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StaffMay 6, 2021
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After the market closed on Wednesday, Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIP) (NYSE: IIPR) delivered another quarter of solid results. The real estate investment trust (REIT) reported that its total revenues increased 103% to $42.9 million for the first quarter ending March 31, 2021. This beat the yahoo Finance average analyst estimate for revenues of $42.88 for the quarter.

IIP also recorded net income of approximately $25.6 million for the quarter, or $1.05 per diluted share, and adjusted funds from operations (“AFFO”) of approximately $38.4 million, or $1.47 per diluted share (Note: AFFO per diluted share for the period includes the dilutive impact of the assumed full exchange of IIP’s $143.75 million of exchangeable senior notes for shares of common stock). This also beat the analyst estimate for $0.96. In addition, IIP paid a quarterly dividend of $1.32 per share on April 15, 2021, to common stockholders of record as of March 31, 2021, representing a 32% increase over the first quarter of 2020’s dividend and an approximately 6% increase over the fourth quarter 2020 dividend. The company also decided against hosting a conference call to discuss its first-quarter results and management made no comments in the company’s press release.

The REIT noted that the increase in its first-quarter revenue over last year was driven primarily by the acquisition and leasing of new properties, additional tenant improvement allowances and construction funding at existing properties resulting in adjustments to base rent, and contractual rental escalations at certain properties.

Portfolio of Properties

As of May 5, 2021, IIP said it owned 69 properties located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington, representing a total of approximately 6.2 million rentable square feet (including approximately 2.3 million rentable square feet under development/redevelopment), which were 100% leased with a weighted-average remaining lease term of approximately 16.7 years. As of May 5, 2021, IIP had invested approximately $1.2 billion across its portfolio and had committed an additional approximately $339.5 million to reimburse certain tenants and sellers for the completion of construction and tenant improvements at IIP’s properties.

The average price target for the stock is $217 and the shares were lately trading at $173. It looks as if the shares are selling slightly higher in early trading on Thursday.

 


Debra BorchardtApril 12, 2021
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Real estate is one of the more difficult aspects of the cannabis industry. Securing a license is tough but getting your location is even tougher. Each state has different regulations and restrictions, which combined with unique real estate markets makes finding and securing property essential. It’s an expensive endeavor and one in which traditional mortgages aren’t typically an option. 

This presentation will focus on the New England and New York area cannabis real estate markets. It will cover the following states: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. 

Many of the states that have gone fully legal – meaning legalized both medical use and adult-use cannabis often have opt-out clauses for municipalities. This means that in some areas if a town or village decides against allowing cannabis stores or facilities in its location, that puts even more demand for locations in the municipalities that approve cannabis businesses. 

Growth in the Northeast

The Northeast cannabis industry has been expanding at a blistering pace. In 2018, there were only 187 dispensaries across nine states. Fast forward to March 2021 and you see the number has jumped to 424. Of this 424, only Massachusetts and Maine have adult-use products for the sale, the rest are entirely medical marijuana. These numbers are expected to jump even higher as states like New Jersey and New York go fully legal. “It plays out in typically New England ways – Maine has been really friendly, Portland was very competitive,” said MMLG Managing Director Brian Lauvray. 

 

Dispensary/Retailers 2018-YTD 2021
State 2018 2019 2020 3/2021
CT 18 18 18 18
MA 65 98 161 206
ME 8 8 20 23
NH 4 5 5 5
NJ 6 8 13 14
NY 30 38 38 38
PA 47 76 104 110
RI 3 3 3 3
VT 6 6 7 7
Total 187 260 369 424
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Massachusetts

One area in Massachusetts that saw a dispensary boom is Great Barrington. This lovely town in the heart of the Berkshire mountains is a center for tourism. Skiing in the winter, plus hiking, biking and camping in the summer. There’s a bustling summer performance calendar as well that brings lots of baby boomers up to watch dance and theatre groups. It’s the perfect place to locate a dispensary and the town initially opened its doors. 

That sparked a flood of dispensaries and now the town, despite having no cap on stores is saying they have enough, thank you. The population has less than 7,000 people but 5 dispensaries. Springfield in the middle of the state has attracted several stores and then Boston and its surrounding suburbs has numerous dispensaries, but there are big pockets of the state where there are zero dispensaries. Mostly due to the lack of a major highway or tourist center.

Capitalizing on the Asset

Cannabis companies continue to struggle with getting big mortgages for buildings. They continue to use the capital raised in order to fund a store or facility purchase. The later, the company can sell the property to a REIT or real estate investment trust and then lease it back. Innovative Industrial Properties or IIP is a popular REIT that has done this so often, that it is the leader in the space. 

