Sunniva Inc. Update On Financials, Management Analysis, and Staff Reduction

Sunniva provides an update on annual financial status along with management analysis.

Sunniva Inc. (CSE:SNN), is providing an update on the status of the filing of its annual financial statements and accompanying management's discussion and analysis, and related CEO and CFO certifications for the financial year ended December 31, 2019. In addition, the Company is announcing that in an ongoing effort to manage its current significant liquidity issues, it will be initiating staff reductions in California and Canada effective May 1, 2020, including Duncan Gordon, Chief Operating Officer of the Company.

We are in survival mode. Dr. Holler, CEO of Sunniva Inc.

Annual Filing Update

The British Columbia Securities Commission has enacted BC Instrument 51-515 – Temporary Exemption from Certain Corporate Finance Requirements which allows for a 45-day extension for certain periodic filings required to be made on or prior to June 1, 2020. The Company will be relying on this extension and on the temporary exemption of its Group A filings pursuant to BCI 51-515 in respect to the following provisions:

  • the requirement to file audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019, within 120 days of the Company's financial year-end as required by section 4.2(b) of NI 51-102 – Continuous Disclosure Requirements
  • the requirement to file management discussion and analysis for the period covered by the Financial Statements within 120 days of the Company's financial year-end as required by section 5.1(2) of NI 51-102; and
  • the requirement to file certifications of the Financial Statements pursuant to section 4.1 of National Instrument 52-109 – Certification of Disclosure in Issuers' Annual and Interim Filings.

The Company intends to file the Annual Filings as soon as practicable. Prior to completion of the Annual Filings, management and other insiders of the Company are subject to a trading black-out policy as described, in principle, in section 9 of National Policy 11-207 – Failure to File Cease Trade Orders and Revocations in Multiple Jurisdictions.

Staff Reductions

Sunniva continues to pursue its legal rights under the current dispute with respect to the lease for the Cathedral City Glasshouse which is currently in arbitration with JAMS court system in California. To fund this pursuit and its other expenses, the Company is taking additional steps to preserve cash through further reduction of current operating activities and the elimination of certain management and other employee positions in California and Canada.

Included in the staff reductions is Mr. Duncan Gordon, who is the Chief Operating Officer of the Company. The Company has not announced a replacement for Mr. Gordon at this time. 

"Duncan has been in integral part of Sunniva since the early stages and was instrumental in the development of the operations in California," stated Dr. Anthony Holler, Chairman and CEO. "We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

The Company intends to operate the existing extraction and distribution facilities in California with reduced capacity to continue to serve its existing clients and will consider future expansion of operations as needed.

"We are a company with minimal business operations; a core staff; a board of three individuals; limited capital resources and significant debt due and coming due. The steps we are announcing will extend our runway while we defend our core asset, our legal rights under the lease in respect of the Cathedral City Glasshouse, pursue the monetization of our Canadian assets and explore refinancing options," said Dr. Holler, CEO of the Company.

Sunniva Medical Inc. Sale Transaction Update

Sunniva announced that, while the previously announced outside date for closing of the sale of the shares of Sunniva Medical Inc. to CannaPharmaRx Canada Corp. has passed, the parties continue to work to restructure and finalize the SMI Transaction. Given the current market and other conditions, there can be no certainty that this transaction will ultimately be finalized.

SMI owns the Sunniva Canada Campus, which includes construction assets for a planned 759,000 square-foot greenhouse located on an approximately 114-acre property in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia.

On November 26, 2019, the Company filed its interim consolidated financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the period ended September 30, 2019. The Company confirms that since the filing there have been no material business developments other than disclosed through prior news releases, or as disclosed herein. Since November 26, 2019, the Company has issued the following press releases with respect to material business developments:

  • November 28, 2019 – Sunniva Updates Expected Closing Date for SMI Transaction;
  • December 4, 2019 – Sunniva Responds to Notice of Claim With Respect to Promissory Notes;
  • December 13, 2019 – Sunniva Provides Update On California Operations As A Result Of Current Legal Disputes;
  • December 16, 2019 – Sunniva Responds to Ex Parte Application Against CP Logistics With Respect to Promissory Notes;
  • December 18, 2019 – Sunniva Reports The Ex Parte Application Filed in California was Denied;
  • December 19, 2019 – Sunniva Announces Amended Terms and Closing of NHS;
  • December 23, 2019 – Sunniva Provides Update on SMI Transaction;
  • December 24, 2019 – CP Logistics Files for Temporary Restraining Order and Initiates Arbitration Process;
  • December 26, 2019 – CP Logistics Reports the Application For A Temporary Restraining Order was Denied;
  • January 2, 2020 – Sunniva Responds to Notice of Claim With Respect to Finders Fee;
  • January 14, 2020 – CP Logistics, LLC Files Motion to Compel Arbitration;
  • January 27, 2020 – Sunniva Announces Shut Down of Full Scale Distributors;
  • February 20, 2020 – Sunniva Provides Update on Current Liquidity Position;
  • February 24, 2020 – Sunniva Responds To Filing of Claim with Respect to Sale of NHS;
  • March 3, 2020 – Sunniva and CannaPharmaRx Update Terms of Sunniva Medical Transaction.

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