Smiths Falls, Ontario-based cannabis firm Canopy Growth has taken out a senior secured loan worth $750 million ($932 million Canadian dollars), with the possibility of borrowing $500 million more, in a deal with investment management firm King Street Capital Management. “This transaction further strengthens Canopy’s balance sheet, provides additional capital to invest in high-return growth opportunities, and marks a key milestone for us as we work towards achieving a more efficient capital structure,” said Canopy’s chief financial officer Mike Lee in a news release issued Thursday morning. Canopy said it will use the proceeds for working capital and general corporate purposes, which could include “growth investments, acquisitions, capital expenditures, and strategic initiatives.” The loan matures in March 2026 and doesn’t have scheduled amortization payments. The coupon is the LIBOR benchmark rate with a floor of 1%, plus 8.5%. Including the proceeds from the new loan, Canopy said its cash position as of Dec. 31, 2020, would have been roughly 2.5 billion Canadian dollars ($2 billion). Canopy recently filed a prospectus in order to potentially raise up to $2 billion over 25 months.
Marijuana Business Daily, 03/18/2021 12:06:00