Let’s look at Massachusetts again. Almost every big player in the space has sold a property to IIP. (The investment figure is in thousands and the data is from the IIP 2020 annual report.)

 

Rentable Sq. Ft Investment
PharmaCann MA Massachusetts May 31, 2018 58,000 30,500
Holistic MA Massachusetts July 12, 2018 55,000 14,750
Trulieve MA Massachusetts July 26, 2019 150,000 43,500
Ascend MA Massachusetts April 2, 2020 199,000 33,775
Cresco MA Massachusetts June 30, 2020 118,000 8,904
4Front MA Massachusetts December 17, 2020 67,000 15,500

In 2020, IIP closed on the acquisition of a property in Massachusetts, which was approximately 118,000 square feet of industrial space in the aggregate. The purchase price for the property was approximately $7.8 million (excluding transaction costs). IIP also entered into a long-term, triple-net lease agreement for the property with a wholly owned subsidiary of Cresco Labs Inc. (Cresco), which intends to operate the property as a regulated cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensing facility upon completion of redevelopment. Cresco is expected to complete additional tenant improvements for the property, for which IIP has agreed to provide reimbursement of up to $21.0 million. Assuming full reimbursement for the tenant improvements, IIP’s total investment in the property will be approximately $28.8 million.(Data from IIP’s annual 2020 report)

Going back a couple of years in 2018, closed on the acquisition of a property located at 96 Palmer Road in Monson, Massachusetts, which comprises approximately 55,000 square feet of industrial space situated on approximately 5.4 acres. The purchase price for the property was $12.75 million. Concurrent with the closing of the purchase, the Company entered into a long-term, triple-net lease agreement with Holistic Industries, Inc. (“Holistic”), which intends to continue to operate the property as medical-use cannabis cultivation and processing facility in accordance with Massachusetts medical-use cannabis regulations. 

Newcomers – New Jersey & New York

Massachusetts looks like an old-timer compared to the soon-to-be fully legal states of New Jersey & New York. Both markets are expected to be sizable and both are only legal for medical marijuana at this time. Both have recently decided to legalize adult-use cannabis and New Jersey could begin sales in 2021, while New York will begin sales on April 1 2022. Both states are also famous for expensive real estate. 

Any new entrant to the market is best served by hiring a consultant that knows the ins and outs of navigating the red tape that comes with cannabis. The competition for licenses will be fierce. Brian Lauray from MMLG consultants said, “New York & New Jersey will be a battle royale from an application standpoint. Borough commissioners and aldermen and who you know.” Plus, both states allow municipalities to opt out of the cannabis industry. “In New Jersey, a few desirable municipalities have indicated they are open for business – like Jersey City,” said Lauvray. “It’s a really interesting market – everyone wants in. But there is a lot of demand and not a lot of supply. It will come down to the operators that have the money and can tweak many levers” 

IIP has also been busy in the New York market buying properties despite the relatively small size of the number of stores and facilities. New York is a limited license state that only gave 10 operators the opportunity to be in the industry. That will change with full legalization, but those 10 operators have all struggled with the medical-only nature of the state. It had a very restricted list of conditions in order to get the license and sales have been dismal versus the amount of money invested. So it was no surprise to see some companies selling off real estate to IIP in order to get some cash in the kitty.  

IIP said in a securities filing that in December 2019, one of its properties in New York accounted for 6% of our net real estate held for investment. In December 2020, the company said it amended its lease and entered into a development agreement with PharmaCann at one of our New York properties, making available $31.0 million in construction funding at the property. “Assuming full payment of the construction funding, our total investment in the property will be $61.0 million. As of December 31, 2020, we incurred approximately $70,000 of the construction costs, of which none was funded.”

 

Rentable Sq. Ft Investment
Curaleaf NJ   New Jersey July 13, 2020 111,000 18,940
Columbia Care NJ Portfolio   New Jersey July 16, 2020 54,000 13,033
PharmaCann NY   New York December 19, 2016 127,000 30,000
Vireo NY   New York October 23, 2017 40,000 6,717

 
In New Jersey, the Columbia Care parcel is actually two properties and IIP said that Columbia Care was expected to redevelop one of the properties and IIP would reimburse them $1.6 million. Curaleaf was redeveloping its building with a reimbursement of up to $29.5. IIP said  $20 million was spent on redevelopment costs and IIP funded $13.4 million of that. Both New Jersey and New York give cannabis companies the best of both worlds. Each state has urban dense population locations and then long-term agricultural areas. In upstate New York, much of this agricultural land is economically depressed as well and welcomes large-scale grow facilities despite the smell and light pollution. 

