On June 12, 2019 The Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD.T) announced that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Neptune Wellness for extraction, formulation and packaging services.

Globally, TGOD grows premium global organic cannabis, focusing on medical markets in Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Domestically (in Canada) TGOD does the same thing, but also sells organic weed to the Canadian recreational market.  As a kicker – TGOD recently entered the U.S. CBD beverage market.

Neptune Wellness Solutions is an extraction giant that’s been around for decades (long before hippies started patrolling their grow-ops with 12-guage shotguns).

The company has a massive (50,000 sq. ft) processing facility in Sherbooke, Quebec – loaded up with scientists and technologists who specialise in making oils.

Neptune’s wholly owned subsidiary, 9354-7537 Québec, is licensed by Health Canada to process cannabis.  You can tour Neptune’s mega-facility here.

Deal Highlights:

  • TGOD gets exclusivity on extraction, formulation and packaging of certified organic products within Canada.
  • In partnership with Neptune, TGOD will scale up production of wellness products.
  • TGOD will allocate 230,000 kilograms of cannabis and hemp biomass to Neptune.
  • Neptune will process TGOD’s ingredients into premium certified organic products.

The first year of the 3-year contract will account for 20% of the total value (the remaining 80% will come in year 2 and 3).

There are significant technological and geographical synergies here.

As well as “creating high value jobs in Quebec’s manufacturing sector”, the deal “complements TGOD’s Quebec investment in Valleyfield,” where TGOD is finishing Phase I of a 1.3 million square feet organic cannabis growing facility.

“This Neptune announcement is significant not only because it enables us to start manufacturing certified organic consumer wellness products at scale,” stated Brian Athaide, CEO of TGOD, “but also because of the large and sustained economic impact it will have in Quebec.”

TGOD and Neptune will face fierce competition to recruit workers – and may have to go out-of-province. Currently, Quebec remains well ahead of the national job vacancy rate at 4.1%.  About 121,000 job postings were unfilled in the province in the last quarter, compared with 314,200 in all other provinces combined.

TGOD will work closely with Neptune’s team in Quebec to obtain their organic certification.  To advance that objective, Neptune will “allocate a dedicated space to house and operate TGOD’s proprietary and/or licenced technologies”.

Neptune is in the process of achieving the EU-GMP certification, allowing TGOD to export products to other jurisdictions as laws and regulations permit.

Only medical cannabis from EU-GMP certified facilities can be sold in the European Union.

Canada is 37 million people, we’re also focused on Europe and Latin America,” stated Athaide in a recent Midas Letter interview, “Europe’s population is 20 times the size of Canada.”

Many Canadian cannabis companies talk about “global expansion” and the “Europe opportunity”.  TGOD has moved well beyond the talking phase.

On May 13, 2019 TGOD announced that its 100% owned subsidiary, HemPoland, has inked a deal with Mediakos to be the exclusive distributor of CannabiGold, a premium hemp CBD brand, for the German pharmacy market.

Last summer TGOD purchased the privately-held Hemp Poland.

Hemp Poland Deal Highlights:

  • Acquisition cost of $10.4 million & 1.9 million TGOD shares
  • $13.8 million cash for rapid European expansion
  • Performance-based incentives up to $15.8 million for delivery of $42.1 million of EBITDA in fiscal 2021
  • Distribution channels to over 750 million people
  • Sales in 700 locations across 13 countries
  • Premier selling CBD oil brand “Cannabigold”, a product leader in the EU
  • 32,000 kgs of dried flower production from 1,250 acres of cultivation
  • Organic brand with unique IP

“This Poland acquisition will significantly add to the TGOD’s top and bottom line,” stated Brian Athaide, CEO of TGOD. “This accretive acquisition provides a gateway to Europe’s 750 million people, while accelerating our plan to become the world’s largest organic cannabis brand.”

Mediakos distributes products to a network of 15,000 pharmacies, servicing 10 million customers.

HemPoland’s CannabiGold products are now available in pharmacies across Germany as well as through their respective e-commerce platforms, including Germany’s ten largest online pharmacies.

“We are excited to work with TGOD, an innovation driven company focused on value added and differentiated products,” stated Jim Hamilton, CEO of Neptune. “The ambitions of each company are well aligned”.

Full Disclosure: The Green Organic Dutchman is an Equity Guru marketing client, and we own the stock.

Written By:

Lukas Kane

Lukas Kane was previously the CEO of a North American investment news syndicate. He was also the Communication Director for a consortium of publicly traded companies. A Senior Writer at Equity.Guru, Mr. Kane writes about mining, cannabis, energy, technology and biotech.

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