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Canopy Growth sets expansion strategy


November 2, 2016
By Dave Harrison

Nov. 2, 2016, Smiths Falls, Ont. – Canopy Growth Corporation, Canada’s largest and most recognized producer of cannabis, has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Goldman Group to expand Canopy Growth’s cannabis production capacity and geographic footprint.

The MoU is the culmination of a shared view that high quality cannabis grown through secure production channels will continue to be the preferred model for Canadian cannabis production, and that current capacity is insufficient to meet the growing demand for medical and future recreational cannabis.

The agreed upon growth strategy will see the Goldman Group acquire new properties across Canada for the design and/or build of new Canopy Growth production facilities.

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Subject to the company’s approval, these facilities will be constructed to Canopy Growth’s proprietary specifications as they are defined by established production methods for each of its subsidiaries and leased back to the company. 

Through this approach, the Goldman Group will continue to expand the substantial real estate portfolio it has built in its 50-year global operating history, while benefiting from a reliable, multi-site, long-term tenant operating in a rapidly expanding industry.

“Having already built the largest production footprint in the country, we’re seeking to accelerate on our national and international expansion strategy, one that is unmatched in the sector,” said Bruce Linton, chairman and CEO of Canopy Growth. “Canopy and its shareholders get an accelerated expansion avenue with offset upfront capital costs and Goldman expands its already impressive portfolio of holdings.”

Cannabis market projections developed by leading Canadian financial institutions and this week’s report by the office of Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer consistently project a multi-billion dollar industry in the coming years.

With this new expansion strategy, Canopy Growth builds on its already leading position as a vertically integrated producer capable of earning a large market share through unparalleled production scale.

“The management team at Canopy Growth has demonstrated its ability to scale quickly and meet the rapidly increasing demand in the medical cannabis market,” said Murray Goldman, founder of the Goldman Group and board member of Canopy Growth. “With a recreational market on the horizon, this MoU sets the stage for a large and expedited expansion plan.”

The Goldman Group through its affiliates owns approximately 3.8 per cent of the outstanding shares of Canopy Growth and is already the landlord of the Company’s Bedrocan Canada Inc. properties.

ABOUT CANOPY GROWTH

Canopy Growth is publicly traded on the TSX and a leading diversified producer of medical cannabis through its wholly owned subsidiaries Tweed, Bedrocan Canada, and Tweed Farms.

The company operates a collection of diverse brands and curated strain variety, supported by over half a million square feet of indoor and greenhouse production capacity.

ABOUT THE GOLDMAN GROUP

Founded in 1958, the Goldman Group is one of Canada’s top diversified real estate and property development companies with over 200 large-scale residential, commercial and industrial projects to its credit.

Its founding principles of improving communities through development have driven its growth and touched communities around the world.
Recent achievements include multiple high-rise condominium development projects in the Greater Toronto Area.


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