The Valens Company Secures CAD$40 Million Term Loan
Non-dilutive debt capital provides Valens with greater flexibility in its growth strategy in Canada and United States
Kelowna, B.C., December 16, 2021 – The Valens Company Inc. (TSX: VLNS) (Nasdaq: VLNS) (the “Company” “The Valens Company” or “Valens”), a leading manufacturer of cannabis products, announces that it has entered into a secured non-revolving term loan (the “Loan Agreement”) with 2361380 Ontario Limited , a private institutional lender, for an aggregate principal amount up to CAD$40 million (the “Loan”). The Loan will accrue interest at a rate of 10% per annum, payable quarterly, and matures on December 15, 2023 with an initial interest payment date on December 31, 2021. Proceeds from the Loan will further strengthen the Company’s balance sheet, allowing it to execute on its corporate strategy and fund working capital needs as the business continues its aggressive growth trajectory, as well as immediately retire the remaining $7.5 million outstanding under its existing debt facility.
Tyler Robson, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of The Valens Company, stated: “With this strategic secured financing, Valens is now well positioned to accelerate its aggressive growth strategy, further fund its Canadian operations, and capitalize on new growth opportunities as the Company works toward expanding its presence in the United States. This CAD$40 million Term Loan reflects the unique value proposition that Valens has created in the market, as well as the continued confidence from our management, board, and shareholders in the continued execution of our business plan.”
Jeff Fallows, President of The Valens Company said: “This is a very attractive cost of capital and a non-dilutive financing solution that provides more financial flexibility, fewer covenants and restrictions and better enables us to aggressively penetrate our target markets and create shareholder value. This transaction, not only funds our current business plan but also strengthens our balance sheet. As a result, we do not anticipate the need to raise additional equity capital in the near term.”
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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 Valens 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 Valens 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 https://thevalenscompany.com. The Valens Company’s investor deck can be found specifically at https://thevalenscompany.com/investors/.
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The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements include, among others, regulatory risk, United States border crossing and travel bans, reliance on licenses, expansion of facilities, competition, dependence on supply of cannabis and reliance on other key inputs, dependence on senior management and key personnel, general business risk and liability, regulation of the cannabis industry, change in laws, regulations and guidelines, compliance with laws, reliance on a single facility, limited operating history, vulnerability to rising energy costs, unfavourable publicity or consumer perception, product liability, risks related to intellectual property, product recalls, difficulties with forecasts, management of growth and litigation, many of which are beyond the control of The Valens Company. For a more comprehensive discussion of the risks faced by The Valens Company, and which may cause the actual financial results, performance or achievements of The Valens Company to be materially different from estimated future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by forward-looking information or forward-looking statements, please refer to The Valens Company’s latest Annual Information Form filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities at www.sedar.com or on The Valens Company’s website at www.thevalenscompany.com. The risks described in such Annual Information Form are hereby incorporated by reference herein. Although the forward-looking statements contained herein reflect management’s current beliefs and reasonable assumptions based upon information available to management as of the date hereof, The Valens Company cannot be certain that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information. The Valens Company cautions you not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements. The Valens Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Nothing herein should be construed as either an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell securities of The Valens Company.