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ASSET ACQUISITION

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ASSET ACQUISITION
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2016
Business Combinations [Abstract]  
ASSET ACQUISITION

NOTE 3 – ASSET ACQUISITION

 

On July 24, 2015, the Company entered into an Agreement of Purchase and Sale of Membership Interest (the “Acquisition Agreement”) with East West Secured Development, LLC (the “Seller”) to purchase 100% of the membership interest of EWSD I, LLC (“EWSD”) which has entered into an agreement with Southwest Farms, Inc. (“Southwest”) to purchase certain real property comprised of 320-acres of agricultural land in Pueblo, Colorado (the “Acquired Property” or “the Farm”).

 

The purchase price to acquire EWSD consisted of (i) $500,000 paid by the Company as a deposit into the escrow for the Acquired Property, and (ii) the Company’s future payments to Seller of a royalty of 3% of the adjusted gross revenue, if any, from operation of the Acquired Property (including sale of any portion of or interest in the Acquired Property less any applicable expenses) for the three-year period beginning on January 1, 2016. Such royalty payments shall be payable 50% in cash and 50% in Company common stock (the “Royalty Payment”). The Company determined that the royalty payments could not be estimated at the time of acquisition, and, therefore, the contingent payments have not been recognized as part of the acquisition price. The contingent consideration will be re-measured to fair value each subsequent period until the contingency is resolved, in this case, for the three year period beginning on January 1, 2016, with any changes in fair value recognized in earnings. Per the terms of the agreement, the closing is deemed to have occurred when the Special Warranty Deed is recorded (which occurred on August 7, 2015) and all terms of the purchase agreement for the Farm have been complied with, including the Farm closing, which also took place on August 7, 2015. Therefore, the acquisition date has been determined to be August 7, 2015. There were no assets or liabilities of EWSD on the acquisition date.

 

In connection with EWSD’s purchase of the Acquired Property, EWSD entered into a secured promissory note (the “Note”) with Southwest in the principal amount of $3,670,000 (Note 8). Interest on the outstanding principal balance of the Note shall accrue at the rate of five percent per annum. The Note shall be payable by EWSD in thirty-five payments of principal and interest, which shall be calculated based upon an amortization period of thirty years, commencing on September 1, 2015 and continuing thereafter on the first day of each calendar month through and including July 1, 2018; and one final balloon payment of all unpaid principal and accrued but unpaid interest on August 1, 2018. The Note is secured by a deed of trust, security agreement, assignment of rents and financing statement encumbering the Acquired Property.

 

EWSD also entered into an unsecured promissory note (the “Unsecured Note”) in the principal amount of $830,000 with the Seller (Note 8), in respect of payments previously made by Seller to Southwest in connection with acquiring the Farm. Interest on the outstanding principal balance of the Unsecured Note shall accrue at the rate of six percent per annum. The Unsecured Note shall be payable by EWSD in thirty-five payments of principal and interest, which shall be calculated based upon an amortization period of thirty years, commencing on September 1, 2015 and continuing thereafter on the first day of each calendar month through and including July 1, 2018; and one final balloon payment of all unpaid principal and accrued but unpaid interest on August 1, 2018.

 

Farming Agreement

 

On December 18, 2015, the Company and its subsidiary EWSD I, LLC (“EWSD”), entered into a Farming Agreement (the “Farming Agreement”) with Whole Hemp Company (“Whole Hemp” now known as “Folium Biosciences”), pursuant to which Folium Biosciences would manufacture products from hemp and cannabis crops it would grow on EWSD farmland, and the Company would build greenhouses for such activities up to an aggregate size of 200,000 square feet. Folium Biosciences would pay all preapproved costs of such construction on or before September 30, 2017 as partial consideration for a revocable license to use the greenhouses and a separate 10 acre plot of EWSD farmland (the “10 Acres”). EWSD would retain ownership of the greenhouses. For the first growing season commencing October 1, 2016, the Company would receive a percentage of gross sales of all Folium Bioscience's products on a monthly basis, and the Company’s share would increase incrementally based on the extent of crops planted on EWSD farmland according to a mutually agreed schedule. In addition, the Company would receive 50% of Folium Biosciences gross profits from the farming activities on the 10 Acres. The Company planned to recognize all revenue from the Farming Agreement at the net amount received when it has been earned and determined collectable.

 

Pursuant to the Farming Agreement, the Company also granted Folium Biosciences a warrant to purchase 4,000,000 shares of Company common stock at an exercise price of $0.50 per share, exercisable at any time within 5 years. The warrants were valued at $76,000, using a Black Scholes Merton Model, with key valuation assumptions used that consist of the price of the Company’s stock at settlement date, a risk free interest rate based on the average yield of a 5 year Treasury note and expected volatility of the Company’s common stock all as of the measurement date. The fair value of the warrants is included in deferred costs and will be recognized over the life of the Farming Agreement. Due to the termination of the Farming and Growers Distribution Agreements, as discussed below, as of June 30, 2016, this amount has been fully amortized.

