Former U.S. Senator Scores $555,467 Gain in Penny Stock Cannabis Sativa

We have written previously about the rampant insider selling at cannabis companies in general and at Cannabis Sativa (OTC: CBDS) in particular. While it’s not his first sale, CBDS CEO Mike Gravel, the 86-year old former U.S. Senator from Alaska, scored big as reported in a SEC Form 4 filing posted earlier this week.

Mike Gravel CBDS Sale

The sale of 49,423 shares at $9.0778 represented about 1/3 of his holdings and netted $448,652. On October 5th, he disclosed sales of 32,222 shares, netting $106,815.

Mike Gravel CBDS Sales 2

There have been smaller sales in the past, and all of the stock that he has acquired has come in lieu of services rendered. Gravel is not the only person dumping shares of CBDS, as David Tobias, the President and a Director, continues to unload, most recently disclosing the sale of more than 52K shares, while Sadia Barrameda, who is the controlling shareholder of New Compendium Corporation, also continues to sell aggressively, recently reporting a sale of more than 26K shares. In the past six months, there have been sales of 548K shares by insiders.

The proceeds of these stock sales far exceed any economic value that has been created by the company, as CBDS reported sales of only $24,243 through the first three quarters of 2016, as reported in its 10-Q filing. With a market cap of $145mm at a recent price of $7.83, it is not surprising to see so much insider selling. Additionally, the company was recently trying to raise capital at just $2.40 per share as disclosed in the 10-Q:

The Company approved a Private Placement Memorandum on October 14, 2016.  The total offering proceeds will be $1,500,000 by offering 625,000 of the Company’s stock at $2.40 per share. Each unit will consist of 1 (one) share of common stock and 1 (one) warrant.  Each warrant entitles the holder to purchase 1(one) common share at the exercise price of $4.00.  The offering will terminate on December 14, 2016 but can be extended for up to 60 additional days.

There has been no update subsequent to this disclosure.

Exclusive article by Alan Brochstein, CFA
Alan Brochstein, CFA
Based in Houston, Alan leverages his experience as founder of online community 420 Investor, the first and still largest due diligence platform focused on the publicly-traded stocks in the cannabis industry. With his extensive network in the cannabis community, Alan continues to find new ways to connect the industry and facilitate its sustainable growth. At New Cannabis Ventures, he is responsible for content development and strategic alliances. Before shifting his focus to the cannabis industry in early 2013, Alan, who began his career on Wall Street in 1986, worked as an independent research analyst following over two decades in research and portfolio management. A prolific writer, with over 650 articles published since 2007 at Seeking Alpha, where he has 70,000 followers, Alan is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a frequent source to the media, including the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, and Bloomberg TV. Contact Alan: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Email

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