TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 5, 2013) - Park Lawn Corporation (TSX VENTURE:PLC) ("Park Lawn" or the "Company"), Canada's only publicly-traded cemetery, cremation and funeral services business, is pleased to announce the closing of its short form prospectus offering (the "Offering") of common shares (the "Common Shares"). Pursuant to the Offering, the Company issued 1,046,512 Common Shares, at a price of $8.60 per Common Share (the "Offering Price"), for gross proceeds of $9,000,003.
The Offering was conducted through a syndicate of agents led by Mackie Research Capital Corporation, and including Richardson GMP Limited (the "Agents"). The Agents have been granted an over-allotment option, exercisable for up to 30 days following closing of the Offering, to offer for sale such number of Common Shares as is equal to 15% of the number of Common Shares issued pursuant to the Offering at the Offering Price, to cover over-allotments if any, and for market stabilization purposes.
The net proceeds from the Offering will be used for the development of a new mausoleum at the Company's Westminster property, and for select strategic acquisitions.
Andrew Clark, CEO of Park Lawn, commented, "We are delighted to have successfully closed the Offering for the maximum amount sought. We view this is a strong vote of confidence by market participants in the Company's new management and strategy. We look forward to building-out our business plan and growing shareholder value going-forward."
In connection with the Offering, the Agents were paid a cash commission equal to 6.5% of the gross proceeds arising therefrom. The Agents were also issued broker warrants (the "Broker Warrants") enabling them to purchase such number of Common Shares as is equal to 6.5% of the Common Shares issued pursuant to the Offering. The Broker Warrants are exercisable for a period of 24 months following closing, at the Offering Price.
The total number of common shares outstanding is now 4,762,022.
About Park Lawn
Park Lawn Corporation provides goods and services associated with the disposition and memorialization of human remains. Products and services are sold to people on a pre-planned basis (pre-need) or at the time of a death (at-need). The Company owns and operates six cemeteries in the Greater Toronto Area, and operates the crematorium at the Brampton Crematorium and Visitor Centre. The Harmonia business of the Company currently operates in Quebec City, Laval, Saint-Apollinaire and Montreal. Park Lawn's common shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "PLC". The Company is the only Canadian publicly listed cemetery, funeral and cremation business. Park Lawn makes monthly dividend payments to its shareholders. The monthly dividend has been paid each month since January, 2011 and is currently $0.038 per share ($0.46 per share on an annual basis).
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Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This news release contains forward-looking information. Such forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "expect" and "intend" and statements that an event or result "may", "will", "should", "could", or "might" occur or to be achieved and any other similar expressions. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements in respect of the use of the net proceeds from the Offering and the completion and timing of the Offering. These forward-looking statements, and any assumptions upon which they are based, are made in good faith and reflect our current judgment regarding the direction of our business. Management believes that these assumptions are reasonable. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information. Some of these risks, uncertainties and other factors are described under the heading "Risks Factors" in the Company's revised annual information form available on www.sedar.com. Forward-looking information is based on estimates and opinions of management at the date the statements are made. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking information even if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information.