SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): February 4, 2021
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
301 Winding Road
Old Bethpage, NY 11804
(Address of principal executive offices and Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 750-0371
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of Each Class||Trading Symbol||Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered|
|Common Shares||PW||NYSE (American)|
|7.75% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock, Liquidation Preference $25 per Share||PW.A||NYSE (American)|
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On February 3, 2021, 2021, Power REIT (“Power REIT” or the “Trust”), through a wholly owned subsidiary of the Trust (“PropCo”), in connection with the acquisition of a 37,000 square foot property located in Riverside County, CA (the “Property”), received an assignment of a lease (the “Lease”) with Fiore Management LLC d.b.a Canndescent (the “Tenant”). The Lease provides that the Tenant is responsible for paying all expenses related to the Property, including maintenance expenses, insurance and taxes.
The foregoing descriptions of the lease does not purport to be complete and are qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Lease, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and is incorporated into this Current Report on Form 8-K by reference.
Item 2.01 Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets.
On February 3, 2021, the Trust, through PropCo, completed the acquisition of a 37,000 square foot greenhouse cultivation facility located in Riverside County, Colorado for $7,685,000. The acquisition was funded with approximately $2.685 million of cash on hand and the issuance of 192,308 shares of Power REIT’s Series A Preffered Stock (NYSE American ticker: PW.PRA).
Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.
On February 4, 2021, the Trust issued a press release regarding the acquisition of the Property. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1. The information contained in Item 7.01 of this report, including Exhibit 99.1, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. Such information shall not be incorporated by reference into any filing of the Trust, whether made before or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|Exhibit||Description of Exhibit|
|10.1||Lease Agreement with Fiore Management LLC|
|99.1||Power REIT Press Release issued on February 4, 2021|
Some of the information in this press release contains forward-looking statements and within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. When used in this press release, words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “plan,” “continue,” “intend,” “should,” “may,” “target,” or similar expressions, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Investors are cautioned against placing undue reliance on such statements. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements include those discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), as well as in other reports that we file with the SEC.
Forward-looking statements are based on beliefs, assumptions and expectations as of the date of this press release. We disclaim any obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements reflecting new estimates, events or circumstances after the date of this press release.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|Date: February 4, 2021||POWER REIT|
|By||/s/ David H. Lesser|
|David H. Lesser|
|Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer|
Power REIT Acquires Greenhouse Cannabis Cultivation Facility in Highly Accretive Transaction
Old Bethpage, New York, February 4, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Power REIT (NYSE-AMEX: PW and PW.PRA) (“Power REIT” or the “Trust”) today announced that it has acquired a 37,000 square foot state-of-the art greenhouse cannabis cultivation facility located in Riverside County, California (the “Property”) through a wholly owned subsidiary (“PropCo”) for $7.685 million. Power REIT funded the transaction using $2.685 million of cash on hand and the issuance of 192,308 shares of Power REIT’s Series A Preferred Stock (NYSE American ticker: PW.PRA), which had a closing price of $26.00 per share on February 2, 2021.
The property is leased to Canndescent (“Canndescent”), the #1 selling flower brand for luxury cannabis, with over 50% store penetration in California. Canndescent offers ultra-premium products grown through a proprietary cultivation process. The lease provides straight-line annual rent of approximately $1,074,000 which represents an unleveraged CORE FFO yield to the Common Shares of Power REIT of greater than 26%. The transaction increases Power REIT’s CORE FFO on a run rate basis by approximately $0.21 per share relative to the prior run rate guidance. This increase in CORE FFO is based on using proceeds from the pending Rights Offering that Power REIT is conducting in order to fund the acquisition. Accordingly, such calculation is based on adding approximately 101,000 common shares in order to provide an indication of the pro-forma impact from the acquisition.
David Lesser, Power REIT’s Chairman and CEO, commented, “This transaction demonstrates Power REIT’s ability to source and close accretive real estate acquisitions that we believe should result in the creation of significant shareholder value. This acquisition expands our national footprint into the California market, which is the largest cannabis market in the United States. The acquisition provides attractive valuation metrics including a discount to replacement cost and a lower price than recent comparable property sales in the market. We are also pleased to establish a relationship with Canndescent which is a sophisticated cannabis operator with premier brands and significant customer loyalty.”
Adrian Sedlin, Founder and CEO of Canndescent, commented, “We are excited to partner with Power REIT and are already exploring additional pipeline and business opportunities that could be mutually beneficial to us and Power REIT as we both continue to expand our respective businesses.”
Mr. Lesser concluded, “In addition, we believe that our previously announced Rights Offering is a very investor friendly component of our capital plan that should allow shareholders the opportunity to participate in our immediate growth plans. As previously announced, we have extended the closing on the Rights Offering to February 5, 2021. This was in response to the significant interest we have received and to allow as many shareholders as possible to participate. We are optimistic about our acquisition pipeline and hope to announce additional acquisitions in the near future.”
UPDATED INVESTOR PRESENTATION
Power REIT has posted an updated investor presentation which is available using the following link: https://www.pwreit.com/investors
STATEMENT ON SUSTAINABILITY
Power REIT owns real estate related to infrastructure assets including properties for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA Facilities), Renewable Energy and Transportation. CEA Facilities, such as greenhouses, provide an extremely environmentally friendly solution, which consume approximately 70% less energy than indoor growing operations that do not benefit from “free” sunlight. CEA facilities use 90% less water than field grown plants, and all of Power REIT’s greenhouse properties operate without the use of pesticides and avoid agricultural runoff of fertilizers and pesticides. These facilities cultivate medical Cannabis, which has been recommended to help manage a myriad of medical symptoms, including seizures and spasms, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, migraines, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s. Renewable Energy assets are comprised of land and infrastructure associated with utility scale solar farms. These projects produce power without the use of fossil fuels thereby lowering carbon emissions. The solar farms produce approximately 50,000,000 kWh of electricity annually which is enough to power approximately 4,600 home on a carbon free basis. Transportation assets are comprised of land associated with a railroad, an environmentally friendly mode of bulk transportation.
ABOUT POWER REIT
Power REIT is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns real estate related to infrastructure assets including properties for Controlled Environment Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Transportation. Power REIT is actively seeking to expand its real estate portfolio related to Controlled Environment Agriculture. Additional information about Power REIT can be found on its website: www.pwreit.com
CANNDESCENT leads the cannabis industry in innovation and empowers adults to turn down the noise, unlock the moment and transform their lives with ultra-premium cannabis products. In 2015, CANNDESCENT redefined cannabis, launching the industry’s first luxury brand and becoming the first cultivator to pioneer effects-based cannabis by introducing user-friendly categories like Calm, Cruise, Create, Connect and Charge. Since 2017, CANNDESCENT has been California’s #1-selling, luxury flower brand; in 2018, it launched the industry’s first commercial-scale solar project; in 2019, CANNDESCENT, with its other brands, became the #1-selling flower company in the California market. Consumers can purchase CANNDESCENT products in select dispensaries across California. Learn more about the company at: www.canndescent.com.
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|David H. Lesser, Chairman & CEO||Mary Jensen, Investor Relations|
301 Winding Road
Old Bethpage, NY 11804