AutoCanada Inc.
TSX : ACQ

November 24, 2015 16:24 ET

AutoCanada Inc. Announces $75 Million Equity Financing

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 24, 2015) -

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AutoCanada Inc. ("AutoCanada" or the "Company") (TSX:ACQ) has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters led by RBC Capital Markets and Scotiabank (collectively the "Underwriters") for the sale on a "bought deal" basis of 2,950,000 common shares of the Company at $25.50 per common share for gross proceeds of $75 million (the "Offering").

AutoCanada has also granted the Underwriters an over-allotment option to purchase up to 442,500 additional common shares, representing an additional 15% of the Offering, on the same terms and conditions, exercisable in whole or in part at any time following closing of the Offering for a period of 30 days.

The Company will use the net proceeds of the Offering to reduce indebtedness under its revolving credit facility, which may subsequently be redrawn and applied as needed to fund future capital expenditures, including the potential acquisition of additional dealerships, and for general corporate and working capital purposes.

Closing of the Offering is expected to occur on or about December 14, 2015 and is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary approvals, including approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The common shares will be offered under a short form prospectus to be filed in each of the provinces of Canada.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of AutoCanada in the United States. The common shares described in this press release have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of any state and may not be offered, sold or delivered in the United States absent an exemption from registration.

About AutoCanada Inc.

AutoCanada is one of Canada's largest multi-location automobile dealership groups, currently operating 52 franchised dealerships, comprised of 60 franchises in eight provinces, and has over 3,750 employees. AutoCanada currently sells Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, FIAT, Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Cadillac, Infiniti, Nissan, Hyundai, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Audi, Volkswagen, Kia, BMW and MINI branded vehicles. In 2014, our dealerships sold approximately 57,000 vehicles and processed approximately 786,000 service and collision repair orders in our 822 service bays during that time.

Additional information about AutoCanada Inc. is available at www.sedar.com and the Company's website at www.autocan.ca.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release may be forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. In particular, forward-looking information and statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the completion of the Offering and the use of proceeds from the Offering. These forward-looking statements and information are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by AutoCanada, including the assumption that all necessary conditions will be satisfied and all necessary approvals will be obtained. Although AutoCanada believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking statements and information are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements and information as AutoCanada cannot give any assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements and information address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to, general economic, market and business conditions. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of risks and uncertainties is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other risk factors that could affect AutoCanada's operations, financial results and the completion of the Offering are included in AutoCanada's annual information form and the other disclosure documents filed by AutoCanada with securities regulatory authorities which may be accessed through the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com. The forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and AutoCanada does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

Contact Information

  • AutoCanada Inc.
    Christopher Burrows
    Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer
    780.509.2808
    cburrows@autocan.ca