Cannabis Sale Leasebacks - A breakdown of how they work
If your cannabis business owns real estate, and needs capital, one potential financing option to look at is a sales leaseback (SLB).
How it works is pretty simple:
- • Suppose you own property X.
- • You sell X to the SLB company.
- • The SLB company then leases the property back to you.
Leases are typically NNN leases. In a NNN lease, the tenant agrees to pay property taxes, insurance, and maintenance, in addition to the base rent.
Although SLBs can be a great option for some operators, they only become a realistic option for properties worth $4mm+.
Benefits of an SLB
- • The purpose of the SLB is to convert current equity you may have tied up in real estate assets into cash now.
- • SLB companies will typically pay a premium for properties. For every $1.0mm in appraised value, an SLB company will pay roughly $1.2mm when buying the property.
- • Leases under SLBs are usually below market rates.
- • Can an SLB be done on a property with a lien on it?
- o Yes. The proceeds from the sale will be used to take out any existing loans encumbering the property.
- • How long is the lease agreement for an SLB?
- o Standard lease terms are 10-15 years.
- • Can I break the lease?
- o Yes, but you will be charged a substantial “breakup fee.”
- • What is the execution time for an SLB?
- o Roughly 5-6 weeks to actually consummate a deal from start to finish.
- • Do the leases contain a buy-back option?
- o Some SLBs do. Some do not.
- • Can I do an SLB on a rural property?
- o At this point in time, it’s very difficult to find a company that will do an SLB for a rural property. They prefer properties located in populated areas.
- • Would a property that is purpose-built for cannabis-use be desirable to SLB companies?
- o The companies that do SLBs in the cannabis space typically only interact with other cannabis-related businesses. Thus, if a property is purpose-built that would actually be preferable.
If you would like to learn more about SLBs, feel free to reach out at [email protected].
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