Transformational $95 Million Private Financing for M&A Initiatives & Further Expansion Plans
Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire & Manage New Mexico Assets: Reynold Greenleaf & Associates, R. Greenleaf Organics, Medzen Services, Elemental Kitchen & Laboratories
Schwazze Transitions to a Regional Operator with New Mexico Acquisitions
Schwazze, (OTCQX:SHWZ) (“Schwazze” orthe “Company”), one of the largest vertically integrated cannabis operators in Colorado, has entered into a securities purchase agreement with institutional investors and individuals under which the Company will issue and sell, subject to customary closing conditions, $95 million of principal amount and $93 million of funding amount (reflecting a 2% original issue discount) of convertible notes. The Company anticipates using the proceeds from the note to fund the cash consideration of recently announced acquisitions and other growth and expansion initiatives.
The notes will accrue 13% interest per year (9% payable in cash and 4% accreting to the principal amount), have a 5-year term and will be secured by a first lien on the unencumbered assets and a second lien on the encumbered assets of the Company and its subsidiaries. The note will be convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock at any time at a conversion price to be set upon issuance equal to 117.5% of the lower of the volume weighted average of the closing prices of the Company’s common stock during (i) five trading days before the date on which the Company entered into a binding commitment to issue the notes, (ii) 30 trading days before the date of issuance of the notes and (iii) five trading days before the date of issuance of the notes. The Company will have a right to redeem the notes at any time, subject to a prepayment penalty. The Company expects to issue and sell the notes within a week.
The foregoing is not a complete description of all the terms of the notes and the financing and additional information will be made available in an 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Schwazze is also pleased to announce that it has signed definitive documents to acquire substantially all the operating assets of Reynold Greenleaf & Associates, LLC, and the equity of Elemental Kitchen & Laboratories, LLC. As part of the transaction, the Company will also have a right to purchase or acquire cannabis licenses held by Medzen Services, Inc., (“Medzen”) and R. Greenleaf Organics, Inc. (“RGO”), not-for-profit organizations that hold medical cannabis licenses in New Mexico (the assets and licenses described herein are referenced collectively as “Greenleaf’). Total consideration for the acquisition will be $42 million (subject to potential working capital adjustments) with a potential performance based earnout. The consideration will consist of $25 million in cash payable at closing and $17 million in a 3-year seller note at 5% interest.
Greenleaf is a licensed medical cannabis provider with ten dispensaries, four cultivation facilities – three operating and one in development – and one manufacturing location. The dispensaries are located in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Roswell, Las Cruces, Grants and Las Vegas, New Mexico. Greenleaf’s approximately 70,000 square feet of cultivation as well as 6,000 square feet of manufacturing space are located in Albuquerque. The State of New Mexico currently allows medical cannabis and has approved adult use recreational cannabis sales which by law begin no later than April 2022.
The acquisition is targeted to close within the next quarter, subject to closing conditions and covenants customary for this type of transaction, including, obtaining applicable New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department (RLD) approvals. With this acquisition, Schwazze will become a multi-state operator (“MSO”) with a total of 32 announced and acquired dispensaries, seven cultivation facilities and two manufacturing operations located in either Colorado or New Mexico.
“We appreciate the strong support from our group of institutional investors that believe in our differentiated strategy and in our ability to execute. We believe this capital will support Schwazze in meeting its growth target to double pro-forma revenue by the end of Q1 2022. The Company will continue to aggressively pursue expansion and operating plans in Colorado going forward exemplified by the recently announced acquisitions of Emerald Fields and Smoking Gun dispensaries. Our planned expansion into New Mexico is a logical step in building a strong foundation in a region that will leverage synergies from our operating playbook and talent. Entering New Mexico will elevate Schwazze into the MSO category but with a differentiated regional focus. We believe our playbook will have similar success in New Mexico, which is poised for rapid expansion in 2022 and 2023 as the market opens for adult use consumption. We welcome the Greenleaf team members to Schwazze and are excited about our future together,” stated Justin Dye, CEO & Chairman.
Since April 2020, Schwazze has announced and/or acquired a total of 32 cannabis dispensaries, including the ten Greenleaf New Mexico dispensaries. The Company has also announced and/or acquired in 2021 a total of seven cultivation facilities, three in Colorado – SCG Holding LLC, Brow 2 LLC and Star Buds – and four licensed by Medzen and RGO in New Mexico. The Greenleaf acquisition will add a New Mexico manufacturing asset, Elemental Kitchen & Laboratories, LLC, to the Company’s manufacturing plant, Purplebee’s in Colorado. See Figure #1, outlining Schwazze’s existing or pending dispensary assets.
In May 2021, Schwazze announced its BioSciences division and in August 2021 it commenced home delivery services in Colorado.
Perella Weinberg Partners LP is serving as financial advisor to Schwazze and The Benchmark Company, LLC is acting as sole placement agent for the offering. Schwazze was represented by Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP on legal matters in connection with the offer and sale of the notes and was represented by Dentons on legal matters relating to the New Mexico transaction.