– Closes on $28.5M the additional drawdown, bringing the total raised under the Senior Credit Facility to US$275 million –
NEW YORK, June 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc. (“AWH” or the “Company”) (CSE: AAWH.U) (OTCQX: AAWH), a vertically integrated cannabis operator in multiple states, today announced that he had closed the $28.5M additional funding remaining under the accordion component of its existing term credit facility. As previously announced, the Company drew seed funding of 210 million US dollars in August 2021 and next closed on a US$36.5 million expansion in May 2022. This additional increase brings the total raised under the Senior Credit Facility to 275 million US dollars.
“We are delighted to have won the final $28.5 million funding under this loan agreement,” said Dan Neville, CFO of AWH. “The proceeds of this loan, along with our existing strong balance sheet, will support our near-term CapEx investments and acquisitions as we expand our footprint. I would like to thank our lenders for their continued support and look forward to continuing to execute our growth strategy focused on some of the most exciting markets in the Midwest and Northeast.”
Similar to the initial financing, the additional drawdown bears an interest rate of 9.5%, payable quarterly in arrears, and matures on August 27e, 2025. The lenders received an initial issue discount of 4% plus warrants equivalent to 20% coverage. The total number of warrants issued at closing was 1.84 million (“the Warrants”). Each warrant is exercisable to purchase one Class A common share at an exercise price equal to a 20% premium to the 30-day volume-weighted average price per share at closing, or $3.10 per share including the 20% premium. After the first anniversary of closing, AWH has the option to force holders to exercise the warrants if the stock price reaches or exceeds $6.50 for any period of 30 consecutive days.
The lenders of May 2022 round were offered the same warrant package in exchange for 1 bond point in cash ($10,000 per million financed) or an additional 3% discount on the original issue.
AWH is a vertically integrated, multi-state cannabis operator with licenses and assets in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts, New Jerseyand Pennsylvania. AWH owns and operates state-of-the-art cultivation facilities, cultivating award-winning varieties and producing a curated selection of produce for retail and wholesale customers. AWH produces and distributes its own Simply Herb, Ozone and Ozone Reserve branded products. For more information, visit www.awholdings.com.
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SOURCEAscend Wellness Holdings, Inc.