The Western Investment Company of Canada agrees to acquire 75% of a North American Specialty Retailer
High River, Alberta (September 22, 2017)
The Western Investment Company of Canada Limited (“Western“) (TSX Venture: WI) announces today that it has signed a letter of intent (“LOI“) to acquire a 75% interest in an Alberta based specialty retailer with operations across North America (the “Retailer”). The LOI establishes the enterprise value for the Retailer at $9.5 million, with Western contributing $3.45 million in cash, and the current owner/managers retaining $1.15 million with the balance in term debt provided by a Canadian financial institution.
The LOI contains a number of conditions to closing, including approvals from the board of directors of Western, the completion of due diligence, entering into a mutually acceptable purchase and sale agreement, and regulatory approvals including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. For competitive reasons, the parties have agreed to keep the identity of the Retailer confidential until all conditions have been removed. The parties have agreed to work toward removal of conditions and closing by November 30, 2017.
Western CEO Scott Tannas commented:
“Western was founded with a specific goal to partner with exceptional management teams at strong, successful Western Canadian companies, and to help them grow. The Retailer is a shining example of the kind of company we are seeking – established for many years, this company continues to achieve robust double-digit sales and profit growth, with significant opportunity for expansion. Similar to our 2016 investment in GlassMasters, the Retailer is squarely in the category of what we describe as “retail with a twist” – which combines innovative distribution with a strong product and service brand. We are very excited about this investment, and will be working hard to complete the necessary steps toward removal of conditions. We look forward to sharing further details, including the identity of the Retailer as soon as we can.”
Western is a unique publicly traded, private equity company founded by a group of successful Western Canadian businesspeople, and dedicated to building and maintaining ownership in successful Western Canadian companies, and helping them to grow. Western’s shares are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol WI. For more information on Western, please visit its website at www.winv.ca.
The Western Investment Company of Canada Limited
President and Chief Executive Officer
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