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a medical-only state at this time, although there seems to be incredible pressure on the state to go fully legal as its neighbors New York and New Jersey. In the last 12 months, Pennsylvania medical cannabis sales totaled $910 million. Medical cannabis sales have grown steadily in the past 13 months, starting at $40M in January 2020 and ending at close to $98M in January 2021. The state’s stores have grown from 47 in 2018 to 110 in 2021 for just a medical market. The size of the spaces is growing as well. While Canadian companies may have overbuilt facilities, Pennsylvania operators are clamoring for more. In December Ayr Strategies closed on the purchase of CannTech PA for $57 million. This acquisition included a 143,000 sq. ft. cultivation and processing facility on 13 acres.

 

Rentable Sq. Ft Investment
Jushi PA Pennsylvania April 6, 2018 89,000 13,381
Maitri PA Pennsylvania April 24, 2019 51,000 21,402
Green Leaf PA Pennsylvania May 20, 2019 266,000 13,592
PharmaCann PA Pennsylvania August 9, 2019 54,000 25,730
GTI PA Pennsylvania November 12, 2019 148,000 39,600
Curaleaf PA Pennsylvania December 20, 2019 72,000 25,749
Holistic PA Pennsylvania June 10, 2020 108,000 15,007

Parallel is working to set up a 120,000-square-foot grow facility in a space owned by The Buncher Co. in the Chateau neighborhood of the North Side, working in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh through its venture called Goodblends PA. The company said that the venture needed a big building for a range of uses that will include growing and processing medical cannabis products, conducting research, training employees as well as meeting basic distribution and warehousing demands. A fully legal state could see an additional boost in real estate. At this time, Pennsylvania is IIP’s second-largest market for a property with rents accounting for 15.7% of rental revenue. Seven properties with 788,000 rentable square feet bring in $18.3 million a year (as of December 2020). 

Maine

An example of the effect on a fully legal state can be seen in the recent increase in stores in Maine, which jumped from 8 in 2019 to 23 in 2021. Propco., a subsidiary of New York-based real estate investment trust Power REIT acquired a three-acre property in York County, Maine. The sales price was $400,000. That property currently houses an under-construction, 32,800-square-foot cannabis cultivation facility. It also has a 2,800 square foot processing/distribution building with construction recently completed. PropCo. Said it will fund the construction of an additional 9,900 square feet of processing space and the renovation of an existing 2,738 square foot building at the recently acquired property. The completion of construction on the new property is targeted for Summer 2021.

The combined properties are expected to be one of the largest cannabis greenhouse cultivation and processing/distribution properties in the state of Maine upon completion. David Lesser, Power REIT’s Chairman and CEO said that it’s not easy to raise capital for large-size facilities despite all the talk. He also noted this his REIT is focused on greenhouse cultivation facilities. 

CT, NH, RI

The remaining states are relatively smaller parts of the real estate story in the Northeast. Connecticut has four producers that account for 18 dispensaries and facilities. Vermont has seven, New Hampshire has five and Rhode Island has three. This week a bill to legalize marijuana in Connecticut was approved by a key committee on Tuesday—but it “remains a work in progress,” the chairman said. The legislation is said to be backed by the governor and includes a series of new social equity provisions. A week ago, Marijuana Moment reported a pair of Rhode Island Senate committees held a joint hearing on two marijuana legalization proposals—including one proposed by the governor—as well as several bills to reform the state’s existing medical cannabis program. In late 2020, Vermont’s governor allowed a legalization law to take effect without his signature. However, it may be some time before actual legal sales can begin as decisions around licensing have yet to be decided. 

Rents

Ultimately, the real estate side of cannabis seems to be a solid choice. Lesser said that so far in cannabis if tenants have trouble making the rent, it often gets worked out. Either new investors come in or the company is acquired, but the situation is typically resolved. IIP has noted that its rents are on time as well. In October 2019, a court-appointed a receiver of the tenant at its Los Angeles, California property. That tenant subsequently defaulted on its lease payments to us for all of 2020. It had been leased to Vertical in southern California, in which Vertical made partial payments of contractual rent due.

