November 7, 2022
Trichome Financial Corp. and various subsidiaries, which cultivate, process and sell premium and ultra-premium cannabis in Canada through their licenced subsidiaries, obtained CCAA protection on November 7. Prior to June 2020, Trichome was a specialty finance company, providing capital solutions to the Canadian cannabis market. One of Trichome’s loans was to the JWC Group. In April 2020, the JWC Group was granted protection under the CCAA. In addition to being the JWC Group’s senior ranking lender, Trichome was the DIP lender in the CCAA proceedings. On June 2, 2020, the Court approved a transaction between the JWC Group and Trichome for the sale of substantially all of the JWC Group’s assets to Trichome. Since then, Trichome's business has been focused on the cultivation, processing and sale of premium cannabis from its premises located in Kitchener, Ontario. Trichome has grown its consolidated revenue to over $30 million for the twelve months ending June 30, 2022. However, the business has been impaired by persistent and increasing liquidity issues. Trichome is now facing a severe liquidity crisis and has accrued significant accounts payable (approximately $7.7 million), of which approximately $7.4 million is overdue, with a large portion owing to essential suppliers. Trichome is currently unable to purchase cannabis from third-party suppliers and fill purchase orders, which has resulted in lost revenue of approximately $2 million in the third quarter of 2022. KSV was appointed monitor. Counsel is Bennett Jones for Trichome, Cassels for the monitor and Dentons for Cortland Credit Lending Corporation, the DIP lender.
By Dina Milivojevic