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INVESTMENTS

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INVESTMENTS
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2021
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INVESTMENTS

NOTE 6 – INVESTMENTS 

Bougainville Ventures, Inc. Joint Venture

 

On March 16, 2017, the Company entered into a joint venture agreement with Bougainville Ventures, Inc. (“Bougainville”), a Canadian corporation, to (i) jointly engage in the development and promotion of products in the legalized cannabis industry in Washington State; (ii) utilize Bougainville's high quality cannabis grow operations in the State of Washington, where it claimed to have an ownership interest in real property for use within the legalized cannabis industry; (iii) leverage Bougainville’s agreement with a I-502 Tier 3 license holder to grow cannabis on the site; provide technical and management services and resources including, but not limited to, sales and marketing, agricultural procedures, operations, security and monitoring, processing and delivery, branding, capital resources and financial management; and (iv) optimize collaborative business opportunities. The Company and Bougainville agreed to operate through BV-MCOA Management, LLC, a limited liability company organized in the State of Washington on May 17, 2017.

 

Pursuant to the joint venture agreement, the Company committed to raise not less than $1,000,000 to fund joint venture operations, based upon a funding schedule. The Company also committed to providing branding and systems for the representation of cannabis related products and derivatives comprised of management, marketing and various proprietary methodologies directly tailored to the cannabis industry.

 

The joint venture agreement provided that funding provided by the Company would contribute towards the joint venture’s ultimate purchase of the land consisting of a one-acre parcel located in Okanogan County, Washington, for joint venture operations.

 

As disclosed in the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on December 11, 2017, the Company did not comply with the funding schedule for the joint venture. On November 6, 2017, the Company and Bougainville amended the joint venture agreement to reduce the amount of the Company's commitment from $1,000,000 to $800,000, and also required the Company to issue Bougainville 15 million shares of the Company's restricted common stock. The Company completed its payments pursuant to the amended agreement on November 7, 2017, and on November 9, 2017, issued to Bougainville 15 million shares of restricted common stock. The amended agreement provided that Bougainville would deed the real property to the joint venture within thirty days of its receipt of payment.

 

Thereafter, the Company determined that Bougainville had no ownership interest in the property in Washington State, but rather was a party to a purchase agreement for real property that was in breach of contract for non-payment. Bougainville also did not possess an agreement with a Tier 3 I-502 license holder to grow marijuana on the property. Nonetheless, as a result of funding arranged for by the Company, Bougainville and an unrelated third party, Green Ventures Capital Corp., purchased the land, but did not deed the real property to the joint venture. Bougainville failed to pay delinquent property taxes to Okanogan County, and as a result, as further discussed below, to date, the property has not been deeded to the joint venture.

 

To clarify the respective contributions and roles of the parties, the Company offered to enter into good faith negotiations to revise and restate the joint venture agreement with Bougainville. The Company diligently attempted to communicate with Bougainville to enter into an amended and restated joint venture agreement, and efforts towards satisfying the conditions to complete the subdivision of the land by the Okanogan County Assessor. However, Bougainville failed to cooperate or communicate with the Company in good faith, and failed to pay the delinquent taxes on the real property that would allow for sub-division and the deeding of the real property to the joint venture.

 

On August 10, 2018, the Company advised its independent auditor that Bougainville did not cooperate or communicate with the Company regarding its requests for information concerning the audit of Bougainville’s receipt and expenditures of $800,000 contributed by the Company to the joint venture. Bougainville had a material obligation to do so under the joint venture agreement. The Company believes that some of the funds it paid to Bougainville were misappropriated and that there was self-dealing with respect to those funds. Additionally, the Company believes that Bougainville misrepresented material facts in the joint venture agreement, as amended, including, but not limited to, Bougainville’s representations that: (i) it had an ownership interest in real property that was to be deeded to the joint venture; (ii) it had an agreement with a Tier 3 I-502 cannabis license holder to grow cannabis on the real property; and (iii) that clear title to the real property associated with the Tier 3 I-502 license would be deeded to the joint venture thirty days after the Company made its final funding contribution. As a result, on September 20, 2018, the Company filed a lawsuit against Bougainville, BV-MCOA Management, LLC, Andy Jagpal, Richard Cindric, et al. in Okanogan County Washington Superior Court, case number 18-2-0045324. The Company seeks legal and equitable relief for breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, recession of the joint venture agreement, an accounting, quiet title to real property in the name of the Company, the appointment of a receiver, the return to treasury of 15 million shares of restricted common stock issued by the Company to Bougainville and treble damages pursuant to the Consumer Protection Act. The Company has filed a lis pendens on the real property. The case is currently in litigation.