The purchase price for the southern California portfolio was approximately $17.3 million.  Then Holistic the cannabis operations from the tenant, which had been in receivership. Holistic closed on this transaction and then quickly executed a long-term, triple-net lease with IIP for the entire property. Assuming full reimbursement for the redevelopment of the property, IIP’s total investment in the property will be $24.0 million. The company did say that for some or all of 2021, it expected that many of its tenants would continue to incur losses as their expenses increase in connection with the expansion of their operations and that they have made and will continue to make rent payments to us from proceeds from the sale of the applicable property or cash on hand, and not funds from operations.IIP says it has not provided deferrals of any rent obligations to any tenant since July 1, 2020.

In Closing

The New England market holds a great deal of promise for the cannabis industry. The pandemic has caused a huge disruption in traditional retail for many of these economies. Lockdowns caused a spike in online shopping causing many brick & mortar retailers to close up, presenting opportunities for dispensaries. While rural land values have risen as remote working created an opportunity for urban dwellers to relocate to more rural settings. Once depressed towns have seen new life, so the days of cheap big acreage in remote locations have declined. It’s still relatively early in this cycle for cannabis industries and the picture is sure to change as rules regulations get decided and then perhaps tweaked again. 


Kaitlin DomangueFebruary 25, 2021
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for February 25th, 2021. 

On the Site

Should You Use CBD Gummies to Help Mental Health? 

There is plenty of evidence to show that CBD can have a profound impact on mental health. This article dives into some of the research and studies that exist include: 

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anxiety relief from CBD 
  • CBD’s interaction with serotonin receptors in the brain
  • And other additional pieces of research 

 

Innovative Industrial Stock Sells Off Despite Solid Earnings

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIP) (NYSE: IIPR) released results for the fourth quarter and year ending December 31, 2020, after the market closed on Wednesday. The stock was pulling back in pre-market trading by over 6% to sell near $206 as investors were disappointed with the earnings. Innovative Industrial delivered a fourth-quarter FFO of $1.36 missed by $0.07 and the revenue of $37.09 million missed by $1.41 million despite increasing by 110%.

 

Valens Reiterate Guidance Despite Slight Drop in Sales

The Valens Company Inc. (OTCQX: VLNCF) reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year financial results for the period ended November 30, 2020. Valens reported gross revenue for the fourth fiscal quarter fell to $17.9 million from $18.5 million in the third quarter of 2020. The net loss increased to $16.6 million sequentially over the third quarter’s net loss of $3 million.

 

PharmaDrug Files For DMT To Be Used for Kidney Transplants

PharmaDrug Inc. (CSE: BUZZ) (OTC Pink: LMLLF) has filed for an application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to receive Orphan Drug Designation (“ODD”) for N,N-Dimethyltryptamine or DMT in the prevention of ischemia-reperfusion injury in patients undergoing kidney transplantation.

 

Indus Holdings Buys Lowell Herb for $39 Million

California-based Indus Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: INDXF) is buying Lowell Herb Co. and Lowell Smokes in a deal valued at $39 million. The acquisition includes trademark brands, product portfolio, and production assets of Lowell from The Hacienda Group effective immediately. The company will change its name to Lowell Farms Inc.

 

Acreage Holdings Sells Florida Property for $60 Million

Acreage Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: ACRDF, ACRHF) announced its subsidiary, High Street Capital Partners was selling Acreage Florida, Inc. to Red White and Bloom Brands, Inc.  (OTCQX: RWBYF) for $60 million. The deal also includes the sale of property in Sanderson, Florida. The stock was dropping over 6% to lately sell at $7.39.

In Other News

MJ Holdings, Inc. to Acquire Medical and Recreational Cultivation Licenses 

MJ Holdings, Inc. (OTC PINK: MJNE) has reached a point of being ready to purchase two cultivation licenses (recreational and medical) and two production licenses (recreational and medical) and transfer the appropriate license to proprietary land. 

“In consideration of $1.250M and 200,000 shares of our common stock (Purchase Price), we will soon fully control our own destiny as we have applied to transfer the cultivation licenses to our proprietary land: The Farm. We have arranged an amicable separation under our existing management agreement with Curaleaf/Acres and are developing our cultivation facility on The Farm for our own use. With the enormous Las Vegas tourism industry soon to be on the rebound, we are well positioned to meet or exceed our fair share of demand,” said Paris Balaouras, Founder and Chief Cultivation Officer of MJ Holdings, Inc. 

 

Cronos Group Earnings Preview for Q4 2020 

Cronos Group (OTC:CRON), is set to announce their earnings for the fourth quarter of 2020. The consensus EPS estimate is -$0.08, and the revenue estimate at $13.23 million. The company has beat estimates 75% of the time over the last year, and has beaten revenue estimates 25% of the time. 

