Cannabis operators eye sale-leaseback transactions to free up capital

As the emerging cannabis industry takes a macroeconomic step back to check in with the fundamental profitability necessary to return capital to investors, new forms of financing are emerging. Real estate is beginning to be stripped off balance sheets in the form of sale-leaseback transactions, freeing up cash flow to use in operations.

Owning the real estate behind a vertically integrated, multistate operator commands cash that could be deployed more effectively as operating capital.

Sale-leasebacks are becoming popular as companies focus on competing as efficient operators versus running a real estate portfolio.

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