TORONTO, June 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aleafia Health Inc. (TSX: AH, OTCQX: ALEAF) (“Aleafia Health” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced amendment of its unsecured convertible debentures (the “Debenture Amendments”).
“We are delighted we have now completed this transaction,” said Tricia Symmes Aleafia Health’s CEO. “We want to thank all those who participated for demonstrating their confidence in the Company’s future. Coupled with the closing of the $5.6 million private placement announced last week, the Company is now much better positioned to execute on its ambitious growth plans in all key segments of its business: adult-use, medical and international.”
“The two transactions are transformative for Aleafia Health’s balance sheet,” said Matt Sale, Aleafia Health’s CFO. “They increase our liquidity by up to $11.6 million which will be used to fund working capital, capex and other growth initiatives; improve our cash flow dynamic with no mandatory cash interest payment for between 24 and 30 months; balance our refinancing profile due to the staggering of the New Debentures’ maturities over a span of 6 years; and increase our financial flexibility to pursue organic growth initiatives and strategic, accretive acquisitions. I particularly want to thank members of the Steering Committee and their advisors for their hard work and perseverance in coming to this mutually beneficial outcome.”
The Debenture Amendments were effected by the exchange of the outstanding $37,049,000 principal amount of unsecured convertible debentures for new, secured convertible debentures, which were issued to existing debentureholders in three equal, separate series (each, a “Series”): (a) 8.50% Series A Secured Debentures Due June 30, 2024 (the “Series A Debentures”), (b) 8.50% Series B Secured Debentures Due June 30, 2026 (the “Series B Debentures”), and (c) 8.50% Series C Secured Convertible Debentures Due June 30, 2028 (the “Series C Debentures” and, collectively with the Series A Debentures and the Series B Debentures, the “New Debentures”).
As previously disclosed, the interest rate will remain at 8.5%, but there is no mandatory cash interest payment for between 24 and 30 months as interest will initially be paid-in-kind with additional New Debentures (the “PIK Interest”) reducing near-term debt servicing requirements.
In addition, an aggregate of approximately $2.4 million principal amount of Series C Debentures were issued in payment of the consent fee (the “Consent Fee”) payable to debentureholders who consented in favour of the extraordinary resolution approving the Debenture Amendments, which Consent Fee is subject to withholding for non-residents of Canada.
Following the closing of the Debenture Amendments, the following New Debentures are issued and outstanding on the following terms:
|New Debenture||Initial Principal Amount||Maturity Date||Conversion Price|
|Series A Debentures||$12,349,666||June 30, 2024||$0.25|
|Series B Debentures||$12,349,666||June 30, 2026||$0.30|
|Series C Debentures||$14,736,279||June 30, 2028||$0.35|
* Inclusive of Consent Fee.
The New Debentures were issued on a private placement basis and are subject to a statutory hold period of four months and one day commencing on the date of issuance of the New Debentures in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws. The New Debentures will bear a legend reflecting the foregoing restriction on resale. The Company has applied to list each Series of the New Debentures on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”), and such listing is expected to occur following the expiration of the statutory hold period, subject to the satisfaction by the Company of customary listing conditions.
The New Debentures are secured against certain assets of the Company, but are fully subordinated to the Company’s existing senior secured debt. The Company is not entitled to incur further senior secured indebtedness, subject to certain exceptions including to fund working capital, capital expenditures, and strategically accretive acquisitions.
The New Debentures are governed by the terms of an amended and restated debenture indenture dated June 27, 2022 between the Company and Computershare Trust Company of Canada, as debenture trustee (the “Amended and Restated Indenture”), as supplemented by the first supplemental indenture dated June 27, 2022 governing the terms of the Series A Debentures (the “Series A Supplemental Indenture”), a second supplemental indenture dated June 27, 2022 governing the terms of the Series B Debentures (the “Series B Supplemental Indenture”) and a third supplemental indenture dated June 27, 2022 governing the terms of the Series C Debentures (the “Series C Supplemental Indenture” and, collectively with the Series A Supplemental Indenture and the Series B Supplemental Indenture, the “Supplemental Indentures”). Copies of the Amended and Restated Indenture and Supplemental Indentures will be made available in due course under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
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About Aleafia Health:
Aleafia Health, a vertically integrated and federally licensed Canadian cannabis company, owns three licensed cannabis production facilities, including the first large-scale, legal outdoor cultivation facility in Canadian history, and operates a strategically located distribution centre, all in the province of Ontario. The Company produces a diverse portfolio of cannabis derivative products including oils, capsules, edibles, sublingual strips, and vapes, for sale in Canada in the adult-use and medical markets and is pursuing opportunities in select international jurisdictions. The Company owns and operates a virtual network of medical cannabis clinics staffed by physicians and nurse practitioners.
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