.stock based compensation of $120,450.

 

The net loss for the year ended December 31, 2017, of $9,153,310 was offset by non- cash expenses of $2,223,824 for the initial fair value of derivative liabilities, the change in fair values of derivative liabilities of $2,762,231, the amortization of discounts on convertible notes of $1,587,831, stock- based compensation of $520,600 and amortization of deferred financing costs of $128,220. Changes in operating assets and liabilities that reduced cash used in operating activities were in the aggregate $602,246.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2018, net cash used in investing activities was $109,323 compared to $397,651 for the year ended December 31, 2017. For the period ending December 31, 2018, the Company purchased furniture and equipment of $34,223 compared to $187,651 for the year ended December 31, 2017. For the years ended December 31, 2018, and 2017, the Company expended $75,000 and $210,000, respectively, to invest in two separate five- year exclusive licensing and operation agreements.

 

Net cash provided by financing activities was $1,141,942 and $1,864,115 for the years ended December 31, 2018, and 2017, respectively. The 2018 activity was comprised of proceeds received related to the issuance of convertible promissory notes of $925,000 and $425,000 related to Stock Purchase Agreements with St. George. The Company also made payments of $178,058 of principal and accrued interest on convertible promissory notes and $30,000 on notes payable. The 2017 activity was comprised of proceeds received related to the issuance of convertible promissory notes of $1,678,494 and $545,000 related to Stock Purchase Agreements with St. George. The Company also made payments of $322,879 on convertible promissory notes and $36,500 on notes payable.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2018, cash and cash equivalents decreased by $227,873 compared to an increase of $237,629 for the year ended December 31, 2017. Ending cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2018, was $77,016 compared to $304,889 at December 31, 2017.

   

Off Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We do not have any off-balance sheet arrangements that have or are reasonably likely to have a current or future effect on our financial condition or results of operations.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

Accounting Policies and Estimates

 

The preparation of our financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires our management to make certain estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Our management periodically evaluates the estimates and judgments made. Management bases its estimates and judgments on historical experience and on various factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. Actual results may differ from these estimates as a result of different assumptions or conditions.

  

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Basis of Presentation and Principles of Consolidation

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America ("US GAAP"). The consolidated financial statements of the Company include the consolidated accounts of Agritek and its wholly owned subsidiaries AVHI, Prohibition Products, Inc. (“PPI”), and the American Hemp Trading Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation (dba 77 Acres, Inc.). PPI, a Florida corporation, was originally formed on July 1, 2013 as The American Hemp Trading Company, Inc., a Florida corporation (“Hemp FL”) and on August 27, 2014, Hemp FL changed its name to PPI. All intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

Effective January 1, 2018, the Company adopted ASC 606 — Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Under ASC 606, the Company recognizes revenue from the commercial sales of products, licensing agreements and contracts to perform pilot studies by applying the following steps: (1) identify the contract with a customer; (2) identify the performance obligations in the contract; (3) determine the transaction price; (4) allocate the transaction price to each performance obligation in the contract; and (5) recognize revenue when each performance obligation is satisfied. For the comparative periods, revenue has not been adjusted and continues to be reported under ASC 605 — Revenue Recognition. Under ASC 605, revenue is recognized when the following criteria are met: (1) persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists; (2) the performance of service has been rendered to a customer or delivery has occurred; (3) the amount of fee to be paid by a customer is fixed and determinable; and (4) the collectability of the fee is reasonably assured. There was no impact on the Company’s financial statements as a result of adopting Topic 606 for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017.

  

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amount of revenues and expenses during the reported period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

The Company considers all highly liquid investments with an original term of three months or less to be cash equivalents.

 

Accounts Receivable

 

The Company records accounts receivable from amounts due from its customers upon the shipment of products. The allowance for losses is established through a provision for losses charged to expenses. Receivables are charged against the allowance for losses when management believes collectability is unlikely. The allowance is an amount that management believes will be adequate to absorb estimated losses on existing receivables, based on evaluation of the collectability of the accounts and prior loss experience. While management uses the best information available to make its evaluations, this estimate is susceptible to significant change in the near term. As of December 31, 2018, and December 31, 2017, based on the above criteria, the Company has an allowance for doubtful accounts of $43,408.

 

Inventory

 

Inven tory is valued at the lower of cost or market value. Cost is determined using the first in first out (FIFO) method. Provision for potentially obsolete or slow- moving inventory is made based on management analysis or inventory levels and future sales forecasts.

 

Notes receivable

 

As of December 31, 2018, the Company has recorded notes receivable the following:

 

 

$170,000 pursuant to a five (5) year operational and exclusive licensing agreement with a third party who leases a 15,000-sq. ft. approved cultivation facility located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

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Impairment of Long-Lived Assets and Long-Lived Assets to be Disposed

 

We evaluate long-lived assets and identifiable intangible assets with finite useful lives in accordance with ASC 350-30 and ASC 360 (formerly SFAS No. 144, Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets), and accordingly, management revie ws our long-lived assets and identifiable intangible assets with finite useful lives for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of such assets may not be recoverable. We recognize an impairment loss when the sum of the future undiscounted net cash flows expected to be realized from the asset is less than its carrying amount. If an asset is considered to be impaired, the impairment to be recognized is measured by the amount by which the carrying amount of the asset exceeds its fair value. Considerable judgment is necessary to estimate the fair value of the assets and accordingly, actual results could vary significantly from such estimates. Our most significant estimates and judgments relating to the long-lived asset impairments include the timing and amount of projected future cash flows.

