iAnthus Capital Defaults On Debt, Investigates Claims Against CEO

iAnthus Capital Holdings (CSE: IAN) has defaulted on its debt load. The company announced this morning that it has failed to make a required interest payment to holders of its 13% senior secured convertible debentures and 13% unsecured convertible debentures which were both due March 31, 2020.

Despite attempting to negotiate the payments with current debt holders, iAnthus was not able to reach an agreement. As a result, the company defaulted on the required $4.4 million payment in aggregate, which follows the news that the company has filed a lawsuit against one such debt holder.

As a result of the missed payment, the company is in default of its secured debentures, and as a result of being in default on that debt, is also now in default on other debts who’s terms state such defaults shall not occur. Collectively, the company has $97.5 million in secured debt outstanding, and $60.0 million in unsecured debt outstanding, for a total debt load of $159.2 million.

It was a difficult decision to not make the interest payment when it was due, but management and the board decided it was in the best interest of the Company and our stakeholders to spend our cash to maintain the inherent value of our business operations. We have moved aggressively over the past few months to reduce headcount and overhead spend in addition to other cost savings. Our business has never been stronger, and iAnthus is on track to achieve positive adjusted EBITDA and operational cash flow in 2020 as previously planned.

Hadley Ford, CEO of iAnthus

Further, the company has also formed a special committee to investigate alleged undisclosed third party transactions conducted by CEO Hadley Ford. Certain rumours have emerged online of such undisclosed transactions, however there was little supporting evidence to such claims. Further, the special committee will also be examining strategic alternatives for the company as a result of the failure to secure liquidity.

Previous claims made on Stockhouse about CEO Ford were believed to false due to no supporting evidence.

The firm has also postponed the resulting filing of its fourth quarter financials in light of the ongoing special investigation.

iAnthus Capital Holdings last traded at $0.67 on the CSE.

Information for this briefing was found via Sedar and iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc. The author has no securities or affiliations related to this organization. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

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