VANCOUVER, April 29 /CNW/ - VersaPay Corporation (TSXV: VPY) ("VersaPay" or the "Company"), a provider of merchant credit, debit, gift and loyalty card payment processing solutions, today announced that it has agreed to sell its 75% ownership stake in Positive Inc. ("Positive"), a Canadian provider of wireless point-of-sale terminals and merchant services, to Mr. Anthony Stapenhurst, Positive's President and holder of the remaining 25% of Positive's shares.
Under the terms of the transaction (the "Transaction"), VersaPay has agreed to exchange its shares in Positive, for 150,000 common shares in VersaPay held by Mr. Stapenhurst, which are currently subject to escrow. In addition, VersaPay has agreed to grant Mr. Stapenhurst an option, exercisable no later than 10 days following the closing date of the Transaction, to transfer to VersaPay any of the remaining 100,000 shares of VersaPay he owns at a price of $0.50 per share. Mr. Stapenhurst currently owns 250,000 shares of VersaPay, 237,500 of which are currently subject to escrow over a three-year period.
Mr. Stapenhurst is considered to be a Non Arms Length Party to VersaPay, as such term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange"), because Mr. Stapenhurst is a director and senior officer of Positive, which is a subsidiary of VersaPay. Further, the Transaction constitutes a "Related Party" transaction under the definition of that term in Multilateral Instrument 61-101, and is subject to a number of conditions including the approval of the Exchange.
"This transaction will enable us to devote greater resources to driving continued organic growth in our core payment processing business," said Michael Gokturk, CEO VersaPay. "In addition, it simplifies our corporate structure and allows us to consolidate our ownership for the benefit of our current shareholders. Through an ongoing partnership with Positive, we will continue to offer wireless payment processing services to our customers."
VersaPay acquired its 75% ownership stake in Positive in February 2008. The Transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2010.
VersaPay's proprietary technology enables businesses and consumers across Canada to accept and process credit, debit and gift card transactions. As a payment services and financial technology company serving more than 2,500 Canadian businesses, VersaPay, in conjunction with its partners, provides the hardware, technology, infrastructure and support services that businesses of all types require to accept and process electronic payments from their consumers and clients.
While its core business is payment processing services, VersaPay also provides enhanced financial technology solutions such as VersaEFT - the Company's proprietary Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment solution - which enables merchants and consumers to easily transact with one another.
The Company was recognized by PROFIT Magazine as Canada's Top Emerging Growth Company and was ranked Number 1 in Canada on the 2009 HOT 50 List. VersaPay is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada and has operations in Toronto and Montreal. To learn more about VersaPay, visit http://www.versapay.com.
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SOURCE VersaPay Corporation
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