Altmore Capital, a leading senior debt lender, today announced that it has closed its first cannabis debt fund exceeding its goal by over 200 percent. The new fund is available to plant-touching businesses with more than $10 million in revenue. To date, Altmore Capital has invested in and led over $130 million in financing in the cannabis industry and expects to complete an additional $200 million to $300 million in the next year.
“Due to federal laws and limited debt financing options, the cannabis industry and especially plant-touching businesses, is starved for capital. We launched our new fund to provide transformational capital for a large number of cannabis companies that are evolving into strong cashflow operations,” said Rob Shuler, Co-Managing Partner at Altmore Capital. “The industry expects tremendous growth over the next ten years, but it has had few funding options. We plan to help facilitate the growth and expansion of the industry with this new capital.”
Altmore is a senior secured debt lender to the cannabis industry loaning $5-100 million to successful operators in the U.S. The firm’s current borrowers are both single state operators and large multi-state operators (MSOs). Altmore’s cannabis fund is structured for investments in plant-touching businesses that include cultivators, manufacturers and retailers in the cannabis space. The firm looks for strategic and trusted management teams with the ability to execute strategy, and those that have ample collateral on an ongoing basis.
“We know that well-positioned cannabis companies have the opportunity to solidify and grow in their market position. In addition to organic growth, cannabis companies are aggressively buying competitors which is driving industry consolidation,” Shuler added. “More than half of Altmore’s $300 million backlog comprises buyers funding acquisitions.”
Altmore Capital’s partners have over 70 years of combined high-level investor experience and have been active in the cannabis industry for over four years. The Altmore team is recognized for their experience and passion for helping transform small to medium sized businesses through their partnership and capital. The company takes a hands-on approach to supporting their investments beyond capital, building networks, creating partnerships and expanding business development opportunities.
“We understand and appreciate the unique business and legal complexities of cultivation, manufacturing, retail and other aspects of the cannabis industry which is what sets us apart from others in this space,” said Shuler. “We share the same passion for the benefits of the plant as the trimmers, budtenders and CEOs in the companies in which we invest and wake up every morning excited to work in an industry that we love.”