AYR Wellness Announces Refinancing and Upsizing of Gainesville Cultivation Facility Mortgage
MIAMI, July 07, 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 on a $40 million refinancing and upsizing (the “Loan”) of its existing mortgage for its Gainesville cultivation facility (the “Facility”), with Needham Bank.
Proceeds from the Loan will be used to pay down the Company’s existing Gainesville mortgage of $25.3 million, which was due to mature in May 2024, and invest further in the Facility and the Company’s Florida business. The new Loan carries an interest rate of 5-year FHLB Rate + 4%, which currently implies a rate of 8.26%.
Brad Asher, Chief Financial Officer at AYR Wellness, said, “The refinancing and upsizing of our Gainesville mortgage is the latest in a series of actions aimed at further strengthening AYR’s balance sheet. Today’s action replaces our existing mortgage with a lower interest rate, extends the maturity to 10 years, and provides us with additional capital to invest further in the Facility and the Company’s Florida business. We believe the growth opportunity in Florida is greater than any other market in the country given its population, tourism, and potential for converting to adult-use sales in the coming years.”
To learn more about AYR Wellness or to locate your nearest dispensary, please visit www.ayrwellness.com.
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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 July 7, 2023