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TORONTO, June 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Maple Group Acquisition Corporation
("Maple"), a corporation whose investors comprise 13 of Canada's
leading financial institutions and pension funds, released a statement
it received from Stephen Jarislowsky, Chairman, C.E.O. and Director of
Jarislowsky Fraser Limited.
We can grow internationally
The London Stock Exchange is promising to take the TMX and its companies into the international arena. With
all due respect for our friends in London, Canada and its financial
community do not need their assistance to ensure their development on
the international scene.
How can the fact of wanting to develop one's own stock exchange be
construed as evidence of an introverted or protectionist attitude? Does
it mean we should remain silent and let our companies and institutions
leave even if we firmly believe we are in the best position to help
them grow—locally as well as internationally—for the benefit of our
country? The TMX's takeover by the London Stock Exchange will result in
a weakening of Canada's financial community. We are at risk of seeing
an exodus of our financial institutions and our brightest financial
I am delighted with the emergence of the Maple Group. It attests to a
broad consensus within Canada's financial community. We can finally
join forces and develop a common vision. The Maple business model is
solid and will encourage the creation of an even stronger exchange that
is able to attract attention on the international scene. For
shareholders, a strong TMX Group is preferable to a merger with an
exchange such as the London Stock Exchange, which is in decline.
The Maple Group's diversity of shareholders is reassuring in terms of
competition: no one will control the new entity. This, I believe,
should allay the fears of skeptics who foresee higher listing and
transaction fees. There is a balance among the parties, which protects
The Maple deal is the best course of action at every level—for
shareholders, for issuers and for Canada. We surely do not have to
apologize for it.
Mr. Jarislowsky founded Jarislowsky Fraser Limited in 1955. The firm is
known for defending shareholder rights and is actively committed to
promoting strong corporate governance, as well as exercising influence
to ensure that shareholders' interests are at the forefront of
A copy of the statement can be found at www.abetterexchange.com.
Maple Urges TMX Group Shareholders to Vote AGAINST the LSE Take-over
Plan and to Deposit their shares to Maple's Superior Offer
Maple urges TMX Group shareholders to carefully consider Maple's
enhanced offer and then take two important actions:
Vote AGAINST the LSE take-over plan by signing, dating and returning the YELLOW proxy
before 12:00 Noon (Eastern time) on June 28, 2011; and
DEPOSIT their shares to Maple's offer before it expires at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern
time) on August 8, 2011 (unless it is extended or withdrawn) by
following the instructions provided in the circular.
TMX Group shareholders are encouraged to call Kingsdale Shareholder
Services if they have questions or would like assistance voting their
shares and depositing their shares to the Maple offer. Shareholders can
reach Kingsdale by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling toll-free at 1-888-518-1556 (English or Français). Banks
and brokers can call collect at 1-416-867-2272.
About Maple Group Acquisition Corporation
The investors in Maple Group Acquisition Corporation are: Alberta
Investment Management Corporation, Caisse de dépôt et placement du
Québec, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, CIBC World Markets Inc.,
Desjardins Financial Group, Dundee Capital Markets Inc., Fonds de
solidarité des travailleurs du Québec (F.T.Q.), GMP Capital Inc.,
National Bank Financial Inc., Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, Scotia
Capital Inc., TD Securities Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance
This press release is not intended to and does not constitute or form
part of an offer or invitation to sell or purchase any securities, the
solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any securities or an offer to
exchange or otherwise acquire any securities, in any jurisdiction,
whether pursuant to the offer described in this press release or
otherwise. The circular contains important information and TMX Group
shareholders are urged to read it carefully before any decision is made
with respect to the offer.
The distribution of this press release in jurisdictions other than
Canada may be restricted by law and therefore any persons who are
subject to the laws of any jurisdiction other than Canada should inform
themselves about, and observe, any applicable requirements. This press
release does not purport to comply with the laws of any non-Canadian
jurisdiction and the information disclosed may not be the same as that
which would have been disclosed if this announcement had been prepared
in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions outside Canada.
Information for U.S. Shareholders
The offer is being made for the securities of a Canadian company that
does not have securities registered under Section 12 of the U.S.
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "U.S. Exchange Act").
Accordingly, the offer is not subject to Section 14(d) of the U.S.
Exchange Act, or Regulation 14D promulgated by the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission (the "SEC") thereunder. The offer is being
conducted in accordance with Section 14(e) of the U.S. Exchange Act and
Regulation 14E promulgated by the SEC thereunder (with settlement being
subject to a longer period than would typically apply for securities of
U.S. public companies).
The Maple shares to be issued to shareholders (including U.S.
shareholders) other than Maple pursuant to the plan of arrangement have
not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of
1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), or under the securities
law of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. The Maple
shares to be issued pursuant to the plan of arrangement will be issued
in reliance upon the exemption from the registration requirements of
the U.S. Securities Act provided by section 3(a)(10) thereof and only
to the extent that corresponding exemptions from the registration or
qualification requirements of state "blue sky" securities laws are
All dollar references in this press release are in Canadian dollars. On
June 22, 2011, the Bank of Canada noon rate of exchange for U.S.
dollars was CDN. $1.00 - U.S. $1.0282.
