Brompton Corp.

Brompton Corp.

July 05, 2011 16:09 ET

Brompton Corp. Announces Sale of Certain Assets and Newport Receives Liquidity Option

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 5, 2011) - Brompton Corp. ("Brompton") announced today that it has entered into an agreement (the "Sale Transaction") to sell to Aston Hill Financial Inc. ("Aston Hill") for $28 million, contracts to manage the following seven TSX-listed closed-end funds: Brompton VIP Income Fund, Brompton Advantaged VIP Income Fund, Brompton Oil & Gas Income Fund, Brompton Advantaged Oil & Gas Income Fund, Manulife Brompton Advantaged Bond Fund, Global Uranium Fund Inc. and Senior Gold Producers Income Corp. (collectively, the "Funds"). These Funds represent about 40% of Brompton's assets under management. Aston Hill currently manages over $3 billion in assets including two closed-end funds and is a listed company which trades under the symbol AHF.V. Aston Hill and Brompton intend to explore options to work together on new fund products.

The transfer of the Funds to Aston Hill will not result in a change to any of the Funds' investment objectives, investment restrictions, fees payable, redemption provisions, TSX listings or other terms of the constating documents. Furthermore, Aston Hill does not currently intend to change the Fund's auditors, custodian, valuation services agent, or registrar and transfer agent. The Sale Transaction is expected to close on or about July 27, 2011, and is subject to necessary regulatory approvals and customary terms and conditions.

Brompton is a leading provider of closed-end investment funds. The Company's senior management, employees and the Independent Review Committee will not change as a result of the Sale Transaction and will continue to provide all fund management services for its remaining closed-end funds which represent assets under management of approximately $1.3 billion. Brompton will continue its commitment to providing innovative, well conceived investment products with fair terms at a low cost supported by high levels of corporate governance.

Newport Partners Holdings LP ("Newport") is a significant shareholder with total holdings representing a 41% economic interest in Brompton. As part of its publicly announced financial restructuring, Newport has retained Canaccord Genuity Corp., as financial advisor, to explore options for the sale of a number of its investments including its Brompton position. The Company is pleased to announce today that it has entered into an agreement with Newport and Brompton Group Limited ("BGL"), another significant shareholder of Brompton, whereby subject to the completion of the Sale Transaction, BGL has granted to Newport an option to require BGL to purchase Newport's 640,000 Class A Shares in Brompton.

Canaccord Genuity Corp. provided assistance to Brompton in connection with the Sale Transaction.

Brompton is also pleased to announce that shareholders approved the amendments to the articles of incorporation at its Special Meeting held on June 30, 2011.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Contact Information

  • Brompton's investor relations line:
    416-642-9051 or toll free 1-866-642-6001

    Brompton Corp.
    Craig Kikuchi
    Chief Financial Officer