   

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

Fair value measurements are determined under a three-level hierarchy for fair value measurements that prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value, distinguishing between market participant assumptions developed based on market data obtained from sources independent of the reporting entity (“observable inputs”) and the reporting entity’s own assumptions about market participant assumptions developed based on the best information available in the circumstances (“unobservable inputs”).

 

Fair value is the price that would be received to sell an asset or would be paid to transfer a liability (i.e., the “exit price”) in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. In determining fair value, the Company primarily uses prices and other relevant information generated by market transactions involving identical or comparable assets (“market approach”). The Company also considers the impact of a significant decrease in volume and level of activity for an asset or liability when compared with normal activity to identify transactions that are not orderly.

 

The highest priority is given to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets (Level 1 measurements) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3 measurements). Securities are classified in their entirety based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement.

 

The three hierarchy levels are defined as follows: 

 

Level 1 – Quoted prices in active markets that is unadjusted and accessible at the measurement date for identical, unrestricted assets or liabilities; 

 

Level 2 – Quoted prices for identical assets and liabilities in markets that are not active, quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets or financial instruments for which significant inputs are observable, either directly or indirectly; 

 

Level 3 – Prices or valuations that require inputs that are both significant to the fair value measurement and unobservable.

 

Credit risk adjustments are applied to reflect the Company’s own credit risk when valuing all liabilities measured at fair value. The methodology is consistent with that applied in developing counterparty credit risk adjustments, but incorporates the Company’s own credit risk as observed in the credit default swap market.

 

The Company's financial instruments consist primarily of cash, accounts receivable, notes receivable, accounts payable and accrued expenses, note payable and convertible debt. The carrying amounts of such financial instruments approximate their respective estimated fair value due to the short-term maturities and approximate market interest rates of these instruments.  The estimated fair value is not necessarily indicative of the amounts the Company would realize in a current market exchange or from future earnings or cash flows.

 

Earnings (Loss) Per Share

 

Earnings (loss) per share are computed in accordance with ASC 260, "Earnings per Share". Basic earnings (loss) per share is computed by dividing net income (loss), after deducting preferred stock dividends accumulated during the period, by the weighted-average number of shares of common stock outstanding during each period. Diluted earnings per share is computed by dividing net income by the weighted-average number of shares of common stock, common stock equivalents and other potentially dilutive securities, if any, outstanding during the period. As of December 31, 2018, there were warrants and options to purchase 249,478 shares of common stock and the Company’s outstanding convertible debt is convertible into approximately 5,292,896 shares of common stock. These amounts are not included in the computation of dilutive loss per share because their impact is antidilutive.

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Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation 

 

The Company accounts for stock awards issued to non-employees in accordance with ASC 505-50, Equity-Based Payments to Non-Employees. The measurement date is the earlier of (1) the date at which a commitment for performance by the counterparty to earn the equity instruments is reached, or (2) the date at which the counterparty's performance is complete. Stock awards granted to non-employees are valued at their respective measurement dates based on the trading price of the Company’s common stock and recognized as expense during the period in which services are provided. For the years ended December 31, 2018, and 2017, the Company recorded stock- based compensation of $120,450 and $520,600, respectively.

 

The independent auditors’ reports on our financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 includes a “going concern” explanatory paragraph that describes substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. Management’s plans in regard to the factors prompting the explanatory paragraph are discussed below and also in Note 10 to the consolidated financial statements filed herein.

 

While our financial statements are presented on the basis that we are a going concern, which contemplates the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business over a reasonable length of time, our auditors have raised a substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.

 

 

 

ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

Not required for smaller reporting companies.

 

 

ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

 

See Index to Financial Statements and Financial Statement Schedules appearing on pages F-1 to F-12 of this annual report on Form 10-K. 

 

 

ITEM 9. CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE.

 

None.

 

 

 

 

ITEM 9A. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

A review and evaluation was performed by the Company’s management, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (the “CEO”) and Chief Financial Officer (the “CFO”), as of the end of the period covered by this annual report on Form 10-K, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this annual report. Based on that review and evaluation, the CEO and CFO have concluded that as of December 31, 2018, disclosure controls and procedures were not effective at ensuring that the material information required to be disclosed in our Exchange Act reports is recorded, processed, summarized and reported as required in the application of SEC rules and forms.

 

Management’s Report on Internal Controls over Financial Reporting

 

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Exchange Act. Internal control over financial reporting is a set of processes designed by, or under the supervision of, a company’s principal executive and principal financial officers, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with GAAP and includes those policies and procedures that:

 

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Pertain to the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect our transactions and disposition of our assets;
Provide reasonable assurance our transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of our financial statements in accordance with GAAP, and that receipts and expenditures are being made only in accordance with authorizations of our management and directors; and
Provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of our assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

 

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. It should be noted that any system of internal control, however well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable, and not absolute, assurance that the objectives of the system will be met. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

 

Our CEO and CFO have evaluated the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as described in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) as of the end of the period covered by this report based upon criteria established in “Internal Control-Integrated Framework” issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (2013 framework) . As a result of this evaluation, we concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was not effective as of December 31, 2018, as described below.

We assessed the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of evaluation date and identified the following material weaknesses:

 

  Lack of Control Procedures : Due to the Company not having formal Control procedures related to the approval of related party transactions.

 

Insufficient Resources: We have an inadequate number of personnel with requisite expertise in the key functional areas of finance and accounting.

 

Inadequate Segregation of Duties : We have an inadequate number of personnel to properly implement control procedures.

