TORONTO, July 8, 2013 /CNW/ - (TSX: KFS) (NYSE: KFS) Kingsway Financial
Services Inc. ("Kingsway" or the "Company") announced today that it has
entered into a non-binding letter of intent with Atlas Financial
Holdings, Inc. ("Atlas") to sell its holdings of Atlas preferred shares
for 90% of liquidation value, or $16.2 million. This transaction is to
be structured as follows:
Upon execution of definitive agreements, Atlas will pay Kingsway $7.5
million in cash.
The remaining sale proceeds are expected to be funded primarily from
cash raised by Atlas from the exercise of outstanding Atlas warrants
which expire on December 31, 2013.
Any amounts which remain unpaid after December 31, 2013 are intended to
be reflected in promissory notes with due dates not later than April
30, 2014. To the extent there is a balance owing, an annual interest
rate of 4.5% will apply to such balance through the final payment date.
The parties will not be legally bound to this transaction until
definitive agreements are executed.
About the Company
Kingsway is a holding company functioning as a merchant bank with a
focus on long-term value-creation. The Company owns or controls stakes
in several insurance industry assets and utilizes its subsidiaries,
1347 Advisors LLC and 1347 Capital LLC, to pursue opportunities acting
as an advisor, an investor and a financier. The common shares of
Kingsway are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York
Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "KFS."
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that are not historical facts, and
involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to
differ materially from those expected and projected. Words such as
"expects", "believes", "anticipates", "intends", "estimates", "seeks"
and variations and similar words and expressions are intended to
identify such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking
statements relate to future events or future performance, but reflect
Kingsway management's current beliefs, based on information currently
available. A number of factors could cause actual events, performance
or results to differ materially from the events, performance and
results discussed in the forward-looking statements, including, without
limitation, our potential inability to complete the proposed rights
offering. For information identifying important factors that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the
forward looking statements, please refer to the section entitled "Risk
Factors" in the Company's 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K and its
Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.
Except as expressly required by applicable securities law, the Company
disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward
looking statements whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise.
SOURCE: Kingsway Financial Services Inc.