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Is Canopy Growth Priming The Pump For Some Major M&A Activity?

Mar 23, 2021 • 7:54 AM EDT
2 MIN READ  •  By Michael Berger
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Last week, Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (NASDAQ: CGC) announced an important milestone as it relates to its balance sheet and entered into a credit agreement for a US$750 million (USD) senior secured term loan.

Under the terms of the credit agreement, Canopy Growth can obtain up to an additional $500 million of incremental senior secured debt. The transaction further strengthens Canopy Growth’s balance sheet, provides additional capital to invest in high-return growth opportunities, and marks an important development as the management team works towards achieving a more efficient capital structure.

Going forward, Canopy Growth expects King Street to continue to serve as its anchor debt investor. Through this relationship, the management team believes it will play a key role in how it creates value for both its credit and equity investors.

One of the reasons we are favorable on the structure of the financing is related to the credit facility having no amortization payments. The credit facility matures in the first calendar quarter of 2026 and we will monitor how Canopy Growth’s story evolves during this time. 

Canopy Growth stated that it plans to use the credit facility for working capital and general corporate purposes, growth investments, acquisitions, capital expenditures, and strategic initiatives. We are favorable on the amount of value that can be created through the capital injection and expect a solid portion of the proceeds to be earmarked for certain international cannabis markets. 

From the European Union (EU) to North America, Canopy Growth is executing on a multi-national expansion and we are favorable on the markets the business is capitalizing on. We would not be surprised if Canopy Growth utilized some of the proceeds to execute on a strategy that would position it as a potential beneficiary of the Mexican cannabis market. 

If we added the credit loan that was included in the amount of capital that Canopy Growth reported to have at the ended of the fourth calendar quarter of 2020, the business would have approx. $2.5 billion (CAD) of cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments, on the balance sheet as of December 31st.

We believe that Canopy Growth is well positioned to capitalize on burgeoning international cannabis markets and is an opportunity that we are excited about. If you are interested in learning more about the Canadian cannabis company, please send an email to support@technical420.com with the subject “Canopy Growth” to be added to our distribution list.

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Michael Berger is Managing Partner of StoneBridge Partners LLC. SBP continues to drive market awareness for leading firms in the cannabis industry throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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