 

Lack of Audit Committee: We do not have a functioning audit committee, resulting in lack of independent oversight in the establishment and monitoring of required internal controls and procedures.

 

 

We are committed to improving the internal controls and will (1) consider to use third party specialists to address shortfalls in staffing and to assist us with accounting and finance responsibilities, (2) increase the frequency of independent reconciliations of significant accounts which will mitigate the lack of segregation of duties until there are sufficient personnel and (3) may consider appointing additional outside directors and audit committee members in the future.

 

We have discussed the material weakness noted above with our independent registered public accounting firm. Due to the nature of these material weaknesses, there is a more than remote likelihood that misstatements which could be material to the annual or interim financial statements could occur that would not be prevented or detected.

 

This Annual Report does not include an attestation report of our independent registered public accounting firm regarding internal control over financial reporting. Management’s report was not subject to attestation by our independent registered public accounting firm pursuant to the rules of the SEC that permit us to provide only management’s report in this annual report.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

There have been no changes in the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting.

 

 

 

ITEM 9B. OTHER INFORMATION

 

None. 

 

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PART III

 

ITEM 10, DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

Identification of directors and executive officers .

 

Set forth below is information regarding the Company’s current directors and executive officers. There are no family relationships between any of our directors or executive officers. The directors are elected annually by stockholders. The executive officers serve at the pleasure of the Board of Directors:

 

Name Age Positions Held and Tenure
Suneil Singh Mundie 31 Interim Chief Executive Officer and Sole Director

 

Suneil Singh Mundie , Interim Chief Executive Officer has extensive experience providing advisory services to the Cannabis industry. He has advised both privately and publicly held Canadian and U.S. companies. His focus has been on restructuring and recapitalization. Mr. Mundie has been responsible for raising over $50 million dollars for companies in the Cannabis space. Additionally, Mr. Mundie specializes in providing both retail and institutional financing in the form of both equity and debt as well as advising on IPO and RTO processes. He has forged relationships with many of the industry's key figures during his time in the sector. Mr. Mundie graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia.

 

Involvement in Certain Legal Proceedings

 

No director, executive officer, significant employee or control person of the Company has been involved in any legal proceeding listed in Item 401(f) of Regulation S-K in the past 10 years.

 

Code of Ethics

 

We adopted a Code of Ethics for Senior Financial Management to promote honest and ethical conduct and to deter wrongdoing. This Code applies to our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer and other employees performing similar functions. The obligations of the Code of Ethics supplement, but do not replace, any other code of conduct or ethics policy applicable to our employees generally.

 

 

Under the Code of Ethics, all members of the senior financial management shall:

 

Act honestly and ethically in the performance of their duties at our company,
Avoid actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships,
Provide full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in reports and documents that we file with, or submits to, the SEC and in other public communications by our company,
Comply with rules and regulations of federal, state and local governments and other private and public regulatory agencies that effect the conduct of our business and our financial reporting,
Act in good faith, responsibly, with due care, competence and diligence, without misrepresenting material facts or allowing the member’s independent judgment to be subordinated
Respect the confidentiality of information in the course of work, except when authorized or legally obtained to disclosure such information,
Share knowledge and maintain skills relevant to carrying out the member’s duties within our company,
Proactively promote ethical behavior as a responsible partner among peers and colleagues in the work environment and community,
Achieve responsible use of and control over all assets and resources of our company entrusted to the member, and
Promptly bring to the attention of the Chief Executive Officer any information concerning (a) significant deficiencies in the design or operating of internal controls which could adversely affect to record, process, summarize and report financial data or (b) any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in our financial reporting or internal controls.

  

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Corporate Governance

 

During the quarter ended December 31, 2018, there were no material changes to procedures by which security holders may recommend nominees to our board of directors.

 

We currently have no standing audit, nominating or compensation committees of our board of directors. Our entire board of directors currently performs these functions. The functions of those committees are being undertaken by our officers and directors. Because we do not have any independent directors, our officers and directors believe that the establishment of committees of the Board would not provide any benefits to our company and could be considered more form than substance.

 

Director Independence

 

None of the members of our Board of Directors qualifies as an independent director in accordance with the published listing requirements of the NASDAQ Global Market. The NASDAQ independence definition includes a series of objective tests, such as that the director is not, and has not been for at least three years, one of our employees and that neither the director, nor any of his family members has engaged in various types of business dealings with us. In addition, our Board has not made a subjective determination as to each director that no relationships exist which, in the opinion of our Board, would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director, though such subjective determination is required by the NASDAQ rules. Had our Board of Directors made these determinations, our Board would have reviewed and discussed information provided by the directors and us with regard to each director’s business and personal activities and relationships as they may relate to us and our management.

 

In performing the functions of the audit committee, our board oversees our accounting and financial reporting process. In this function, our board performs several functions. Our board, among other duties, evaluates and assesses the qualifications of the Company’s independent auditors; determines whether to retain or terminate the existing independent auditors; meets with the independent auditors and financial management of the Company to review the scope of the proposed audit and audit procedures on an annual basis; reviews and approves the retention of independent auditors for any non-audit services; reviews the independence of the independent auditors; reviews with the independent auditors and with the Company’s financial accounting personnel the adequacy and effectiveness of accounting and financial controls and considers recommendations for improvement of such controls; reviews the financial statements to be included in our annual and quarterly reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission; and discusses with the Company’s management and the independent auditors the results of the annual audit and the results of our quarterly financial statements.

