Clarke Inc. announces increased investment in Holloway Lodging Corporation

HALIFAX, Aug. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Clarke Inc. ("Clarke") (TSX: CKI) announces the increased investment in Holloway Lodging Corporation ("Holloway"), as a result of Holloway's assumption of Royal Host Inc.'s outstanding debentures as part of Holloway's previously announced acquisition of Royal Host Inc.  

Clarke Inc. ("Clarke") owns the following securities of Holloway: 610,976 common shares, $3,986,000 principal amount of the 6.25% Series B Debentures, convertible into 113,601 common shares, $6,232,000 principal amount of the 7.50% Series C Debentures, convertible into 177,612 common shares, and $7,618,000 principal amount of the 6.25% Series D Debentures, convertible into 217,113 common shares. On an as converted basis, such securities represent 5.7% of the common shares.

Pursuant to the Securities Act (Ontario), Clarke, is presumed to be acting jointly or in concert with the Clarke Inc. Pension Plan ("Clarke Pension Plan"). On an aggregate basis, Clarke and the Clarke Pension Plan own, directly or indirectly, 2,119,302 common shares of Holloway on an as converted basis, representing approximately 10.8% of the outstanding common shares.

Clarke may, from time to time, acquire additional shares and debentures of Holloway, dispose of some or all of the existing or additional shares and debentures of Holloway, or continue to hold the shares and debentures of Holloway 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 trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CKI); for more information about Clarke Inc., please visit our website at www.clarkeinc.com.

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SOURCE Clarke Inc.

For further information: Dustin Haw, Vice President Investments, Clarke Inc., 6009 Quinpool Road, 9th Floor, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 5J7, Telephone: (902) 442-3000, Fax: (902) 442-0187