 

In connection with the joint venture agreement, the Company recorded a cash investment of $1,188,500 to the joint venture during 2017. This was comprised of a 49.5% ownership of BV-MCOA Management, LLC, and was accounted for using the equity method of accounting. The Company recorded an annual impairment in 2017 of $792,500, reflecting the Company’s percentage of ownership of the net book value of the investment. During 2018, the Company recorded equity losses of $37,673 and $11,043 for the quarters ended March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2018, respectively, and recorded an annual impairment of $285,986 for the year ended December 31, 2018, at which time the Company determined the investment to be fully impaired due to Bougainville’s breach of contract and resulting litigation, as discussed above.

 

Natural Plant Extract

 

On April 15, 2019, the Company entered into a joint venture agreement with Natural Plant Extract of California, Inc. and its   subsidiaries (collectively, “NPE”), to operate a licensed psychoactive cannabis distribution service in California. California legalized THC psychoactive cannabis for medicinal and recreational use on January 1, 2018. On February 3, 2020, the parties terminated the joint venture and entered into a settlement and release agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”). In exchange for a complete release of all claims, the Company and NPE (1) agreed that the Company would reduce its interest in NPE from 20% to 5%; (2) the Company agreed to pay NPE a total of $85,000 as follows: $35,000 concurrent with the execution of the Settlement Agreement, and $25,000 no later than the fifth calendar day for each of the two months following execution of Settlement Agreement; and, (3) to retire the balance of the Company’s original valuation obligation from the material definitive agreement, representing a shortfall of $56,085, in a convertible promissory note, with terms allowing NPE to convert the note into shares of the Company’s common stock of at a 50% discount to the closing price of the Company’s common stock as of the maturity date. The note was satisfied in full during the year ended December 31, 2020.

 

As of the date of this filing, the Company does not owe any amount and is in compliance with the terms of the Settlement Agreement . On February 3, 2020, the Company issued NPE a convertible promissory note in the principal amount of $56,085. Additionally, as a result of the Settlement Agreement, the Company became liable to pay NPE its 5% portion equal to $25,902 of the regulatory charges to the City of Lynwood and the State of California to transfer the cannabis licenses back to NPE.

 

Of the total amount due and payable by the Company with regards to the NPE joint venture agreement as of the date of this filing, the Company owes $75,000 and is in breach of the Settlement and Release of All Claims Agreement with NPE. On February 3, 2020, the Company issued a convertible promissory note in the principal amount of $56,085.15 to NPE. Additionally, as a result of the Company’s settlement agreement with NPE, the Company became liable to pay NPE its 5% portion equal to $25,902 of the regulatory charges to the City of Lynwood and the State of California to transfer the cannabis licenses back to NPE. To date, the Company has not paid this amount and it is due and owing.

Brazilian Joint Ventures

 

On September 30, 2020, the Company entered into two joint venture agreements (the “Joint Venture Agreements”) with Marco Guerrero, a director of the Company (“Guerrero”) and related party, to form joint ventures in Brazil and in Uruguay to produce, manufacture, market and sell the Company’s hempSMART™ products in Latin America and to develop and sell hempSMART™ products globally. The Joint Venture Agreements contain equal terms for the formation of the joint venture entities in Uruguay and Brazil. The Brazilian joint venture, HempSmart Produtos Naturais Ltda. (“HempSmart Brazil”), will be headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil. The Uruguayan joint venture, Hempsmart Uruguay S.A.S. (“HempSmart Uruguay”), will be headquartered in Montevideo, Uruguay.

 

Pursuant to the Joint Venture Agreements, the Company acquired a 70% equity interest in both HempSmart Brazil and HempSmart Uruguay, with a minority 30% equity interest in both HempSmart Brazil and HempSmart Uruguay being held by newly formed entities controlled by Guerrero. Pursuant to the Joint Venture Agreements, the Company agreed to provide capital in the amount of $50,000 to both HempSmart Brazil and HempSmart Uruguay, for a total capital outlay obligation of $100,000. It is expected that the proceeds of the initial capital contribution will be used for contracting with third-party manufacturing facilities in Brazil and Uruguay and related infrastructure and employment of key personnel. As of September 30, 2021, the Company has not initiated the capital contribution; however, it intends to make the payment during the first quarter of 2022. 

The boards of directors of HempSmart Brazil and HempSmart Uruguay will consist of three directors elected by the joint venture partners. Pursuant to the Joint Venture Agreements, the Company agreed to license, on a royalty-free basis, certain of its intellectual property regarding its existing products to HempSmart Brazil and HempSmart Uruguay to enable the joint ventures to manufacture and sell its products in Brazil, Uruguay, and for export to other Latin American countries, the United States, and globally in accordance with the terms of the Joint Venture Agreements.

 

In addition, as majority partner, in the event a joint venture is frustrated in its intent or purpose, the Company may trigger a compulsory buy-sell procedure pursuant to which the Company could pursue a sale of all or substantially all of the joint venture. Subject to certain exceptions, the joint venture partners may not transfer their interests in HempSmart Brazil and HempSmart Uruguay.  

