Ascend Wellness Reaches Settlement With MedMen To Acquire New York Assets

It appears that attempting to void a sale agreement with Ascend Wellness Holdings (CSE: AAWH.u) has worked out well for MedMen Enterprises (CSE: MMEN). The dispute, which relates to the sale of MedMen New York, has evidently ended in MedMen’s favor.

The dispute began at the start of January, when it Ascend claimed that MedMen was attempting to terminate the sale of its New York operations to them. Previously, it was agreed upon that Ascend would be acquiring MedMen New York for a figure of $73.0 million, which was to be paid in cash, and a promissory note.

MedMen however evidently had some degree of sellers remorse, and instead elected to dispute the regulatory approval of the transaction, which was made by the Office of Cannabis Management within the state. Two weeks after the dispute was made public, it was decided that the two were headed to court to settle the matter.

The matter appears to now be settled as of this morning, with it being announced that the two parties have entered into a term sheet to resolve the dispute. The sale is to proceed, although with a revised compensation structure.

As a means of achieving the settlement, Ascend will increase total consideration to be paid by $15.0 million, of which $4.0 million is part of an earn-out arrangement related to recreational sales being achieved. Total compensation for the purchase is now pegged at $88.0 million.

The revised transaction will see Ascend take a 99.99% stake in the entity, versus the previously agreed to 86.7% stake. Consideration will consist of $74 million to be paid at closing, which includes $63.0 million of the original transaction figure, as well as $11 million of the settlement arrangement.

$14 million meanwhile is set to be paid upon the first sale of recreational cannabis that occurs at a former MedMen dispensary in the state. No additional earn-outs are attached to the agreement.

The assets presently consists of four medical cannabis dispensaries as well as a cultivation facility.

Ascend Wellness last traded at US$3.02 on the CSE.

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