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Quarterly Report


This statement includes projections of future results and "forward looking statements" as that term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended (the "Securities Act"), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended (the "Exchange Act"). All statements that are included in this Quarterly Report, other than statements of historical fact, are forward looking statements. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in these forward looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct.


Plandaí Biotechnology, Inc., (the "Company") through its recent acquisition of Global Energy Solutions, Ltd. and its subsidiaries, focuses on the farming of whole fruits, vegetables and live plant material and the production of proprietary functional foods and botanical extracts for the health and wellness industry. Its principal holdings consist of land, farms and infrastructure in South Africa.

The Company was incorporated, as Jerry's Inc., in the State of Florida on November 30, 1942. The Company catered airline flights and operated coffee shops, lounges and gift shops at airports and other facilities located in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. The Company's airline catering services included the preparation of meals in kitchens located at, or adjacent to, airports and the distribution of meals and beverages for service on commercial airline flights. The Company also provided certain ancillary services, including, among others, the preparation of beverage service carts, the unloading and cleaning of plates, utensils and other accessories arriving on incoming aircraft, and the inventory management and storage of airline-owned dining service equipment. In March of 2004 we moved our domicile to Nevada and changed our name to Diamond Ranch Foods, Ltd. Diamond Ranch Foods, Ltd. was engaged in the meat processing and distribution industry. Operations consisted of packing, processing, custom meat cutting, portion controlled meats, private labeling, and distribution of our products to a diversified customer base, including, but not limited to; in-home food service businesses, retailers, hotels, restaurants and institutions, deli and catering operators, and industry suppliers. On November 17, 2011, the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Plandaí Biotechnologies, Inc. consummated a share exchange with Global Energy Solutions Corporation Limited, an Irish corporation. Under the terms of the Share Exchange, GES received 76,000,000 shares of Diamond Ranch that had been previously issued to Plandaí Biotechnologies, Inc. in exchange for 100% of the issued and outstanding capital of GES. On November 21, 2011, the Company filed an amendment to the articles of incorporation to change the name of the Company to Plandaí Biotechnology, Inc.

We will continue to seek to raise additional capital through the sale of common stock to fund the expansion of our company. There can be no assurance that we will be successful in raising the capital required and without additional funds we would be unable to expand our plant, acquire other companies, or further implement our business plan. In April 2012, through our subsidiary companies, we secured a 100 million Rand (approximately $13 million) financing with the Land and Agriculture Bank of South Africa which will be used to build infrastructure and further operations.


Plandaí Biotechnologies has a proprietary technology that extracts a high level of bio-available compounds from organic matter including green tea leaves and most other organic materials. Numerous documented scientific studies have been conducted over the past ten years using this technology that releases bioavailable antioxidants and other phytonutrients in form the body can easily absorb. The Company intends to use its notarial leases to focuses on the farming of whole fruits, vegetables and live plant material and the production of Phytofare™ functional foods and botanical extracts for the health and wellness industry using its proprietary extraction technology.

The company is presently developing for market two unique extracts: Phytofare™ Catechin Complex and Phytofare™ Limonoid Glycoside Complex, which are expected to be available to customers in 2014.


The Company faces competition from a variety of sources. There are several large producers of farm products including green tea and there are numerous companies that develop and market nutraceutical products that include bio-available compounds including those from green tea extract. Many of these competitors benefit from established distribution, market-ready products, and greater levels of financing. Plandaí intends to compete by producing higher quality and higher concentration extracts, producing at lower costs, and controlling a vertically integrated market that includes all stages from farming through production and marketing.


Plandaí will market to end users as well as other nutraceutical companies that require high-quality bio-available extracts for their products. In addition, the Company anticipates having surplus farm products including avocado, and macadamia nuts.


For the three months ended March 31, 2014, revenues were $12,554 compared to revenues of $65,850 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, a decrease of approximately $53,296. Sales consisted of timber from the company's tea estate in South Africa. In the prior year, sales also included avocados and macadamia nuts. In 2013, the company subleased the farming of avocados and macadamia nuts to a third party, the proceeds from such lease being offset to rent expense.

Revenues for the nine months ended March 31, 2014 were $250,859 which included $196,906 from the sale of a license agreement, compared to revenues of $313,716 for the nine months ended March 31, 2013. Sales of Phytofare™ extracts are not expected to commence until spring 2014, when the commercial-grade extraction facility is completed.

Cost of sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was $141,046, which consists of expenses incurred with managing and restoring the Senteeko Tea Estate, compared to $356,363 for the prior year quarter. For the nine months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, cost of sales were $$483,675 and $720,838, respectively. Costs decreased in the current year because a significant portion of the tea estate rehabilitation took place in 2013.


Total expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 were $2,775,627 and 667,012, respectively, an increase of $2,108,615. Expenses in 2013 consisted primarily of salaries, rent and professional services. 2014 expenses include $800,000 in consulting fees and $459,000 in finance costs incurred as a result of issuing common stock to various third parties in connection with the stock purchase agreement (see Note 9). In addition, Salaries and Wages increased from $115,487 to $1,133,741, resulting from the issuance of 4,000,000 shares of common stock under employment agreements with the company's officers.

Total expenses for the nine months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 were $4,402,706 and 1,373,685, respectively, an increase of $3,029.021. The increase is attributed to include $800,000 in consulting fees and $459,000 in finance costs incurred as a result of issuing common stock to various third parties in connection with the stock purchase agreement (see Note 9). In addition, Salaries and Wages increased from $308,523 to $2,204,284, resulting from the issuance of common stock under employment agreements with the company's officers.


For the nine months ended March 31, 2014, the Company's cash used in operating activities totaled $1,832,710, which was primarily attributable to a loss from operations associated with managing the Senteeko Tea Estate. Cash used in investing activities was $1,111,584, which consisted of the purchase of fixed assets to be used in production. Cash provided by financing activities was $3,071,459, generated from an increase in long term borrowings and convertible debentures, and the sale of common stock. As of March 31, 2014, the Company had current assets of $635,711 compared to current liabilities of $557,892, of which $352,120 related to accrued derivative liability associated with our convertible debentures.


The Company's long-term existence is dependent upon our ability to execute our operating plan and to obtain additional debt or equity financing to fund payment of obligations and provide working capital for operations. In June 2012,[see Note 6 to financial statements] the Company through majority-owned subsidiaries of Dunn Roman Holdings Africa (Pty) Limited, executed final loan documents on a 100 million Rand (approx. $13 million USD) financing with the Land and Agriculture Bank of South Africa and has begun rehabilitating the Senteeko Tea Estate so that it can begin yielding green tea feedstock by the end of 2013. The Company has also commenced construction of the factory and associated equipment necessary to begin the extraction process on live botanical matter, including green tea and citrus, with a goal to have the factory completed by the end of May 2014 and operational by July 1, 2014.

The loans all bear interest at the rate of prime plus 0.5% per annum and are all due in seven years. In addition, the loans have a 25-month "holiday" in which no payments or interest are due until 25 months after the first draw down of funds. The loans are collateralized by the assets and operations, including the Senteeko lease, agriculture production and receivables of Dunn Roman Holdings, which is the African operating arm of Plandaí. In addition, Dunn Roman Holdings was required to grant a 15% profit share agreement to the Land Bank which extends through the duration of the loan agreements (7 years unless pre-paid). The profit share agreement extends only to profits generated by Dunn Roman Holdings exclusive of operations of Plandaí and outside of South Africa. As of March 31, 2014, a total of $8,414,166 had been drawn down against the loans by Green Gold Biotechnologies (Pty) Ltd., which was used to purchase fixed assets that will be employed in South Africa to produce the Company's botanical extracts. Additionally, $2,327,479 had been drawn down against the loans by Breakwood Trading22 (Pty) Ltd. to fund the rehabilitation of the Senteeko Tea Estate, including the repair of roads, bridges, and onsite worker housing, and the pruning, weeding and fertilizing of plantation.

On February 4, 2014, the Company executed an stock purchase agreement in the amount of $15,300,000 which permits the Company to sell shares, at its option generally based on current market prices for the 30 month period commencing upon the execution of the stock purchase agreement, subject to the registration of resale of the underlying shares with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company received $300,000 in proceeds under the agreement in exchange for 480,000 shares of restricted common stock sold upon the execution of the stock purchase agreement.


The preparation of our financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect our reported assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses, and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. We base our estimates and judgments on historical experience and on various other assumptions we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. Future events, however, may differ markedly from our current expectations and assumptions. While there are a number of significant accounting policies affecting our financial statements, we believe the following critical accounting policies involve the most complex, difficult and subjective estimates and judgments.

Revenue recognition

The Company derives its revenue from the production and sale of farm goods, raw materials and the sale of bioavailable extracts in both raw material and finished product form. Revenues are recognized when product is ordered and delivered. Product shipped on consignment is not counted in revenue until sold.

Intangible and Long-Lived Assets

We follow Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") Topic 360, "Property Plant and Equipment", which establishes a "primary asset" approach to determine the cash flow estimation period for a group of assets and liabilities that represents the unit of accounting for a long lived asset to be held and used. Long-lived assets to be held and used are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. The carrying amount of a long-lived asset is not recoverable if it exceeds the sum of the undiscounted cash flows expected to result from the use and eventual disposition of the asset. Long-lived assets to be disposed of are reported at the lower of carrying amount or fair value less cost to sell.

Goodwill is accounted for in accordance with ASC Topic 350, "Intangibles - Goodwill and Other". We assess the impairment of long-lived assets, including goodwill and intangibles on an annual basis or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the fair value is less than its carrying value. Factors that we consider important which could trigger an impairment review include poor economic performance relative to historical or projected future operating results, significant negative industry, economic or company specific trends, changes in the manner of our use of the assets or the plans for our business, market price of our common stock, and loss of key personnel. We have determined that there was no impairment of goodwill during 2014 or 2013. The share exchange did not result in the recording of goodwill and there is not currently any goodwill recorded.

Potential Derivative Instruments

We periodically assess our financial and equity instruments to determine if they require derivative accounting. Instruments which may potentially require derivative accounting are conversion features of debt and common stock equivalents in excess of available authorized common shares.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We have no off-balance sheet arrangements.

Non-Controlling Interest

Plandaí owns 100% of Dunn Roman Holdings-Africa, which in turn owns 74% of Breakwood Trading 22 (Pty, Ltd. and 84% of Green Gold Biotechnologies (Pty), Ltd., in order to be compliant with the Black Economic Empowerment rules imposed by the South African Land Bank. While the Company, under the Equity Method of Accounting, is required to consolidate 100% of the operations of its majority-owned subsidiaries, that portion of subsidiary net equity attributable to the non-controlling ownership, together with an allocated portion of net income or net loss incurred by the subsidiaries, must be reflected on the consolidated financial statements. On the balance sheet, non-controlling interest has been shown in the Equity Section, separated from the equity of Plandaí, while on the income statement, the non-controlling shareholder allocation of net loss has been shown in the Consolidated Statement of Operations.

Currency Translation Adjustment

The Company maintains significant operations in South Africa, where the currency is the Rand. The subsidiary financial statements are therefore converted into US dollars prior to consolidation with the parent entity, Plandaí Biotechnology, Inc. US GAAP requires that the weighted average exchange rate be applied to the foreign income statements and that the closing exchange rate as of the period end date be applied to the balance sheet. The cumulative foreign currency adjustment is included in the equity section of the balance sheet.

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