Is “Einstein’s Extinction Prophecy” Solved by Penny Stock Millionaire’s favorite Bee stock?

Alex Koyfman, who edits Angel Publishing’s Penny Stock Millionaire, has an ad out that caught my eye mostly because it’s headlined “Einstein’s Extinction Prophecy” … because, and I don’t know if you know this about me, I like not being extinct.

So I thought I’d dig into it for you — it’s a pretty typical Angel Publishing-style ad, heavily pitching a stock that turns out to be absolutely teeny — which is part of the reason we’re publishing after 4pm today, you can’t write about a stock that has a market cap of less than $20 million without impacting the stock. Even just the initial ad campaign, which I saw starting this morning, has already bumped up the share price by 10% or so from the folks who’ve either sleuthed it themselves or those who have actually subscribed to the newsletter and immediately thrown their money at the stock.

The headline pitch about “Einstein’s Extinction Prophecy” includes a quote that has often been attributed to Einstein, that “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left.” Like another famous Einstein quote, the one about compound interest being the most powerful force in the universe (or, alternately, the eighth wonder of the world), he probably didn’t actually utter those words… but that doesn’t mean that the point should be ignored. Bees are indeed in crisis, and something that could save the bees would obviously be helpful both for humanity and, presumably, for the enterprising entrepreneur who comes up with it.

That’s essentially the first half of the ad — “bees are in trouble, we’re in trouble.” All quite true as far as I know, and pretty well supported in the pitch, though you don’t need to go to an investment newsletter ad to get your agricultural education. There still seems to be a lot we don’t know about why there have been so many epidemics in the honey bee population, but one culprit often cited are the neonicotinoid pesticides that have come into wide use in the last 20 years or so and appear to cause serious damage to bees (I don’t know if that’s actually been proven or not, but it’s widely discussed as a major part of the problem).

But we’ve gotten away from the sexy millionaire-maker part of the pitch, which is usually the most fun — what is it Koyfman is saying to sell his newsletter? Here’s a sample:

“75 years ago, the world’s greatest genius predicted the cause of human extinction… and he was right.

“One small company has discovered the only solution.

“Early investors in this life-saving tech stand to make 200 to 300 times their money back!”

It’s obviously not true that “one small company has discovered the only solution.” We are routinely fed lines like that about small breakthrough companies who are excited about changing the world and solving big problems, and it’s never true.

Every problem of any size has more than one person trying to solve it, though sometimes we forget that there’s a big world out there apart from the publicly traded companies, and lots of research and innovation going on that most of us know nothing about, so it’s easy to imagine that some tiny company has invented the only real solution… because, after all, they may be the only ones advertising their publicly traded company by claiming to have a solution.

Sorry, didn’t mean to bring too much buzz kill in right here at the top… here’s some more of the tease:

“If the bee population continues to uncontrollably die off in this mysterious way, the human race isn’t far behind….

“Fortunately, a change is coming.

“… I was introduced to one Toronto-based company that found a solution so simple yet so innovative that it actually has the potential to cure the mysterious disorder that’s destroying millions of square miles of farmland across the world.

“While the agriculture industry quietly reels and panics, and while the government scrambles to keep this impending catastrophe under wraps, one biotech startup, headquartered just outside of Toronto, Canada, did what should have been impossible.

“Few outside of the agriculture industry know about this breakthrough, but once this startup gets its patented technology into full-scale commercialization, it is likely to change the face of traditional farming forever.

“Shareholders of this company stand to make millions in profits as it goes from early production runs — which are already under way — into full-scale distribution.

“More importantly, a worldwide catastrophe could be averted.

“During my trip to Toronto, I chatted with the CEO and toured the facilities.

“I saw a production center — which looked more like a high-tech lab — where they cultivated their unique, proprietary product…

“The very product that will soon pull the rug out from under the feet of the entire agriculture technology business establishment and, for once, offer farmers… a completely harmless solution to this catastrophe.”

So what is it that this product does? Well, I’ll just paraphrase a bit — I’m getting a little sick of copying little passages. Koyfman says that this company uses the bees themselves to deliver non-dangerous pesticides and crop treatments (antifungals, etc.)…. which means that you can use a lot less of whatever the chemical is, because the worker bees will deliver minute amounts of the chemical directly to the flower of the plant. This solves the problem of pesticide resistance, we’re told, because there isn’t a huge, wasted blanketing of entire fields with this particular chemical.

That’s the basic idea then — and we’re also told that the company has trial deals with three major companies to test their system, and that they have received $1.6 million in “private commitments” to commercialize this product that is based on 20 years of research.

