Kaya Holdings Inc. Disclosure
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Certain statements made by the Company and its management on its behalf in this website and other periodic oral and written statements, videos, power point presentations or through other medium regarding the Company's operating performance, events or developments that the Company believes or expects to occur in the future, including those that discuss anticipated financial results, strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters, or which relate to future sales, earnings, expectations, growth of the Company or of the market for its products and services, or general belief in the Company's expectations of future operating results are "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to product demand, market and customer acceptance, competition, pricing, working capital considerations, and as otherwise discussed in the Company's SEC filings. Such forward-looking statements are subject to change at any time, and the Company's actual results may differ materially from anticipated results. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any of such statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Specifically, all information concerning Financing Milestones and Operations and Goals are for discussion purposes only. These are not pro forma numbers or financial projections and investors are cautioned not to rely on such statements when making any investment decisions.
All information contained herein does not constitute an offer or a solicitation of an offer for sale of any securities. None of the information contained herein is intended to be, and shall not be deemed to be, incorporated into any of our securities-related filings or documents. For a discussion of the most significant risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual result to differ materially, we refer you to the documents we file from time to time with the SEC, specifically, our most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. .
Information and Press Releases: The Site contains information and press releases about us. We disclaim any duty or obligation to update this information or any press releases. Information about companies other than ours contained in the press release or otherwise, should not be relied upon as being provided or endorsed by us.
Investor Information: KAYS is a fully reporting company current in its filing requirements with the SEC. Our common shares are quoted on the OTC under the symbol KAYS where it is qualified for trading on the OTCQB, the middle tier of the OTC market.
An investment in any of our company's securities involves a very high degree of risk and is suitable only for persons of substantial means who can risk the loss of their entire investment. Potential Investors should review our latest filings available at http://www.sec.gov and consult with their financial advisor or other professional prior to making any investment in our securities. Some of the risk factors associated with an investment in KAYA (as outlined in our 2014 10K) are listed below:
Our shares of common stock are highly speculative in nature, involve a high degree of risk and should be purchased only by persons who can afford to lose the entire amount invested in the common stock. Before purchasing any of the shares of common stock, you should carefully consider the following factors relating to our business and prospects. If any of the following risks actually occurs, our business, financial condition or operating results could be materially adversely affected. In such case, you may lose all or part of your investment. You should carefully consider the risks described below and the other information in this process before investing in our common stock.
RISKS RELATED TO OUR BUSINESS GENERALLY
We have a limited operating history with our current business.
The Company was incorporated in 1993 and has engaged in a number of businesses as both a private and as a publicly held company, including the online sale of specialty foods, online marketing and website development.
KAYS’s legal marijuana business, which it has focused on since 2014, is in the development stage and has generated limited revenues to date. Operations are subject to all the problems, expenses, difficulties, complications and delays encountered in establishing new businesses. The Company does not know if it will become commercially viable, generate significant revenues or operate at a profit.
The Company will require additional financing to become commercially viable.
The Company’s current marijuana business can be capital intensive.
For the period from January 2010 through December 31, 2013 the Company raised approximately $2,357,400 through a series of private of debt and equity offerings to finance operations for its Jatropha based biodiesel business. For the period from January 2014 through December 31, 2014 the Company raised approximately $900,000_through a series of private debt and equity offerings to finance operations for the development of opportunities within the legal recreational and medical marijuana sectors.
The Company incurred net losses of $11,76,013 and 1,382,186 for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2014, respectively. At December 31, 2014, we had a total stockholders' deficit of $1,120,397, a working capital deficiency of $ 619,954 limited working capital and we are totally dependent on our ability to raise capital to fund operations.
Although the Company achieved revenues in the third quarter of 2014 through the opening of their first Kaya Shack MMD and is no longer considered a Development Stage Company, the Company acknowledges that its Plan of Operations may not result in generating positive working capital in the near future. Although management believes that it will be able to successfully execute its business plan, which includes third party financing and the raising of capital to meet the Company’s future liquidity needs, there can be no assurances. These matters raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.
