TORONTO, June 28, 2016 /CNW/ - BrightPath Early Learning Inc. ("BrightPath" or the "Company") (TSX-V: BPE), the leading Canadian provider of high-quality, comprehensive early childhood education and care, announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a portfolio of 20 early learning and child care centres in the Greater Toronto Area from the owners of Peekaboo Child Care Centre Inc. and subsidiary companies (collectively "Peekaboo").
Under the terms of the agreement, BrightPath will pay approximately $22 million, subject to adjustments, for approximately 2,500 licensed spaces in 20 early learning and child care centres located in the Regions of Peel and Halton, large and rapidly growing communities in the Greater Toronto Area. The addition of this capacity will increase the size of BrightPath's portfolio by 41%.
The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of this year and is, at present, subject to customary closing conditions and conditions regarding child care licensing.
This acquisition enables BrightPath to leverage its investment in processes, technology and people to further increase earnings and cash flow. Furthermore, the combined operations will have a significantly larger platform with the scope, scale and operating leverage needed to strategically expand in a growing market.
"We have increasingly held the view that now is an ideal time for expansion into the Ontario child care market and this acquisition is an excellent means to further that initiative. The Peekaboo centres have an excellent reputation in the market place due to the quality and commitment of their people and we look forward to working with this strong and capable team," noted Mary Ann Curran, Chief Executive Officer of BrightPath. "This is a transformative transaction for BrightPath as it adds a large, highly profitable and complementary quality child care portfolio in a growing market with in-place operations. The transaction will add significant cash flow to BrightPath, requires minimal incremental general and administrative corporate overhead and provides the opportunity to capture a meaningful growth opportunity utilizing in-place people, intellectual property and systems."
"Peekaboo was founded to meet a need for quality child care that was unmet in the market 18 years ago. Since then, we have grown as that demand has also grown," says Lee-Anne Arkell, founder and President of Peekaboo. "The centres are my life's work and a source of great pride, and I am pleased that my legacy will continue as part of the BrightPath organization. The leaders of BrightPath share my passion and commitment to quality early learning and care and for improving the lives of Ontario children and families. I look forward to working in partnership with the BrightPath team to further enhance the quality of care and to continue to grow across Ontario."
This acquisition significantly increases BrightPath's presence in the Ontario market, from 14 centres to 34, which will result in a geographic capacity distribution of 46% in Ontario, 45% in Alberta and 9% in British Columbia (as compared to the current distribution of 23%, 64% and 13%, respectively).
The business being acquired also holds franchise agreements with 11 affiliate centres, presenting an additional revenue stream and growth opportunity.
Dale Kearns, BrightPath's President and Chief Financial Officer added that, "This transaction is fully financed through our bank credit facility. The credit facility's authorized limit will increase from $42 million to $62.5 million on the strength of underlying cash flows and the value of our real estate. Importantly, while the acquisition of the Peekaboo centres provides significant additional cash flow, it involves no equity dilution for shareholders and hence, will be significantly accretive."
Following the completion of the transaction, the Company will continue to have available financial resources to complete its current pipeline of growth activities without equity dilution.
The Company intends to announce further details regarding this transaction upon closing, which is presently anticipated to occur in the third quarter of 2016.
ABOUT BRIGHTPATH EARLY LEARNING INC.
BrightPath Early Learning Inc. is a Canadian leader in child care and early education with 55 locations in major markets across the country. Meeting the highest standards in curriculum, nutrition, technology and recreational programming, BrightPath is committed to providing families with the very best child development and care Canada has to offer.
For more information, visit www.BrightPathKids.com/corporate (TSX‐V: BPE). For further information regarding this release, please contact Dale Kearns, President and Chief Financial Officer of BrightPath Early Learning Inc. at (403) 705-0362 ext. 406.
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