Enough? Indeed, we can tell you that this is an extremely new reverse-merger public company called Bee Vectoring Technologies, listed in Canada at BEE.V and on the OTCQB in the US at BEVVF.

There’s a Popular Science article here on the technology if you’re interested in a little more background — but basically, the company has developed a system that consists of special plastic trays through which the worker bees walk on their way out of the hive, and you fill those trays with their proprietary delivery compound and pesticides or antifungals or whatever else, so that it will adhere to the bee legs and make it to the flower. That’s pretty much it.

The financial opportunity seems to be that they can sell the specialty delivery compound recipe, called Vectorite — here’s how they describe it on their website:

“BVT has developed an inoculum dispenser system that is incorporated into the lid of commercial bumble bee hives. In the dispenser is a removable tray that contains, in powder form, the inoculant crop control and a mixture of products (being, Vectorite) that allows the bees to effectively pick up the product on their way out of the hive. The trays are changed every three to nine days in order to replenish the depleted inoculum, ensure the freshness of the inoculant fungi, prevent infections to the bees, which may result from bee waste, and avoid packing or clumping of the inoculum in the trays. No special skills are required to replace the trays and they take a minimal amount of time to put in place. Exact and predetermined amounts of inoculum can be placed in the tray as well as other kinds of inoculum for certain applications.”

They are primarily targeting two fungal diseases initially, with their also proprietary BVT-CR7 compound. This is in testing with a few strawberry farmers in the US, but apparently they will also require some sort of regulatory approval — not sure what that entails, but they mention it in their filings, so perhaps this test data will be used to get approval. No idea whether that will be an issue or not.

From quickly browsing the filings, which don’t tell us much because the company hasn’t existed for long and is not generating revenue, it looks like they are consuming roughly C$2 million a year at the current pace, with most of that going to consultants and other ordinary operating expenses — marketing, salaries, lease, legal, etc. They have about C$1.5 million as of December 31, so they’ll probably be raising money at some point in the next few months… a good time, says the cynic, to make sure you’ve gotten a bunch of investment newsletter pundits on the phone to tell them your exciting story.

I have no idea whether it will work out, but the company has been trying to advance it as a product since at least 2013, when it reportedly got some approvals from the Canadian government, and it seems the research has been ongoing for quite a while. The company is certainly a huge risk, since they’ll require lots of capital and there’s not really any indication of what the revenue potential might be, or even whether their “proprietary” stuff will end up being valuable or unique — but that’s why it’s so very teensy. It’s too small and too much of an early stage venture investment for me to think about the financials in any kind of rational way, so I can’t see buying it personally… all I can tell you is that this is the stock being pitched by Penny Stock Millionaire. But if you’d like to discuss it, well, have at it — that’s what our friendly little comment box below is for.


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AJD
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It sounds like a bee-utiful idea.

hones720
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Yes, most bee-coming.

rmu2867
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rmu2867

I don’t see what all the buzz is about.

alanh
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Bee off with you!

Michael
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Michael

Go to Change .org and get the refresher course on a number of issues that concern those that have the human trait. Save our little buddies and moreso lets attack the companies and politics that keeps our USA holding on to a nasty pesticide while the rest of the IQ bound world has seen the light and path of destruction here. I don’t want to hear any other BUTS. Make these idiots PAY and trace their ugly steps, let the people decide what their penalty should be. You have to string somebody up It’s the only way to get through… Read more »

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Carl Bradley
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Carl Bradley

Most of the time, I think they do this just to temporarily push the price up—insider trading anyone. It does sound like an interesting idea, and it might even work.

Phil
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How does it deliver the pesticides without killing off the bees? That could be a real problem, since the bees are necessary to pollinate all kinds of foods. What traces of the pesticides could be left on their legs to be included in the honey they make for us to eat, and what kind of health problems will be created by this? A lot of questions about it’s safety.

jayneq
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jayneq

My thoughts, as well.
Bee colonies have been dramatically dying of across the country and won’t this add to the ‘trauma’ aspect, i.e., something different than their usual routine and kind if nectar they collect. I, for one, would not want to consume that honey. New queen bees get born often enough that even if one has a controlled environment for them, the new bee will leave the area to form her own colony. One cannot control the spread then. Perhaps a good idea, but execution with Nature as a heavy player leaves big doubts.
Jayne

alanh
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Theyre using Bumble bees……Im not sure they produce honey, at least not for sale.