We currently rely on certain key individuals, and the loss of one of these key individuals could have an adverse effect on the Company.
Our success depends to a certain degree upon certain key members of our management. These individuals are a significant factor in our growth and success. The loss of the services of such members of management could have a material adverse effect on our Company.
The Company’s success will be dependent in part upon its ability to attract qualified personnel and consultants.
The Company’s success will be dependent in part upon its ability to attract qualified creative marketing, sales and development professionals. The inability to do so on favorable terms may harm the Company’s proposed business.
KAYS must effectively meet the challenges of managing expanding operations.
The Company’s business plan anticipates that operations will undergo significant expansion in 2015 and beyond. This expansion will require the Company manage a larger and more complex organization, which could place a significant strain on our managerial, operational and financial resources. Management may not succeed with these efforts. Failure to expand in an efficient manner could cause expenses to be greater than anticipated, revenues to grow more slowly than expected and could otherwise have an adverse effect on the business, financial condition and results of operations.
Marijuana remains illegal in the United States under federal law.
Notwithstanding its legalization for recreational and/or medical use by a number of states, the growing, transport, possession or selling of marijuana continues to be illegal under federal law. Although the Obama administration has made a policy decision to allow implementation of state laws legalizing recreational and/or medical marijuana use and not to federally prosecute anyone operating under state law, that policy could change at any time, which might render KAYS’s planned operations illegal and adversely affecting the Company’s business, financial condition and results of operations.
The marketing and market acceptance of marijuana may not be as rapid as KAYS expects.
The market for legal marijuana is quickly evolving, and activity in the sector is expanding rapidly. Demand and market acceptance for legal marijuana are subject to uncertainty and risk, as changes in the price and possible adverse political efforts could influence and denigrate demand. KAYS cannot predict whether, or how fast, this market will grow or how long it can be sustained. If the market for legal marijuana develops more slowly than expected or becomes saturated with competitors, KAYS’s operating results could be adversely impacted.
KAYS’s marijuana activities are part of an emerging industry.
The Company intends to implement an aggressive plan of growth to enter the legal recreational and medical marijuana industry. The legal marijuana industry is new and emerging, and has yet to fully define competitive, operational, financial and other parameters for successful operations. By pursuing a growth strategy to enter a new and emerging industry, the Company’s operations may be adversely impacted as the industry’s competitive, operational, financial and other parameters take shape. Given the fluidity of the industry, the Company may make errors in implementing its business plan, thereby limiting some or all of its ability to perform in accordance with its expectations.
Our business could be affected by changes in governmental regulation.
Federal, state and local laws and regulations governing legal recreational and medical marijuana use are broad in scope and are subject to evolving interpretations, which could require us to incur substantial costs associated with compliance. In addition, violations of these laws or allegations of such violations could disrupt KAYS’s planned business and adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations. In addition, it is possible that additional or revised federal, state and local laws and regulations may be enacted in the future governing the legal marijuana industry. There can be no assurance that KAYS will be able to comply with any such laws and regulations and its failure to do so could significantly harm our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Our business will be subject to other operating risks that may adversely affect the Company’s financial condition.
Some of our planned operations will be subject to risks normally incidental to manufacturing operations which may result in work stoppages and/or damage to property. This may be caused by breakdown of the equipment; labor disputes; imposition of new government regulations; sabotage by operational personnel; cost overruns; and fire, flood, or other acts of God.
We will likely face significant competition.
The legal marijuana industry is in its early stages and is attracting significant attention from both small and large entrants into the industry. KAYS expects to encounter significant competition as it implements its business strategy. The ability of KAYS to effectively compete could be hindered by a lack of funds, poor positioning, management error, and other factors. The inability to effectively compete could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.
The successful operation of KAYS’s business will depend in part upon the supply of marijuana and marijuana infused products from third party, non-affiliated suppliers and any interruption in that supply could significantly harm our business, financial condition and results of operations.
In certain states within which KAYS expects to operate, the supply of marijuana and marijuana infused products must by law be provided by third-party, non- affiliated suppliers. The failure of these suppliers to provide us with sufficient quantities or the proper quality of marijuana and marijuana infused products could damage the Company’s reputation and significantly harm our business, financial condition and results of operations.
