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EDMONTON, July 11, 2014 /CNW/ - AutoCanada Inc. ("AutoCanada" or the "Company") (TSX:ACQ) is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced public offering of common shares. The Company issued 2,565,000 common shares from treasury at a price of $78.00 per share for gross proceeds of $200 million. Concurrently, Canada One Auto Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries (collectively, "CAG") sold, with the full exercise of the over-allotment option, an aggregate of 2,598,500 common shares at a price of $78.00 per share for gross proceeds of $203 million. Following completion of the offering, CAG owns approximately 9.6% of AutoCanada's issued and outstanding common shares.
The Company will use the net proceeds of the treasury offering to reduce indebtedness under its revolving credit facility, which may subsequently be redrawn and applied as needed to fund future capital expenditures, including the potential acquisition of additional dealerships, and for general corporate and working capital purposes. The Company did not receive any proceeds from the secondary offering.
The offering was underwritten by a syndicate of underwriters led by RBC Capital Markets and Scotiabank and included Clarus Securities Inc., Canaccord Genuity Corp., Cormark Securities Inc., GMP Securities L.P., HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of AutoCanada in the United States. The common shares described in this press release have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of any state and may not be offered, sold or delivered in the United States absent an exemption from registration.
AutoCanada is one of Canada's largest multi-location automobile dealership groups, currently operating 42 franchised dealerships in eight provinces and has approximately 2,000 employees. AutoCanada currently sells Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Cadillac, Infiniti, Nissan, Hyundai, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Audi, Volkswagen, BMW and MINI branded vehicles. In 2013, our dealerships sold approximately 36,000 vehicles and processed approximately 364,000 service and collision repair orders in our 381 service bays during that time.
This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release may be forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. In particular, forward-looking information and statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the use of proceeds from the treasury offering. These forward-looking statements and information are based on certain expectations and assumptions made by AutoCanada. Although AutoCanada believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking statements and information are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements and information as AutoCanada cannot give any assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements and information address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to, general economic, market and business conditions. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of risks and uncertainties is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other risk factors that could affect AutoCanada's operations and financial results are included in AutoCanada's annual information form and the other disclosure documents filed by AutoCanada with securities regulatory authorities which may be accessed through the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com. The forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and AutoCanada does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.
SOURCE: AutoCanada Inc.
For further information: Jeff Christie, CA, Vice-President, Finance, Phone: (780) 732-7164, Email: [email protected]