Packaged goods cannabis company HEXO Corp. has entered into a syndicated credit facility with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, as Sole Bookrunner, Co-Lead Arranger and Administrative Agent and Bank of Montreal as Co-Lead Arranger and Syndication Agent.
Under the terms of the credit facility, the two lenders will provide HEXO up to C$65 million of secured debt financing at a rate of interest that is expected to average in the mid-to-high 5% per annum range over its three-year term.
As one of the largest licensed cannabis companies in Canada, HEXO Corp. operates with over 1.3 million sq. ft. of facilities in Ontario and Quebec and a foothold in Greece with plans to establish a Eurozone processing, production and distribution centre.
The firm serves the Canadian adult-use market under the HEXO brand while continuing to provide its medical cannabis clients with consistent access to Hydropothecary medical cannabis products.
The credit facility consists of a C$50 million term loan and a C$15 million revolving loan, with an uncommitted option to increase the facility by up to C$135 million, subject to the satisfaction of certain customary legal and business conditions. Both loans mature in 2022. HEXO may, at its discretion, repay the balance of the loans without penalty, at any time.
The proceeds of the term loan will be used to partially fund the expansion of HEXO’s Gatineau, Québec facility and leasehold improvements to its newly leased facility in Belleville, Ontario. The proceeds of the revolving loan will be used for general corporate purposes and working capital.
The interest rate for the loans is a set margin over the Canadian dollar prime rate or a bankers’ acceptance of appropriate term. Based on the current Canadian dollar prime rate, the interest payable is expected to be in the mid to high 5% per annum range over the term of the loans.
The credit facility is secured by HEXO and its subsidiaries, including against HEXO’s facilities in Gatineau, Québec and Belleville, Ontario, and contains customary financial and restrictive covenants. Additional details on the credit facility can be found in the Company’s documents, which will be filed under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.Cannabis Business Worldwide