HALIFAX, March 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Clarke Inc. ("Clarke") (TSX: CKI CKI.DB.A) announced today that it has delivered to Supremex Inc. ("Supremex") a proposal (the "Proposal") to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Supremex not already owned by it or its affiliates for a purchase price of $1.20 per share by way of a shareholder and court approved plan of arrangement.
Clarke updated its early warning report to reflect the delivery of the Letter of Intent. Clarke and its affiliates currently hold 13,094,200 shares of Supremex, representing approximately 45.1% of the total outstanding shares.
Clarke has indicated in the Proposal, among other things, that it does not require an exclusivity period during which Supremex would be precluded from discussing strategic transactions with third parties but that Clarke will be reluctant to consider acquisition proposals for Supremex from third parties.
Halifax-based Clarke invests in a variety of private and publicly-traded businesses and participates actively where necessary to enhance performance and increase return. Clarke's securities trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CKI; CKI.DB.A); for more information about Clarke, please visit our website at www.clarkeinc.com.
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SOURCE: CLARKE INC.
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