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TORONTO, Sept. 2, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Propel Capital Corporation ("Propel") announced today that it has been acquired by Fiera Capital Corporation ("Fiera") (TSX: FSZ), a Montreal-based leading publicly traded, independent investment firm, pursuant to a an agreement entered into by it, its shareholders with Fiera (the "Transaction").
The business acquired by Fiera includes management agreements related to six TSX-listed closed end funds (the "Propel Funds") with an aggregate market value of over C$400 million. In addition to these agreements, Propel's highly-respected and accomplished managers, Raj Lala, Krista Matheson and Keith H. Crone will join Fiera's team of experienced investment professionals. These managers will continue to be responsible for the daily activities of the Propel Funds and will be responsible for creating additional closed end funds in the future in order to provide investors with new and innovative investment opportunities.
"Strategically, this acquisition, which will be accretive to earnings, directly contributes to Fiera Capital's near-term growth and leadership objectives. Propel has an excellent track record raising assets over a short period of time, and also benefits from a very strong network. With the Propel team on board, Fiera Capital is further enhancing its expertise, offering and distribution capabilities in the Canadian retail investor space," said Jean-Guy Desjardins, Chairman and CEO of Fiera Capital.
"The Propel team is excited to join Fiera Capital, with whom we share a similar investment and client-focused approach. This will make it possible for us to continue to serve our existing clients while also creating new, innovative investment products, and working with advisors across Canada to implement additional closed-end funds," added Raj Lala.
Following the Transaction, it is anticipated that Propel will be wound-up into Fiera on or about October 1, 2014. At such time, the management agreements between the Propel Funds and Propel will be assigned to Fiera. However, it is intended that the current team of Propel continue to be responsible of the daily activities of the Propel Funds.
About Propel Capital Corporation
Propel develops, manages and distributes innovative investment solutions for Canadians through various TSX-listed and managed Funds. www.propelcapital.ca
About Fiera Capital Corporation
Fiera Capital Corporation is a leading publicly traded, independent investment firm, with more than $82 billion in assets under management. Fiera is one of only a handful of full service, multi-product investment firms in Canada, offering clients a proven top tier track record in Canadian and foreign equity and fixed income management as well as depth and expertise in asset allocation and non-traditional investments. www.fieracapital.com
Additional information relating to Fiera, including Fiera's annual information form, is on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
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SOURCE: Propel Capital
For further information: For Propel: Krista Matheson, Senior Vice President, (416) 572-2431, www.propelcapital.ca; For Fiera: Mélanie Tardif, CPA, CMADirector, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, (514) 954-6456, [email protected]