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California Gold Mining Partners With Hemp Specialist Group

Peter Epstein, Epstein Research
2 Comments| April 18, 2019

This article is about California Gold Mining Inc.’s latest news regarding its industrial hemp segment. I will stick to the hemp segment and not discuss the gold exploration side of the business, as there’s no new news on that front.

California Gold Mining Inc. Full Speed Ahead in Hemp

California Gold Mining Inc. (“CGM“) (CSE: CGM) / (OTCQX: CFGMF) announced that it received a non-binding Letter of Intent (“LOI“) from industrial hemp consulting firm Delta Valley Logistics (“DVL”) for the purchase of the Company’s entire production of feminized, high-CBD content industrial hemp seeds in 2019 & 2020. The proposed agreement is only for the first greenhouse that CGM is building (“GH#1“) on its 100%-owned Fremont property in Mariposa County, California. {see press release}

GH#1 is expected to be completed in the third quarter, and the first harvest of seeds + first revenue is anticipated in the 4th quarter. As far as I know, there are no plans for a second greenhouse. However, in my opinion only, if GH#1 is a success, and if seed demand warrants, then a GH#2 could be built next year. GH#2 (if built) would presumably be self-funded from the profits of GH#1.

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Delta Valley Logistics & California Gold Mining Form Partnership

The LOI received by CGM expresses DVL’s intention to purchase up to a combined total of 5,000 pounds of high CBD-content hemp seeds from CGM this year & next. The pricing of the seeds will be determined at each harvest time, derived from prevailing wholesale market prices, minus 5%. Note, most online offers of premium quality, high-CBD content hemp seeds like the ones that CGM proposes to propagate are only available by calling or emailing the sellers.

The press release refers to Oregon CBD Co.Blue Forest Farms & Cheyenne Mountain Seed Co, but for competitive reasons, these companies do not reveal pricing online for their premium quality seeds. According to the press release, current wholesale prices range from US$15,000 to US$30,000 per pound (based on quotes from the above-mentioned companies). I have found 3 examples of what could be comparable high CBD-content hemp seeds. {see images above & below}. NOTE: {These are just the items I could find online, they may or may not be representative of the overall wholesale market for premium quality hemp seeds}.

How Big an Opportunity is This? Pretty Big….

As a frame of reference, let’s play with the math, remembering though that construction of GH#1 has not yet begun! Five thousand pounds x US$15,000 US$75,000,000 in gross revenue, minus a 5% discount to DVL = net revenue of US$71,250,000. But, that’s over only about a 1.5 yr. time frame– through 2020, GH#1 might not be capable of that much production so quickly. I’m assuming a total of 3,000 pounds of seed can be sold to DVL by the end of next year. That would generate net revenue of C$56,857,500. To be clear, DVL would get a well-deserved portion of that amount in fees, call it 10%, leaving ~C$51.2M in adjusted net revenue to CGM. Compare that figure to the Company’s market cap of ~C$33M.

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Management also announced that it has signed a comprehensive consulting agreement with DVLCGM is very wisely outsourcing all operations related to the its industrial hemp seed cultivation project at Fremont. As part of the agreement, DVL & CGM agreed to work exclusively together for the cultivation of industrial hemp seed, oil & fiber within the States of California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada & Arizona.

President & CEO Vishal Gupta stated, “The relationship between California Gold and DVL has not only been consummated with the signing of the Agreement, but it has been further strengthened by the inclusion of an exclusivity clause for the five states mentioned, and DVL’s intention to purchase all of the Seed produced from our first greenhouse at Fremont in 2019 & 2020. The formation of this multifaceted relationship is a very important milestone in the Company’s bid to successfully launch its recently announced industrial hemp seed propagation project in California.”

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This is Truly a Win-Win for Both Companies

DVL’s compensation is described as including, “a greenhouse construction oversight fee, a greenhouse management fee and a modest bottom-line profit-share based on numerous production thresholds.” So, not much insight there, but I think that CGM is getting a great deal with DVL, assuming that they deliver on their end. Even if DVL were to end up with 20% of GH#1’s economics, but it sounds like it’s closer to 10%-15%, that would still be very attractive for CGM. Importantly, CGM maintains 100% ownership of GH#1 and everything relating to its industrial hemp seed propagation business segment.

This is also a good deal for DVL, a true win-win relationship, because they will have the fully permitted, funded & built GH#1 at their disposal (they will be operating it), to test new hemp seed & plants. Recall that the partners intend to develop & patent high-end strains of hemp. Patented strains are expected by DVL to be more valuable and to remain higher priced for a longer period of time. They will also have guaranteed supply of seeds, which they can presumably sell at higher prices (in smaller quantities). Importantly, they have to execute at GH#1 in order to get their supply of seeds, so both parties’ interests are aligned.

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What to make of the mention of the 4 States, Oregon, Washington, Nevada & Arizona. It would have to mean acquisitions or Joint Ventures with other companies because CGM has no business Interests outside of the State of California. While it’s exciting to speculate about what CGM might do with excess profits from GH#1 or perhaps even a GH#2 (if built), I have no idea if the Company is pursing opportunities outside of California at this time. My guess is that all eyes are on GH#1 for the remainder of the year!

Disclosures: The content of this article is for information only. Readers fully understand and agree that nothing contained herein, written by Peter Epstein of Epstein Research [ER], (together, [ER]) about California Gold Mining, including but not limited to, commentary, opinions, views, assumptions, reported facts, calculations, etc. is not to be considered implicit or explicit investment advice. Nothing contained herein is a recommendation or solicitation to buy or sell any security. [ER] is not responsible under any circumstances for investment actions taken by the reader. [ER] has never been, and is not currently, a registered or licensed financial advisor or broker/dealer, investment advisor, stockbroker, trader, money manager, compliance or legal officer, and does not perform market making activities. [ER] is not directly employed by any company, group, organization, party or person. The shares of California Gold Mining are highly speculative, not suitable for all investors. Readers understand and agree that investments in small cap stocks can result in a 100% loss of invested funds. It is assumed and agreed upon by readers that they will consult with their own licensed or registered financial advisors before making any investment decisions.

At the time this article was posted, Peter Epstein owned shares of California Gold Mining and the Company was an advertiser on [ER]. Readers understand and agree that they must conduct their own due diligence above and beyond reading this article. While the author believes he’s diligent in screening out companies that, for any reasons whatsoever, are unattractive investment opportunities, he cannot guarantee that his efforts will (or have been) successful. [ER] is not responsible for any perceived, or actual, errors including, but not limited to, commentary, opinions, views, assumptions, reported facts & financial calculations, or for the completeness of this article or future content. [ER] is not expected or required to subsequently follow or cover events & news or write about any particular company or topic. [ER] is not an expert in any company, industry sector or investment topic.

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Management of California Gold Mining Inc. (TSX-V: CGM) / (OTCQB: CFGMF) has executed well so far (still early days). They have fully-funded their first greenhouse with very minimal equity dilution, 300,000 options at 50c, attached to US$3M in a bridge loan. The greenhouse is expected to cost US$2M, all-in. The Company has aligned itself closely with Delta Valley Logistics, which in my opinion is a top-notch private consulting group. CGM could be generating several tens of C$ millions in high-...
April 19, 2019

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