 

 

Our board as a whole considers executive officer compensation, and our entire board participates in the consideration of director compensation. Our board as a whole oversees our compensation policies, plans and programs, reviews and approves corporate performance goals and objectives relevant to the compensation of our executive officers, if any, and reviews the compensation and other terms of employment of our Chief Executive Officer and our other executive officers. Our board also administers our equity incentive and stock option plans, if any.

 

Each of our directors participates in the consideration of director nominees. In addition to nominees recommended by directors, our board will consider nominees recommended by shareholders if submitted in writing to our secretary. Our board believes that any candidate for director, whether recommended by shareholders or by the board, should be considered on the basis of all factors relevant to our needs and the credentials of the candidate at the time the candidate is proposed. Such factors include relevant business and industry experience and demonstrated character and judgment.

 

Compliance with Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, requires our executive officers and directors, and persons who beneficially own more than 10% of a registered class of our equity securities to file with the SEC initial statements of beneficial ownership, reports of changes in ownership and annual reports concerning their ownership of our common shares and other equity securities, on Forms 3, 4 and 5 respectively. Executive officers, directors and greater than 10% shareholders are required by the SEC regulations to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) reports they file. Upon information and belief, our former CEO did not file a Form 4 upon cancelling to Treasury 23,300,000 shares of common stock on May 18, 2018, the receipt of 25,000,000 shares of common stock issued on June 25, 2018, and the disposition of the same 25,000,000 shares of common stock on September 5, 2018. Additionally, the Company does not know if Mr. Friedman sold any shares in the public market during 2018.

 

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ITEM 11. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION.

 

The following tables set forth all of the compensation awarded to, earned by or paid to: (i) each individual serving as our principal executive officer; and (ii) each other individual that served as an executive officer at the conclusion of the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, and who received in excess of $100,000.

 

  Summary Compensation Table

 

Name & Principal Position   Year   Salary   Stock Awards (2)   Option Awards   All Other Compensation (3)   Total
B. Michael Friedman (1)     2018     $ 150,000     $ 22,950     $ —       $ 142,900     $ 315,850  
Former Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer     2017     $ 150,000     $ 301,000     $ —       $ 30,500     $ 481,500  

 

(1)

Mr. Friedman resigned as a director of the Company effective December 10, 2018 and as CEO on December 11, 2018. Effective January 1, 2013, the Company agreed to an annual compensation of $150,000 for Mr. Friedman.

 

 

(2) On June 25, 2018, the Company issued 8,500 shares to Mr. Friedman. The Company recorded an expense of $22,950 (based on the market price of the Company’s common stock of $2.70 per share) for 8,500 shares and is included in management fees in the consolidated statements of operations for the year ended December 31, 2018. On January 30, 2017, the Company issued 50,000 shares of common stock to the Company’s CEO. The shares were issued for services performed as the sole Officer and director of the Company since November 2014. The Company valued the shares at $6.02 per share (the market price of the common stock) and for the year ended December 31, 2017, recorded stock compensation expense, management, of $301,000.
(3) During the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company paid Mr. Friedman $96,000 for rent of the “420 Style” Canadian property and $46,900 to an investor relations firm that Mr. Friedman controls. During the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company paid the investor relations firm $30,500.

 

We do not presently have pension, health, annuity, insurance, profit sharing or similar benefit plans; however, we may adopt plans in the future. There are presently no personal benefits available to our directors and officers.

 

Employment Agreements; Termination of Employment and Change of Control Arrangements

 

On December 12, 2018, the Company entered into an Employment and Board of Directors Agreement (the “Employment Agreement”) with Mr. Mundie, pursuant to which Mr. Mundie will serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer for an initial six- month term. Mr. Mundie’s employment is terminable by him or the Company at any time (for any reason or for no reason) with a ninety-day notice from either party to the other. Pursuant to the Employment Agreement, Mr. Mundie will receive a base salary of $90,000 per annum. In the event that Mr. Mundie’s employment is terminated within three months of commencing employment with the Company and such termination is not due to Mr. Mundie’s voluntary resignation (other than at the request of the Board or the majority shareholders of the Company), Mr. Mundie will be entitled to continued payment of his base salary for the remainder of the Agreement. In addition to the base salary, the Company will grant to Employee seventy- five thousand (75,000) shares of the Company's common stock in Employee's name to be held in escrow for the benefit of Employee (the "Company Common Stock"). The Company shall release twenty-five thousand (25,000) shares of Company's Common Stock, and such shares shall then immediately vest on the six-month anniversary of the Agreement (e.g., June 12, 2019) and the Company shall release the remaining fifty thousand (50,000) shares of the Company’s common stock, and such shares shall then immediately vest in favor of the Employee, if Mr. Mundie is the Interim CEO or CEO of the Company on December 15, 2019.

 

 

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End

 

Other than the awards included in the Summary Compensation Table above, no executive officer received any equity awards during 2018, or holds exercisable or unexercisable options, as of December 31, 2018.

 

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Long-Term Incentive Plans

 

There are no arrangements or plans in which the Company would provide pension, retirement or similar benefits for directors or executive officers.

 

Compensation Committee

 

We currently do not have a compensation committee of our Board of Directors. The Board as a whole determines executive compensation.

 

Director Compensation

 

We do not pay fees to our directors for attendance at meetings of the board; however, we may adopt a policy of making such payments in the future. We will reimburse out-of-pocket expenses incurred by directors in attending board and committee meetings.

 

 

ITEM 12. SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS.

