Clarke Inc. announces extension of substantial issuer bid and take-up of
debentures deposited to date

    
    TSX:  CKI, CKI.DB; CKI.DB.A
    

HALIFAX, Oct. 26 /CNW/ - Clarke Inc. ("Clarke" or the "Corporation", TSX-CKI, TSX-CKI.DB, TSX-CKI.DB.A) announced today that Clarke's substantial issuer bid (the "Offer"), which was previously announced on September 16, 2009, has been extended and will now expire at 5:00 p.m. (Halifax Time) on Tuesday November 10, 2009. The Corporation provided notice of the extension to Computershare Investor Services Inc. (the "Depositary") on October 26, 2009.

The Corporation will be mailing a notice of extension to all holders (the "Debentureholders") of Series 2 6.0% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures due December 31, 2013 (the "Debentures") of the Corporation, issued under and pursuant to the provisions of a trust indenture dated December 22, 2005, on or about Thursday October 29, 2009. The Offer, pursuant to which the Corporation is offering to purchase up to $25 million principal amount of Debentures, was previously scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m. (Halifax Time) on Monday October 26, 2009. Except for the extension of the expiry of the Offer, the terms previously set forth in the original Offer, accompanying circular and related documents dated September 16, 2009 (the "Offer Documents") continue to be applicable in all respects.

As at 5:00 p.m. (Halifax time) today, based on reports provided by the Depositary for the Offer, a total of $9,336,000 principal amount of Debentures had been deposited pursuant to the Offer. The Corporation will be taking up all of the $9,336,000 principal amount of Debentures deposited as of 5:00 p.m. today as required by applicable securities laws and as set forth in the Offer Documents.

Neither the Corporation nor its Board of Directors makes any recommendation to Debentureholders as to whether to tender or refrain from tendering their Debentures to the Offer. Debentureholders are strongly encouraged to review the Offer Documents carefully and to consult with their financial and tax advisors prior to making any decision with respect to the Offer.

About Clarke

Halifax-based Clarke Inc., led by an entrepreneurial team of investment professionals, is an activist and catalyst investment company that creates shareholder value by identifying businesses with the potential for improved performance, and working actively to uncover the value.

Clarke's securities trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CKI, CKI.DB; CKI.DB.A); for more information about Clarke Inc., please visit our website at www.clarkeinc.com.

Note on Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain or refer to certain forward-looking statements relating, but not limited to, Clarke's expectations, intentions, plans and beliefs with respect to Clarke. 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 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 Clarke to be materially different from the historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Although Clarke has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results or cause actions, events or results not to be 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, Clarke 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.

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SOURCE Clarke Inc.

For further information: For further information: Melinda Lee, Vice President Investments, Clarke Inc., (902) 442-3420, Fax: (902) 442-0187


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