VANCOUVER, May 16, 2012 /CNW/ - OSI Geospatial Inc. (TSXV: OSI) ("OSI" or the "Company") announced today a share consolidation to be completed by way of a court approved Plan of Arrangement (the "Transaction"). The Transaction provides, among other things, that (i) each Class "B" Series 2 Preference Shares (a "Preferred Share") held by a preferred shareholder will be converted into common shares of the Company at a conversion rate of 156.667 Common Shares per Preferred Share; and (ii), all issued and outstanding common shares will be consolidated on a 250,000 to 1 basis and common shareholders holding less than one post-consolidation common share will be paid $0.060 in cash, representing a 33% premium on market, per pre-consolidation common share held by them.
Due to the ongoing cost of being a public company and the severe competitive disadvantage that the company faces as a result of the information it provides its much larger competitors through its disclosure record, the directors have determined that it is in the best interest of the Company to cease to be a reporting issuer. To do that, the Company must reduce the number of its shareholders to below 50 in Canada, with no more than 15 in any one jurisdiction of Canada. After considering all of its alternatives, the board of directors have determined that the Transaction is the best alternative available to the Company to achieve that goal.
Further details regarding the Transaction will be provided in a management information circular dated May 16, 2012, which will be mailed to shareholders of the Company in connection with the Company's special shareholders' meeting (the "Meeting") to approve the Transaction and filed on SEDAR. The Meeting will be held on June 21, 2012. The Transaction is expected to close shortly thereafter.
The Company's board of directors has unanimously approved the Transaction and will recommend approval to the Company's shareholders at the Meeting. The Transaction requires 66 2/3% approval by all shareholders of OSI as well as a majority approval of the common shareholders after excluding Insiders of the Company. Insiders include Directors, Officers and Shareholders owning greater than 10% of the Company. The Transaction is also subject to approval by the TSX Venture Exchange and other regulatory agencies, in addition to Court approval by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
About OSI Geospatial Inc.
OSI Geospatial Inc. operates two distinct business units: Offshore Systems Ltd. (based in Vancouver, British Columbia), a world-leading naval fleet supplier of integrated navigation and tactical solutions; and CHI Systems, Inc. (based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), a leading-edge research, development, and systems integration supplier of technology solutions for defense, aerospace, health, and bioscience markets. OSI Geospatial systems and software are in use by military, government, and commercial customers around the world. The Company is publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange. For additional information please visit www.osigeospatial.com.
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