 

The following table sets forth information known to the Company with respect to the beneficial ownership (as such term is defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) of the outstanding common stock of the Company as of May 3, 2019, by: (1) each person known by the Company to beneficially own 5% or more of the Company’s outstanding common stock; (2) each of the named executive officers as defined in Item 402(m)(2); (3) each of the Company’s directors; and (4) all of the Company’s executive officers and directors as a group. The number of shares beneficially owned is determined under rules promulgated by the SEC, and the information is not necessarily indicative of beneficial ownership for any other purpose. Including those shares in the tables does not, however, constitute an admission that the named stockholder is a direct or indirect beneficial owner of those shares.

 

      Common Stock       Series B Preferred Stock  
Name and Address of Beneficial Owner     Amount and Nature of Beneficial Ownership      

Percent

of Class (1)

     

 

Amount and Nature of Beneficial Ownership

     

 

 

 

Percent of Class (2)

 
Suneil S Mundie     -0-       -0-       -0-       -0-  
777 Brickell Avenue, Suite 500                                
Miami, FL 33131                                
                                 
B. Michael Friedman
777 Brickell Avenue, Suite 500
Miami, FL 33131
    51,634       0.8 %     1,000       100 %
                                 
All directors and executive officers as a group
– 1 person
    -0-       -0-       -0-       -0- %

 

(1) Based on a total of an aggregate of 6,538,578 shares of common stock outstanding.
(2) Based on 1,000 shares of Series B preferred stock outstanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ITEM 13. CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE.

 

Management fees

 

Effective January 1, 2013, the Company agreed to an annual compensation of $150,000 for its former CEO, Mr. Friedman (resigned December 11, 2018). For the years ended December 31, 2018, and 2017, the Company recorded expenses to its officers the following amounts:

 

 

    2018   2017
Mr. Friedman   $ 150,000     $ 150,000  

 

 

Of the above amounts $120,000 is included each year in Administrative and management fees and $30,000 each year is included in cost of sales.

 

As of December 31, 2018, and 2017, the Company owed to its officers the following amounts, included in Due to related party on the Company’s consolidated balance sheet:

 

    2018   2017
Mr. Friedman   $ 1,283     $ 7,715  

 

Effective June 26, 2015, the Company issued 1,000 shares of Class B Preferred Stock (super voting rights, non-convertible securities) to Mr. Friedman, resulting in Mr. Friedman having majority control in determining the outcome of all corporate transactions subject to vote, including the election of officers.

 

On June 25, 2018, the Company issued 8,500 shares to Mr. Friedman. The Company recorded an expense of $22,950 (based on the market price of the Company’s common stock of $2.70 per share) for 8,500 shares and is included in management fees in the consolidated statements of operations for the year ended December 31, 2018.

 

On January 30, 2017, the Company issued 50,000 shares of common stock to the Company’s CEO. The shares were issued for services performed as the sole Officer and director of the Company since November 2014. The Company valued the shares at $6.02 per share (the market price of the common stock) and for the year ended December 31, 2017, recorded stock compensation expense, management, of $301,000.

 

Agreements with prior management

 

In December 2011 the Company issued a $50,000 convertible promissory note as part of a guaranty fee due to a Company that is affiliated with a former officer of the Company. Terms of the note include an eight percent per annum interest rate and the note matured on the one- year anniversary on December 20, 2012. Additionally, the holder of the Note has the right to convert the note into shares of common stock of the Company at a conversion price equal to eighty percent (80%) of the lowest closing bid price of the common stock within five (5) days of the conversion. On March 31, 2013, the Company and the noteholder elected to convert the remaining balance of the note of $32,000 and accrued and unpaid interest of $6,060 into 369,928 shares of common stock.

 

Also, in December 2011, the Company agreed to pay an additional $50,000 in common stock, which is included in accounts payable and accrued expenses on the December 31, 2016 and 2015 balance sheets.

 

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Amounts Due from 800 Commerce, Inc.

 

As of December 31, 2012, the Company owned 60,000 shares of 800 Commerce’s (now known as Petrogress, Inc.) common stock, representing approximately 32% of 800 Commerce’s outstanding common stock. Effective September 4, 2013, Agritek distributed the 60,000 shares of the Company’s common stock to their shareholders of record as of September 3, 2013. Through February 29, 2016, the Company and 800 Commerce were commonly controlled due to common management and board members. 800 Commerce owes Agritek $282,947 and $236,759 as of February 29, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively, as a result of advances received from or payments made by Agritek on behalf of 800 Commerce. In February 2016, the Company entered into a Debt Settlement Agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”) with Petrogress, Inc. whereby the Company accepted 11,017 shares of common stock of Petrogress in settlement of the amount due. Based on the market value of the Petrogress common stock on the date of the Settlement Agreement, the Company recognized a loss of $266,422 for the year ended December 31, 2015. Based on the market price of the Petrogress common stock as of December 31, 2018, and 2017, the Company recorded an unrealized loss on marketable securities of $33,159 and a gain of $2,093 for the years ended December 31, 2018, and 2017, respectively.

 

 

 

 

ITEM 14. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES

 

The following table shows the fees that were billed for the audit and other services provided by our auditors for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017.

 

    2018   2017
  Audit Fees   $ 29,500     $ 33,000  
  Audit-Related Fees     —         —    
  Tax Fees     —         —    
  All Other Fees     —         —    
  Total   $ 29,500     $ 33,000  
                 

Audit Fees — This category includes the audit of our annual financial statements, review of financial statements included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and services that are normally provided by the independent registered public accounting firm in connection with engagements for those fiscal years. This category also includes advice on audit and accounting matters that arose during, or as a result of, the audit or the review of interim financial statements.

