- Closing of $112 million in private placement financing fully funds expansion plans
- Time-to-market accelerated as Aurora Cannabis inks strategic investment/partnership with TGOD
- Highly anticipated IPO scheduled for March 2018
- Organic, medical-grade cannabis grown at low cost increases profit margins
The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (“TGOD”) continues to make headlines as it forms strategic partnerships and banks investment funds to fuel the company’s expansion plans to become the largest organic cannabis company in the world. The company’s recent announcement of its closing of $112 million in private placement financing included a cornerstone investment of $55 million by marijuana industry powerhouse Aurora Cannabis Inc. (OTCQX: ACBFF) (TSX: ACB) (http://ibn.fm/rCOHQ). To date, TGOD has raised $160 million with over 4,000 shareholders.
TGOD is setting the industry standard on several fronts, including environmental stewardship, natural resource sustainability and development of a consortium of world-class architectural, construction and utility management teams dedicated to responsible practices. As a Canadian licensed cannabis producer, TGOD prides itself on growing completely organic, pesticide-free, grown-in-live-soil cannabis. In an interview with Equities.com (http://ibn.fm/8sPu8), Danny Brody, TGOD’s vice president of investor relations, said that he believes the company’s commitment to growing medical grade cannabis sets it apart.
“From day one we believed that organic product is key,” Brody stated. “That is one of our key differentiators that we will be continuing as we build out our operation.”
With this new infusion from investors, TGOD is able to fully fund a 970,000 square foot expansion of its organic cannabis production facilities located in Ontario and Quebec, two of Canada’s most populated provinces. The facilities, capable of producing 116,000 kg of cannabis annually, are slated to come online in Q4 2018 and Q2 2019, respectively. While medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001 and is projected to grow to $2.1 billion by 2020, the recreational marijuana market is expected to reach $22 billion by 2024, according to a Deloitte report (http://ibn.fm/xLOdC).
The “Canadian Advantage” is real and the opportunities are unparalleled, both in Canada and internationally, as TGOD management noted in its latest corporate presentation to shareholders. As the first G7 nation poised to legalize recreational marijuana use, Canada is having a profound impact on legalization efforts around the world. In contrast, there are 29 states in the U.S. that currently allow some form of marijuana use, although there are measures on several ballots that could add legal cannabis to the lawbooks in additional states in the near future (http://ibn.fm/7MSPg). John Kagia, a cannabis industry analyst for New Frontier Data, called the recent move toward Canadian legalization a “wake up call to all investors who were sitting on the sidelines, that this is really going to happen.”
Although full implementation of legal cannabis for adults in Canada is expected to be in place by July 2018, there is some waffling on the timing, as legislation allowing for recreational cannabis must still pass Parliament (http://ibn.fm/hzjYl). Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said lower levels of government have informed her that more time – as much as eight to 12 weeks – may be required following adoption of the law (http://ibn.fm/Q5jkC).
Timing is important, as TGOD is proving with its recent investment news and early spring 2018 plans to transition from a privately-held company to a publicly-traded one. TGOD believes that its unique approach to producing high quality, pharma-grade cannabis, coupled with its solid commitment to core values, offers numerous opportunities for additional joint ventures, licensing and distribution partnerships for a sustainable and successful future.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.TGOD.ca
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