MOORESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA and BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 7, 2016) - Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) ("Lowe's") and RONA inc. (TSX:RON)(TSX:RON.PR.A) ("RONA") announced today that Lowe's, through a wholly owned subsidiary, and RONA have entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of RONA's outstanding Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Series 6 Class A Preferred Shares and Cumulative Floating Rate Series 7 Class A Preferred Shares (collectively, the "Preferred Shares") for C$24 per share in cash pursuant to a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Québec).
The board of directors of RONA, after consultation with its financial and legal advisors, has unanimously approved the transaction and has resolved to unanimously recommend that holders of the Preferred Shares (the "Preferred Shareholders") vote in favour of the transaction at a meeting of Preferred Shareholders to be held to consider the transaction. RBC Capital Markets has provided a fairness opinion to RONA's board of directors that, subject to the assumptions, limitations and qualifications set out in such fairness opinion, and as of the date of such opinion, the consideration under the transaction is fair from a financial point of view to the Preferred Shareholders.
The transaction is subject to court approval and the requisite approval of the Preferred Shareholders. Assuming the required approvals are received, the transaction is expected to be consummated before the end of the year.
Fidelity Investments Canada ULC, a large institutional investor that owns a significant portion of the Preferred Shares, has agreed to vote its Preferred Shares in favour of the transaction.
The terms and conditions of the transaction will be disclosed in further detail in the information circular to be mailed to Preferred Shareholders in advance of their meeting to approve the transaction. In addition, a copy of the definitive agreement and the information circular and certain related documents will be filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and will be available under RONA's profile at www.sedar.com.
About Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2015 sales of $59.1 billion, Lowe's and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,355 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 285,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe's supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.
About RONA inc.
Acquired by Lowe's Companies, Inc. on May 20, 2016, RONA inc. is a major Canadian retailer and distributor of hardware, building materials and home renovation products. RONA operates a network of close to 500 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats. RONA serves its network of stores and several independent dealers operating under other banners, including Ace, for which RONA owns the licensing rights and is the exclusive distributor in Canada. With more than 17,000 employees in corporate stores and more than 5,000 employees in the stores of its independent affiliate dealers, the Corporation generated annual consolidated sales of $4.2 billion for fiscal year 2015. For more information, visit rona.ca.
This news release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities legislation and regulation, including those regarding the transaction. Statements including words such as "may", "will", "could", "should", "would", "plan", "potential", "intend", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate" or "expect" and other words, terms and phrases of similar meaning are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the expected timing of completion of the transaction and the ability to receive the required court and shareholder approvals. Although we believe that the expectations, opinions, projections, and comments reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such statements will prove to be correct. A wide variety of potential risks, uncertainties, and other factors could materially affect our ability to achieve the results either expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements including, but not limited to the possibility that the transaction will be rejected by the Preferred Shareholders; the possibility that even if the transaction is approved by the Preferred Shareholders, the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed; and the failure to obtain and the timing to obtain court approval for the transaction. For more information about risks and uncertainties that Lowe's Companies, Inc. is exposed to, you should read the "Risk Factors" and "Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates" included in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and the description of material changes therein or updated version thereof, if any, included in its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC.
The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. All such forward-looking statements are based upon data available as of the date of this release or other specified date and speak only as of such date. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf about any of the matters covered in this release are qualified by these cautionary statements and in the "Risk Factors" included in Lowe's Companies, Inc.'s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K to the SEC and the description of material changes, if any, therein included in its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, change in circumstances, future events, or otherwise.
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This announcement is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell RONA securities.