 

Audit-Related Fees — This category consists of assurance and related services by the independent registered public accounting firm that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of our financial statements and are not reported above under “Audit Fees.” The services for the fees disclosed under this category include consultation regarding our correspondence with the SEC and other accounting consulting.

 

Tax Fees — This category consists of professional services rendered by our independent registered public accounting firm for tax compliance and tax advice.

 

All Other Fees — This category consists of fees for other miscellaneous items.

 

 

Our board of directors has adopted a procedure for pre-approval of all fees charged by our independent registered public accounting firm. Under the procedure, the board approves the engagement letter with respect to audit, tax and review services. Other fees are subject to pre-approval by the board. All audit and permissible non-audit services provided by the auditors with respect to 2018 and 2017 were pre-approved by the board of directors.

 

 

 

 

 

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PART IV

 

ITEM 15. EXHIBITS AND REPORTS.

 

(a)    1.    Financial Statements
     
    The consolidated financial statements and Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firms are included on pages F-1 through F-22.
     
  2. Financial Statement Schedules
     
    All schedules for which provisions made in the applicable accounting regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) are either not required under the related instructions, are not applicable (and therefore have been omitted), or the required disclosures are contained in the financial statements included herein.
     
  3. Exhibits (including those incorporated by reference).

 

Exhibit

Number 

  Description of Exhibit

 

  10.1   Form of Convertible Promissory Note by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Vis Vires Group, Inc. dated February 23, 2015. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 as filed on Form 10-Q with the SEC on May 18, 2015).
  10.2   Form of 8% Convertible Redeemable Note by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC dated March 27, 2015. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 as filed on Form 10-Q with the SEC on May 18, 2015).
  10.3   Form of 8% Convertible Redeemable Note by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and GW Holding Group, LLC dated March 30, 2015. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 as filed on Form 10-Q with the SEC on May 18, 2015).
 

10.4+

 

  Employment and Board of Directors Agreement effective March 20, 2015 by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Justin Braune (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on March 20, 2015).
  10.5   Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure Agreement dated December 16, 2015, by and among Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Tonaquint, Inc. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on February 12, 2016).
  10.6   Replacement Note dated January 5, 2016, issued to LG Capital Funding, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.2 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on February 12, 2016).
  10.7   Replacement Note dated January 5, 2016, issued to LG Capital Funding, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.3 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on February 12, 2016).
  10.8   Replacement Note dated January 5, 2016, issued to Cerebrus Finance Group, LTD (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.4 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on February 12, 2016).
  10.9   Securities Purchase Agreement dated January 19, 2016, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.5 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on February 12, 2016).
  10.10   Convertible Redeemable Note dated January 19, 2016, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.6 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on February 12, 2016).
  10.11   Securities Purchase Agreement dated January 19, 2016, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Cerebrus Finance Group, LTD. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.7 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on February 12, 2016).
  10.12   Convertible Redeemable Note dated January 19, 2016, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Cerebrus Finance Group, LTD (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.8 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on February 12, 2016).

 

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  10.13   Securities Purchase Agreement dated March 23, 2016, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Cerebrus Finance Group, LTD. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.13 as filed on Form 10-Q with the SEC on May 23, 2016).
  10.14   Convertible Redeemable Note dated March 23, 2016, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Cerebrus Finance Group, LTD (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.14 as filed on Form 10-Q with the SEC on May 23, 2016).
  10.15   Securities Purchase Agreement dated December 13, 2016 by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on December 19, 2016).
  10.16   Convertible Redeemable Note dated December 13, 2016, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.2 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on December 19, 2016).
  10.17   Convertible Redeemable Note Back End dated December 13, 2016, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.3 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on December 19, 2016).
  10.18   Collateralized Secured Promissory Note dated December 13, 2016, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.4 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on December 19, 2016).
  10.19   Termination Agreement dated December 13, 2016 by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.5 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on December 19, 2016).
  10.20   Investor Note #1 dated October 31, 2016, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and St. George Investments LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.6 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on December 19, 2016).
  10.21   Warrant #2 dated October 31, 2016, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and St. George Investments LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.7 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on December 19, 2016).
  10.22   Securities Purchase Agreement dated January 24, 2017 by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on January 31, 2017).
  10.23   Convertible Redeemable Note dated January 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.2 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on January 31, 2017).
  10.24   Convertible Redeemable Note Back End dated January 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.3 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on January 31, 2017).
  10.25   Collateralized Secured Promissory Note dated January 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.4 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on January 31, 2017).
  10.26   Securities Purchase Agreement dated January 24, 2017 by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Cerberus Finance Group LTD. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.5 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on January 31, 2017).
  10.27   Convertible Redeemable Note dated January 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Cerberus Finance Group LTD. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.6 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on January 31, 2017).
  10.28   Convertible Redeemable Note Back End dated January 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Cerberus Finance Group LTD. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.7 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on January 31, 2017).
  10.29   Collateralized Secured Promissory Note dated January 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Cerberus Finance Group LTD. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.8 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on January 31, 2017).
  10.30   Securities Purchase Agreement dated February 1, 2017 by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Power Up Lending Group, LTD.
  10.31   Convertible Promissory Note dated February 1, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Power Up Lending Group, LTD.
       

