Clarke Announces Extension for Delivery of Proxies for Debentureholder Meeting and Rescheduling of Meeting

HALIFAX, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Clarke Inc. ("Clarke" or the "Company") (TSX: CKI CKI.DB.A) announced today that it is extending the date for delivery of proxies for its upcoming meeting (the "Meeting") of holders ("Debentureholders")  of its 6.00% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures due December 31, 2018 (the "Debentures") and rescheduling the Meeting originally planned for December 20, 2013. The Meeting has been rescheduled in order to give more time for Debentureholders to deliver their proxies and vote on the proposed amendments to the Debentures announced on November 14, 2013.

To date, the majority of Debentureholders who delivered proxies in respect of the Meeting voted in favour of the proposed amendments, however the Company has not obtained the required two-thirds approval to pass the proposed amendments to the Debentures.

The Meeting is now rescheduled to be held on January 10, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. (Atlantic Daylight Time) at 6009 Quinpool Road, 9th Floor, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 5J7. Votes must be cast no later than January 8, 2014 at 10:00am in accordance with the instructions set out in the management information circular and related materials that were sent to Debentureholders in November. A copy of the management information circular is also available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or at www.clarkeinc.com.

About Clarke

Halifax-based Clarke invests in a variety of private and publicly-traded businesses and participates actively where necessary to enhance the performance of such businesses and increase its 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.

Note on Forward-Looking Statements and Risks

This press release may contain or refer to certain forward-looking statements relating, but not limited to, the Company's expectations, intentions, plans and beliefs with respect to the Company.  Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or equivalents or variations, including negative variations, of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results, "may", "could", "would", "should", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, those with respect to the future price of securities held by the Company, changes in these securities holdings, changes to the Company's hedging practices, currency fluctuations, requirements for additional capital, changes to government regulations and the timing and possible outcome of pending litigation. Forward-looking statements rely on certain underlying assumptions that, if not realized, can result in such forward-looking statements not being achieved. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from the historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

With respect to the Company's Investment segment, such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the Company's investment strategy, legal and regulatory risks, general market risk, potential lack of diversification in the Company's investments, reliance on certain key executives, interest rates and foreign currency fluctuations and other factors.  With respect to the Company's Freight Transportation segment, such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, competition, expiry of certain leases, labour relations, the use of third party service providers, dependence on certain personnel, fuel costs, weather conditions, customer relationships, claims, litigation and insurance, government regulation of the transport industry and other factors. With respect to the Company's Commercial Tanks & Home Heating segment, such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the costs of housing and major consumer products, energy costs, alternative energy sources, steel costs, product liability claims, foreign exchange risk, and other factors. Other general risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, environmental considerations, use of information technology and information systems, safety issues, concentration of sales among a small number of customers, the seasonality of business cycles for certain segments, commodity market risk, risks associated with investment in derivative instruments and other factors.

Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actions, events or results not to be as estimated or intended, there can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Other than as required by applicable Canadian securities laws, the Company does not update or revise any such forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

SOURCE Clarke Inc.

For further information:

please contact:
Andrew Snelgrove
Chief Financial Officer
Clarke Inc.
Telephone: (902) 442-3987