Premium Brands Holdings Corporation
TSX : PBH

Premium Brands Holdings Corporation

October 09, 2013 08:28 ET

Premium Brands Holdings Corporation Announces Completion of $50,000,000 Financing of 5.50% Convertible Unsecured Subordinated Debentures

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 9, 2013) -

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Premium Brands Holdings Corporation (TSX:PBH) ("Premium Brands" or the "Company"), a leading producer, marketer and distributor of branded specialty food products, announced today the successful closing of the issue and sale of $50,000,000 of 5.50% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures (the "Debentures") at a price of $1,000 per Debenture (the "Offering"). The Debentures were offered to the public through a syndicate of underwriters (the "Underwriters") which was co-led by CIBC, BMO Capital Markets, National Bank Financial, Scotiabank and TD Securities Inc. The Company has granted to the Underwriters an over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional $7,500,000 aggregate principal amount of Debentures at the same price, exercisable in whole or in part at any time for a period of up to 30 days following closing of the Offering.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering to reduce its senior debt and to fund future acquisitions, capital expenditures, and general corporate purposes.

The Debentures will bear interest from the date of issue at 5.50% per annum, payable semi-annually in arrears on June 30 and December 31 of each year commencing December 31, 2013 and have a maturity date of June 30, 2019 (the "Maturity Date"). Furthermore, they are convertible at the holder's option at any time prior to the close of business on the earlier of the Maturity Date and the business day immediately preceding the date specified by the Company for redemption of the Debentures into common shares at a conversion price of $29.25 per common share (the "Conversion Price"), subject to adjustment as provided in the indenture governing the Debentures. The Conversion Price equates to a conversion rate of 34.188 common shares for each $1,000 principal amount of Debentures.

The Debentures will be traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "PBH.DB.C".

About Premium Brands

Premium Brands owns a broad range of leading specialty food manufacturing and differentiated food distribution businesses with operations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nevada and Washington State. The Company services over 22,000 customers and its family of brands and businesses include Grimm's, Harvest, McSweeney's, Bread Garden Go, Hygaard, Hempler's, