Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Finance leases receivable

Finance leases receivable
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2023
Leases [Abstract]  
Finance leases receivable

Note 9 – Finance leases receivable


Mentor Partner I


Partner I entered into a Master Equipment Lease Agreement with G FarmaLabs Limited and G FarmaLabs DHS, LLC (the “G Farma Lease Entities”) with guarantees by GFBrands, Inc., formerly known as G FarmaBrands, Inc, Ata Gonzalez and Nicole Gonzalez (collectively, the “G Farma Lease Guarantors”) dated January 16, 2018, and amended March 7, April 4, June 20, and September 7, 2018, and March 4, 2019. Partner I acquired and delivered manufacturing equipment as selected by G Farma Lease Entities under sales-type finance leases.


As discussed in Notes 1 and 8, on February 22, 2019, the City of Corona Building Department closed access to G Farma’s corporate location; the Company was not informed by G Farma of this incident until March 14, 2019. On April 24, 2019, the Company was informed that certain G Farma assets at its corporate location, including equipment valued at approximately $427,804 leased to the G Farma Lease Entities under the Master Equipment Lease Agreement, was impounded by the Corona Police. This event severely impacted G Farma’s ability to pay amounts due to the Company in the future, and the G Farma lease receivable was put on non-accrual status effective April 1, 2019. In 2019, an impairment of $783,880 was recorded. Additional bad debt expense of $19,519 was recognized for the year ended December 31, 2020.


In 2020, the Company repossessed leased equipment under G Farma’s control with a cost of $622,569 and sold it to the highest offerors for net proceeds of $348,734 after shipping and delivery costs. Net sales proceeds were applied against the finance lease receivable.


On August 27, 2021, the Company and Mentor Partner I entered into a Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release with the G Farma Entities to resolve and settle all outstanding claims, as further discussed in Notes 1, 8, and 18.


On October 12, 2021, the parties filed a Stipulation for Dismissal and Continued Jurisdiction with the Superior Court of California in the County of Marin. The Court ordered that it retain jurisdiction over the parties under Section 664.6 of the California Code of Civil Procedure to enforce the Settlement Agreement until the performance in full of its terms is met.



Mentor Capital, Inc.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

December 31, 2023 and 2022


In August 2022, September 2022, and October 2022, the G Farma Settlors failed to make monthly payments and failed to cure each default within 10 days’ notice from the Company pursuant to the Settlement Agreement. As a result, $2,000,000 was added to the amount payable by the G Farma Settlors in accordance with the terms of the Settlement Agreement. The Company and Partner I sought entry of a stipulated judgment against the G Farma Settlors for (1) $494,450, the remaining amount of the $500,000 settlement amount, which has not yet been paid by the G Farma Settlors plus $2,000,000 and all accrued unpaid interest, (2) the Company’s incurred costs, and (3) attorneys’ fees paid by the Company to obtain the judgment. On July 11, 2023, the Court entered judgment against the G Farma Settlors and in favor of Mentor and Partner I in the amount of $2,539,597, which is comprised of $2,494,450 principal (calculated as the aggregate settlement amount, less payments made by the G Farma Settlors, plus the default addition) plus accrued and unpaid interest of $40,219, costs of $1,643, and attorneys’ fees of $3,285 incurred by Mentor and Mentor Partner I in connection with obtaining the judgment. The judgment also accrues post-judgment interest at the rate of 10% from July 11, 2023, until such time as the judgment is paid in full.


Net finance leases receivable from G Farma remain fully impaired at December 31, 2023 and 2022. Payment received under this settlement will first be applied against the notes receivable described in Note 8, and if any additional amounts are recovered, they will then be applied against the finance leases receivable. There was no finance lease revenue recognized on Partner I finance leases at December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively. See Note 18.


Net finance leases receivable, non-performing, consist of the following at December 31, 2023 and 2022:


    2023     2022  
Gross minimum lease payments receivable   $ 1,203,404     $ 1,203,404  
Less: unearned interest     (400,005 )     (400,005 )
Less: reserve for bad debt     (803,399 )     (803,399 )
Finance leases receivable   $ -     $ -  


Mentor Partner II


Partner II entered into a Master Equipment Lease Agreement with Pueblo West, dated February 11, 2018, amended on November 28, 2018 and March 12, 2019. Partner II acquired and delivered manufacturing equipment as selected by Pueblo West under sales-type finance leases.


On September 27, 2022, Pueblo West exercised its lease prepayment option and purchased the manufacturing equipment for $245,369. On September 28, 2022, Partner II transferred full title to the equipment to Pueblo West.


Finance lease revenue recognized on Partner II finance leases for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 was $0 and $37,659, respectively.