AYR Wellness Closes Sale of Arizona Assets
MIAMI, March 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AYR Wellness Inc. (CSE: AYR.A, OTCQX: AYRWF) (“AYR” or the “Company”), a leading vertically integrated U.S. multi-state cannabis operator (“MSO”), today announced that it has closed under the definitive agreement to sell Blue Camo, LLC, (“Blue Camo”) which comprises the Company’s Arizona assets, to AZ Goat AZ, LLC (“AZ Goat” or the “Buyer”), a group consisting primarily of the former owners of Blue Camo, who sold the business to AYR in Q1 2021. The sale includes two licensed entities operating three Oasis-branded dispensaries in the greater Phoenix area, a 10,000 sq. ft. cultivation and processing facility in Chandler, and an 80,000 sq. ft. cultivation facility in Phoenix, and AYR’s majority interest in Willcox OC, LLC, a joint venture developing an outdoor cultivation facility.
AYR received consideration of $20 million in cash, with additional cash proceeds from net working capital to be received in the next six months. In addition, the Buyer has assumed lease obligations that resulted in the elimination of approximately $15 million in long-term lease liabilities for AYR. In a separate arrangement, all potential earn-out contingent consideration and debt outstanding related to the Q1 2021 purchase of Blue Camo has been eliminated, reducing AYR’s long-term debt by $22.5 million.
“I am pleased to announce the swift closing of the sale of our Arizona assets,” said David Goubert, President & CEO of AYR. “This transaction strengthens our balance sheet by adding cash and reducing net debt and long-term operating leases by approximately $55 million, while improving our working capital position. Finalizing this transaction is the latest step in our optimization plan as we look to streamline our business and prioritize investment into our most profitable assets.”
“We are pleased to have worked with the AYR team in completing this mutually beneficial transaction and re-entering Arizona, a market in which our team has deep roots,” said Jason Vedadi, Chief Executive Officer of AZ Goat.
Additional terms and details of the transaction can be found in the Company’s press release announcing the definitive agreement, dated February 9, 2023.
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About AYR Wellness Inc.
AYR is an expanding vertically integrated, U.S. multi-state cannabis operator. Based on the belief that everything starts with the quality of the plant, the Company’s mission is to cultivate the finest quality cannabis at scale and deliver remarkable experiences to its customers every day.
AYR’s leadership team brings proven expertise in growing successful businesses through disciplined operational and financial management, and is committed to driving positive impact for customers, employees and the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.ayrwellness.com.
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Released March 27, 2023