With a little over and hour left in the year 2019, past 10PM on December 31, I saw a news release from James E. Wagner Cultivation (JWCA.V) about a small $2 million loan they'd taken out. The timing of the announcement of their loan was surely not coincidental. Actually, thinking about it, 'payday loan' might be the more appropriate term to have used. JVCA took out a debenture financing of $2 million at an interest rate of 25% annually. That's just the first tranche of the deal; there's another $8 million out there if they want it. My credit card, abused as it has been, costs me less interest to maintain than JWCA's loan.
Large Canadian cannabis licensed producer Supreme Cannabis (FIRE.T) told the markets they're laying off around 30% of their staff today, days before their next quarterly financials are released and with the dust still settling after their recent CEO change. To the casual observer, this might appear to be a sign of desperation, that the sky is falling in Kincardine, Ontario, and the owner of the esteemed 7 Acres brand was making some sort of last ditch effort to stave off Armageddon. It ain't that.
No resource, no multi-million dollar raise, no problem. Ceylon Graphite (CYL.V), which has taken the unusual (in mining circles) decision to just freaking start digging, rather than go through eight years of behind-protection, triangulation, and capital raising first, is up 20% today as the first containers fill with graphite and execs chase down end user agreements. With stock selling for just $0.06 a few days ago, volume has increased and buyers are being found, leading the stock to $0.095 at the time of writing.
Close-ology is a mining term used to describe companies that are close to another company that is running red hot, and may justifiably make the case that they can be hot too. For some, like serial ring-staker Ryan Kalt, close-ology is a business model. The moment someone announces they've found something interesting in Dildo, Newfoundland or Punkydoodle Corners, Ontario, Kalt's crew hops on their laptops, busts out the credit card, and register claims all around it, sometimes without ever having walked the land.
Technology public markets newbie AMPD Ventures (AMPD.C) has had an interesting first 7 weeks on the market, initially doubling in value out of the gate, before profit taking and short selling drove it well down to 2/3 of its initial financing price in just as quick time.
AMPD Ventures (AMPD.C) CEO Anthony Brown told a reporter yesterday he was looking to raise money for acquisitions and growth, with a $2 million raise announced a few days ago. Nothing weird about that. What was maybe a little weird was the flex Brown was pulling in the announcing of that financing.
A while back – quite a while back, if we’re honest, Tinley Beverage (TNY.C) boss Jeff Maser had a big decision to make that would take his company in a specific direction from that point forward.
As a general rule, I’m against any company with ‘cann’ or ‘canna’ in its title. You could make a drinking game out of reading the names of cannabis companies and taking a slug of tequila whenever you hit a canna, and you’d be drunktank-ready inside 25 syllables.
For the last few years, if cannabis companies wanted money, there was a long line of folks happy to oblige. More recently, those financiers have dried up, causing raise-addicted cannabis pubco execs to reach for their ‘balance sheets for dummies’ text books and have urgent meetings with accountants regarding how they stay alive.
Beyond Boobs: Else Nutrition (BABY.V) is the plant-based baby formula alternative, and it’s a big deal
The scene: Late 2005, a run down pharmacy in East Vancouver. It’s early on a Sunday morning, raining heavily outside, and I haven’t slept for three days other than in half hour spurts, usually on the couch, or even on the floor.
I have to admit, the cannabis markets right now are pretty awful. That’s no newsflash, it’s happened before, but usually there’s a distraction sector around where, when the weed stocks are resting, one can shoot their money to for alt profits.
I’ll say it. Vapes aren’t as fashionable on the cannabis investor markets as they once were. Right now you guys really like, well, nothing, but a few years back, if you went to Alibaba Express and got a shipping container of pink vapes sent over by the guy who usually does fidget spinners, the markets would reward you and your 6c shell with great valuations, figuring you’d flip your fire hazard robot dicks to a 7/11 by next Wednesday and all the kids would be high before their Monster Energy buzz wore off and, step 3: profit.