Notice To Shareholders In The United Kingdom And European Economic Area
The offer is only being made within the European Economic Area ("EEA")
pursuant to an exemption under Directive 2003/71/EC (together with any
applicable adopting or amending measures in any relevant member state
(as defined below), the "Prospectus Directive"), as implemented in each
member state of the EEA (each, a "relevant member state"), from the
requirement to publish a prospectus that has been approved by the
competent authority in that relevant member state and published in
accordance with the Prospectus Directive as implemented in that
relevant member state or, where appropriate, approved in another
relevant member state and notified to the competent authority in that
relevant member state, all in accordance with the Prospectus Directive.
Accordingly, in the EEA, the offer and documents or other materials in
relation to Maple Shares are only addressed to, and are only directed
at, (a) qualified investors in a relevant member state within the
meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of the Prospectus Directive, as adopted in
the relevant member state, and (b) persons who hold, and will tender,
the equivalent of at least €50,000 worth of TMX Shares (collectively,
"permitted participants"). These documents may not be acted or relied
upon by persons in the EEA who are not permitted participants.
With reference to the U.K. Financial Services and Markets Act 2000
(Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Order"), the offer
and any materials in relation to Maple Shares is only directed at
persons in the United Kingdom that are (a) investment professionals
falling within Article 19(5) of the Order or who fall within Article
49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order; (b) holders of TMX Shares at the time of
communication of the offer and such materials; or (c) persons to whom
they may otherwise lawfully be communicated (collectively, "relevant
persons"). In the United Kingdom, Maple Shares are only available to,
and the offer may only be accepted by, relevant persons who are also
permitted participants, and as such, any investment or investment
activity to which this document relates is available only to, and may
be relied upon only by, relevant persons who are also permitted
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This document contains "forward-looking information" (as defined in
applicable Canadian securities legislation). This information is based
on the current expectations, assumptions, projections, estimates and
other factors that the management of Maple and its investors believe to
be relevant as of the date of this document. This information is
naturally subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. The
forward-looking information contained in this document includes, but is
not limited to, statements relating to the proposed acquisition of TMX
Group by Maple, and the expected effects thereof, and the proposed
subsequent combination with Alpha Group and CDS, and the expected
effects thereof, and other statements other than historical facts.
Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and forward-looking
information can be identified by the use of the words ''expect'',
''will'', ''intend'', ''estimate'', ''may'' and similar expressions.
Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of
factors, estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by
Maple , are inherently subject to significant business, economic and
competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Readers are cautioned that
such forward-looking statements and information involve known and
unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the
actual financial results, performance or achievements of Maple and/or
its subsidiaries to be materially different from the estimated future
results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by those
forward-looking statements and information and the forward-looking
statements and information are not guarantees of future performance.
These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not
limited to: the satisfaction of the conditions to the proposed
acquisition of TMX Group; failure to acquire Alpha Group or CDSL; the
inability to successfully integrate TMX Group's operations with those
of Alpha Group and CDSL, including, without limitation, incurring
and/or experiencing unanticipated costs and/or delays or difficulties;
future levels of revenues being lower than expected; conditions
affecting the industry; local and global political and economic
conditions; unforeseen fluctuations in trading volumes; competition
from other exchanges or marketplaces, including alternative trading
systems and new technologies, on a national and international basis;
foreign exchange rate fluctuations and interest rate fluctuations
(including from any potential credit rating decline); legal or
regulatory developments and changes; the outcome of any litigation; the
impact of any acquisitions or similar transactions; dependence on the
economy of Canada; competitive products and pricing pressures; success
of business and operating initiatives; failure to retain and attract
qualified personnel; failure to implement strategies; dependence on
information technology; dependence on adequate numbers of customers;
risks associated with clearing operations; inability to protect
intellectual property; the adverse effect of a systemic market event on
the derivatives business; risks associated with integrating the
operations, systems, and personnel of new acquisitions; dependence on
market activity that cannot be controlled and/or conditions in the
securities market that are less favourable than expected; and changes
in the level of capital investment. Other factors could also cause
actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking
information. For additional information on such risks, please consult
"Risk Factors" found on page 64 of Maple's Circular.
Actual results, events, performances, achievements and developments are
likely to differ, and may differ materially, from those expressed or
implied by the forward-looking information contained in this document.
Maple and its investors make no representations as to present or future
value or the present or future trading price of any security, including
Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue
reliance on forward-looking information as a prediction of actual
results. Neither Maple nor its investors nor any of their respective
affiliated companies undertakes any obligation to update or revise
forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise, except to the extent legally required.
SOURCE Maple Group Acquisition Corporation
For further information:
TMX Group shareholders:
Kingsdale Shareholder Services Inc. Toll-free 1-888-518-1556 (English and Français)