 

Kalamazoo Mayor to Attend Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Cookies Store 

Kalamazoo’s mayor, David Anderson, has confirmed his participation in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a Cookies retail location on February 26th. The event was announced by the company in a press release. 

Cookies is owned by California rapper and entrepreneur, Berner. 

“The Midwest is an important part of Cookies’ overall expansion plan, and our partnership with Gage Cannabis has been integral,” Cookies CEO Berner said in a news release. “We’ve seen tremendous demand from cannabis consumers in Michigan and the surrounding areas and look forward to continuing to serve them as our partnership grows with this second location.”


Debra BorchardtFebruary 25, 2021
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Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIP) (NYSE: IIPR) released results for the fourth quarter and year ending December 31, 2020, after the market close on Wednesday. The stock was pulling back in pre-market trading by over 6% to sell near $206 as investors were disappointed with the earnings. Innovative Industrial delivered a fourth-quarter FFO of $1.36 missed by $0.07 and the revenue of $37.09 million missed by $1.41 million despite increasing by 110%.

Seven analysts cover the stock with five giving the company a buy rating and two at a hold rating. the average price target is $207 and the stock had been selling for around $220. The 52-week high is $220, so the selling may be related to just some simple profit-taking.

Fourth Quarter

IIP reported that its total revenues increased 110% to $37.1 million in the quarter. The net income was approximately $21.0 million for the quarter, or $0.91 per diluted share, and AFFO of approximately $32.4 million, or $1.29 per diluted share. The company also paid a quarterly dividend of $1.24 per common share on January 15, 2021 to stockholders which was a 24% increase over last year’s fourth quarter and a 6% increase sequentially and equal to an annualized dividend of $4.96 per share. The company also engaged in an “at-the-market” equity offering program, that issued 1,762,500 shares of common stock during the fourth quarter totaling approximately $262.9 million in net proceeds.

Full Year

For the full year of 2020, IIP delivered total revenues of $116.9 million and net income of approximately $64.4 million and adjusted funds from operations (“AFFO”) of approximately $97.8 million, representing increases of 162%, 191%, and 180% over 2019, respectively. The company reported $3.27 of net income attributable to common stockholders per diluted share and $5.00 of adjusted funds from operations (“AFFO”) per diluted share, representing increases of 61% and 53% over 2019, respectively. IIP declared dividends of $4.47 per share, a 58% increase over 2019.

In addition, the company said it closed on over $620 million in new acquisitions and additional investments at existing properties (including commitments to fund future development/redevelopment, but excluding transaction costs), including 20 new property acquisitions, expanding IIP’s footprint to 66 properties totaling 5.4 million rentable square feet in 17 states at year-end.

Renters Are Paying

In a sign of strength within the cannabis community, it seems the rents are getting paid despite COVID challenges. IIP said it had collected 100% of contractual rent due for the fourth quarter of 2020 and 100% of contractual rent due for the months of January and February 2021. The company did note that the tenant at IIP’s Los Angeles, California property was in receivership until IIP signed a new lease with Holistic for the entire property in January 2021. Plus, Medical Investor Holdings, LLC (Vertical) made partial payments of contractual rent due that the properties that Vertical occupied represented less than one percent of IIP’s total gross assets at year-end.

Looking Ahead

The company is sitting comfortably with $126 million in cash and cash equivalents and approximately $619.3 million in short-term investments, totaling approximately $745.3 million. There is no debt, other than approximately $143.75 million of 3.75% exchangeable senior notes maturing in 2024 (the Exchangeable Senior Notes), representing a fixed cash interest obligation of approximately $5.4 million annually, or approximately $1.3 million quarterly.

As of February 24, 2021, IIP said it owned 67 properties located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, totaling approximately 5.8 million rentable square feet (including approximately 2.0 million rentable square feet under development/redevelopment), which were 100% leased with a weighted-average remaining lease term of approximately 16.7 years. As of February 24, 2021, IIP had invested approximately $1.1 billion in the aggregate (excluding transaction costs) and had committed an additional approximately $328.7 million to reimburse certain tenants and sellers for the completion of construction and tenant improvements at IIP’s properties.


Debra BorchardtNovember 4, 2020
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Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIP)(NYSE: IIPR) reported total revenues of approximately $34.3 million for the third quarter ending September 30, 2020. This was a 197% increase from the prior year’s third quarter. It also beat the Yahoo Finance average analyst estimate for revenue of $29.63 million. The stock rose over 8% ahead of the company’s earnings to lately trade at $133.