RISKS RELATED TO OUR PUBLIC COMPANY STATUS, OUR COMMON STOCK AND THE OFFERING
Our internal controls may be inadequate, which could cause our financial reporting to be unreliable and lead to misinformation being disseminated to the public.
Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting. As defined in Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(f), internal control over financial reporting is a process designed by, or under the supervision of, the principal executive and principal financial office and effected by the board of directors, management and other personnel, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and includes those policies and procedures that; (a) pertain to the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Company; (b) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and/or directors of the Company; and (c) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the Company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
We do not have a sufficient number of employees to segregate responsibilities and may be unable to afford increasing our staff or engaging outside consultants or professionals to overcome our lack of employees. During the course of our testing, we may identity other deficiencies that we may not be able to timely remediate. In addition, if we fail to achieve and maintain the adequacy of our internal controls, as such standards are modified, supplemented or amended from time to time, we may not be able to ensure that we can conclude on an ongoing basis that we have effective internal controls over financial reporting in accordance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“Sarbanes Oxley”). Moreover, effective internal controls, particularly those related to revenue recognition, are necessary for us to produce reliable financial reports and are important to help prevent financial fraud. If we cannot provide reliable financial reports or prevent fraud, our business and operating results could be harmed, investors could lose confidence in our reported financial information, and the trading price of our common stock, if a market ever develops, could drop significantly.
The costs of being a public company could result in us being unable to continue as a going concern.
As a public company, we are required to comply with numerous financial reporting and legal requirements, including those pertaining to audits and internal control. The costs of this compliance could be significant. If our revenues do not increase and/or we cannot satisfy many of these costs through the issuance of our shares, we may be unable to satisfy these costs in the normal course of business that would result in our being unable to continue as a going concern.
Management and the Board of Directors may be Indemnified.
The Certificate or Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of each KAYS and its subsidiary MJAI provide for indemnification of directors and officers at the expense of the respective corporation and limit their liability. This may result in a major cost to the corporation and hurt the interests of stockholders because corporate resources may be expended for the benefit of directors and officers. The Company has been advised that, in the opinion of the SEC, indemnification for liabilities arising under federal securities laws is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable.
The market for the KAYS Shares is extremely limited and sporadic and there is no market for the MJAI Shares and none is expected to develop following the completion of this Offering or in the foreseeable future.
KAYS’s common stock is quoted on the OTC (OTCQB). The market KAYS’s common stock is extremely limited and sporadic. Trading in stock quoted on the OTCQB is often thin and characterized by wide fluctuations in trading prices, due to many factors that may have little to do with our operations or business prospects. This volatility could depress the market price of KAYS’s common stock for reasons unrelated to operating performance. Moreover, the trading of securities in the OTCQB is often more sporadic than the trading of securities listed on a quotation system like NASDAQ, or a stock exchange like the New York Stock Exchange. There is no market for MJAI’s common stock and none is expected to develop following the completion of this Offering or in the foreseeable future. Accordingly, investors may have difficulty in liquidating their investment in the Company.
KAYS’s common stock is a penny stock. Trading of KAYS’s common stock may be restricted by the SEC’s penny stock regulations and FINRA’s sales practice requirements, which may limit a stockholder’s ability to buy and sell our common stock.