 

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  10.32   Securities Purchase Agreement dated February 24, 2017 by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC.
  10.33   Convertible Redeemable Note dated February 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC.
  10.34   Convertible Redeemable Note Back End dated February 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC.
  10.35   Collateralized Secured Promissory Note dated February 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC.
  10.36   Securities Purchase Agreement dated February 24, 2017 by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Cerberus Finance Group LTD.
  10.37   Convertible Redeemable Note dated February 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Cerberus Finance Group LTD.
  10.38   Convertible Redeemable Note Back End dated February 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Cerberus Finance Group LTD.
  10.39   Collateralized Secured Promissory Note dated February 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Cerberus Finance Group LTD.
  10.40   Securities Purchase Agreement dated February 24, 2017 by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC.
  10.41   Convertible Redeemable Note dated February 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC.
  10.42   Convertible Redeemable Note Back End dated February 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC.
  10.43   Collateralized Secured Promissory Note dated February 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC.
  10.44   Collateralized Secured Promissory Note dated February 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC.

  10.45   Securities Purchase Agreement dated March 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC.  (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.41 as filed on Form 10-K with the SEC on March 31, 2017).
  10.46   Convertible Redeemable Note dated March 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC.   (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.42 as filed on Form 10-K with the SEC on March 31, 2017).
  10.47   Convertible Redeemable Note Back-End dated March 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.43 as filed on Form 10-K with the SEC on March 31, 2017).
  10.48   Collateralized Secured Promissory Note dated March 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.44 as filed on Form 10-K with the SEC on March 31, 2017).
  10.49   Securities Purchase Agreement dated April 24, 2017 by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Cerberus Finance Group LTD. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.45 as filed on Form 10-Q with the SEC on May 15, 2017).
  10.50   Convertible Redeemable Note dated April 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Cerberus Finance Group LTD. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.46 as filed on Form 10-Q with the SEC on May 15, 2017).
  10.51   Convertible Redeemable Note Back-End dated April 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Cerberus Finance Group LTD. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.47 as filed on Form 10-Q with the SEC on May 15, 2017).
  10.52   Securities Purchase Agreement dated May 24, 2017 by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.48 as filed on Form 10-Q with the SEC on August 14, 2017).
  10.53   Convertible Redeemable Note dated May 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.49 as filed on Form 10-Q with the SEC on August 14, 2017).
       

 

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  10.54   Convertible Redeemable Note Back-End dated May 24, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.50 as filed on Form 10-Q with the SEC on August 14, 2017).
  10.55   Replacement Note dated June 23, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and LG Capital Funding, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.51 as filed on Form 10-Q with the SEC on August 14, 2017).
  10.56   Replacement Note dated June 23, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Cerberus Finance Group, LTD (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.52 as filed on Form 10-Q with the SEC on August 14, 2017).
  10.57   Securities Purchase Agreement dated August 7, 2017 by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Power Up Lending Group, LTD. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.53 as filed on Form 10-Q with the SEC on August 14, 2017).
  10.58   Convertible Promissory Note dated August 7, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and Power Up Lending Group, LTD. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.54 as filed on Form 10-Q with the SEC on August 14, 2017).
  10.59   Securities Purchase Agreement dated December 20, 2017 by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and St. George Investments, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on February 6, 2018).
  10.60   Convertible Promissory Note dated December 20, 2017, by and between Agritek Holdings, Inc. and St. George Investments, LLC. (Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.2 as filed on Form 8-K with the SEC on February 6, 2018).

 

 


  31.1*   Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification of Principal Executive and Financial Officer
  32.1*   Section 1350 Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
  101.INS*   XBRL Instance
  101.SCH*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema
  101.CAL*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase
  101.DEF*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase
  101.LAB*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Linkbase
  101.PRE*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase

 

* Filed herewith.

+ Management contract or compensatory plan or arrangement.

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

Agritek Holdings, Inc.

 

By: /s/ Suneil S Mundie
  Suneil S Mundie
  Interim Chief Executive Officer
   
Date: May 3, 2019
   

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Signature   Title   Date
         
/s/ Suneil S Mundie   Interim Chief Executive Officer, President and Director (principal executive officer and principal accounting officer)   May 3, 2019
Suneil s Mundie        

 

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AGRITEK HOLDINGS, INC.

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2018 AND 2017

INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

 

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm F-2
Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2018 and 2017 F-3
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 F-4
Consolidated Statement of Stockholders Deficit as of December 31, 2018 and 2017 F-5
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 F-6
Notes to Financial Statements F-7 – F-28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F- 1  

 

 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

To the Board of Directors and

 

Stockholders of Agritek Holdings, Inc.

 

Opinion on the Financial Statements

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Agritek Holdings, Inc. (the Company) as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, and the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive loss, stockholders’ equity (deficit), and cash flows for each of the years in the two-year period ended December 31, 2018, and the related notes and schedules (collectively referred to as the consolidated financial statements). In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the years in the two-year period ended December 31, 2018, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

Basis for Opinion

 

These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s consolidated financial statements based on our audit. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audit, we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

 

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the consolidated financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the consolidated financial statements. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming the Company will continue as a going concern. As discussed in Note 14 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company suffered losses from operations which raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern. Managements plans regarding those matters are also described in Note 14. The consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

 

/s/ M&K CPAS, PLLC

 

We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2017.