Dave Sikorski
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Dave Sikorski

Some types of bees are just used to pollinate crops for better yields. There is no honey collection done for those.

Sidd
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Sidd

I’m a beekeeper,
if the bees are delivering pesticides, I’ll assume that is a non bee lethal kind, also, since the bees will be primarily working on other pests , I’ll assume that the honey these bees produces will not make it onto the honey market. the big money in bees is not in the honey, but in pollenation fees, the honey is icing on the cake.
imho. the problem is what the other non company bees will be taking home to their hives after visiting flowers tht the company bees have visited. cross contamination issues.

P.J. Dodge
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P.J. Dodge

It’s actually called Bee Vectoring Technologies. All else is correct though.
Thank you.

Carey Swinney
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Carey Swinney

Bee ware!

Ron Homan
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Ron Homan

Not sure I want to invest in them, but I wish with all my heart that they are successful. This is is a very serious problem, and if they can solve it more power to them.

Ed
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Ed

How “natural” and “safe” are the substances being applied by the bees?

jetman
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jetman

My thoughts go several directions, first of all how much testing has this product actually had? Can they prove 100% that the substance will not impact other life forms IE: Humans, animals or other insects? There are volumes of information about a well intended product being introduces which in fact causes more problems than it solves. I can see nightmare scenarios where it kills off one or more species of insects which cause a domino unstoppable trend. I cannot see how they can actually control the entire expiriment so that there is not some sort of cross contamination. These pollinated… Read more »

David R.(Canada)
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David R.(Canada)

Those are some of my thoughts.

Nancy
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Nancy

Yes. I’m all abuzz.

hones720
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This is most bee-guiling.

takeprofits
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Quite surprised by Travis writing about this one which has been on my radar for over 6 months. Have not acted on it yet because I share some of the same concerns already expressed in previous comments. As a lifelong organic farmer with my late father who was a pioneer in the organic movement in the 50’s and personally an avid organic gardener ever since, I am well aware of the threat posed to our food supply by diminishing pollinators. It is indeed a serious threat to our civilization and I will be watching the companies progress with great interest… Read more »

h dhirani
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h dhirani

I would gladly sacrifice our honey supply to avoid extinction of humans!

Tim Carpenter
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Tim Carpenter

Really??? I think when the honey supply is gone, then our pollinators will have disappeared…

E Kelly
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E Kelly

You are missing the point. How does adding to the toxic burden for the bees reduce the possibility of their extinction. Seems like the entire article misses the point.

alanh
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Bees make honey….thats just what they do. No honey, no bees.

CuriousJoe
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CuriousJoe

Reminds me of the time when CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) was very much in the news, together with Einstein’s conjecture about humans dying off within four years of all bees dying. Of the various reasons that were suggested at the time (e.g. cell phone towers) one that stood out (at least for me) was by a doctor who authored an alternative health newsletter at the time: Bee farmers were feeding their bees high fructose corn syrup from GMO corn! Haven’t been following the issue, and don’t know if the actual cause of the problem has been isolated.

Jim Leavenworth
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Jim Leavenworth

The problem with the corn syrup theory is that it costs money while pollen is free.

Jim
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Jim

It turned out it was a pesticide made by Bayer in Germany, and used globally (so in the US as well). The EU banned it after the research evidence came out that it was causing colony collapse. But it is still in use in the US. Which tells us there is a problem in the US with our politicians liking payoffs deposited in their off-shore bank accounts too much…and voting accordingly. But it still doesn’t bode well for the bees, at least in the US. Farms here have been buying bees shipped in from China in order to get their… Read more »

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CuriousJoe
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Considering the good doctor made this claim back around 2006, he wasn’t that far off the mark. GMO seed and herbicide company Monsanto and GMO seed and pesticide company Bayer are exploring a merger according to today’s news. A more recent article by a different alternative practitioner claimed that wheat crop is sprayed with Roundup prior to harvest to make the wheat grass yield up all of its seed, improving the yield by several percent. At the height of the California drought a couple of years ago, when farmers (including the governor) were resorting to using dowsers to locate water,… Read more »

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Hunter18
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I have to say Curious Joe, if what you read were remotely true for such a well documented and wide spread condition the idea gave me a chill none the less. Years ago I read an article where the Japanese had lost their bee populations had resorted to using cigarette filters to transfer pollen between plants. My brother lost his hives in Cambria CA a couple of years ago, and it happened rather quickly. Bees legs get covered in pollen naturally as I recall, so maybe that’s involved, but its not probable they are using anything known that harms the… Read more »

CuriousJoe
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CuriousJoe

Hunter18, please see my response to Jim, above.

