4Front Ventures Announces Accretive Acquisition of Massachusetts Based New England Cannabis Corporation 

  • Expected to add significant accretion to 2022 EBITDA and beyond

  • More than doubles 4Front’s total flower canopy in important limited-license state of Massachusetts

  • Fully operational 55,000 sq. ft. cultivation facility adds scale and depth in the State

  • Cash consideration fully financed following closing of US$15 million convertible note offering led by Navy Capital

  • Closing is subject to approval by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (“CCC”)

PHOENIX, Ariz., October 7, 2021 – 4Front Ventures Corp. (CSE: FFNT) (OTCQX: FFNTF) (“4Front” or the “Company”), a vertically-integrated, multi-state cannabis operator and retailer, today announced that it has signed definitive agreements on October 6, 2021, to acquire New England Cannabis Corporation (“NECC”), a best-in-class cannabis cultivator, with state-of-the-art facilities based in Holliston, Massachusetts (the “Transaction”). Upon closing, the Transaction is expected to be significantly accretive to the Company’s EBITDA expectations for 2022 and will immediately scale 4Front’s presence as a dominant wholesaler and producer in the State.

Massachusetts’ competitive adult-use cannabis market is rapidly growing and 4Front has already introduced its full suite of popular brands in the State which have achieved wide-scale consumer support. The Company expects the acquisition of NECC to significantly expand 4Front’s strategic position and enable broader market penetration of 4Front’s diverse range of low-cost, high-quality products and brands.

As a technological leader within the industry and one of the newest independent cannabis companies in Massachusetts, NECC’s fully operational 55,000 sq. ft. licensed cultivation facility strengthens 4Front’s expanding footprint in this important limited-license state. The Transaction will more than double 4Front’s total flower canopy in Massachusetts to over 30,000 sq. ft, with further expansion potential for up to an additional 10,000 sq. ft. of canopy, and will approximately triple 4Front’s kitchen, processing and distribution space. The NECC facility will supplement the products sold through 4Front’s existing “Mission” dispensaries and further strengthen the Company’s presence in the Massachusetts wholesale market.

“The acquisition of New England Cannabis reinforces our core thesis of bringing scaled, low-cost production and operational depth to attractive, nascent, adult-use cannabis markets” said Leo Gontmakher, Chief Executive Officer of 4Front. “The addition of NECC’s impressive operations will increase our canopy, kitchen capacity, and add to our extraction capabilities overnight, greatly bolstering our position in the Massachusetts market  to become a leading wholesaler of our full suite of products and brands. This acquisition firmly anchors our foothold in the Northeast, and NECC’s state-of-the-art facility will help to drive our growth in the years ahead as we execute on our goal of achieving dominant market share in every geography we operate. I look forward to working with NECC’s seasoned team and leveraging their extensive operational experience as we continue to scale.”

Transaction Terms & Approvals

4Front has entered into agreements to acquire 100% interest of NECC for total consideration of US$55 million. The purchase price will be funded through the issuance to the seller of 25 million subordinate voting shares of the Company (“SVS”) and US$25 million of cash. The cash portion will be funded through proceeds raised from a US$15 million convertible notes offering, led by Navy Capital, a vendor take back note and balance sheet cash.

  • The convertible notes have a maturity date of 36 months following their date of issuance and bear interest at a rate of 6.0% per annum, payable annually.

  • Investors can elect at any time to convert their outstanding balance into SVS at a conversion price equal to US$1.03.

Subject to receipt of regulatory approval and the satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions, the Transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Fort Capital Partners acted as sole financial advisor to 4Front on the Transaction. Evmarc Advisors acted as financial advisor to NECC on the Transaction.

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