Make It Rain – iAnthus Begins $100M Financing Plan

NEW YORK and TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. ("iAnthus" or the "Company") (CSE: IAN, OTCQX: ITHUF), which owns, operates, and partners with best-in-class regulated cannabis operations across the United States, is pleased to announce that Gotham Green Partners ("GGP") has invested an additional $20.0 million through the purchase of senior secured convertible notes from iAnthus. GGP's investment is part of a broader $100.0 million financing plan to support the buildout of all existing markets in which the Company currently operates. 

"We are pleased to be working with a leading financial investor in the U.S. cannabis sector. The new notes will allow us to build out operations in our key markets and continue to develop our retail and product brands," said Hadley Ford, CEO of iAnthus. "We believe this level of support from GGP will fully fund the development of our existing assets and provide the necessary capital for iAnthus to achieve positive and sustainable EBITDA and operational free cash flow in 2020."

We have viewed iAnthus as a key partner since our initial investment in May 2018 and have closely watched the Company's evolution as it has continued to execute on its operational strategy across multiple markets. Jason Adler, Managing Member of Gotham Green Partners

"The Company has made significant strides in broadening and operationalizing its footprint, which we do not believe is reflected in the Company's current trading price," continued Adler. "We look forward to working alongside iAnthus and continuing to support the growth of the Company."

Regarding the operational progress of the Company over the last 16 months, Chief Operating Officer Pat Tiernan said, "Our business has never been stronger. We currently have 27 open dispensaries, 11 of which have opened in the last ten months. We are working aggressively to open another 12 in the next six months. We are growing in each of our markets and are one of the only MSOs that has meaningful revenue in multiple states, including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts and Nevada, with strong same-store sales growth across our footprint. Pro forma for our pending Sierra Well acquisition, we are generating in excess of $10 million of reported and managed revenue per month, with a rational cost structure that has us well-positioned for future success."

The notes have been issued by iAnthus Capital Management, LLC, the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, have an annual coupon of 13%, payable quarterly, will mature on May 14, 2021, subject to the iAnthus' right to extend the maturity date by twelve months, and are exchangeable into common shares of the Company ("common shares") at a conversion price of $1.89, which represents a 25% premium to the closing price of the common shares on Friday, September 27, 2019. The notes are being issued with $10 million of attached three-year warrants with an exercise price of $1.97.  Any additional notes will have substantially the same terms, including conversion price and warrant coverage, subject to compliance with the policies of the CSE. The note purchase agreement provides GGP the right to purchase additional notes of up to $66.5 million for a total of $86.5 million. The Company may obtain an additional $13.5 million from potential financing sources, including GGP or others, to fulfill its $100.0 million plan, with any such additional financing subject to the negotiation of pricing, terms and conditions in the context of the market.  

The issuance of the notes and any issuance of additional notes are "related party transactions" as defined in Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions ("MI 61-101") since GGP is a "related party" (as defined in MI 61-101) of the Company. Since the Company is listed on the CSE and has determined that the fair market value of the transactions do not exceed 25% of the Company's market capitalization, the Company is relying on the exemptions from the formal valuation requirement provided by sections 5.5(a) and 5.5(b) of MI 61-101 and is relying on the exemption from the minority approval requirement provided section 5.7(a) of MI 61-101.

The Company's board of directors has unanimously approved the transactions after considering available alternative sources of financing. The Company did not file a material change report 21 days prior to today's closing as the structure of the transaction and details of the participation of GGP had not been confirmed at that time.

Disclaimer: Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.

About iAnthus

iAnthus owns and operates best-in-class licensed cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensary facilities throughout the United States, providing investors diversified exposure to the U.S. regulated cannabis industry. Founded by entrepreneurs with decades of experience in operations, investment banking, corporate finance, law and health care services, iAnthus provides a unique combination of capital and hands-on operating and management expertise. iAnthus currently has operations in 11 states, including 27 dispensaries (FL-9, AZ-4, MA-1, MD-3, NY-2, CO-1, VT-1 and NM-6 where iAnthus has minority ownership).

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Louis O'Neill
Louis O'Neill

Louis is a writer based in Sydney with a focus on social and political issues. Having interviewed local politicians and entrepreneurs, Louis now focuses on cannabis culture, legislation & reform.

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