Cansortium Inc. (“Cansortium” or the “Company”) (CSE: TIUM.U), (OTCQB: CNTMF), a vertically-integrated cannabis company operating under the Fluent™ brand, today announced it has closed a US$71 million Senior Secured Term Loan due April 29, 2025 (the “Term Loan”) with a syndicate led by U.S.-based institutional lenders.
The Term Loan will bear interest of 13% annually, with a four-year maturity and 18 months of call protection. The Term Loan consists of a $50 million tranche priced with an original issue discount of 3% that includes warrants to acquire 12.5 million common shares of common stock at an exercise price of $1.20 per share, as well as a $21 million tranche priced with an original issue discount of 7% with no equity component. Subject to certain conditions of the Term Loan, the Company can increase the Term Loan by up to $20 million.
“Today marks a new beginning for Cansortium as we now have the financial flexibility and liquidity that the Company needs to continue growing its attractive asset base,” said Chief Executive Officer Robert Beasley. “Proceeds from the Term Loan have been used to satisfy substantially all of the Company’s existing indebtedness, including repaying $27.1 million of convertible debentures due in May. These actions have resulted in more than $40 million of cash being added to our balance sheet from the Term Loan and the equity offering completed earlier this month. With a strengthened balance sheet and simplified capital structure, we are now firmly positioned to execute our growth and expansion initiatives in our core Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan markets.”
Neal Hochberg, Cansortium’s Chairman of the Board added, “For the past two years, management and the Company’s Board of Directors have worked tirelessly to right-size the Company’s operations and strengthen its balance sheet. We deeply appreciate the support from many of our key stakeholders during this period, and we are excited to welcome a new group of institutional investors to the Company. By extending our debt maturities by four years and bolstering our liquidity, the Company can now focus all of its attention on maximizing value.”
Mr. Beasley added, “Since taking over as CEO in September 2020, we have made dramatic improvements across key aspects of our business, particularly in Florida where we have significantly increased cultivation yields, introduced new SKUs and form-factors such as edibles, and expanded cultivation and production capacity to better supply our 24 operational dispensaries (expected to increase to 27 by year-end). Florida remains the single largest limited-license cannabis market in the U.S. and we currently have the sixth largest footprint in the state. I am proud of our team’s early accomplishments up to this point and look forward to capitalizing on the many growth opportunities ahead.”
Seaport Global Securities LLC acted as lead placement agent and Canaccord Genuity Corp. acted as co-manager for the Term Loan. INFOR Financial Inc. served as financial advisor to the Company.
The Company will announce its results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020 on May 3, 2021, and will host a conference call and live audio webcast on May 4, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. Eastern time, to discuss its 2020 financial results and initial 2021 outlook. Details for the call will be included in the May 3, 2021 release.
Certain directors of the Company participated in the aggregate amount of $6 million, as part of the $21 million tranche of the Term Loan, which constitutes a “related party transaction” as this term is defined in Multilateral Instrument 61-101: Protection of Minority Securityholders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”). The Company intends to rely on the exemptions from the valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 contained in sections 5.5(a) and 5.7(1)(a) of MI 61-101 as the aggregate amount of the portion of the Term Loan from directors does not exceed 25% of the Company’s market capitalization.
The Company did not file a material change report more than 21 days before the expected closing of this transaction as the details and amounts of the directors’ participation under the transaction were not finalized until closer to the closing and the Company wished to close the transaction as soon as practicable, which the Company deemed reasonable as it was striving to improve its financial position by refinancing its debt as soon as possible.
No securities regulatory authority has either approved or disapproved of the contents of this news release. The warrants and any underlying securities shall be subject to a four month hold period from the closing date for Canadian holders. The securities being offered have not been, nor will they be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any state securities laws. Accordingly, these securities may not be offered or sold within the United States unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or pursuant to exemptions from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of Cansortium in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
About Cansortium Inc.
Headquartered in Miami, Florida, and operating under the Fluent™ brand, Cansortium is focused on being the highest quality cannabis company in the State of Florida driven by an unrelenting commitment to operational excellence from seed to sale. Cansortium has developed strong proficiencies in each of cultivation, processing, retail, and distribution activities, resulting in successfully operating in the highly regulated cannabis industry. In addition to Florida, Cansortium seeks to create significant shareholder value in the attractive markets of Texas, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, where the Company has secured licenses and established operations.
Cansortium Inc.’s common shares trade on the CSE under the symbol “TIUM.U” and on the OTCQB Venture Market under the symbol (OTCQB: CNTMF). Investors can find current financial disclosure and Real-Time Level 2 quotes for the Company on www.otcmarkets.com.