TORONTO, June 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Sears Canada Inc. (TSX: SCC) announced
today that it will enter into a series of transactions related to two
stores within shopping centres co-owned by Oxford Properties Group
("Oxford") and Alberta Investment Management Corporation ("AIMCo")
(collectively, the "Co-Owners"). The transactions give the Co-Owners
the right to require Sears to vacate the stores by March 31, 2014 and
provide for a total consideration of $191 million to be paid to Sears
on closing of the transactions which is expected to be on June 24,
2013. The agreement is definitive and only subject to customary closing
The two Sears store locations are at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto
and at Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga.
In addition to the agreement on the two stores, Sears has also agreed to
sell an option relating to a third store located at Scarborough Town
Centre to the Co-Owners for financial consideration of $1 million, also
to be paid by June 24, 2013. The Co-Owners have five years to exercise
the option on this property at a fixed total cost of $53 million.
Sears Canada will be offering all associates working in these stores
continued employment with Sears in locations within the Greater Toronto
"The possible release of select assets is an initiative we have
previously proposed as a way to create total value for the Company,"
said Calvin McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sears
Canada Inc. "When transactions such as this become available, we must
evaluate the trading value of a store compared to the value of the
proposal, and make the appropriate decision in assessing the best
long-term benefit for the Company. In this case, we were presented with
an opportunity that gives us a significant financial benefit without
changing our plans to improve the business and make Sears more relevant
"While opportunities like this are presented to us occasionally,"
continued Mr. McDonald, "our primary focus of creating long-term value
for the Company is best approached by implementing our three-year
transformation. Over the past year we have undertaken numerous actions
to get the basics right, and have worked to transform Sears Canada into
a retailer that can run effectively, efficiently and sustainably. Our
efforts are beginning to show financial and operational results, and
recent results are demonstrating that our trading strategy is starting
to work despite a challenging retail environment.
"I am pleased that we are offering all associates in these stores roles
within the Company", added Mr. McDonald. "We appreciate the commitment
and dedication that our associates in the two stores have demonstrated,
and look forward to finding new homes for them within the Sears
Sears has operated in Yorkdale Shopping Centre and Scarborough Town
Centre since 1991 and at Square One Shopping Centre since 1973.
About Sears Canada
Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network that includes
181 corporate stores, 248 Hometown stores, over 1,400 catalogue and
online merchandise pick-up locations, 101 Sears Travel offices and a
nationwide home maintenance, repair, and installation network. The
Company also publishes Canada's most extensive general merchandise
catalogue and offers shopping online at www.sears.ca.
SOURCE: Sears Canada Inc.
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