TORONTO, Nov. 19 /CNW/ - AADCO Automotive Inc. (TSX-V: AA) (the
"Company"). The Board of the Company wishes to provide an update on the
reasons for a halt in the trading of its shares and announce the proposed to
sale of the assets and liabilities of its automobile dismantling business.
A halt in the trading of the Company's common shares on the TSX Venture
Exchange (the "Exchange") was requested by management as a result of the
inability of the Company to file its audited financial statements for the year
ended June 30, 2007 with the time requirements imposed by securities
legislation. The halt shall remain in place until such time as the audited
financial statements are filed which management anticipates taking place on or
before December 1, 2007.
Sale of Assets and Liabilities of Automobile Dismantling Business
Pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement dated November 15, 2007, the
Company's main operating subsidiary, Aadco Vehicle Disposal Service Inc.
("AVDSI"), has agreed to sell to Quorum Secured Equity Trust and Quorum
Investment Pool Limited Partnership (together, the "Asset Purchasers") the
assets and liabilities of AVDS's automobile dismantling business (the
"Acquisition"). Consideration for the Acquisition payable by the Asset
Purchasers to AVDSI consists of the payment of C$100,000 and the assumption of
substantially all of the current long and short term obligations associated
with the automobile dismantling business. The Asset Purchasers are at arm's
length to the Company and AVDSI. The sale was approved by the board of the
directors of the Company and AVDSI on November 15, 2007. No finder's fee paid
in relation to the Acquisition.
The Acquisition has closed in escrow subject to the satisfaction or
waiver of certain standard conditions precedent including the receipt of
shareholder approval and Exchange acceptance of the Acquisition on or before
December 31, 2007. The Company will be seeking shareholder approval at its
annual meeting to be held on December 28, 2007.
The entering into and completion of the Acquisition was conditional upon
the Asset Purchasers concurrently selling their long-term debt in AVDSI and
the Company. As a result, concurrently with the closing in escrow of the
Acquisition, the sale of an aggregate of C$2,950,000 of outstanding
convertible debentures (the "Debenture Acquisition") by the Asset Purchasers
to certain purchasers (the "Debenture Purchasers") at arm's length to the
Company, also closed in escrow.
Under the terms of the escrow agreement, governing both the Acquisition
and the Debenture Acquisition, the Debenture Purchasers advanced C$193,400 of
the debenture acquisition price to AVDSI to facilitate it meeting its payment
obligations between the date of the agreements being signed and placed into
escrow and the final completion date. If the Acquisition and the Debenture
Acquisition do not close, the Company will enter into a loan agreement with
the Debenture Purchasers for the above referenced advance amount. However, if
the Acquisition and the Debenture Acquisition do close, neither the Company
nor AVDSI will have any liability for the advance.
As of the closing in escrow, Charles Hodgkinson, the President and CEO of
the Aadco Automotive Inc. (the Company) has resigned from his position of
President and CEO of the AVDSI, and Mr. Vince Bulbrook will assume management
of the auto dismantling business on behalf of the Asset Purchasers. However,
Mr. Hodgkinson will be providing consulting services to AVDSI up to the
completion date of the Acquisition. Additionally, Mr. Steven Li and Mr. Steven
Dole have resigned as directors and committee members of the Company and have
been replaced by Phillip Bretzloff. Mr. Bretzloff brings over 30 years
experience to his role with the company, Phillip Bretzloff has acted for oil,
gas and energy companies, including extensive work for Canadian and offshore
private and public corporations. From 1980 to 1995, he was the Senior Counsel
for Petro-Canada. Subsequently, he was a Partner for 8 years with Cumming
Blackett Bretzloff Todesco, Gowlings, and Baker & McKenzie, where his clients
included PetroChina, Shell, Exxon Mobil, GazProm and Veba Oil and Gas. He is
currently the VP Legal and General Counsel for Dejour Enterprises Ltd. (Amex
Assuming the completion of the Acquisition, the Company may not have an
operating business and its common shares may then trade on the Exchange's NEX
board until such time as it graduates to the Exchange's Tier 2 on the
completion of a Change of Business, Reverse Take Over or acquisition of
qualifying assets. The Company is in the process of securing a working capital
loan that will provide it with the funds needed to seek new assets or a
Charles A. Hodgkinson, President, states: "While internal company
analysis indicates that the auto parts business of AADCO could break even if
undertaken in a private company where the costs of operating as a public
company are removed; key shareholders and principals of the Company feel that
AADCO's shareholders will be much better served by the Company seeking new
opportunities in a market sector with significantly greater expansion and
profit potential. Company principals feel this transition is in the best
interests of both the Company shareholders who will exit a business totally
unprofitable to date, and AVDSI employees who will transit to a new operating
regime. It is expected that the accruing tax losses of both the parent and
subsidiary, estimated to be in excess of $17 million will remain intact
through this transition".
At the Annual General Meeting to be held December 28, 2007 in Vancouver,
the Company anticipates seeking, among other items, shareholder approval for:
1. The sale of operating assets as described above.
2. The authority to pursue a new line of business, and a change of name.
3. The election of a revised slate of directors.
4. A five to one consolidation of the Company's equity capital and
subsequently, equitizing of all secured debt of the Company.
The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
This press release includes forward-looking statements, including
statements relating to the Company's sale of its automobile dismantling
business. The words "plan", "expect", "believe", "intend", "anticipate",
"forecast", "target", "estimate" and similar expressions identify
forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on
assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company.
Investors are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are neither
promises nor guarantees, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may
cause future results to differ materially from those expected. The Company
does not undertake to review or update these forward-looking statements.
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