- Closure of Sde Avraham farm in Israel optimizes Company’s organizational structure by fully leveraging global import-export supply chain
- Increase in Revolving Credit Facility availability to $15 million supports increased global demand for premium cannabis
TORONTO, Canada and GLIL YAM, Israel , April 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — IM Cannabis Corp. (the “Company” or “IM Cannabis”) (CSE: IMCC) (NASDAQ: IMCC), a leading medical and adult-use recreational cannabis company with operations in Israel, Canada, and Germany, today announced new strategic imperatives designed to enhance organizational efficiency and reduce operating costs while further responding to the increased demand for premium, indoor-grown Canadian cannabis from Israeli consumers. As part of these changes, Focus Medical Herbs Ltd. (“Focus Medical”) has decided to close the Sde Avraham cultivation farm in Israel that it owns and operates. Focus Medical has an exclusive commercial agreement with IM Cannabis to distribute its production under the IMC brand. Focus Medical will complete the closure of the Sde Avraham cultivation farm during the second quarter of 2022.
The closure of Sde Avraham farm will allow the Company to better leverage its fully licensed import-export supply chain and focus on importing premium and ultra-premium products from its subsidiaries in Canada and other leading Canadian suppliers. IM Cannabis will continue to support the cultivation sector in Israel by concentrating on purchasing from third-party cultivation facilities in Israel that have advanced technological greenhouses and will rely on existing inventory of proprietary genetics.
The Company also completed an amendment to increase the availability under the existing revolving credit facility with a private Canadian creditor that is maintained by Trichome JWC Acquisition Corp. (“TJAC”) to $15 million (the “Revolving Credit Facility”) to better support the working capital needs associated with its global supply chain and the growing demand for its premium Canadian-grown cannabis. Amounts drawn under the Revolving Credit Facility are margined against eligible accounts receivable and inventory and are secured against the assets of the Company’s Canadian subsidiaries. The term of the Revolving Credit Facility was extended to May 2023. For more information on the Revolving Credit Facility, please see the Company’s annual information form dated March 31, 2022, available on the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
IM Cannabis is well positioned to meet the elevated demand for premium cannabis through our global supply chain and cultivation facilities in Canada. Over the last decade, Focus Medical has been the main cultivator of our products sold in the Israeli market and we are grateful for the team’s hard work and dedication.
Oren Shuster, Chief Executive Officer of IM Cannabis
Our ability to import from our Canadian facilities provides us with a high-quality and reliable source of supply for the Israeli and German medical markets as they continue to evolve. We believe this strategic transition will strengthen our operating model and ultimately support sustainable, long-term growth for our stakeholders.
In 2021, the Company established a strong presence in Canada through acquiring two indoor cultivation facilities of TJAC and MYM Nutraceuticals Inc. (“MYM”), which grow premium and ultra-premium products and have leading brands in the adult-use recreational Canadian market, WAGNERS and Highland Grow. The TJAC and MYM acquisitions enable the Company to seamlessly import these products into Israel and provide Israeli patients with premium products, some of which are already sold in pharmacies in Israel. In the first quarter of 2022, the Company launched its WAGNERS brand in Israel.
About IM Cannabis Corp.
IM Cannabis (NASDAQ: IMCC, CSE: IMCC) is a leading international cannabis company providing premium products to medical patients and adult-use recreational consumers. IM Cannabis is one of the very few companies with operations in Israel, Germany, and Canada, the three largest federally legal markets. The ecosystem created through its international operations leverages the Company’s unique data-driven perspective and product supply chain globally. With its commitment to responsible growth and financial prudence, and the ability to operate within the strictest regulatory environments, the Company has quickly become one of the leading cultivators and distributors of high-quality cannabis globally.
The Company operates medical cannabis retail pharmacies, online platforms, distribution centres and logistical hubs through IMC Holdings Ltd. in Israel that enable the safe delivery and quality control of IM Cannabis products throughout the entire value chain. In Germany, the IM Cannabis ecosystem operates through Adjupharm GmbH, where it also distributes cannabis to pharmacies to medical cannabis patients. In Canada, IM Cannabis operates through Trichome Financial Corp. and its subsidiaries TJAC and MYM, where it cultivates and processes cannabis for the adult-use market at its Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Quebec facilities under the WAGNERS and Highland Grow brands.
About Focus Medical
Focus Medical is one of eight original licensed producers of medical cannabis in Israel and has over 10 years of experience growing high quality medical cannabis in the Israeli market. According to accounting criteria in IFRS 10, the Company is viewed as effectively exercising control over Focus, and therefore, the accounts of Focus are consolidated with those of the Company. Focus Medical has an exclusive commercial agreement with IM Cannabis to distribute its production under the IMC brand. In addition to its own capacity, Focus Medical has supply agreements with other cultivators for additional supply using its proprietary genetics and for sale under the IMC brand.