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Cannabis Social Media Network MassRoots Needs $5M to Stay Afloat

(Courtesy MassRoots)

Cannabis social media company MassRoots needs to dig up roughly $5 million in the coming year “to continue to fund operations,” according to its quarterly financial filings.

The Denver-based business ended the quarter on March 31 having posted total revenue of $134,721,  according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which were first reported by MJ Business Daily. The net loss for the same period was $7,447,177.

MassRoots said in filing documents that the company expects “to raise a majority of these funds through warrant exercises,” adding that during the quarter that ended March 31, “we received approximately $4,443,000 proceeds from the exercise of our previously issued warrants.”

Capital obtained by selling MassRoots shares currently are crucial to keeping the company afloat, said the publicly traded company (OTCMKTS: MSRT).

“We are dependent on the sale of our securities to fund our operations, and will remain so until we generate sufficient revenues to pay for our operating costs,” the SEC filing says.

 Quarter ending March 31, 2017 Quarter ending March 31, 2016
Total Revenues$134,721$97,985
Net Loss$7,447,177$2,726,094
Basic and diluted net loss per common share(0.09)(0.06)

In a statement made to Leafly, Isaac Dietrich, the CEO of MassRoots, said the company has been making significant investments to the companies technical infrastructures that they expect to create substantial shareholder value.

“The vast majority of MassRoots’ losses — $5.2 million — were related to stock and option compensation to our team and did not take cash out of the business,” Dietrich told Leafly. “We raised $4.4 million through equity warrant exercises during the first quarter, fully repaid our long-term debt, and ended the quarter with more than $5.6 in assets. MassRoots has been making significant investments to our technical infrastructures that we expect to create substantial shareholder value.”

In March of last year, MassRoots efforts to raise capital took a hit when the New York Stock Exchange rejected the company’s bid to be listed on that exchange. The company lamented the decision as “a dangerous precedent that will prevent nearly every company in the regulated cannabis industry from listing on a national exchange.” Compared to the same period of time last year, MassRoots increased its quarterly revenue by more than $37,000. But the company’s net loss nearly tripled, rising from $2.7 million to $7.4 million.

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