KAYS’s common stock is a penny stock. The SEC has adopted Rule 15g-9 which generally defines “penny stock” to be any equity security that has a market price (as defined) less than $5.00 per share or an exercise price of less than $5.00 per share, subject to certain exceptions. KAYS’s common stock is covered by the penny stock rules, which impose additional sales practice requirements on broker-dealers who sell to persons other than established customers and accredited investors. The term “accredited investor ” refers generally to institutions with assets in excess of $5,000,000 or individuals with a net worth in excess of $1,000,000 or annual income exceeding $200,000 or $300,000 jointly with their spouse. The penny stock rules require a broker-dealer, prior to a transaction in a penny stock not otherwise exempt from the rules, to deliver a standardized risk disclosure document in a form prepared by the SEC which provides information about penny stocks and the nature and level of risks in the penny stock market. The broker-dealer also must provide the customer with current bid and offer quotations for the penny stock, the compensation of the broker-dealer and its salesperson in the transaction and monthly account statements showing the market value of each penny stock held in the customer’s account. The bid and offer quotations, and the broker-dealer and salesperson compensation information must be given to the customer orally or in writing prior to to effecting the transaction and must be given to the customer in writing before or with the customer’s confirmation. In addition, the penny stock rules require that prior to a transaction in a penny stock not otherwise exempt from these rules; the broker-dealer must make a special written determination that the penny stock is a suitable investment for the purchaser and receive the purchaser’s written agreement to the transaction. These disclosure requirements may have the effect of reducing the level of trading activity in the secondary market for the stock that is subject to these penny stock rules. Consequently, these penny stock rules may affect the ability of broker-dealers to trade our securities. We believe that the penny stock rules discourage investor interest in, and limit the marketability of, KAYS’s common stock.
In addition to the penny stock rules promulgated by the SEC, FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) has adopted rules that require when recommending an investment to a customer, a broker- dealer must have reasonable grounds for believing that the investment is suitable for that customer. Prior to recommending speculative low -priced securities to their non-institutional customers, broker-dealers must make reasonable efforts to obtain information about the customer’s financial status, tax status, investment objectives and other information. Under interpretations of these rules, the FINRA believes that there is a high probability that speculative low-priced securities will not be suitable for at least some customers. FINRA’s requirements make it more difficult for broker-dealers to recommend that their customers buy KAYS’s common stock, which may limit investor ability to buy and sell KAYS’s common stock.
The market for penny stocks has experienced numerous frauds and abuses that could adversely impact KAYS’s common stock.
Company management believes that the market for penny stocks has suffered from patterns of fraud and abuse. Such patterns include: (a) control of the market for the security by one or a few broker-dealers that are often related to a promoter or issuer; (b) manipulation of prices through prearranged matching of purchases and sales and false and misleading press releases; (c) boiler room practices involving high pressure sales tactics and unrealistic price projections by sales persons; (d) excessive and undisclosed bid-ask differentials and markups by selling broker-dealers; and (e) wholesale dumping of the same securities by promoters and broker-dealers after prices have been manipulated to a desired level, along with the inevitable collapse of those prices with consequent investor losses.
The board of directors of KAYS has the authority, without stockholder approval, to issue preferred stock with terms that may not be beneficial to common stockholders and with the ability to adversely affect common stockholder voting power and rights upon liquidation.
KAYS’s Certificate of Incorporation allows us to issue shares of preferred stock without any vote or further action by our stockholders. Our board of directors has the authority to fix and determine the relative rights and preferences of preferred stock. As a result, our board of directors could authorize the issuance of a series of preferred stock that would grant to holders of preferred stock the rights to our assets upon liquidation, the right to receive dividend payments before dividends are distributed to the holders of common stock and the right to the redemption of the shares, together with a premium, prior to the redemption of our common stock.
The ability of our principal stockholders, including our CEO, to control our business may limit or eliminate minority stockholders’ ability to influence corporate affairs.
The CEO of KAYS and the principal holders of KAYS’s common stock, have approximately 45% voting control. Because of their stock ownership, they are in a position to significantly influence membership of our board of directors as well as all other matters requiring stockholder approval, as well as control the affairs of MJAI, as a majority-owned subsidiary of KAYS. The interests of our principal stockholders may differ from the interests of other stockholders with respect to the issuance of shares, business transactions with or sales to other companies, selection of other officers and directors and other business decisions. The minority stockholders have no way of overriding decisions made by our principal stockholders. This level of control may also have an adverse impact on the market value of our shares because our principal stockholders may institute or undertake transactions, policies or programs that result in losses and/or may not take any steps to increase our visibility in the financial community and/or may sell sufficient numbers of shares to significantly decrease our price per share.
We do not expect to pay cash dividends in the foreseeable future.
