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TORONTO, March 21, 2014 /CNW/ - First National Financial Corporation (TSX: FN) ("First National" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the closing of the previously announced secondary offering by a corporation wholly-owned and controlled by Moray Tawse, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the Company (the "Selling Shareholder") of 2,000,000 common shares (the "Common Shares") of First National at a price of C$24.90 per Common Share, for aggregate gross proceeds to the Selling Shareholder of approximately C$49.8 million (the "Secondary Offering"). The Secondary Offering was completed on a bought deal basis by an underwriting syndicate co-led by RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities Inc., and also including BMO Capital Markets, Scotiabank, CIBC and National Bank Financial Inc.
The Company did not receive any proceeds from the Secondary Offering and the net proceeds were received by the Selling Shareholder.
The Selling Shareholder now owns 22,038,975 Common Shares of First National, representing approximately 37% of the Common Shares outstanding.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any state, province, territory or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any state, province, territory or other jurisdiction. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or compliance with an applicable exemption from the registration requirements under United States securities laws.
About First National Financial Corporation
First National Financial Corporation (TSX: FN) is the parent company of First National Financial LP, a Canadian-based originator, underwriter and servicer of predominantly prime residential (single-family and multi-unit) and commercial mortgages. With over $75 billion in mortgages under administration, First National is Canada's largest non-bank originator and underwriter of mortgages and is among the top three in market share in the mortgage broker distribution channel. For more information, please visit www.firstnational.ca.
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Certain statements in this press release about current and future plans, expectations and intentions, or any other future events or developments constitute forward-looking statements. The words "will", "expects", "plans", "intends", "estimates" or "potential" or the negative or other variations of these words or other comparable words or phrases, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by First National in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that are believed to be appropriate and reasonable in the circumstances, but there can be no assurance that such estimates and assumptions will prove to be correct. Many factors could cause future events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, general economic and market conditions and adverse economic conditions.
The purpose of the forward-looking statements is to provide the reader with a description of management's expectations and may not be appropriate for other purposes; readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements made herein. Furthermore, unless otherwise stated, the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and we have no intention and undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
SOURCE: First National Financial Corporation
For further information: Robert Inglis, Chief Financial Officer, First National Financial Corporation, Tel: 416-593-1100, Email: [email protected]; Ernie Stapleton, President, Fundamental Creative Inc., Tel: 905-648-9354, Email: [email protected]