 

On March 11, 2016, the Company and EWSD entered into a First Amended and Restated Farming Agreement with Whole Hemp, amending and restating in certain respects the Farming Agreement. The First Amended and Restated Farming Agreement clarifies that EWSD, rather than the Company, would be responsible for the building of greenhouses to be utilized by Whole Hemp for growing hemp and cannabis crops pursuant to the agreement, and that EWSD would be the recipient of all payments by Whole Hemp (including all revenue sharing arrangements) under the agreement.

 

On or about May 7, 2016, the Company determined that Folium Biosciences was in default of the Farming Agreement, principally because they abandoned their obligation to provide farming activities under the First Amended and Restated Farming Agreement. On May 13, 2016, EWSD notified Folium Biosciences of its defaults under the First Amended and Restated Farming Agreement and EWSD’s election to terminate the First Amended and Restated Farming Agreement.

 

By its terms, the First Amended and Restated Farming Agreement may be terminated at any time by either party, if the other party was in material breach of any obligation under the First Amended and Restated Farming Agreement, which breach continued uncured for 30 days following written notice thereof.

 

On June 1, 2016, a complaint was filed by Whole Hemp on this matter, naming Notis Global, Inc. and EWSD I, LLC, as defendants. See Whole Hemp Complaint, below.

 

Growers’ Distributor Agreement

 

On December 18, 2015, the Company also entered into a Growers’ Agent Agreement with Folium Biosciences, which was amended on March 11, 2016, to change the name of the agreement to Growers’ Distributor Agreement, (“Distributor Agreement”) as well clarify some terms. Pursuant to the Distributor Agreement, the Company would provide marketing, sales, and related services on behalf of Folium Biosciences in connection with the sale of its Cannabidiol oil product ("CBD oil"), from which the Company would receive a percentage of gross revenues (other than the sale of such product generated from the EWSD 10 Acres and the Folium Biosciences 40 acre plot subject to the Farming Agreement). The Growers’ Agent Agreement was effective until September 30, 2025. The Company would sell the product on behalf of Folium Biosciences on a commission basis. The Company may not act as agent of any other grower, distributor or manufacturer of the same product unless such other party agrees.

 

On March 11, 2016, the Company and EWSD entered into a First Amended and Restated Grower’s Distributor Agreement with Whole Hemp, amending and restating in certain respects the Grower’s Agent Agreement, including by substituting EWSD as a party in-place of the Company.

 

Because the Company believes Folium Biosciences is in default, principally because they abandoned their obligation to provide farming activities under the First Amended and Restated Farming Agreement since May 7, 2016, EWSD notified Whole Hemp on May 13, 2016 of its election to terminate the Restated Grower’s Distributor Agreement.

 

By its terms, the Restated Grower’s Distributor Agreement could be terminated at any time by either party, if the other party was in material breach of any obligation under the Restated Grower’s Distributor Agreement, which breach continued uncured for 30 days following written notice thereof.

 

As the Company continued to navigate the nascent world of hemp and CBD growing, cultivation, production and sales, it became clear that controlling all aspects of the business is the best strategy to ensure that the Company’s goals are met. Again, the Company is taking action now to protect the investment all the stakeholders have made in Notis Global.

 

Whole Hemp complaint

 

A complaint was filed by Whole Hemp Company, LLC d/b/a Folium Biosciences (“Whole Hemp”) on June 1, 2016, naming Notis Global, Inc. and EWSD I, LLC (collectively, “Notis”), as defendants in Pueblo County, CO district court.  The complaint alleges five causes of action against Notis:  misappropriation of trade secrets, civil theft, intentional interference with prospective business advantage, civil conspiracy, and breach of contract.  All claims concern contracts between Whole Hemp and Notis for the Farming Agreement and the Distributor Agreement. 

 

The court entered an ex parte temporary restraining order on June 2, 2016, and a modified temporary restraining order on July 14, 2016, enjoining Notis from disclosing, using, copying, conveying, transferring, or transmitting Whole Hemp’s trade secrets, including Whole Hemp’s plants.  On June 13, 2016, the court ordered that all claims be submitted to arbitration, except for the disposition of the temporary restraining order. 

 

On August 12, 2016, the court ordered that all of Whole Hemp’s plants in Notis’ possession be destroyed, which occurred by August 24, 2016, at which time the temporary restraining order was dissolved and the parties will soon file a motion to dismiss the district court action. 

 

In light of the Whole Hemp plants all being destroyed per the court order, the Company has immediately expensed all Capitalized agricultural costs as of June 30, 2016, as all costs as of that date related to Whole Hemp plants.

 

Notis commenced arbitration in Denver, CO on August 2, 2016, seeking injunctive relief and alleging breaches of the contracts between the parties.  Whole Hemp filed is Answer and counterclaims on September 6, 2016, asserting similar allegations that were asserted to the court.

 

On September 30, 2016, the arbitrator held an initial status conference and agreed to allow EWSD and Notis to file a motion to dismiss some or all of Whole Hemp’s claims by no later than October 28, 2016. The parties were also ordered to make initial disclosures of relevant documents and persons with knowledge of relevant information by October 21, 2016.