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Leading Cultivator, Producer and Retailer of State-Sanctioned Cannabis Now Accessible to Public Equity Investors
Written By: Jen Neville
May 29, 2018
MedMen Enterprises Inc. will begin trading today on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker symbol “MMEN” at 11 a.m. EDT.
With more than 800 employees and 18 licensed facilities in California, Nevada and New York, MedMen is one of the fastest growing companies in the quickly evolving U.S. cannabis industry. The three states where MedMen currently operates account for about half of the addressable cannabis market in the U.S. State-sanctioned cannabis sales in the country are estimated at about US$7 billion annually and expected to reach US$75 billion by 2030, according to the Cowen Group.
“MedMen’s vision is simple but revolutionary: cannabis as a consumer product,” said MedMen Co-founder and CEO Adam Bierman. “For the better part of a decade we have been singularly focused on that vision – creating the systems and infrastructure that raise the bar on product quality and safety and providing a retail shopping experience that is second to none. By going public, MedMen gives investors a ground-floor opportunity to participate in the enormous and untapped potential of the fastest growing industry in the United States.”
The listing follows the successful completion of a reverse takeover of a Canadian public company by U.S.-based MM Enterprises USA, LLC. In connection with this reverse takeover and the listing on the CSE, the Company raised approximately CA$143 million, or US$110 million, through a private placement at an implied enterprise valuation of CA$2.14 billion, or US$1.65 billion. Executives of MM Enterprises USA, LLC were appointed as officers of the public company and the public company was renamed MedMen Enterprises Inc.
“We are making marijuana mainstream by making it okay for soccer moms and middle-aged professionals to use cannabis products,” said MedMen Co-founder and President Andrew Modlin, the creative force behind MedMen and the first cannabis professional to win the prestigious American Marketing Association’s Emerging Leaders Award. “People are using it for ailments, for wellness or to just relax or socialize with friends. Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states, adult use is now legal in nine. Medical use is legal in Canada and adult use is expected to be legal by year’s end. We are marching steadily toward a future where buying and using cannabis products will be just as normal as buying wine or beer.”
It is common for U.S.-based cannabis businesses to trade on the over-the-counter (“OTC”) market. In recent years, a growing number of American marijuana companies have sought a listing on the CSE, a more reputable, bona fide global exchange. Canada-based marijuana companies like the Cronos Group and Canopy Growth have listed on major U.S. exchanges recently, but U.S. marijuana companies are barred from listing on the NYSE or Nasdaq. The CSE gives American cannabis companies broader exposure to a global investor audience. Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP acted as counsel to MedMen in connection with the financing and the listing on the CSE. MedMen engaged Cormark Securities Inc. and Canaccord Genuity Corp. to act as co-bookrunners on behalf of a syndicate of agents to complete the financing.
Our listing on the CSE will give MedMen greater flexibility in accessing capital in the public equity markets to leverage our first-mover advantage and to build upon our track record of growth. At the same time, it will provide global investors an opportunity to invest in the preeminent cannabis company in the U.S. for the first time ever.
One of the Most Recognized Brands in the Industry
Nine premium stores in the U.S. feature MedMen’s award-winning retail concept, including its flagship store on New York City’s Fifth Avenue, which opened last month. MedMen is licensed to operate a total of four stores in New York State, all of which are currently operational, and the Company plans to upgrade its three other New York stores to align with its distinctive retail brand. The Company also continues to explore and acquire prime real estate in upscale retail districts in strategic markets across North America. MedMen recently signed a joint venture agreement with Cronos Group to explore opening MedMen branded and managed stores in Canada once adult-use is legalized.
Industry Leading Cultivation and Production Facilities
MedMen operates scalable, highly-efficient cultivation facilities using the latest in agronomic technology and sustainable techniques, and its manufacturing facilities use standards comparable to those in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. MedMen owns and operates two cultivation and production facilities, one in Nevada and the other in New York. The Company is currently developing additional large-scale cultivation and production operations in California and New York and a genetics facility in Nevada, while also expanding the cultivation area of its existing Nevada facility. Management intends to establish a strong foothold in these states as they offer high-growth potential due to their market depth, supply-demand dynamics and regulatory framework.