The Valens Company Enters into $40 Million Debt Facility
KELOWNA, BC, June 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –Valens GroWorks Corp. (TSX: VLNS) (OTCQX: VLNCF) (the “Company” or “The Valens Company”), a global leader in the end-to-end development and manufacturing of innovative, cannabinoid-based products, today announced it has entered into a syndicated credit facility (the “Credit Facility”) with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”) as Co-Lead Arranger and Administrative Agent, and ATB Financial (“ATB”) as Co-Lead Arranger (together, the “Lenders”). Under the terms of the credit facility, the Lenders will provide The Valens Company up to C$40 million of secured debt financing.
The Credit Facility consists of a C$20 million secured term loan and a C$20 million secured revolving loan, with an accordion feature that could allow The Valens Company to increase the aggregate commitments by up to an additional C$10 million. The Credit Facility has a three-year term and is secured by a first ranking charge over substantially all the Company’s assets.
Proceeds from the Credit Facility will further strengthen the Company’s balance sheet, allowing for the continued expansion of its operations and execution of its corporate strategy, including gaining access to new domestic and global opportunities to increase shareholder value.
Although we are already well capitalized, the Credit Facility increases our financial flexibility and brings down our overall weighted average cost of capital.
Tyler Robson, CEO of The Valens Company
With our enhanced balance sheet, we are well positioned to continue to expand our innovative product portfolio, build out our custom manufacturing platform, be opportunistic in a consolidating market and maximize capital allocation to generate the highest return on invested capital for our shareholders.
Additional details on the credit facility can be found in the Company’s documents, which will be filed under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
About The Valens Company
The Valens Company is a global leader in the end-to-end development and manufacturing of innovative, cannabinoid-based products. The Company is focused on being the partner of choice for leading Canadian and international cannabis brands by providing best-in-class, proprietary services including CO2, ethanol, hydrocarbon, solvent-less and terpene extraction, analytical testing, formulation and product development and custom manufacturing. Valens is the largest third-party extraction Company in Canada with an annual capacity of 425,000 kg of dried cannabis and hemp biomass at our purpose-built facility in Kelowna, British Columbia which is in the process of becoming European Union (EU) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliant. The Valens Company currently offers a wide range of product formats, including tinctures, two-piece caps, soft gels, oral sprays and vape pens as well as beverages, concentrates, topicals, edibles, injectables, natural health products and has a strong pipeline of next-generation products in development for future release. Finally, the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Valens Labs is a Health Canada licensed ISO 17025 accredited cannabis testing lab providing sector-leading analytical services and has partnered with Thermo Fisher Scientific to develop a Centre of Excellence in Plant-Based Science. For more information, please visit http://thevalenscompany.com. The Company’s investor deck can be found specifically at http://thevalenscompany.com/investors/.