IIP recorded net income available to common stockholders of approximately $18.9 million for the quarter, or $0.86 per diluted share, which beat the Yahoo Finance estimate for $0.78. The adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) were approximately $27.9 million, or $1.28 per diluted share. Net income available to common stockholders and AFFO increased by 205% and 192% from the prior year’s third quarter, respectively.

IIP said that it had approximately $161.1 million in cash and cash equivalents and approximately $451.2 million in short-term investments, totaling approximately $612.3 million. The company said it had no debt, other than approximately $143.7 million of unsecured debt, consisting solely of 3.75% exchangeable senior notes maturing in 2024, representing a fixed cash interest obligation of approximately $5.4 million annually, or approximately $1.3 million quarterly.

IIP paid a quarterly dividend of $1.17 per share on October 15, 2020 to common stockholders of record as of September 30, 2020, representing an approximately 10% increase over the second quarter 2020’s dividend and a 50% increase over the third quarter 2019’s dividend.

COVID Rent Update

IIP has said during the first quarter earnings release, that it worked with three of its 22 tenants to provide temporary rent deferrals, structured to apply a portion of the security deposit IIP holds under each lease to pay April rent in full, defer rent for May and June in full, and provide for the pro rata repayment of the security deposit and deferred rent over an 18 month time period starting July 1. The company said that all three tenants paid rent in full for each of July, August, September and October, including pro rata repayments of the security deposit and deferred rent.

IIP also said that it collected 100% of contractual rent due for each of the months of July, August, September and October 2020 across IIP’s total portfolio (other than the tenant at IIP’s Los Angeles, California property that is in receivership), and has not executed rent deferrals for any additional tenants, other than the three tenants described above.

IIP Is Up To 63 Properties

As of November 4, 2020, IIP said it owned 63 properties located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, totaling approximately 5.0 million rentable square feet (including approximately 1.7 million rentable square feet under development/redevelopment), which were 99.3% leased (based on square footage) with a weighted-average remaining lease term of approximately 16.1 years.

IIP has raised total net proceeds of over $1.4 billion from all of its capital raising activities to date, after deducting underwriters’ discounts and commissions and offering expenses, and had invested approximately $908.4 million in the aggregate (excluding transaction costs) and had committed an additional approximately $273.5 million to reimburse certain tenants and sellers for completion of construction and tenant improvements at IIP’s properties. These statistics do not include up to approximately $7.2 million that may be funded in the future pursuant to IIP’s lease with a tenant at one of IIP’s Massachusetts properties, as the tenant at that property may not elect to have IIP disburse those funds to the tenant and pay IIP the corresponding base rent on those funds. These statistics also treat IIP’s Los Angeles, California property as not leased, due to the tenant being in receivership and its ongoing default in its obligation to pay rent at that location.


StaffJuly 20, 2020
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Columbia Care (OTCQX: CCHWF) sold two of its properties in New Jersey for $12.4 million to Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIP) (NYSE: IIPR). Columbia Care will then rent the two properties which include an industrial building comprising approximately 50,000 square feet and a retail location comprising approximately 4,000 square feet.

Columbia Care will continue to operate the retail property as a regulated medical-use cannabis dispensary and the industrial property as a regulated medical-use cannabis cultivation and processing facility. Columbia Care is expected to complete improvements to the industrial property and IIP has agreed to provide reimbursement of up to $1.6 million. This brings IIP’s total investment in the two properties to approximately $14.0 million if all the improvement money is reimbursed.

“Columbia Care is one of the preeminent cannabis operators in the United States, and we are thrilled to introduce them as a new tenant partner,” said Paul Smithers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. “As one of the largest cannabis operators, Columbia Care is dedicated to providing the highest quality products and services to patients and customers, and we look forward to supporting them as a long-term real estate capital partner in New Jersey, including providing the additional real estate capital for further enhancements to their cultivation and processing facility.”

Columbia Care in New Jersey

Columbia Care is one of only three operators licensed to dispense medical cannabis in the southern region of New Jersey. In June, the company announced the opening of a dispensary location and produced its first harvest this month at its cultivation and processing facility. New Jersey classified medical cannabis dispensaries as “essential,” allowing them to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic, while implementing additional safety and social distancing protocols to protect the health of patient customers and employees. Last month, the New Jersey Department of Health also enacted a waiver that allows licensed operators to provide home delivery of medical cannabis products to patients.

Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care said, “Partnering with IIP provides Columbia Care with access to nondilutive capital that offers flexibility and provides us with the ability to continue to build and expand our cultivation, manufacturing, and retail capabilities in the markets that matter most.”

