Clarke Inc. announces increased investment in Royal Host Inc.

HALIFAX, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Clarke Inc. ("Clarke") (TSX: CKI CKI.DB.A) announces that it has acquired $31,000 principal amount of the Royal Host Inc. ("Royal Host") 6.25% convertible debentures maturing June 30, 2019 ("Series D Debentures") at a price of $900 per $1,000 of principal, convertible into 8,857 common shares, and $80,000 principal amount of the 6.25% convertible debentures maturing October 31, 2020 ("Series B Debentures") at a price of $910 per $1,000 of principal amount, convertible into 22,857 common shares. On an as converted basis, such securities represent 0.19% of the common shares.

Clarke owns the following securities of Royal Host: 6,109,768 common shares, $3,980,000 principal amount of the Series B Debentures, convertible into 1,137,143 common shares, $6,176,000 principal amount of the 7.50% convertible debentures maturing September 30, 2018 ("Series C Debentures"), convertible into 1,764,571 common shares, and $7,351,000 principal amount of the Series D Debentures, convertible into 2,100,286 common shares. On an as converted basis, such securities represent 51.97% of the common shares.

The purchase of the Royal Host debentures by Clarke was made for investment purposes. Clarke may, from time to time, acquire additional debentures of Royal Host, dispose of some or all of the existing or additional debentures of Royal Host, or continue to hold the debentures of Royal Host in the normal course of Clarke's investment activities.

About Clarke

Halifax-based Clarke Inc. invests in undervalued businesses and participates actively where necessary to enhance performance and increase return. Clarke's securities trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CKI, CKI.DB.A); for more information about Clarke Inc., please visit our website at www.clarkeinc.com.

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SOURCE Clarke Inc.

For further information:

Andrew Snelgrove
Chief Financial Officer
Clarke Inc.
6009 Quinpool Road, 9th Floor
Halifax, Nova Scotia  B3K 5J7
Telephone: (902) 442-3000
Fax:  (902) 442-0187