DENVER, Jan. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- General Cannabis Corp (OTCQB: CANN) today announced that it has raised over $2.9 million of senior convertible promissory notes (“Notes”) and extinguished an existing put obligation. Collectively, these actions restructure the Company’s debt, reduce its interest expense, increase its operating cash and provide additional financial flexibility.
In conjunction with this capital raise, the Company has now rolled or extinguished over $2 million of its outstanding short-term debt, which carried a 15% annual interest rate and was to come due in the first quarter of 2021, and replaced it with Notes that have a 10% annual coupon and mature in December 2023. The new Notes do not begin paying cash interest until 2022, giving the company more flexibility in 2021. Note holders received warrants to purchase up to 20% of the value of their Notes in common stock at a strike price of $0.56, and also have an option to convert up to 50% of the Notes into shares of common stock at a premium to the current market price, with a floor of $0.65 per share and a ceiling of $1.00. Every member of the Company’s Board participated in the raise, underscoring the Board’s belief in the direction of the Company.
Simultaneously, the Company announced that Barker Dalton, one of its largest shareholders and the founder of SevenFive Farm (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company), has waived his right to put one-quarter of his shares to the Company in exchange for cash. Said Dalton, “I am excited about the future for General Cannabis. I am aligned with my fellow board members and the management team; our overriding goal is to drive shareholder value. Waiving my put right gives the company more flexibility to use cash for value-creating purposes.”
Steve Gutterman, CEO of General Cannabis, stated, “We are pleased to strengthen our balance sheet and grateful for the support from both new and existing shareholders. We are also deeply appreciative of Barker’s waiver; he continues to be a fantastic partner. We are entirely focused on getting to cash flow positive and executing on our roll-up strategy, and today’s announcements are important steps towards achieving our goals.”
About General Cannabis Corp
General Cannabis Corp is a Colorado-based cannabis company with deep expertise in wholesale and retail operations as well as cultivation consulting. The Company is pursuing a rollup strategy of cannabis assets in mature markets. The Company's website address is www.generalcann.com.
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