The dispensary in Vineland NJ will be supported by the company’s 50,000 sq. ft. cultivation and manufacturing facility, which will supply both the dispensary as well as Columbia Care’s wholesale operations in the state. Adhering to both local and state guidelines for social distancing, patients have access to curbside and express pickup options as well as Columbia Care’s innovative Virtual.Care portal, providing the industry’s most complete virtual shopping experience.

 

As of July 20, 2020, IIP owned 61 properties located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, totaling approximately 4.5 million rentable square feet (including approximately 1.5 million rentable square feet under development/redevelopment), which were 99.2% leased (based on square footage) with a weighted-average remaining lease term of approximately 16.1 years. As of July 20, 2020, IIP had invested approximately $820.4 million in the aggregate (excluding transaction costs) and had committed an additional approximately $213.3 million to reimburse certain tenants and sellers for completion of construction and tenant improvements at IIP’s properties. .


Debra BorchardtJuly 1, 2020
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Cresco Labs Inc. and Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIP) have closed on the acquisition of a property in Massachusetts with a leaseback agreement. The property is approximately 118,000 square feet of industrial space and the deal is valued at $7.8 million.

Cresco is a true leader in quality, customer experience, and patient care in its core markets, and we are pleased to further expand our long-term real estate partnership with them in Massachusetts,” said Paul Smithers, President and Chief Executive Officer of IIP. “The Massachusetts regulated cannabis industry is still in its early stages, and is emerging as one of the strongest medical and adult-use cannabis markets on the East Coast. Our transaction with Cresco represents our fifth property acquisition in Massachusetts, and we are firmly committed to being a strong real estate partner to the industry here for many years to come.”

Cresco Labs has agreed to a long-term, triple-net lease agreement for the property, which it plans to operate as regulated cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensing facility upon completion of redevelopment. Cresco said it is expected to complete additional tenant improvements for the property, for which IIP has agreed to provide reimbursement of up to $21 million. Assuming full reimbursement for the tenant improvements, IIP’s total investment in the property will be approximately $28.8 million.

A String Of IIP Deals


StaffJune 30, 2020
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Cannabis investors remain hungry for stock as long as the company is one with solid and consistent revenue. It seems GrowGeneration Corp. (NASDAQ: GRWG) and Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (NYSE: IIPR) are two such companies. Both priced and upsized offerings today

IIP Upsizes Huge Offering

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIP) priced its underwritten public offering of 2,683,363 shares at $83.85 per share for gross proceeds of approximately $225 million. The deal is expected to close on or about July 2, 2020. The underwriters also have a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 402,504 shares of its common stock.

IIP said it plans to use the net proceeds from this offering to invest in specialized industrial real estate assets that support the regulated cannabis cultivation and processing industry that are consistent with its investment strategy and for general corporate purposes.

According to Yahoo Finance, five analysts cover the stock. Four have a buy rating, while one is at hold. The average target price is $111 and the stock is currently trading near $85.

GrowGeneration Upsizes Offer

GrowGeneration Corp. (NASDAQ: GRWG) priced an underwritten public offering of 7,500,000 shares of its common stock at $5.60 per share. GrowGen said it expects the gross proceeds to be roughly $42 million, before deducting the underwriting discount and other estimated offering expenses. The deal was upsized from the previously announced offering size of $35 million of common stock and is expected to close on July 2. The underwriters have a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,125,000 shares of common stock offered in the public market.

According to Yahoo Finance, five analysts are covering the stock and all have a buy rating. The average target price is $8 and the stock is selling near $6.50. The average revenue estimate for the current quarter is $36 million, an increase of 87% over last year’s sales for the same time period.


Debra BorchardtJune 29, 2020
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for June 29, 2020. 

On the Site 

Aurora Cannabis 

It’s been a rough road for some of the OG’s of the cannabis industry. Today, Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB) said its Co-Founder Terry Booth had retired from his role as Director of the Company, effective June 26, 2020. Mr. Booth was the Chief Executive Officer of Aurora from December 2014 through February 2020 and served on Aurora’s Board of Directors since December 2014. 

According to Wikipedia, Aurora was founded in 2006 by Terry Booth, Steve Dobler, Dale Lesack, and Chris Mayerson. Booth and Dobler collectively invested over $5 million of their own capital. The founding group secured a 160+ acre parcel of land in Mountain View County, Alberta, where they established Aurora’s first facility. The company received its license to grow cannabis in 2014, making it the first cannabis producer to obtain a federal license in that province. The company went public in Canada in 2017 and then in 2018 began trading at the New York Stock Exchange. 

