MEDFORD, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Grown Rogue International Inc. (“Grown Rogue” or the “Company”) (CSE: GRIN) (OTC: GRUSF), a multi-state cannabis company with operations and assets in Oregon and Michigan, today announced the retirement of the Company’s senior secured convertible debentures of CAD$2.36M that would have matured on November 1, 2021. The early retirement of the debt will save the Company CAD$100k in interest payments over 2021. The debt repayment also results in the removal of the general security agreement over all of the Company’s assets and leaves only $1.04M of term debt, of which $450k is current. Of the current amount of $450k, $100k will complete a payment contributing to an option payment to acquire Golden Harvests, LLC (“Golden Harvests”). This results in a debt to projected 2021 adjusted EBITDA1 ratio of 0.15.
The debt repayment included a cash payment of CAD$1.54M and the issuance of 6,555,556 common shares of the Company at a price of $0.125 per share in accordance with the terms of the debentures. The repayment of principal results in the elimination of a potential conversion of debt into 12.3M common shares or approximately 8% of the current issued and outstanding common shares of the Company.
“Retiring this senior secured convertible debt is an important step in Grown Rogue’s path to financial health and continues our goal of creating shareholder value with disciplined capital allocation,” said Obie Strickler, Chief Executive Officer of Grown Rogue. “With our industry leading cash margins of 65%+ and the recent capacity increase of over 500lbs per month of high quality indoor production we are excited to continue executing on our plan to become a top producer in the US cannabis markets.”
With the recent acquisition by Grown Rogue’s partner, Canopy Management, LLC, of the controlling interest of Golden Harvests, the Company now beneficially controls 127,000 sq ft of indoor production, which will yield more than 1,000 lbs per month in constructed capacity. With additional expansion already underway in Michigan, Grown Rogue expects to increase production to 1,800lbs per month in 2022.
For more information about Grown Rogue please visit www.grownrogue.com
The Company’s “Adjusted EBITDA” is a non-IFRS measure used by management that does not have any prescribed meaning by IFRS and that may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as the Company’s net income (loss) for a period, as reported, before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and is further adjusted to remove transaction costs, stock-based compensation expense, accretion expense, gain (loss) on derecognition of derivative liabilities and the effects of fair-value accounting for biological assets and inventory. The Company believes that this is a useful metric to evaluate its operating performance. The following is a reconciliation of the Company’s net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA.
About Grown Rogue
Grown Rogue International (CSE: GRIN | OTC: GRUSF) is a multi-state Cannabis family of brands on a mission to inspire consumers to “enhance experiences” through cannabis. We have combined an expert management team, award winning grow team, state of the art indoor and outdoor manufacturing facilities, and consumer insight-based product categorization, to create innovative products thoughtfully curated from “seed to experience.” The Grown Rogue family of products include sungrown and indoor premium flower, along with patented nitro sealed indoor and sungrown pre-rolls and jars.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward‐looking information prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Although the Company has attempted to identify important risks, uncertainties and factors which could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be others that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update this forward‐looking information except as otherwise required by applicable law.
SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT
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The Company is indirectly involved in the manufacture, possession, use, sale and distribution of cannabis in the recreational cannabis marketplace in the United States through its indirect operating subsidiaries. Local state laws where its subsidiaries operate permit such activities however, these activities are currently illegal under United States federal law. Additional information regarding this and other risks and uncertainties relating to the Company's business are disclosed in the Company’s Listing Statement filed on its issuer profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Should one or more of these risks, uncertainties or other factors materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking information or forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected.
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