Provides maximum flexibility to run on Gage’s growth strategy, Including Short term Retail Acquiring Opportunities
DETROIT, and TORONTO, November 22, 2021 /CNW/ – Gage Growth Corp. (“Gauge“or the”Society“) (CSE: GAGE) (OTCQX: GAEGF), a leading high-quality, premium cannabis brand and operator in Michigan, today announced that it has entered into a senior secured term loan (the “term loan“) for a total gross product of $55 million (the “Offer“). Gage intends to use proceeds (i) to fund the Company’s retail acquisition strategy in Michigan, (ii) to support the future growth of the Company, and (iii) for general working capital purposes. All retail acquisitions should be accretive for Gage and TerrAscend Corp. (“TerrAscend“) as soon as and subject to the completion of its plan to acquire Gage.
“This non-dilutive financing provides Gage with maximum flexibility to execute near-term acquisition opportunities,” said Fabien Monaco, CEO of Gage. “We have generated a lot of interest and, through our advisors, we have benefited from healthy participation in this transaction by a mix of high quality institutional investors, led by Chicago Atlantic Advisors, LLC (“Chicago Atlantic“). Together with TerrAscend, we are committed to building one of the most dominant cannabis companies in Michigan. With the closing of this debt financing, we are well positioned to execute quickly and create value for our shareholders. »
Jean Mazarakis, Chicago Atlantic Partner, added, “Gage has built an extraordinary organization focused on high-quality products, culture and community, centered on a growing network of retail and culture assets. The terms of the term loan reflect Gage’s management team and its outstanding record of execution and the extraordinary commitment of employees to serving their communities. »
The term loan bears interest at an annual rate equal to the greater of 7.00% plus the prime rate and 10.25%, payable monthly in arrears, with a maturity date of November 30, 2022. The term loan is secured by a first lien on all assets of the company.
The placement was arranged by Canaccord Genuity Corp. and Chicago Atlantic as lead lender and administrative agent.
About Gage Growth Corp.
Gage Growth Corp. innovates and curates the highest quality cannabis experiences possible for cannabis consumers in the state of Michigan and Canada, and market internationally renowned brands. Through years of progressive industry experience, the company’s founding partners have successfully built and grown operations with federal and state licenses, including growing, processing and retail sites. Gage’s portfolio includes city and state approvals for 19 “Class C” cultivation licenses, three processing licenses and 15 supply centers (dispensaries).
About Chicago Atlantic and Green Ivy Capital LLC
Chicago Atlantic Advisers, LLC is an asset management firm specializing in direct lending and private credit opportunistic investments. Founded in 2018 by Tony Cappell, Jean Mazarakis, and Andreas Bodmeier, the firm seeks to capitalize on North American investment opportunities that are urgent, complex or in dislocated markets, where risk is fundamentally mispriced. Through its subsidiary Green Ivy Capital, LLC, the company manages a diversified portfolio of credit investments in the cannabis space and actively invests across the value chain.
Caution Regarding Cannabis Operations in United States
Investors should note that there are significant legal restrictions and regulations that govern the cannabis industry in United States. Although legal in some states, cannabis remains a Schedule I drug under the US Controlled Substances Act, making it illegal under federal law in United States for, among other things, cultivating, distributing or possessing cannabis. Financial transactions involving proceeds generated by, or intended to promote, commercial activities related to cannabis in United States may form the basis of prosecution under applicable US federal money laundering laws.
Explanatory note concerning the company‘Operations
References in this press release to the Company, its operations and its portfolio include the operations and assets of certain licensed cannabis operators that operate under the Gage brand pursuant to contractual agreements with the Company. For more information, please refer to the Company‘s detailed prospectus dated March 26, 2021 and other information documents available on the Company‘profile from s to www.sedar.com.
This press release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking information in this press release can be identified by the use of words such as “may”, “could”, “might”, “will”, “likely”, “expect”, “anticipate”. , “believes”, “intend”, “plan”, “expect”, “project”, “estimate”, “outlook” and other similar expressions, and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the expected completion of the Arrangement and the satisfaction of the closing conditions of the Arrangement which include, but are not limited to: (i) the potential benefits of the Term Loan on the Company’s balance sheet, (ii) the strategy of expected growth of the company, including planned retail acquisitions; (iii) the expected effects of the term loan and the closing of planned retail acquisitions on the Company, including the completion of the proposed acquisition of the Company by TerrAscend Corp. ; and (iv) the closing of planned retail acquisitions and the acquisition by TerrAscend Corp. of all of the issued and outstanding securities of Pledge and the timing thereof. Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and is based on a number of management estimates and assumptions in light of management’s experience and perception of trends, current conditions and expected developments, as well as other factors relevant in the circumstances, including assumptions regarding current and future market conditions, the current and future regulatory environment; and the availability of licenses, approvals and permits.
Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking information is based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information as the Company cannot guarantee that it will prove to be accurate. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by such statements. Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information, including, but not limited to, the risks disclosed in the society.‘s the last management report filed and the other information documents available on the Company‘profile from s to www.sedar.com. The statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.
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