 

Cannabis Global, Inc. 

 

Joint Venture

 

On May 12, 2021, the Company entered into a joint venture agreement with Cannabis Global, Inc. (“Cannabis Global”) pursuant to which the Company will invest up to $250,000 into a newly formed entity (“MCOA Lynwood”) and Cannabis Global, through Natural Plant Extracts of California, Inc. (“Natural Plant”), an entity in which Cannabis Global owns a majority interest, will operate a regulated and licensed laboratory to manufacture various cannabis products in the State of California. As of September 30, 2021, the Company has invested $115,000.

 

Share Exchange

 

On September 30, 2020, the Company entered into a securities exchange agreement with Cannabis Global pursuant to which the Company issued 650,000,000 shares of its common stock to Cannabis Global in exchange for 7,222,222 shares of Cannabis Global common stock, subject to true-up provisions. In addition, the Company and Cannabis Global entered into a lock-up leak-out agreement which contains certain restrictions with respect to the sales of such securities. During the three months ended September 30, 2021, the Company issued the 650,000,000 shares of stock to Cannabis Global pursuant to the true-up provision.

 

Eco Innovation Group Inc. – Share Exchange

 

On February 26, 2021, the Company entered into a Share Exchange Agreement with Eco Innovation Group, Inc., a Nevada corporation quoted on OTC Markets Pink (“ECOX”) dated February 26, 2021, to acquire the number of shares of ECOX’s common stock, par value $0.001, equal in value to $650,000 based on the per-share price of $0.06, in exchange for the number of shares of Company common stock equal in value to $650,000 based on the closing price for the trading day immediately preceding the effective date (the “Share Exchange Agreement”). For both parties, the Share Exchange Agreement contains a “true-up” provision requiring the issuance of additional common stock in the event that a decline in the market value of either parties’ common stock should cause the aggregate value of the stock acquired pursuant to the Share Exchange Agreement to fall below $650,000. As of September 30, 2021, the Company owed ECOX an additional 64,621,893 shares of common stock with an estimated value of $754,961 related to the ECOX Share Exchange Agreement. The investment balance is $650,000, with a liability of $754,961 included in subscriptions payable related to the value of the additional shares to be issued. The Company recognized a loss of $394,194 related to the shares to be issued.

Complementary to the Share Exchange Agreement, the Company and ECOX entered into a Lock-Up Agreement dated February 26, 2021 (the “Lock-Up Agreement”), providing that the shares of common stock acquired pursuant to the Share Exchange Agreement shall be subject to a lock-up period preventing its sale for a period of 12 months following issuance and limiting the subsequent sale to aggregate maximum sale value of $20,000 per week, or $80,000 per month. On October 1, 2021, the Company entered into a First Amendment to Lock-Up Agreement between the Company and ECOX, dated and effective October 1, 2021 (the “Amended Lock-Up Agreement”), which amends the Lock-Up Agreement by amending the initial lock-up period from 12 months following its effective date to 6 months following its effective date. All other terms and conditions of the Lock-Up Agreement remain unaffected.

For a period of two years following the Effective Date, at the closing of each fiscal quarter, should the per-share closing price of the common shares of the same class as the Shares or the Exchange Shares,  as quoted by the OTC Markets for the last day of the relevant fiscal quarter, decrease below original issuance value with the effect that the aggregate value of the Shares or the Exchange Shares at the fiscal quarter close would be lower than $650,000, then either the Company, in the case of the Shares, or ECOX, in the case of the Exchange Shares, shall issue the other party the number of shares of common stock necessary to cause the aggregate value of the Shares or the Exchange Shares, as applicable, be $650,000 as of the end of the relevant fiscal quarter. The parties shall irrevocably instruct their respective transfer agents to reserve and maintain authorized and unissued common stock in a reserve account designated for the purpose of issuing such shares pursuant to this share exchange adjustment provision. Such share reserve accounts shall be maintained with a number of authorized and unissued common stock not less than three times the number of Shares or Exchange Shares, as the case may be, that are issued pursuant to the Share Exchange Closing. 

 

On February 24, 2021, the closing price of the Company’s common stock was $0.0155, so that the number of shares of Company common stock issuable to ECOX under the Share Exchange Agreement was 41,935,484. As a result of the transactions pursuant to the Share Exchange Agreement, the Company had 4,179,073,945 shares of common stock outstanding, with the shares issued to ECOX pursuant to the Share Exchange Agreement representing 1.00% of the Company’s outstanding shares.

 

For the quarter ended September 30, 2021, the Company recorded a loss on equity investment and corresponding increase in subscriptions payable of $735,178 to address the decline in the Company's stock price from the original issuance price of $0.0155.