After the panic for Bitcoin, which has passed in the meantime, Israel recently came to what can undoubtedly be called the "panic for cannabis": No less than 6 listed companies in the field of cannabis began operating in recent months in Israel - 4 of them this week. updating (10.4 - 16: 00) - a seventh company joined the cannabis field. Update (30.4) - Eighth company joined. Cannabis shares are raging.
Although most of them have no experience in cannabis in general, some have been integrated into empty stock-exchange skeletons, some of these companies are able to enjoy the inflated value of their shares on the stock exchange overnight, sometimes hundreds of percent, only on the basis of announcements of future agreements or theoretical plans only for the establishment and production of cannabis for local sale And export.
But there are also more serious cases where the announcements to the stock exchange and to the investors are not only "unfounded" or "purely theoretical," but contain incorrect and false information, so it is important for investors to carefully examine the background of each company and its real intentions .
For example, the Canadian company "Namaste"(Namaste Technologies) released a few months ago (27.12.17) to the Canadian Stock Exchange and the press an agreement in principle with an Israeli company called"Bar Lev Agricultural crops". The official statement stated that Bar Lev is no less than "Israel's largest authorized manufacturer of medical cannabis."
This statement is obviously far from correct. Bar-Lev has never grew medical cannabis in Israel and does not yet have such a license - which did not prevent the company's stock price surge following this announcement in many percentages on that day. Since then it has been steadily declining every day.
In recent months, cannabis has become the hot name Also on the Israeli stock market As mentioned, as of today (Sunday) already 7 Companies have declared that they intend to enter this area and issue Cannabis shares - some of them with cannabis background and experience, but in some of them do not own Cannabis properties in general, without any background in cannabis cultivation or production and without sufficient licenses for activity in the industry.
At the end of 2017 registered pioneers, companies "with Medivie"(Medivie) and"Together"Together, who were the first to merge their naked stock market skeleton with a dedicated private company that opened for entry into the field -" Medivie "with"Hi Pharma"(Hi Pharma) and "Together" withGlobus Pharma(Globus Pharma) - both of which have gained increasing popularity among enthusiastic investors who have been waiting to enter the growing cannabis field.
Following them, just last week and within a few days, 4 announced that it had entered the cannabis sector:Amir Marketing"From the farmers' association leapt after announcing an expected investment in the"BOL Pharma"And"D-Pharm"(D pharm) that merged with"Unv Medicine"(UNV Medicine),"Ophectra"(Ophectra) that merged with"Holyweed Medical"(Holyweed Medical) and"Next Jen"(Nextgen Biomed) might do so with"Kitov Pharma"(Kitov Pharma).
10.4 announced a seventh company that entered the cannabis field:Direct Capital(Direct Capital).
Except for a small drop in the weekend following message On the cessation of the medical cannabis tender in Germany, all the shares that have joined the cannabis sector have risen tens and hundreds of percent since the announcement - which attracted investors to transfer large amounts to invest in these companies.
But like any other virgin field, cannabis also has the potential for large profits, but there is also a small risk of being caught. This is not a "pump & dump" phenomenon, but you can certainly find things that should be noticed in the companies' reports to the stock exchange.
(Note: the order of names on the list is chronological only by the date of reporting on joining the cannabis industry and without any other meaning)
Medivie - Hi Pharma
In the end, 2017 became a nondescript stockbroker from Cannabis after a merger with a new private company called Hi Pharma, which holds temporary permits (not licenses) from the Ministry of Health for the growth, Breeding, production, storage and distribution of the plant in a kibbutz in northern Sharon.
Together, the companies plan to enter the medical cannabis industry, led by the entrepreneur Menachem Cohen, The group leader, who has since managed to sign On an agreement With the veteran Dutch cannabis company "Barneys Farm".
The signature with Barneys is definitely equivalent to cannabis, and the company is expected to begin construction activities in the coming weeks, but they still have no tangible cannabis assets in Israel.
Together - Globus Pharma
"Together" was an anonymous stock market skeleton, devoid of essential activity and cash, which overnight became a fairly successful cannabis company on the Israeli stock market. Globus has brought to the merger table four initial approvals (not licenses) for growing, breeding, producing, storing and distributing cannabis and an empty agricultural area of 20 dunam in the Ashkelon area.
Two or three announcements to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange of theoretical plans for the establishment of the Cannabis Farm in Israel and abroad, together with a forecast of hundreds of millions of shekels of self-reported profits, have boosted the share's value by tens of percentage points.
The company is owned Nissim Bracha, Owner of a number of income-producing real estate companies (including the Globus Center Ashkelon complex, whose control was recently sold to Summit Real Estate at 142) Nir Sussinsky, Owner and CEO of Adam Amit in the field of engineering servicesGuy Atia, Owner of the security company.
Amir Marketing - BOL Pharma
Last week, in the Blitz, they joined the list of cannabis companies on the Israeli stock market. The first of the companies that announced a planned entry into the industry and was entitled to an increase in the value of its shares is Amir Marketing, the oldest and most recognized company of all the companies, The body that represents the farmers in Israel - and is therefore considered to be the most reliable.
