Green Thumb Industries Inc. (OTCQX: GTBIF) filed a Form S-1 registration statement to sell up to 10 million of its subordinate voting shares. Shortly following becoming effective, Green Thumb said it received and accepted an offer from a single institutional investor to purchase approximately 3.1 million registered subordinate voting shares at $32.03 per share for a total of $100 million. The sale will close on February 9, 2021. The company said that the principal purpose of this offering is to increase Green Thumb’s capitalization and financial flexibility.
“Institutional investors are waking up to the great American cannabis growth story,” said Green Thumb Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ben Kovler.“This investment reflects the very real interest, understanding, and momentum behind the potential $100 billion U.S. cannabis opportunity that is happening now. The industry needs more meaningful access to capital to unleash the true economic and social growth potential. The next step should be allowing U.S. cannabis companies to formally list on major U.S. exchanges just like our Canadian counterparts. The U.S. cannabis industry creates jobs, tax revenue, and has the opportunity to address head on some of the major injustices and inequities brought on by the War on Drugs.”
The company did not disclose the name of the buyer. GTI stock was lately selling at roughly $33, near the company’s 52-week high of $34 and far exceeding the year’s low of $3.69.
GTI is a leading cannabis consumer packaged goods company and the owner of Rise Dispensaries. In November, the company reported its earnings for the third quarter of 2020. Overall, the company’s balance sheet was strong and retained a positive cash flow for the third consecutive quarter. Green Thumb’s revenue increased 31.3% quarter-over-quarter, and year-over-year 131.% to $157.1 million. The company’s gross margin for the third quarter of 2020 was 55.4%, an increase from a 53.2% gross margin the quarter prior.
The company’s adjusted operating EBITDA increased by 50% to $53.2 million, or 33.9% of revenue for the third quarter of 2020. The prior quarter ended with an adjusted EBITDA of $35.4 million, or 29.6% of revenue. As of September 30th, 2020, Green Thumb’s current assets totaled $159.1 million and included cash and cash equivalents equaling $78.1 million. The company reported a total debt outstanding of $97.1 million, $0.3 million being due within 12 months.
Retail revenue increased by 27.9% quarter-over-quarter, primarily being driven by increased foot traffic in established stores. Comparable sales growth exceeded 65%, on a base of 25 stores. Green Thumb Industries also partnered with the Last Prisoner Project in an attempt to help raise awareness and funds towards the incredibly important cause. The company also announced the launch of the License Education Assistance Program, designed to equip social equity business applicants for success in Illinois.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Green Thumb has 13 manufacturing facilities, licenses for 97 retail locations and operations across 12 U.S. markets. Established in 2014, Green Thumb employs over 2,300 people and serves thousands of patients and customers each year.