Power REIT Acquires Southern Colorado Greenhouse Cultivation and Processing Facility in Highly Accretive Transaction

Old Bethpage, New York, UNITED STATES

Old Bethpage, New York, May 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Power REIT (NYSE-AMEX: PW and PW.PRA) (“Power REIT” or the “Trust”) today announced that it has acquired a 35-acre property located in Huerfano County, Colorado (the “Property”) through a wholly owned subsidiary (“PropCo”). The Property is strategically located in a part of southern Colorado that offers a very favorable business setting and growing environment for efficient and sustainable greenhouse cultivation.

The property currently has multiple greenhouses and support buildings which will be upgraded through a redevelopment plan that Power REIT will fund along with the new construction of additional greenhouse space. Upon completion, the Property will comprise approximately 102,800 square feet of greenhouse and related space. Power REIT’s total capital commitment for the project is approximately $3.9 million including the property acquisition cost. The Property also has ample acreage for future expansion which Power REIT intends to finance.


Concurrent with the acquisition, PropCo entered into a 20-year “triple-net” lease (the “Lease”) with Walsenburg Cannabis LLC (“WC”) which will operate the cannabis cultivation facility. The Lease covers approximately 22.2 acres of the 35 acre Property. The remaining and undeveloped 12.8 acres is available for future expansions.

The Lease requires WC to pay all property related expenses including maintenance, insurance and taxes. After the initial 20-year term, The Lease provides two, five-year renewal options and has a personal guarantee from WC’s President. Pursuant to the Lease, WC will maintain a medical marijuana license and will operate in accordance with all Colorado and municipal regulations. The Lease also prohibits retail sales from the Property.

The Lease, as structured, is immediately accretive to Core FFO by adding straight-line annual rent of approximately $729,000. This represents an unleveraged Core FFO yield of approximately 18.8% on Power REIT’s invested capital. After an initial deferred rent period, the rental payments enumerated in the Lease provide PropCo with a full return of its invested capital over the next three years after which PropCo receives an approximately 13% yield increasing thereafter at a rate of 3% per annum.

David Lesser, Power REIT’s Chairman and CEO, commented, “The acquisition is consistent with Power REIT’s investment strategy of focusing on sustainability including greenhouse crop cultivation which is less expensive and has a much lower carbon footprint than growing in an industrial property. This Property is positioned to allow WC to compete favorably within the Colorado market by providing both the infrastructure and a configuration that should allow rapid scale-up in a cost-effective manner relative to competing facilities. In addition, the Property has the potential for the significant expansion of the cultivation canopy, which will be implemented with a focus on becoming a low-cost producer of high-quality cannabis.”

WC is led by Jared Schrader, an experienced cannabis cultivation operator with a solid track record. Mr. Schrader grew revenue at a Colorado cannabis cultivation facility from annual revenue of $150,000 to weekly revenue of over $150,000 (i.e. > $8 million annually) over the span of two years. Simultaneous with Power REIT’s acquisition of the Property, Millennium Investment and Acquisition Company Inc. (“MILC”) provided a loan to WC and is seeking approval from the Colorado regulators to take an ownership stake in WC after which MILC would become a majority owner of WC in the form of a preferred equity ownership stake in a joint venture with the management team of WC. David H Lesser, Power REIT’s Chairman and CEO is also Chairman and CEO of MILC (ticker: MILC).

“We are excited to have the support of Power REIT to get this project growing, stated Jared Schrader, Walsenburg Cannabis’ President. We believe this property can quickly become a large-scale producer of cannabis and cannabis related products to serve the Colorado market. The Property is subdivided into five parcels that each have local approval for the cultivation of cannabis. This allows the Property to pursue a rapid growth plan given the nature of Colorado cannabis licensing which is based on a limited plant count initially per property. Once performance is demonstrated to the regulators, each property will have the potential to “tier-up” and add more plants. In addition, WC is focused on a “speed to revenue” approach given the start of operations in the spring growing season."


Power REIT has now announced transactions that deploy approximately $14 million of capital from its recently closed Rights Offering across several transactions. This leaves approximately $22.6 million to deploy. Power REIT’s current Core FFO run rate is approximately $7.2 million based solely on transactions closed and not taking into account deployment of additional capital as described in our most recently published Investor Presentation which is available at: www.pwreit.com/investors

Based on the impact from Power REIT’s recent Rights Offering and assuming the full deployment of its remaining proceeds into additional acquisitions at an average 16% yield to common equity, Power REIT estimates a forward Core FFO per share run rate of $3.22. However, it is important to understand that near-term quarterly results will likely be below this run-rate due to the timing of acquisitions and dilution from the additional shares issued pursuant to the Rights Offering that generated the available cash on Power REIT’s balance sheet for investment.

The following table provides a roadmap and sensitivity analysis for forward Core FFO per share:

Common Shares Outstanding (Pre Rights Offering)      1,916,139     
Shares Sold in Rights Offering      1,383,394     
Total Shares Outstanding (Post Rights Offering)      3,299,533     
Rights Offering Price     $26.50     
Rights Offering Capital Raise - Gross     $36,659,941     
Proceeds Net of Costs (est.)  0.25% $36,568,291     
Announced Transactions Using Proceeds from Rights Offering:            
Apotheke      1,813,398     
Canndescent      2,685,000     
Grail Project Expansion      517,663     
Gas Station      2,118,717     
Cloud Nine      2,947,905     
Walsenburg      3,876,600     
Total      13,959,283     
Remaining Rights Offering Proceeds for Investment     $22,609,008     
Unleveraged FFO Yield on Investments (Net)  14.0%  16.0%  18.0%
Annualized Run Rate Core FFO Guidance (existing portfolio) $7,197,881  $7,197,881  $7,197,881 
Incremental FFO from Acquisitions with remaining RO Proceeds  3,165,261   3,617,441   4,069,621 
Incremental G&A to expand Power REIT team  (200,000)  (200,000)  (200,000)
Annualized Run Rate Pro Forma Core FFO  10,163,142   10,615,322   11,067,502 
Annualized Run Rate Pro Forma Core FFO Per Share $3.08  $3.22  $3.35 
Increase from Q4 2020  51%  58%  64%

Mr. Lesser concluded “We continue to generate dramatic growth since July 2019 when we embarked on our new business plan focused on Controlled Environment Agriculture properties. Power REIT’s relatively small size combined with the attractive investment yields that we are generating through CEA property acquisitions, positions us for continued outpaced growth. We believe Power REIT represents an attractive investment proposition based on our relatively low trading multiple than REIT peers with a clear growth trajectory.”


Power REIT has posted an updated investor presentation which is available using the following link: https://www.pwreit.com/investors


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.


Power REIT, with a focus on the “Triple Bottom Line” and a commitment to Profit, Planet and People is a specialized real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns sustainable 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 for the cultivation of food and cannabis.

Additional information about Power REIT can be found on its website: www.pwreit.com


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David H. Lesser, Chairman & CEOMary Jensen, Investor Relations
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Old Bethpage, NY 11804