Amir also managed to bring real value to the table And reported Announced that its expected entry into the field is part of 27's $ 1 million investment in the veteran medical cannabis company BOL Pharma (formerly "Aspiration for Life"), which holds real cannabis assets, in a significant effort of about ten years of activity and knowledge and existing international connections.
In other words, Amir is currently the only company among the cannabis companies that is based on real business, and therefore an investment in it may be safer, although its entry into the field is not yet certain, according to its announcement to the stock exchange.
D - Pharm - Unv Medicine
At the same time, a fourth company joined the Israeli cannabis market: the stock exchange skeleton "D-Pharm", owned by the veteran investor Itzik Shrem, Which has already promoted a cannabis company that crashed in the past and announced last week a merger with UNV Medicine.
Although she never grew cannabis, the company showed itself up until a few days ago on its Web site as someone who allegedly owns an active medical cannabis farm (called "Amit Farm"), and even has allegedly GAP and GMP approval for cannabis cultivation Which of course is not true.
After the magazine contacted the company for checking the wrong information on the site, its managers announced that it was indeed a human error of the programmer who wrote the words in the present tense instead of in future tense and that the information would be corrected immediately. Although the information on the site was partially corrected, the company's announcement to the Israeli stock exchange last week also claimed that it was "active in the manufacture and supply of medical cannabis" although not yet ostensibly.
Ophectra - Holyweed Medical
The fifth company to join the stock exchange last Thursday and is also expected, according to its announcement to engage in cannabis, is the real estate company "Ophectra", owned by the businessman Sioma Simon, Which told the stock exchange that it intends to invest 650 in a thousand dollars and merge with a new Israeli cannabis company called "Holyweed Medical", owned by the entrepreneur Lior Wayne.
Wayne published to investors and on the website of his other cannabis company, Mawi, seemingly inaccurate data - for example, Rafael Meshulam He is the founder and scientific advisor of the company and Ms. Cheryl Schumann, A celebrity of American cannabis Also known as "Martha Stewart of Cannabis," is the founder and responsible for public relations and marketing of the company.
In this case, too, after Cannabis Magazine approached, the names and pictures were removed from the company's website, not before the magazine was sent offensive messages. After a few hours, the company's website was completely removed from the network.
Next Gen - Kitov Pharma (?)
A few hours later, just before the close of the trading week, NextGen Biomed, a company that did not own any cannabis assets until recently, had explored gold mining opportunities and had signed gold mining plans in Ghana, Africa, for its entry into the cannabis market And thus became the sixth company to do so.
Chairman of Next Jen, Isaac IsraelWas arrested about a year ago on suspicion of misleading reports of fraudulent, fraudulent, fraudulent, and breach of trust under aggravated circumstances after a misleading report on a successful drug trial. The public company in which he currently serves as CEO ("Kitov Pharma") has even contended with class action suits against her for misleading investors in the reports.
Direct Capital -?
In 10.4, another company, 7, announced to the Stock Exchange that it is entering the cannabis field. A statement from Direct Capital Investments Ltd. stated that "the company will act to locate new activity in the cannabis sector."
Direct Capital is owned Reuven Yagana, Who recently appointed CEO Asaf Yarkoni. The company has a lawyer Shay Zohar, Yaron Iluz וLiat Bides.
Capital Holdings - Canvite
In 30.4, the public company, "Hank Holdings" (TASE: HANAK), which is now controlled by Apex Issues, Eliav Bar-David וAaron Samara(Cannbit), which holds temporary primary dealerships for the multiplicity and growth of medical cannabis, and intends to operate in the field of production, including the establishment of a plant and marketing of cannabis products for medical use.
The director of the "cannabit" is Yaron Ratzon, former director of the Philatelic Service in Israel Post and former CEO of the Masa Acher media group. Yaron is hiding at this stage and refuses to be interviewed.
Pursuant to the memorandum of understanding, after signing a detailed agreement, all the rights in the cannabit will be transferred to the equity capital, including 74% of the growth and growth activity of the cannabite, against the allocation of 87.5% of the issued and paid-up share capital of the Company to the shareholders of the Cannabit Group. In addition, cannabit will also operate in the field of production and marketing of cannabis products for medical use, as will be held by 100% of these activities.
"There are those who do 'round'
"I have no doubt that in some cases at least it is simply interested parties who want to do a 'round,'" says an experienced investor in the field. "You have to wait and see if you do not sell the shares quickly after a profit. What is problematic in investments in Israel is that they do not specify prices or details on how much it costs the company to produce exactly, or how much it intends to sell. In Canada, every detail is revealed, they explain how they reached these numbers. In Israel it does not exist. In notices to the stock exchange, you do not find out whether the farm is in the north or south, do not reveal names, as if it's a state secret. "
"The Securities and Exchange Commission is not doing enough in this area," he added. "When companies added the term Lockhagen in the name of the share in the past, and it followed suit by hundreds of percent, the Authority informed them that they would not do it anymore. Cannabis not only does not have it, but seems to ignore the subject. The IAA should ask these companies to list exactly how much it costs them to produce grams. "
In view of the above data, investors who seek security in their investment are advised to carefully examine the background of each company, its managers and its real assets. There is no recommendation in this article to invest or not to invest in one company or another, but only a recommendation to pay close attention to the small details and check on who put the shekels.
Response of the Israel Securities Authority - Here.