AG Growth Income Fund

AG Growth Income Fund

January 02, 2007 12:28 ET

Ag Growth Income Fund Announces Completion of Strategic Acquisition

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 2, 2007) - Ag Growth Income Fund (TSX:AFN.UN) ("Ag Growth" or the "Fund") announced today the successful completion of its previously announced acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Hansen Manufacturing Corp. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Company Profile

Ag Growth is a leading manufacturer of portable grain handling and conditioning equipment, including augers, belt conveyors, grain handling accessories and grain aeration equipment. Ag Growth's sales, marketing, and distribution system includes approximately 1,400 dealers and distributors in 48 states and nine provinces.

Non-GAAP measures

References to "EBITDA" are to earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, and amortization. Management believes that, in addition to net income or loss, EBITDA is a useful supplemental measure in evaluating its performance. Specifically, management believes that EBITDA is the appropriate measure from which to make adjustments to determine the Fund's distributable cash. EBITDA is not a financial measure recognized by Canadian generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP. Management cautions investors that EBITDA should not replace net income or loss as an indicator of performance, or cash flows from operating, investing, and financing activities as a measure of the Fund's liquidity and cash flows. The Fund's method of calculating EBITDA may differ from the methods used by other issuers.

Distributable cash is a non-GAAP measure generally used by Canadian income funds as an indicator of financial performance. The Fund defines distributable cash as EBITDA less interest expense, maintenance capital expenditures, and current taxes. Distributable cash is not a financial measure recognized by Canadian generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP. The method of calculating the Fund's distributable cash may differ from similar computations as reported by similar entities and, accordingly, may not be comparable to distributable cash as reported by such entities.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements contained in this news release may contain forward-looking statements that reflect our expectations regarding the future growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects, and opportunities of the Fund. Forward-looking statements contain such words as "anticipate", "believe", "continue", "could", "expects", "intend", "plans" or similar expressions suggesting future conditions or events. Such forward-looking statements reflect our current beliefs and are based on information currently available to us. Forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from results discussed in the forward-looking statements, including changes in national and local business conditions, decreased crop yields, industry cyclicality, and competition. These risks and uncertainties are fully described in our 2005 Annual Report and our Annual Information Form dated March 16, 2006. Further information about these and other risks and uncertainties can be found in the disclosure documents filed by Ag Growth Income Fund with the securities regulatory authorities, available at

Contact Information

  • Ag Growth Income Fund
    Steve Sommerfeld
    Investor Relations
    (204) 489-1855