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Innovative Industrial Properties Expands Real Estate Partnership with AWH

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San Diego-based Innovative Industrial Properties Inc., the first and only real estate company on the New York Stock Exchange focused on the regulated U.S. cannabis industry, has closed on the acquisition of a property in Lansing, Michigan, which comprises approximately 145,000 square feet of industrial space. The REIT Wire recently reported on the $4.8-million deal.

Concurrent with the closing of the purchase, IIP entered into a long-term, triple-net lease agreement with a subsidiary of Ascend Wellness Holdings, LLC (AWH), which intends to operate the property as a licensed medical-use cannabis cultivation and processing facility upon completion of redevelopment. AWH is expected to complete tenant improvements for the building, for which IIP has agreed to provide reimbursement of up to $15.0 million. Assuming full reimbursement for the tenant improvements, IIP’s total investment in the property will be approximately $19.8 million.

This Michigan property represents IIP’s second real estate transaction with AWH. In December 2018, IIP acquired a 75,000-square-foot industrial facility in Illinois and entered into a long-term, triple-net lease agreement with AWH for use as a medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility, with IIP’s total investment in the property, assuming full reimbursement for tenant improvements, expected to be $25.0 million.

As the pioneering real estate investment trust (REIT) for the medical-use cannabis industry, IIP partners with experienced medical-use cannabis operators and serves as a source of capital by acquiring and leasing back their real estate assets, in addition to offering other creative real estate-based capital solutions.

“We are excited to team up with AWH again as their long-term real estate partner in Michigan,” said Paul Smithers, President and Chief Executive Officer of IIP. “AWH is very well-positioned, with a strong management team and balance sheet, as it ramps up its operations in Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, each of which presents a tremendous market opportunity. We look forward to supporting their continued growth and success for many years to come.”

AWH is a vertically integrated cannabis company, and expects to be operating in each of Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio by the end of this year. AWH has raised over $100 million in capital to date.

“The IIP team has been a great real estate partner and key capital source to fund our multi-state expansion initiatives,” said Abner Kurtin, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of AWH. “We are thrilled to begin our redevelopment of the Michigan property, and to bring our highest-quality medical cannabis products and customer-focus to meet the tremendous patient demand in Michigan.”

As of July 9, 2019, IIP owned 23 properties located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, totaling approximately 1.8 million rentable square feet (including approximately 466,000 rentable square feet under development/redevelopment), which were 100% leased with a weighted-average remaining lease term of approximately 15.6 years. As of July 9, 2019, IIP had invested approximately $234.5 million in the aggregate (excluding transaction costs) and had committed an additional approximately $72.0 million to reimburse certain tenants and sellers for completion of construction and tenant improvements at IIP’s properties. IIP’s average current yield on invested capital is approximately 14.7% for these 23 properties, calculated as (a) the sum of the current base rents, supplemental rent (with respect to the lease with PharmaCann LLC at one of IIP’s New York properties) and property management fees (after the expiration of applicable base rent abatement or deferral periods), divided by (b) IIP’s aggregate investment in these properties (excluding transaction costs and including aggregate potential development/redevelopment funding and tenant reimbursements of approximately $72.0 million).


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