CALGARY, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Winalta Inc. (TSX-V - "WTA.A") ("Winalta" or the "Company") announces that it has received a non-binding proposal for the acquisition of Winalta's oilfield rentals business and its carrier division for a purchase price of $24 million to be satisfied through a combination of cash, shares and the assumption of approximately $17 million of indebtedness related to the oilfield rentals business and carrier division (the "Proposal"). As the Proposal has been made by a purchaser in conjunction with certain non-arm's length parties of Winalta, the Winalta Board of Directors has appointed a Special Committee of independent directors to consider the Proposal.
In conjunction with its review of the Proposal, the Board of Directors has also initiated a process to identify, examine and consider a range of strategic alternatives available to Winalta, with a view to maximizing shareholder value. This process could result in a sale of the Company, a sale of a material portion of the Company's assets or a corporate reorganization, among other alternatives.
No decision on any particular alternative has been reached at this time and there can be no assurance that the strategic review process or the Proposal will result in any change in the Company's current operations or that the Company will pursue any particular transaction. In particular, the Proposal is subject to, among other things, negotiation and execution of definitive agreements, approval of the Boards of Directors of both Winalta and the purchaser, approval of the shareholders of Winalta including approval by a majority vote of the minority shareholders of Winalta, and receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals.
Winalta does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the strategic review process or the Proposal unless and until the Board of Directors has approved a definitive transaction or strategic option, unless otherwise required by law or disclosure of which is deemed appropriate.
Lastly, Winalta announces that effective February 9, 2010, Mr. Robert (Bob) Willows has resigned from the Board of Directors and Mr. Ron Berg, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Winalta has been appointed to the Board of Directors in his place, subject to regulatory approval. Mr. Willows remains in his position of Vice President of Winalta Industrial.
Winalta Inc. is an integrated company with three main operating divisions, Homes, Industrial, and Manufacturing. The Homes Division sells CSA approved homes via retail centers, communities and supply arrangements. The Industrial Division leases portable industrial accommodations and provides construction services that include excavating, aggregate trucking and paving. The Manufacturing Division builds CSA approved homes and portable industrial accommodations from facilities near Spruce Grove, Alberta.
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For further information: For further information: Ron Berg, President & CEO, Winalta Inc., Tel: (780) 960-6900, Fax: (780) 962-9523