4Front Ventures Enters into US$30 Million Sale-Leaseback Transaction Agreements

The agreement involves the sale and leaseback of 4Front’s cultivation and production facilities in Tumwater, Wash., and Georgetown, Mass.

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PHOENIX, October 27, 2020 – PRESS RELEASE – 4Front Ventures Corp. has announced that it has entered into definitive purchase and sale agreements with an affiliate of Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc., (IIPR) providing for the sale and leaseback of 4Front’s cultivation and production facilities in Tumwater, Wash., and Georgetown, Mass.

The all cash sale price of US$30 million will be used by the company to pay down the outstanding senior secured debt obligation to affiliates of Gotham Green Partners, and for other general corporate purposes. The transaction is subject to various closing conditions, including standard property/title inspections and appraisals and is scheduled to close in early December.

"Entering this sale-leaseback transaction marks a significant milestone in our stated strategy to further strengthen our balance sheet, providing us greater flexibility to fund our growth initiatives.  The successful closing of this transaction positions us well as we enter 2021, with our laser focus on profitable growth within our core markets of Massachusetts, Illinois, California, Washington and Michigan,” said Leo Gontmakher, CEO of 4Front.

In accordance with the terms of the transaction, 4Front will occupy the Tumwater, Wash., and Georgetown, Mass., facilities pursuant to 20-year lease agreements, with two 5-year extensions exercisable at 4Front’s discretion. 4Front anticipates no disruption to its operations as a result of the transaction.