Veritas Farms, Inc. revealed 10-K form on Apr 17, 2019.
Veritas Farms is an entirely vertically-integrated agribusiness focused on producing, marketing, and distributing highest purity full spectrum hemp products containing naturally occurring phytocannabinoids. Veritas Farms owns and operates a 140-acre farm in Pueblo, Colorado, capable of producing over 200,000 proprietary full spectrum hemp plants containing naturally occurring phytocannabinoids which yield a potential minimum annual harvest of over 200,000 pounds of outdoor-grown industrial hemp. While part of the cannabis family, hemp, which contains less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (‘THC’), the psychoactive compound that produces the ‘high’ in marijuana, is distinguished from marijuana by its use, physical appearance and lower THC concentration (marijuana generally has a THC level of 10% or more). The Company also operates approximately 15,000 sq. ft. of climate-controlled greenhouses in Pueblo, Colorado to produce a consistent supply of year-round indoor-cultivated hemp. In addition, there is a 10,000-sq. ft. onsite facility used for processing raw hemp, oil extraction, formulation laboratories, and quality/purity testing. That facility also houses our production, packaging and distribution operations. Veritas Farms is registered with the Colorado Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp and with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to process hemp and manufacture hemp products in accordance with Colorado’s hemp program.
Veritas Farms uses advanced, strict natural protocols to cultivate its cannabinoid-rich hemp oil yield from its plants. After naturally air drying, only the leaves and flowers richly coated with trichomes are processed with our advanced ethanol spray evaporation extractors according to the planned uses for the cannabinoid-rich hemp extracts. Whole plant full spectrum cannabinoid-rich hemp extracts are then further processed using chromatography and other techniques yielding pure distillates and other derivatives exceeding 80% cannabinoid-rich hemp with 0% THC (if so desired).
Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is important for establishing and creating an online presence. Most every single online interaction starts with key words manually entered into a search engine to draw up relevant website options for the user. With SEO keywords maximized throughout Veritas Farms’ digital media campaign, the Target Market has a 93% increased chance of exposure to the brand.3 The Veritas Farms SEO marketing plan contemplates a monthly campaign to ensure the website ranks in top relevance for industry-related searches on major search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo.
Our primary sources of capital to develop and implement our business plan have been the proceeds from private offerings of our equity securities, capital contributions made by Members prior to completion of the Acquisition and loans from shareholders, including Erduis Sanabria, our Executive Vice President and a director. The loans accrued interest at rates between 2% and 3% per annum. As of December 31, 2017, the principal balance of the loans from members of 271 aggregated approximately $745,000 and the loans from Mr. Sanabria aggregated approximately $798,000. As of December 31.2018, the principal balance of the loans to the members of 271were reduced to $40,985 and $221,939, respectively and the principal balance of these loans together with accrued interest are expected to be repaid in full by April 30, 2019.
Effective September 27, 2017, the Company acquired 100% of the issued and outstanding limited liability company membership interests of 271 Lake Davis Holdings LLC dba SanSal Wellness (‘271 Lake Davis’) in exchange for 46,800,000 (7,800,000 pre-split) restricted shares of the Company’s common stock, which represented 100% of 271 Lake Davis’s total membership interests outstanding immediately following the closing of the transaction. The transaction has been accounted for as a reverse merger, whereby 271 Lake Davis is the accounting survivor and the historical financial statements presented are those of 271 Lake Davis.
The Company’s outstanding stock options have a 10-year term. Outstanding non-qualified stock options granted to employees and a consultant vested immediately. Outstanding incentive stock options issued to employees vest over a three-year period. The incentive stock options granted vest based solely upon continued employment (‘time-based’). The Company’s time-based share awards that vest in their entirety at the end of three-year periods, time-based share awards where 33.3% of the award vests on each of the three anniversary dates.
Effective September 27, 2017, the Company acquired 100% of the issued and outstanding limited liability company membership interests of 271 Lake Davis Holdings LLC dba SanSal Wellness (‘271 Lake Davis’) in exchange for 46,800,000 (7,800,000 pre-split) restricted shares of the Company’s common stock.
The Company had one customer in the year ended December 31, 2018 accounting for 31% of total sales. In 2017, the Company had one customer accounting for 72% of sales.
The Company had two customers at December 31, 2018 accounting for 30% and 24% of accounts receivable. At December 31, 2017, one customer accounted for 79% of accounts receivable.
The Company entered into various note payables with stockholders of the company between June 2017 and June 2018. The notes bear interest between 2.00% and 3.00% per annum. Principal and interest are payable in one installment due January 1, 2019. The principal balance due on these notes was $262,924 and $1,030,080 as of December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017. Interest accrued was $17,949 and $16,230 as of December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively. The Company issued stock incentives to various directors and employees. Refer to Note 5 for additional details.
Our 2017 Incentive Stock Plan provides for equity incentives to be granted to our employees, executive officers or directors or to key advisers or consultants. Equity incentives may be in the form of stock options with an exercise price not less than the fair market value of the underlying shares as determined pursuant to the 2017 Incentive Stock Plan, restricted stock awards, other stock-based awards, or any combination of the foregoing. The 2017 Incentive Stock Plan is administered by the compensation committee, or alternatively, if there is no compensation committee, the board of directors. Originally 12,500,000 shares of our common stock are reserved for issuance pursuant to the exercise of awards under the 2017 Incentive Stock Plan. The number of shares so reserved automatically adjusts upward on January 1 of each year, commencing January 1, 2019, so that the number of shares covered by the 2017 Incentive Stock Plan is equal to 15% of our issued and outstanding common stock as of that measurement date. As of January 1, 2019, 16,725,726 shares have been reserved for issuance and the Company has granted options to purchase 9,100,000 shares under the 2017 Incentive Stock Plan. Such options are exercisable at prices ranging from of $0.833 to $0.35 per share.
The following table sets forth, as of the date of this report, the beneficial ownership of our common stock by each director and executive officer, by each person known by us to beneficially own 5% or more of our common stock and by directors and executive officers as a group. Unless otherwise stated, the address of the persons set forth in the table is c/o the Company, 1512 E. Broward Blvd, Suite 300, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.
Prior to completion of the Private Offering in July 2018, a primary source of capital to develop and implement our business plan came from the proceeds of loans made by members of 271during 2017 prior to completion of the Acquisition (none of which lenders was an officer, director or principal shareholder of the Company) and loans made during 2017 and 2018 by Erduis Sanabria, our Executive Vice President and a director. The loans accrued interest at rates between 2% and 3% per annum. As of December 31, 2017, the principal balance of the loans from members of 271 aggregated approximately $745,000 and the loans from Mr. Sanabria aggregated approximately $798,000. As of December 31.2018, the principal balance of the loans to the members of 271were reduced to $40,985 and $221,939, respectively and the principal balance of these loans together with accrued interest are expected to be repaid in full by April 30, 2019.