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Chicago Atlantic Advisers Agents $100MM Facility Upsize for Varano

May 12, 2021, 07:58 AM
Filed Under: Cannabis

Verano Holdings, a leading multi-state cannabis company, announced it has entered into an Amended and Restated Credit Agreement for a senior secured term loan of US$130 million. Chicago Atlantic Advisers, LLC (“Chicago Atlantic”) will act as the administrative agent and collateral agent. Closing on the foregoing transaction is subject to customary conditions, contingencies and approvals. The Restated Credit Agreement has a maturity date of May 30, 2023, and provides for additional, non-dilutive funding of US$100 million, with an annual interest rate of 9.75% for the incremental amount.

“This upsized credit facility was strategically planned to provide additional coverage of recently announced M&A activity, to enhance our overall financial position, and create flexibility for us to pursue opportunities that could drive further growth and margin expansion,” said George Archos, Verano Co-Founder and CEO. “We very much appreciate the support of Chicago Atlantic, and the improved terms of the new facility. Being able to secure one of industry’s leading rates signals the growth in acceptance of the cannabis industry as it continues to evolve and mature.”

In making the announcement, John Mazarakis, Partner of Chicago Atlantic, noted, "We are excited to see Verano execute on its growth plan and we are looking forward to expanding our partnership. The terms of the upsized loan reflect Verano’s impressive operating performance, which resulted in this credit facility carrying one of the lowest cost of capital to-date in the industry. Verano is a clear leader in the cannabis space, and the company's consistent focus on profitable growth is what attracted us to this opportunity."


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