TerrAscend Corp. (CSE:TER)(OTCQX: TRSSF) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary TerrAscend Canada Inc. has entered into a loan financing arrangement with Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED)(NYSE:CGC) in the amount of C$80.5 million in the form of a secured debenture. In connection with the funding of the Loan, TerrAscend has issued 17,808,975 common share purchase warrants to Canopy Growth.
The net proceeds are expected to be used by TerrAscend Canada for general corporate purposes and the funding of its Canadian operations, its Arise Bioscience U.S. hemp division, international expansion and the repayment of indebtedness. The company can’t use any of the money in the U.S.
“TerrAscend has proven its ability to thrive in the global cannabis industry and this loan is a strong signal that Canopy Growth is confident in their ability to execute over the long term,” said David Klein, CEO, Canopy Growth. “We are encouraged by TerrAscend’s strong performance and we view the team’s experience as an important contributor to its continued success.”
Canopy Growth initially invested in TerrAscend way back in November 2017. TerrAscend has achieved considerable milestones since Canopy Growth initially invested, including becoming the first cannabis company licensed for sales in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Additionally, TerrAscend has expanded its capabilities and portfolio to include domestic and international cultivation, processing and distribution facilities; a growing retail footprint; and best-in-class brands, such as The Apothecarium and Ilera.
“We are pleased to receive this loan from Canopy Growth as we enter the next stage of TerrAscend’s growth and expansion,” said Jason Ackerman, Executive Chairman, and Interim CEO. “The Canopy Growth team recognizes our operational and management expertise, and this financing allows us to continue to fund and execute on our Canadian, U.S. hemp and international businesses while remaining focused on operations with high barriers to entry. We look forward to continuing to work with Canopy Growth as new opportunities emerge and the regulatory landscape evolves.”
The Debenture will bear interest at a rate of 6.10% per annum and will mature on March 10, 2030 or such earlier date in accordance with the terms of the Debenture and all interest payments made pursuant to the Debenture are payable in cash by TerrAscend Canada. The Debenture is secured by the assets of TerrAscend Canada, is not convertible and is not guaranteed by TerrAscend.