Mr. Hugo Alves reports
AUXLY ACQUIRES 100% OWNERSHIP OF SUNENS AND AMENDS CREDIT FACILITY
Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. has acquired 100-per-cent ownership of Sunens Farms Inc. Pursuant to a share purchase agreement between Auxly and Peter Quiring, the company acquired all the issued and outstanding securities of Sunens not already owned by Auxly. Concurrent with the acquisition, Sunens and the company have amended and restated Sunens's secured credit facility that was entered into in September, 2019, underwritten by a syndicate of lenders led by the Bank of Montreal (BMO), bringing the total principal indebtedness thereunder to $62.5-million.
Auxly acquired all of the issued and outstanding securities of Sunens not already owned by Auxly from Mr. Quiring for consideration of (i) $1.6-million, comprising $500,000 in cash and $1.1-million in Auxly common shares; (ii) a $3.4-million unsecured promissory note payable over 30 months in equal monthly instalments with the first payment due 12 months after the date of closing; and (iii) the transfer of certain non-core assets of Sunens.
Concurrent with the acquisition, Sunens has entered into an amended and restated credit facility with the following terms:
An immediate cash payment by Auxly of $15-million applied to the outstanding principal balance of the revolving credit facility, bringing the outstanding principal amount thereunder to $62.5-million;
- Extension of the maturity date by a year to Sept. 30, 2023, with an option for Sunens to extend for an additional year by making a further principal repayment of $5-million by Dec. 31, 2022;
- The obligations of Sunens under the amended and restated credit facility continue to be supported by an unsecured $33-million limited recourse guarantee by Auxly and a pledge by the company of all of its securities of Sunens with new revenue and EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) covenants.
"The acquisition of Sunens, a highly automated greenhouse with a demonstrated ability to grow high-quality cannabis at scale, increases Auxly's cultivation capabilities and strengthens our position as a leader in the Canadian cannabis market," said Hugo Alves, chief executive officer of Auxly. "Having full ownership and operational control of Sunens gives us the security of supply, quality control, economies of scale and genetic exclusivity that will enable us to continue delivering quality products to our consumers under brands that they can trust. The ability to fully consolidate the activities of Sunens will improve gross margins and support Auxly's path to profitability."
The company will immediately begin integrating Sunens's proven cultivation capabilities, giving Auxly the competitive advantages of scale, lower costs and surety of supply as it continues to build to leadership in 1.0 cannabis product formats following on the success of its Back Forty-branded flower and prerolls product launches.
The acquisition will result in improvements in Auxly's blended gross margins, adjusted EBITDA and net income as Sunens continues to increase production while eliminating the reliance on Auxly's third party cannabis purchases.
The facility is fully licensed for cultivation, processing and sales under the Cannabis Act and provides the company with operational flexibility, as well as considerable additional cultivation, storage, processing and manufacturing capacity and the ability to continue scaling cultivation to meet the growing consumer demand for Auxly's branded products.
"This is a defining moment for Auxly. Our commitment to quality and consistency in every product we put out in the market has continued to gain consumer trust and brand loyalty," said Mike Lickver, president of Auxly. "Sunens helps us deepen the connection with our consumers by ensuring we are meeting their needs through thoughtful innovation and product format development. We are thrilled to officially welcome the outstanding people at Sunens to our organization and it couldn't come at a better time. We are working hard to meet the fast-growing consumer demand for our entire suite of products and having a library of unique genetics and a consistent supply of high-quality cannabis will help us ensure that all of our products get to and stay on shelves across the country."
The transaction provides the company with complete control over large-scale cultivation with a proprietary genetic library consisting of more than 150 cannabis strains, empowering Auxly to tailor its products to evolving consumer preferences and support the company's growing portfolio in both the 1.0 and 2.0 cannabis product categories.
Sunens is already producing unique cannabis strains, including Ontario's top-selling Wedding Pie, as well as Animal Mints and Fruity Pebbles OG, all of which are currently sold to and used exclusively by Auxly for its full suite of cannabis products.
Auxly remains focused on bringing new, innovative branded cannabis products to Canadian consumers and believe that this acquisition will allow for continued growth, improved cost structure and near-term positive adjusted EBITDA.
About Auxly Cannabis Group Inc.
Auxly is a leading Canadian cannabis company dedicated to bringing innovative, effective and high-quality cannabis products to the wellness and adult-use markets. Auxly's experienced team of industry first movers and enterprising visionaries have secured a diversified supply of raw cannabis, strong clinical, scientific and operating capabilities, and leading research and development infrastructure in order to create trusted products and brands in an expanding global market.
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