California Gold Mining Inc. Partners With #Hemp Specialist Group

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 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 seeds from 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, with first harvest of seeds & first revenue 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 high-CBD content seed prices remain robust, then a GH#2 could be built next year. GH#2 (if built) would presumably be self-funded with cash flow from GH#1.

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 feminized, high-CBD content hemp seeds from CGM this year & next. The pricing of the seeds will be determined at each harvest time, (3-4 harvests/yr.) derived from prevailing wholesale market prices, minus 5%. Note: {Pricing for most online offers of premium quality, feminized, 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 as mentioned, for competitive reasons these companies do not reveal pricing online for their premium quality seeds. And, wholesale quantities (50+ pounds) are frequently unavailable. 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 items I could readily find online, they may or may not be representative of the overall wholesale market for premium quality, feminized 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 could possibly be sold by the end of next year. That would generate net revenue of C$56,857,500. To be clear, DVL would get a portion of that amount in consulting fees & profit sharing, 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.

Management also announced that it has signed a comprehensive consulting agreement with DVL. CGM is very wisely outsourcing key operations related to its first greenhouse 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. Notably, although DVL will be actively involved and will share meaningfully in the economics of GH#1, CGM retains 100% ownership of the entire hemp segment.

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 5 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 industrial hemp seed propagation project in California.

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 might be closer to 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 very good deal for DVL, a true win-win relationship, because they will have a fully permitted, funded & built Greenhouse at their disposal (they will be operating it), to test new hemp seed strains & plants. Readers may recall from my prior article on CGM that the partners intend to develop & patent high-end strains of hemp. Patented strains are expected by DVL to be more valuable and trusted by customers, and to remain higher-priced for a longer period. Importantly, DVL has to execute at GH#1 in order to get their share of the economics. The higher the quality and the greater the pounds produced, the better. Both parties interests are aligned.

What to make of the mention of the 4 States, Oregon, Washington, Nevada & Arizona. It would have to mean acquisitions or JVs with other companies because CGM has no business Interests outside 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 in California for the remainder of the year!

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