Neither KAYS nor MJAI has paid cash dividends on their respective shares of common stock. Neither KAYS nor MJAI expects to pay cash dividends on its common stock at any time in the foreseeable future. The future payment of dividends depends upon future earnings, capital requirements, financial requirements and other factors that the companies’ boards of directors will consider. Since they do not anticipate paying cash dividends on the common stock, return on investment, if any, will depend solely on an increase, if any, in the market value of the common stock.
The conversion of KAYS’s outstanding preferred stock and convertible debt would result in the issuance of 45,614,690 shares of KAYS’s commons stock. Accordingly such market overhang could adversely impact the market price of the common stock.
KAYS has 55,120 shares of Series C Convertible Preferred Stock outstanding, 50,000 of which are held by our CEO. Additionally, KAYS has $500K of Convertible Notes outstanding held by our principal stockholder which are convertible into 50,000 shares of Series C Convertible Stock. These preferred shares and convertible promissory notes could be converted into 45,614,690 shares of KAYS common stock. Such market overhang could adversely impact the market price of KAYS’s common stock as a result of the dilution that would result if such securities were converted into shares of KAYS common stock.
Future sales of shares of KAYS common stock pursuant to Rule 144 under the Securities Act could adversely affect the market price of KAYS’s common stock.
KAYS currently has approximately 56,577,781 outstanding shares of its common stock which were issued pursuant to exemptions from registration under the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws, but which are now available for public sale pursuant to Rule 144 under the Securities Act and comparable exemptions under applicable state securities laws. The potential of such sales could adversely affect the market price of KAYS’s common stock.
Because we are not subject to compliance with rules requiring the adoption of certain corporate governance measures, our stockholders have limited protection against interested-director transactions, conflicts of interest and similar matters.
Sarbanes-Oxley as well as rule changes proposed and enacted by the SEC, the NYSE/AMEX and the NASDAQ Stock Market as a result of Sarbanes-Oxley, require the implementation of various measures relating to corporate governance. These measures are designed to enhance the integrity of corporate management and the securities markets and apply to securities that are listed on those exchanges or the NASDAQ Stock Market. Because we are not currently required to comply with many of the corporate governance provisions and because we chose to avoid incurring the substantial additional costs associated with voluntary compliance, we have not yet adopted these measures.
We do not currently have independent audit or compensation committees. As a result, directors have the ability, among other things, to determine their own level of compensation. Until we comply with such corporate governance measures, regardless of whether such compliance is required, the absence of such standards of corporate governance may leave our stockholders without protections against interested- director transactions, conflicts of interest, if any, and similar matters and investors may be reluctant to provide us with funds necessary to expand our operations as a result thereof.
We intend to comply with all corporate governance measures relating to director independence as and when required. However, we may find it very difficult or be unable to attract and retain qualified officers, directors and members of board committees required to provide for our effective management as a result of Sarbanes-Oxley. The enactment of Sarbanes-Oxley has resulted in a series of rules and regulations by the SEC that increase responsibilities and liabilities of directors and executive officers. The perceived increased personal risk associated with these recent changes may make it more costly or deter qualified individuals from accepting these roles.
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This Agreement shall be treated as though it were executed and performed in the Broward County, Florida and shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida (without regard to conflict of law principles). Any cause of action by you with respect to the Site (and/or any information, Documents, products or services related thereto) must be instituted within one (1) year after the cause of action arose or be forever waived and barred. All actions shall be subject to the limitations set forth in Section 16 and Section 17. The language in this Agreement shall be interpreted as to its fair meaning and not strictly for or against any party. This Agreement and all incorporated agreements and your information may be automatically assigned by us in our sole discretion to a third party in the event of an acquisition, sale or merger. Should any part of this Agreement be held invalid or unenforceable, that portion shall be construed consistent with applicable law and the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect. To the extent that anything in or associated with the Site is in conflict or inconsistent with this Agreement, this Agreement shall take precedence. Our failure to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall not be deemed a waiver of such provision nor of the right to enforce such provision. Our rights under this Agreement shall survive any termination of this Agreement.