CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 13, 2014) - DirectCash Payments Inc. (the "Company") (TSX:DCI) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement (the "Agreement") to acquire DirectCash Bank (the "Bank"), a Schedule I Canadian chartered bank, through the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of the Bank's sole shareholder, 6676405 Canada Ltd. ("6676405"), for consideration of $15 million, payable in the form of common shares of the Company ("Common Shares") issued from treasury at a price of $13.9148 per share, which is equal to the 20 day volume-weighted average trading price of the Common Shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange as at the close of business yesterday (the "Transaction"). Accordingly, upon closing, the Company will issue 1,077,989 Common Shares to the shareholders of 6676405, subject to adjustment on account of a minimum net asset value of the Bank as at closing in accordance with the terms of the Agreement. Closing of the Transaction is subject to a number of regulatory, governmental and other approvals and consents, including the approval of the Minister of Finance (Canada) and the Toronto Stock Exchange, and is expected to occur in the second half of 2014.
The Bank is a Schedule 1 Canadian chartered bank and is a principal member of Visa, Mastercard and Interac. The acquisition of the Bank will enhance the marketing flexibility of the Company and better enable the Company to take advantage of opportunities which arise in the industry. As the payment industry evolves, having 100% ownership of a Schedule 1 chartered bank in Canada will provide the Company with a unique and not easily replicable competitive advantage for the long term that compliments the Company's pre-paid card business, as well as the credit union and financial institution processing and outsourcing business that was recently acquired. The Bank does not engage and has never engaged in any lending activities. The acquisition of the Bank is strategic for the reasons indicated and in light of the existing contractual arrangements between the Company and the Bank. The Transaction is subject to adjustment on account of the minimum net asset value of the Bank as at closing being approximately $7.0 million.
As 6676405 is indirectly owned by Jeffrey Smith, President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company, and Susan Anderson, a former director of the Company, the Transaction is considered a "related party transaction" for the purposes of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 - Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions ("MI 61-101"). Accordingly, in November of 2013 when the Company first considered acquiring the Bank, the board of directors of the Company (the "Board") established a committee of independent directors, being Messrs. Bradley Hurtubise, Lee Thiessen and Barry Sechos (the "Committee"), for the purposes of reviewing and evaluating the Transaction.
In the course of carrying out its mandate, the Committee retained independent legal counsel and independent financial advisors. The Committee, through consultation with its advisors, determined that the Transaction is exempt from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 as neither the fair market value of the subject matter of, nor the fair market value of the consideration for, the Transaction exceeds 25% of the Company's market capitalization calculated on the basis of its issued and outstanding Common Shares. Despite such exemption from the valuation requirements of 61-101, the Committee obtained a business valuation of the Bank from its independent financial advisors for purposes of assisting it in evaluating the Transaction.
Based upon, among other things, a written fairness opinion from the Committee's independent financial advisors that the consideration to be paid by the Company for the Bank was fair from a financial point of view to the shareholders of the Company, and after consulting with its legal and financial advisors, the Committee unanimously resolved to recommend the Transaction to the Board. Upon the report and recommendation of the Committee, the Board determined that the Transaction is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders and approved the Transaction, with Mr. Smith and Messrs. Wolfe and Dundas (each of whom is or was previously a director of the Bank) abstaining. Each of Messrs. Smith, Wolfe and Dundas declared their conflict of interest in respect of the Transaction and were not involved in the negotiations, analysis or assessment of same.
The Company is the largest branded ATM provider in Canada and Australia, and the third largest branded ATM provider in the United Kingdom. It also offers ATM services in Mexico and New Zealand. The Company is one of the leading providers of credit union and other financial institution processing and outsourcing, branded non-financial institution debit terminals and pre-paid card products in Canada. Additional information about the Company is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and on the Company's website at www.directcash.net.
Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking statements or information (collectively, "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "forecast", "may", "will", "project", "could", "plan", "intend", "should", "believe", "outlook", "potential", "target" and similar words suggesting future events or future performance. In particular, this news release contains, without limitation, forward-looking statements concerning the proposed acquisition by the Company of the Bank through the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of 6676405, including the impact of the Transaction on the Company and timing for closing of the Transaction.
With respect to forward-looking statements contained in this news release, the Company has made assumptions regarding, among other things, the timing of receipt of regulatory approvals for the Transaction (including Toronto Stock Exchange approval and approvals under the Bank Act (Canada)), the ability of the Company to complete the Transaction and the ability of the Company to execute and realize on the anticipated benefits of the Transaction.
Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward looking statements contained in this news release, and the assumptions on which such forward-looking statements are made, are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements included in this news release, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which the forward-looking statements are based will occur. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not occur. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the failure of the Company to receive required approvals to the Transaction in a timely manner, or at all, delays in completing the Transaction and the risk that the Company may not complete the trasaction and the other factors described under "Risk Factors" in the Company's most recently filed Annual Information Form available in Canada at www.sedar.com. Readers are cautioned that this list of risk factors should not be construed as exhaustive.
The forward-looking statements contained in this news release speak only as of the date of this news release. Except as expressly required by applicable securities laws, the Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.