Jerry
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Jerry

Pesticide residues are cumulative – whether over the livpfe of the bee or us humans. Many pesticides are known to cause death of the bees and bugs by disrupting their gut function and their nervous systems. According to TCM both the gut and the nervous system are intimately connected – which is why the call the small intestine the “little brain”. Small wonder then that their pesticides are causing colony collapse. Wonder if the accumulation in humans is what is causing such a widespread outbreak of neurological diseases?

The Candyman
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Interesting idea. Company sounds a bit sketchy but being able to work in tandem with nature is appealing. Too bad Marrone Bio has been such a disaster. They have been developing organic and natural solutions for farmers but seem to have horrible management.

BarneyG
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David R.(Canada)
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David R.(Canada)

Depending what the fungicide is, and how safe it is, you cannot control where bees will travel. If they cross over to a neighbouring organic farm and pollute their crops, whether they’re fruit or vegetables, there could be some serious lawsuits.
I have an organic garden and, personally, I wouldn’t want this “substance” in my crops.
This new technology that is supposed to solve so many problems may just be creating different, perhaps more serious, problems.

David R.(Canada)
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David R.(Canada)

Here’s another thought:
If the bees are walking through this fungicide on their way out of the hive, then will also be walking through it on their way into the hive. This will certainly contaminate the honey.
The only around this would be to designate certain hives in the yard as “vector hives” where the honey produced by those hives would be discarded. Thus the rest of the hives would still be clean.
Of course there’ll be dishonest bee keepers who’ll sell the polluted honey anyway. I seriously can’t see a Chinese bee keeper giving two hoots about it either way.

takeprofits
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Here is more detailed information on this controversial subject; http://www.angelnexus.com/o/web/100236 and may answer some of the questions posed by the cynics apparently jaded by too much newsletter hype. On reflection after my original post I feel I may have been unduly influenced by all the negative comments, First of all I do not believe they would not have been able to get a patent if they were simply using another destructive chemical pesticide simply reducing the quantity by a more direct application strategy. These people are taking an organic ” working with nature” approach, not just adding another dangerous chemical… Read more »

Cruzeman
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Cruzeman

I strongly support Myron comments,
Why not support a firm that might help the bees and the humanity both work hand in hand. No big amount needed to be invest just the matter of a good cause.
These people are working with Nature not Chemical like Myron mentionned.
Whats to loose.
Let not be greedy but more conscious of the futur of the planet and the generation to follow.
All the best to Bee Ventoring Tech

Harold Hansen
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Yes, it’s a pesticide that could have an effect on
The bee populations and thus ending our population and making mankind extinct.
Do you believe that? I wouldn’t put anything past
The Gov’t right now.
Sounds pretty wild huh, well they’d like to get rid of
The male population in the new “world order”
Tell me I’m way off base here?

alanh
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Travis: I may be way off topic but wondered if, from your long experience of teasers, whether this is just coincidence. Essentially $BEE.V had been flat lining till March 2016….I assume thats about the time this ‘report’ was being researched. Suddenly theres an sp bump mid March, followed by a quick retracement…..in and out trade? Im assuming that it doesnt take too many ‘buys’ to move the price of a micro company. Again, mid April, which I assume is about the time of first publication, the sp heads north for 75% gain (it may only be 3 pennies, but a… Read more »

Doc G
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Doc G

Funny to me that people are concerned about the consequences to the honey supply.
How much deliberation is required if the choice is DEATH or LIFE without honey?

alanh
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Was it you that said ‘Let them eat cake’?.

Kendal
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Kendal

The short answer to the title question is “No”. I am a 3G beekeeper with about 40 years experience. I would not put 2 cents into this company, even though I enjoy playing with the bees and am concerned with their survival. Many of the refutations to the methodology of this company given in previous comments are on the mark, but there were other flaws also that were missed, which I will not address here. If you would bee-friend the bees, plant some flowers. Meanwhile, for the sake of your portfolio, do not let every Pied Piper that comes down… Read more »

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I would strongly recomend Kendal that you take note of the last article of Michael.
It very much describes the world we are all living in.
By reversing our habit including some investments, we might all benefit on the long run.
Rules were ment to be change and so are Habits
Regard’s

James Clark
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James Clark

Beware of pied pipers they some times sting!!!!

Cruzeman
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Cruzeman

Sorry , James but not familior with your comment
Could you pls clarify
Tks

Andrew Page
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Andrew Page

What a crock, how much does one pay for this bullticky.

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