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Cannabis Watch: Tilray stock drops nearly 20% after convertible notes offered to help pay down debt

Since Tilray went public in July 2018, the stock has logged six sessions where it has closed down more than 20%, the last being the stock’s worst one-day performance ever, on Feb. 11, 2021, when shares plummeted 50% after U.S. reforms on the legal status of cannabis slowed.

Late Thursday, the company said it was issuing $150 million in senior convertible notes due in 2027, with underwriters Jefferies and B. of A. Securities getting a 30 -day option to offer an additional $22.5 million.

In a statement, the company said the offering will result in lower interest payments and have “fewer covenant restrictions than our non-convertible debt options due to the conversion option value,” and would be less dilutive than a secondary offering of stock.

Read: Up in smoke: $60 million marijuana startup co-owned by rapper was a Ponzi scheme, feds say

Based on Thursday’s closing price, $172.5 million represents about 73 million shares. Tilray has about 618 million shares outstanding. At the end of February, the company reported having $165 million in cash and cash equivalents, $89.4 million in long-term debt, and $223.1 million in “convertible debentures payable.”

The company said it was using a portion of the proceeds to buy back 5% convertible senior notes that come due in 2023, and 5.25% ones due in 2024, and the rest for general corporate purposes. At the same time, Tilray said that with “certain holders” of the 2023 and/or 2024 notes, it will buy back “a portion of such notes on terms to be negotiated with such holder.”

The offering comes a little more than a month after the company agreed to buy peer Hexo
On April 10, Tilray reported after the close of markets it swung to a loss for the February-ending quarter and offered to acquire Hexo in an all-stock, $56 million deal expected to close in June.

Tilray shares, which had closed April 10 up 5.4% before any of the announcements were made, closed down 8% the next session. Meanwhile, shares of Hexo had surged 30.2% on April 10 before the announcements, and dropped 26.8% during the April 11 session, according to FactSet data.

Read: Tilray plans to buy Hexo, in the latest consolidation in Canada’s struggling pot industry. Analysts ask ‘Why now?’

At Thursday’s close, Tilray shares were down 12.3% year to date, compared with an 8.1% gain on the S&P 500
Hexo shares are up 15.8% for the year.

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