Cannabis MSO Exists Arizona, Analyst Calls It 'A Good Move' And Here's Why

Cannabis company AYR Wellness Inc. AYR AYRWF has closed the sale of Blue Camo, LLC, which comprises the company's Arizona assets, to AZ Goat AZ, LLC, a group consisting primarily of the former owners of Blue Camo, who sold the business to AYR in 2021.

The Deal

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, an 80,000 sq. ft. cultivation facility in Phoenix, as well as AYR's majority interest in Willcox OC, LLC, a joint venture developing an outdoor cultivation facility.

AYR received $20 million in cash in exchange, 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 eliminated approximately $15 million in long-term lease liabilities for AYR.

In a separate arrangement, all potential earn-out contingent considerations and debt outstanding related to the 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 and CEO of AYR, who is one of the many speakers at the upcoming Benzinga event in April. "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.

This Cannabis Stock Is Making Good Moves, But Debt Load Is Still High, Says Analyst

In addition to exiting Arizona, the company also dropped out of a deal to acquire shops in Illinois to put its efforts in states where it's better positioned and enjoys better economics, said Cantor Fitzgerald's analyst Pablo Zuanic, who will also join cannabis entrepreneurs, stakeholders and executives at this spring's cannabis event in Miami Beach.

However, he noted that the company's balance sheet appears stretched versus the peer group, and share-based compensation is above the peer group.

"The debt load is even higher if we factor tax payables and contingent debt," Zuanic said. "On our numbers, Ayr Wellness trades at only a slight discount to the MSO average. In terms of risk-reward, we prefer other stocks in the multi-state operators' group."

Related News

AYRWF Price Action

AYR's shares traded 1.90% lower at $0.68 per share at the time of writing on Tuesday morning.

Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference

The most successful cannabis business event in the world, the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference, returns to Miami for its 16th edition.
This is the place where DEALS GET DONE, where money is raised, M&A starts, and companies meet investors and key partners. Join us at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel in Florida on April 11-12. Don’t miss out.

Secure your tickets now. Prices will surge very soon.

Photo: Courtesy of Kindel Media by Pexels

Market News and Data brought to you by Benzinga APIs
Posted In: CannabisNewsPenny StocksFinancingMarketsArizona cannabisBenzinga Cannabis Capital ConferenceCantor FitzgeraldCCCDavid GoubertPablo Zuanic
Benzinga simplifies the market for smarter investing

Trade confidently with insights and alerts from analyst ratings, free reports and breaking news that affects the stocks you care about.

Join Now: Free!

The Top Cannabis Event In New Jersey

Join the Benzinga Cannabis Market Spotlight in New Jersey on June 17th! Grow your business, raise money and capitalize on the booming NJ recreational market. Don’t miss this must-attend event in New Brunswick. Secure your tickets now. Very few spots are left. Use the code "JAVIER20" for 20% off!