People Corporation
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People Corporation

June 23, 2014 08:30 ET

People Corporation Announces Acquisition of Fairles Benefit Services Inc.

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 23, 2014) - People Corporation ("People" or the "Company") today announced the acquisition, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Bencom Financial Services Group Inc. ("Bencom"), of the group benefits business of Fairles Benefit Services Inc. ("FBS") based in Waterloo, Ontario. Established in 1991, FBS provides group benefits and group retirement consulting to a broad range of clients in the Southwestern Ontario region, and has built a solid reputation for outstanding client service. With the addition of this leading firm, People has notably increased its presence in the Ontario market. FBS will continue to operate as Fairles Benefit Services Inc. in close association with Bencom.

Laurie Goldberg, Chairman and CEO of People Corporation, commented, "We are thrilled to announce yet another acquisition in the Kitchener/Waterloo area, following on the previous successful transaction with Bencom of Kitchener, Ontario in December 2012." Mr. Goldberg continued, "The opportunity to add FBS, another firm with an excellent reputation in the region, to the People Corporation family is exciting for us. Together with Bencom, FBS further strengthens our already strong presence and reputation in the Southwestern Ontario market."

Mr. John Fairles, founder of FBS added, "I am very pleased that FBS is joining with Bencom and the People Corporation group of companies. As an established and growing firm, we wanted to partner with a like-minded company that shared our commitment to providing exceptional products, services and advice to our clients. The access to proprietary products, additional resources, enhanced back office support and customized services that this partnership brings will significantly benefit our existing valued clients and also provide a more dynamic platform for seeking new business opportunities."

Mr. Dino Costabile, Practice Leader of Bencom, commented "This is a great opportunity for Bencom to be partnering with FBS and John Fairles under the People Corporation umbrella. Together, we are strongly positioned for future growth, backed by the national presence, strength and leadership position of People Corporation."

Terms of the transaction, which closed as of June 19, 2014, are not being disclosed. The Company expects the transaction to have an immediate positive impact on revenue and EBITDA. The purchase price for the transaction will be funded through existing cash resources, including from the proceeds of the Company's recent private placement of common shares completed in April 2014.

Mr. Goldberg concluded, "FBS represents People's third transaction so far this year, and closely follows the acquisition of Bryan H. Lupe and Associates of Winnipeg, Manitoba in May. The success in the transaction-based component of our growth plan, combined with our strong organic growth in the past number of years, has driven tremendous top and bottom line growth for our company. As a result, People is one of Canada's fastest growing companies and, as recently announced, has once again been named to the PROFIT 500 Fastest Growing Companies List."

About People Corporation

People is a national provider of group benefits, group retirement and human resource services. The Company has offices across Canada, each led by a team of experts and backed by the resources of a national company that is traded on the TSX-V. Our industry experts provide uniquely valuable insight while customizing our innovative suite of services to the specific needs of our clients. Whatever your sector, whatever your scale, putting our expertise and proven track record to work will make a difference to your people and your bottom line.

Further information is available at www.peoplecorporation.com.

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