Agreement designed to grow retail and financial services businesses, provide significant benefits to customers and facilitate closer collaboration to enhance customer affinity for both brands
TORONTO, May 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (TSX:CTC,TSX:CTC.a) and Scotiabank (TSX: BNS, NYSE: BNS) today announced a far-reaching strategic partnership that creates unprecedented opportunities for joint marketing to drive new business growth. The agreement will see Scotiabank acquire a 20% equity interest in Canadian Tire's financial services business for $500 million in cash. Scotiabank will also provide a funding commitment to Canadian Tire's financial services business with credit card receivable financing of up to $2.25 billion.
"The real strength of our partnership with Scotiabank lies in the opportunity it creates to benefit our retail customers and grow our business," said Stephen Wetmore, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Tire Corporation. "By working together and innovating, we will better serve our customers, earn new business, and strengthen our community initiatives."
Canadian Tire's financial services division is the eighth largest credit card issuer in Canada with $4.4 billion in receivables, 1.8 million active customer accounts and $12 billion in annual spend volume. The agreement also provides an option for Canadian Tire to sell up to an additional 29% of its financial services business to Scotiabank within the next 10 years at the then fair market value.
"We are excited about the possibilities that come with this partnership. Canadian Tire is an iconic company with an incredibly strong brand and great customer focus," said Brian Porter, President and Chief Executive Officer, Scotiabank. "This is a strategic investment in a high performing business and a partnership with the Canadian Tire family of companies will provide opportunities for us to grow our customer base and provide unique and relevant solutions to our customers."
The investment in the financial services business will be funded from Scotiabank's cash resources and is expected to be modestly accretive to Scotiabank's earnings. The deal is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals and the transaction is expected to close by September 30, 2014.
Scotiabank will become the exclusive partner for new financial products to the Canadian Tire portfolio of customers. The agreement allows for joint marketing efforts to introduce the companies' respective customers to each other's brands with exclusive offers. Available only to customers of the Canadian Tire family of companies and Scotiabank, the offers are expected to attract new customers and provide more value to loyal consumers.
Today, the companies announced two inaugural offers available from May 9 to August 31, 2014 to celebrate the new partnership:
- New customers who join the Scotiabank Start Right Program, which provides new Canadians with a bank account, credit card and other financial services, will receive $50 at Canadian Tire and $50 at Mark's to help them buy every day essentials for life in Canada.
- Through Canadian Tire, Scotiabank will offer $500 in Canadian Tire Money to any Canadian Tire Options MasterCard holders who switch or take a new five-year mortgage from Scotiabank.
Canadian Tire and Scotiabank share a strong understanding of customer needs and what drives consumer decisions. With a rapidly changing consumer and digital landscape, there are significant benefits to working together to develop new online and mobile payment technologies that will benefit both retail and banking customers.
Both brands are committed to giving back to communities, investing in grassroots hockey and helping families in need. The companies share the belief that local investments help build strong communities and will work together on opportunities to celebrate sport and maximize sponsorship activity from coast-to-coast.
CANADIAN TIRE CORPORATION FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This document contains forward-looking information that reflects management's current expectations related to the business partnership with Scotiabank. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purposes of providing information about management's current expectations and plans and allowing investors and others to get a better understanding of the Company's anticipated financial position, results of operations and operating environment. Readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes.
All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this document may constitute forward-looking information, including but not limited to, statements regarding the expected benefits of the partnership between the Company and Scotiabank, such as the growth of the retail and financial services businesses, significant benefits to customers, the enhancement of brand affinity among customers, the integration of marketing, sponsorships, and community contributions, the collaboration on technological solutions and other statements concerning management's expectations relating to possible or assumed future prospects and results, our strategic goals and priorities, our actions and the results of those actions and the economic and business outlook for us. Often but not always, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "expect", "believe", "estimate", "plan", "could", "should", "would", "outlook", "forecast", "anticipate", "foresee", "continue" or the negative of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology. Forward-looking information is based on the reasonable assumptions, estimates, analyses, beliefs and opinions of management made in light of its experience and perception of trends, current conditions and expected developments, as well as other factors that management believes to be relevant and reasonable at the date that such information is provided.
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ABOUT CANADIAN TIRE
Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited, (TSX:CTC.A) (TSX:CTC) or "CTC," is a family of businesses that includes a retail segment, a financial services division, CT REIT and Canadian Tire Jumpstart, a nationally registered charity dedicated to removing financial barriers so kids across Canada can participate in sports and physical activities. Our retail business is led by Canadian Tire, which was founded in 1922 and provides Canadians with products for life in Canada across its Living, Playing, Fixing, Automotive and Seasonal categories. PartSource and Gas+ are key parts of the Canadian Tire network. The retail segment also includes Mark's, a leading source for casual and industrial wear, and FGL Sports (Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, National Sports, Intersport, Pro Hockey Life and Atmosphere), which offers the best active wear brands. The nearly 1,700 retail and gasoline outlets are supported and strengthened by our Financial Services division and the tens of thousands of people employed across the Company. For more information, visit Corp.CanadianTire.ca.
Scotiabank is a leading financial services provider in over 55 countries and Canada's most international bank. Through our team of more than 83,000 employees, Scotiabank and its affiliates offer a broad range of products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management, corporate and investment banking to over 21 million customers. With assets of $783 billion (as at January 31, 2014), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (BNS) and New York Exchanges (BNS). Scotiabank distributes the Bank's media releases using Marketwired. For more information please visit www.scotiabank.com.
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