 

 

 

Houston, TX

 

May 3, 2019

 

F- 2  

 

 

AGRITEK HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
     
    December 31,
      2018       2017  
ASSETS                
Current Assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 77,016     $ 304,889  
Marketable Securities     8,703       41,862  
Accounts receivable, net     1,990       —    
Inventory, net     —         10,000  
Prepaid assets and other     28,000       48,500  
Total current assets     115,709       405,251  
                 
Notes receivable     170,000       210,000  
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $61,928 (2018) and $23,824 (2017)     282,633       286,415  
Security deposit and other     825       13,825  
Total assets   $ 569,167     $ 915,491  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT                
                 
Current Liabilities:                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 1,190,668     $ 1,089,333  
Due to related party     1,283       7,715  
Customer deposits     2,400       2,400  
Deferred rent     24,916       24,916  
Convertible notes payable, net of discount of $217,293 (2018) and $494,193 (2017)     717,715       485,250  
Derivative liabilities     1,561,232       5,416,830  
Note payable, current portion     21,500       51,500  
Total current liabilities     3,519,714       7,077,944  
                 
Commitments and Contingencies                
                 
Stockholders' Deficit:                
Series B convertible preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized, and 1,000 shares issued and outstanding     10       10  
Common stock, $.0001 par value; 1,500,000,000 shares authorized; 5,628,475 (2018) and 3,618,402 (2017) shares issued and outstanding     563       362  
Common stock to be issued     30       26  
Additional paid-in capital     24,047,027       19,389,888  
Accumulated comprehensive gain (loss)     (7,822 )     25,337  
Accumulated deficit     (26,990,355 )     (25,578,077 )
Total stockholders' deficit     (2,950,547 )     (6,162,454 )
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit   $ 569,167     $ 915,491  
                 
                 
See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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AGRITEK HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
     
         
      Year Ended December 31,  
      2018       2017  
Consulting and other income   $ —       $ 48,000  
Product revenue     3,339       2,000  
Total revenue     3,339       50,000  
Cost of revenue, includes $30,000 related party for 2018 and 2017     61,168       64,000  
Gross loss     (57,829 )     (14,000 )
                 
Operating Expenses:                
Management fees, includes $22,950 (2018) and $301,000 (2017) related party stock compensation     142,950       421,000  
Administrative fees, includes related party expenses of $57,000 (2018) and $48,000 (2017)     65,415       83,200  
Professional and consulting fees, includes stock-based compensation of $97,500 (2018) and $220,600 (2017), and related party expenses of $46,900 (2018) and $30,500 (2017)     383,664       730,357  
Rent and other occupancy costs     49,166       101,279  
Leased property expense, includes related party expense of $96,000 (2018)     294,996       41,546  
Advertising and promotion     60,842       54,927  
Travel and entertainment     139,499       136,751  
Other general and administrative expenses     160,522       146,923  
                 
Total operating expenses     1,297,054       1,715,983  
                 
Operating loss     (1,354,883 )     (1,729,983 )
                 
Other Income (Expense):                
Loss on debt settlement     (58,759 )     (114,781 )
Loss on legal matter     (24,242 )     (399,291 )
Impairment of investments     (131,000 )     (50,000 )
Interest expense     (2,724,307 )     (1,873,198 )
Derivative liability income (expense)     2,880,913       (4,986,057 )
                 
Total other income (expense), net     (57,395 )     (7,423,327 )
                 
Net loss   $ (1,412,278 )   $ (9,153,310 )
                 
Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities     (33,159 )     2,093  
Net comprehensive loss   $ (1,445,437 )   $ (9,151,217 )
                 
Basic and diluted loss per share   $ (0.34 )   $ (2.88 )
                 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding                
Basic     4,124,863       3,178,254  
                 
                 
See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

F- 4  

 

AGRITEK HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT
                                         
                                         
                             
    Common stock   Common stock to be issued   Series B Preferred stock   Additional Paid-in   Accumulated Comprehensive   Accumulated   Total Stockholders'
    Shares   Amount   Shares   Amount   Shares   Amount   Capital   Gain   Deficit   Deficiency
Balances, January 1, 2017     2,004,337     $ 201       —         —         1,000     $ 10     $ 13,804,699     $ 23,244     $ (16,424,767 )   $ (2,596,613 )
                                                                                 
Common stock issued upon conversion of convertible debt and accrued interest     972,798       98       —         —         —         —         1,439,996       —         —         1,440,094  
                                                                                 
Common stock issued for additional interest on convertible notes     6,596       1       —         —         —         —         16,093       —         —         16,094  
                                                                                 
Common stock issued upon settlement of accounts payable     10,000       1       —         —         —         —         55,699       —         —         55,700  
                                                                                 
Issuance of common stock investment in Canadian property     25,000       3       —         —         —         —         61,497       —         —         61,500  
                                                                                 
Common stock issued for services, related party     50,000       5       —         —         —         —         300,995       —         —         301,000  
                                                                                 
Amortization of deferred stock compensation     —         —         —         —         —         —         —         —         —         —    
                                                                                 
Issuance of common stock for services     35,000       4       —         —         —         —         158,096       —         —         158,100  
                                                                                 
Settlement of derivatives     —         —         —         —         —         —         3,007,887       —         —         3,007,887  
                                                                                 
Common stock to be issued pursuant to Stock Purchase Agreements     —         —         262,872       26       —         —         544,974       —         —         545,000  
                                                                                 
Common stock previously cancelled on Company's records     75,000       8       —         —         —         —         (8 )     —         —         —    
                                                                                 
Common stock issued upon cashless warrant exercises     439,671       44       —         —         —         —         (44 )     —         —         —    
                                                                                 
Unrealized gain on marketable securities     —         —         —         —         —         —         —         2,093       —         2,093  
                                                                                 
Net loss     —         —         —         —         —         —         —         —         (9,153,310 )     (9,153,310 )