HONG KONG, Dec. 31 /CNW/ - Kingsway International Holdings Limited (the "Company") (TSX: KIH), an Asian-based financial services firm, is pleased to announce that it has completed amendments to the terms and conditions of its convertible redeemable unsecured debentures that were issued on September 19, 2008. As previously announced by the Company on December 8, 2010 and updated on December 21, 2010, the amendments include the following: (1) reduction in interest rate from 9% to 1% per year; (2) extension of the maturity date from September 19, 2011 to September 19, 2013; (3) convertible into shares at the option of the holder at a conversion price of $0.55 per share (reduced from $0.80 per share); and (4) redeemable at the Company's option the principal amount of convertible debentures and accrued and unpaid interest convertible into shares at specified priced upon attainment of certain trading requirements. The amendments will result in up to an additional 3,846,021 shares made issuable for a maximum total of 13,221,021 shares made issuable.
About Kingsway International Holdings Limited
The Company is a strategically positioned asset-based financial services provider, linking the global investment community with the PRC's high growth economy. The Kingsway Group is now positioned into three integrated divisions: Capital Markets Group, consisting of brokerage and financial services, including investment banking; Strategic Investment Group, a merchant bank focused on mining and natural resources; and an Asset Management Group specializing in private equity funds. The Kingsway Group's primary subsidiary, SW Kingsway Capital Holdings Limited ("SWK"), is based in Hong Kong and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. The SWK group of companies comprises the Kingsway Group's primary operating subsidiaries and is licensed to provide a range of financial services. The Kingsway Group operates from five offices located in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Toronto.
China is widely recognized as an increasingly important player on the world's financial stage. As the country continues to grow, its greatest needs will lie in energy and resources. Following a recent restructuring, the Company is positioned as a middle tier provider of financial services in these sectors and an opportunistic investor in these and related sectors. The Kingsway Group's strategy is to use investment activities strategically to generate advisory services revenue while creating value for its shareholders through asset accumulation.
Leveraging a 20-year track record and significant relationships throughout Asia, the Company continues to operate as a China focused multi-discipline asset-based financial services firm, with a focus on natural resources, infrastructure and real estate.
Founded in 1990, the Company is listed on the main board of the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol KIH.
This news release contains forward-looking statements that are based on the beliefs of management of the Company and reflect the Company's current expectations. In certain cases, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as "estimate", "project", "belief", "anticipate", "intend", "expect", "plan", "predict", "may", "should", "will", or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved".
Forward-looking information contained in this news release includes information relating to the proposed amendments to the terms and conditions to the Debentures. Forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. There can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Material factors or risks which could cause actual results or events to differ materially from a conclusion in such forward-looking information include the risks that the Company may not be able to obtain the necessary regulatory approvals. The Company cautions that the foregoing list of material factors is not exhaustive and is subject to change. For additional information with respect to certain of these and other factors, refer to the risk factors section of the Company's management's discussion and analysis dated September 20, 2010 for the periods ended June 30, 2010 filed with the Canadian securities regulators, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The forward-looking information contained in this news release represents the expectations of the Company as of the date of this news release and, accordingly, is subject to change after such date. Readers should not place undue importance on forward-looking information and should not rely upon this information as of any other date. While the Company may elect to, it does not undertake to update this information at any particular time, except as required by law.
For further information: For further information:
In Toronto, please contact Gary Quedado, Kingsway Group, (416) 861-3099 Ext. 0238, firstname.lastname@example.org
In Hong Kong, please contact Douglas Betts, Kingsway Group, (852) 2538-3938, email@example.com