Cervus Equipment Corporation Acquires Interest in Australia's Windmill Ag Pty Ltd and PPJ Investment Pty Ltd
Symbol: CVL (TSX)
CALGARY, July 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Cervus Equipment Corporation ("Cervus") (TSX: CVL) today announced that it has acquired 30 per cent of the shares in Windmill AG Pty Ltd ("Windmill"), a John Deere agriculture dealer located in Australia, and a 45 per cent interest in PPJ Investment Ltd ("PPJ"), a real estate holding company, also located in Australia.
Cervus acquired 100 per cent of the shares PW Thomas Investments Pty Ltd held in Windmill, representing 30 per cent of the outstanding shares of Windmill, for approximately $2.7 million, and a 45 per cent interest in PPJ for nominal consideration. The assets held by Windmill and PPJ include four John Deere agricultural equipment dealerships located in Hamilton, Terang, Leongatha and Ballarat, and the property currently occupied by the Hamilton, Leongatha and Terang dealerships. The acquisition was conducted through Cervus' newly-incorporated Australian holding company, Cervus Equipment Australia Pty Ltd.
"Australia's thriving agricultural industry makes it a particularly attractive area for Cervus to expand its operations," said Graham Drake, President and CEO of Cervus Equipment Corporation. "The Australian agricultural industry is similar to that of Western Canada in terms of scale, so we are confident in our ability to operate in that market."
Windmill is an agricultural machinery dealership that primarily sells John Deere equipment, with average revenue of approximately $56 million over the last three years. Each dealership offers new and used whole goods, parts, and service. Windmill owns the property currently occupied by its Terang branch, and leases the property currently occupied by its Leongatha and Hamilton branches from PPJ under rental agreements. The property currently occupied by the Ballarat dealership is owned by a third party.
Cervus acquires and manages authorized agricultural, commercial, industrial and transportation equipment dealerships in Western Canada through 35 wholly owned dealership locations and a 20 per cent interest in 7 dealership locations, primarily in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Cervus holds an approximate 60 per cent equity interest in Agriturf Limited, a New Zealand-based corporation that offers authorized John Deere equipment, parts and service in the Manawatu, Rotorua, Hawke's Bay and Taranaki regions. Cervus also holds an approximate 30 per cent equity interest in Windmill Ag Pty Ltd, an Australian-based agricultural machinery dealership that offers John Deere equipment, parts, and service in the Hamilton, Terang, Leongatha and Ballarat regions. The primary equipment brands represented by Cervus include John Deere agricultural equipment; Bobcat and JCB construction equipment; Clark, Sellick, Nissan and Doosan material handling equipment; and Peterbilt transportation equipment. The common shares of Cervus are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol "CVL".
Forward Looking Information
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For further information:
Graham Drake - CEO
of Cervus Equipment Corporation
Telephone: (403) 567-2095
Fax: (403) 567-0392
Randy Muth - Chief Financial Officer
of Cervus Equipment Corporation
Telephone: (403) 567-2097
Fax: (403) 567-0392