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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On February 27, 2023, Chicago Atlantic Lincoln, LLC (“CAL”), a Delaware limited liability company and a wholly-owned financing subsidiary of Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. (the “Company”), entered into the First Amendment (the “First Amendment”) to the Third Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement (the “Third Amended and Restated LSA”) by and among CAL and other borrowers from time to time party thereto, as the borrower (the “Borrowers”), and the various financial institutions party thereto, as lenders (the “Lenders”) related to a secured revolving credit facility (the “Revolving Loan”).
The First Amendment amends the Third Amended and Restated LSA, dated November 7, 2022, to extend the maturity date from December 16, 2023 to December 16, 2024 and extend the period during which the Company may exercise the one-year extension option, subject to customary closing conditions. No other material terms of the Third Amended and Restated LSA were modified as a result of the execution of the First Amendment.
On February 28, 2023, the Company issued a press release announcing the closing of the First Amendment. A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of Registrant.
The information contained in Item 1.01 to this Current Report on Form 8-K is by this reference incorporated in this Item 2.03.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|99.1||Press release, dated February 28, 2023.|
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this Current Report on Form 8-K to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|CHICAGO ATLANTIC REAL ESTATE FINANCE, INC.|
|Date: February 28, 2023||By:||/s/ Anthony Cappell|
|Title:||Chief Executive Officer|
Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance Amends its Revolving Credit Facility to Extend Maturity to December 2024
CHICAGO—(February 28, 2023) Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NASDAQ: REFI) (“Chicago Atlantic” or the “Company”), a commercial real estate finance company, today announced that Chicago Atlantic Lincoln, LLC (“Chicago Atlantic Lincoln”), its wholly-owned financing subsidiary, entered into the First Amendment to the Third Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement by and among Chicago Atlantic Lincoln and six FDIC-insured financial institutions to extend the maturity of its $92.5 million secured revolving credit facility (the “Revolving Loan”).
The Company extended the maturity date from December 16, 2023 to December 16, 2024 and retained the one-year extension option, subject to customary conditions. The Revolving Loan bears interest at the Prime Rate plus an Applicable Margin, based upon Chicago Atlantic Lincoln’s leverage ratio. The Applicable Margin ranges from 0% to 1.25% over the Prime Rate, subject to a 3.25% Prime Rate floor. Based on Chicago Atlantic’s current leverage, the pricing is equal to the Prime Rate.
John Mazarakis, Executive Chairman of Chicago Atlantic, noted, “We are pleased to work with our lending group to complete an extension of our maturity to December 2024 and look forward to continuing our efforts to expand both the size of this facility and the lending group.”
About Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc.
Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NASDAQ: REFI) is a market-leading mortgage REIT utilizing significant real estate, credit and cannabis expertise to originate senior secured loans primarily to state-licensed cannabis operators in limited-license states in the United States. REFI is part of the Chicago Atlantic platform, which has over 40 employees and has deployed over $1.8 billion across more than 50 loans.
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