Cannapreneur 

Green Market Report CEO Debra Borchardt: 

Kevin Harrington has recently joined with Cannaprenuer Partners, a company that is investing in cannabis companies. Kevin, you’ve not been in cannabis, but you have certainly been in the corporate world and businesses. You’ve been helping so many companies get started or grow. What at this point prompted you to get into cannabis and specifically choose to join up with Cannaprenuer? 

Kevin Harrington: 

Great question. Thank you. If I go all the way back, I’ve been a product guy for many years. 38 years ago I was creating infomercials and As Seen on TV, and doing some fun things with Jack LaLanne and the juicer, and George Foreman, and Tony Little, and Billy Mays. That’s been my previous life, and taking a lot of pitches. Of course, then original Shark on Shark Tank, being able to take pitches on national television, that was pretty cool. But one thing Shark Tank never did, they never took pitches about cannabis. Shark Tank is on ABC Network. It’s the Disney Group and so cannabis was not their cup of tea. I don’t know if they’ll change that at some point, but most of the entrepreneurs and judges and Sharks are in cannabis investments, O’Leary and Cuban, et cetera. 

 In Other News 

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (NYSE: IIPR) announced today that it has commenced a public offering of 1,800,000 shares of its common stock. The company said it expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 270,000 shares of its common stock. The company said it intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to invest in specialized industrial real estate assets that support the regulated cannabis cultivation and processing industry that are consistent with its investment strategy, and for general corporate purposes. 


StaffJune 22, 2020
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Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (NYSE: IIPR) is making available $30 million for additional expansion of their cannabis cultivation and processing facilities at the Green Leaf Medical property in Saxton, Pennsylvania. The company’s lease was amended to reflect the new investment as well as an adjustment to the base rent to take into account the additional available funding and extended the term of the lease agreement. Assuming full payment of the additional funding, IIP’s total investment in the property will be $43.0 million.

“We are thrilled to expand our real estate partnership once again with Green Leaf, providing them the capital for this key expansion at their mission-critical facility in Saxton,” said Paul Smithers, President and Chief Executive Officer of IIP. “Green Leaf has always taken a thoughtful, long-term view toward expansion, and this second phase is expected to dramatically increase production capacity at the Saxton facility, with an eye toward meeting demand in one of the strongest medical cannabis markets in the United States.”

Green Leaf, which is known for its brand gLeaf, operates medical cannabis cultivation, extraction and retail operations in four contiguous states in the mid-Atlantic region, including Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia, with pending vertical applications in New Jersey and West Virginia. According to Green Leaf, the company has raised approximately $27 million from the sale of equity to build its multi-state operation and has generated positive EBITDA since 2018.

In April of this year, Green Leaf announced a new debt financing transaction with Chicago Atlantic Group, raising $10 million to fund the acquisition of additional dispensaries in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Green Leaf has one of 25 medical cannabis cultivation/processor licenses issued by the state of Pennsylvania.

“We appreciate the continued strong support of IIP as our long-term real estate capital partner, and look forward to expanding capacity at our Saxton facility, which provides the enhanced infrastructure elements that are key to growing the highest quality, consistent cannabis products for our patients,” said Philip Goldberg, Chief Executive Officer of Green Leaf.

Innovative Acquired Property in 2019

IIP bought the property in a sale-leaseback transaction with Green Leaf in May of last year, which comprises two buildings totaling approximately 266,000 square feet of industrial space. Green Leaf previously redeveloped approximately 103,000 square feet of the industrial space for medical-use cannabis cultivation and processing, and this funding is expected to include the build-out of the remaining 163,000 square feet of industrial space.

IIP also owns and leases to Green Leaf an 82,000 square foot medical-use cannabis cultivation, processing, and dispensing facility in Richmond, Virginia, which the company acquired earlier this year.

Pennsylvania

With first sales in 2018, the Pennsylvania medical cannabis market has grown significantly with sales hitting $524 million. The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s report dated May 15, 2020, noted that over 300,000 patient certifications have been issued by approved practitioners since the program began.

Similar to other states, Pennsylvania has expanded its program over time, adding several new medical conditions eligible for treatment with medical cannabis, including, among others, anxiety disorders and Tourette Syndrome. In addition, according to an April 2020 study by Harper Polling, over 60% of Pennsylvanians support legalizing adult-use cannabis in the state, with strong levels of support throughout the political spectrum. Multiple bills to legalize adult-use cannabis are pending in Pennsylvania’s legislature.


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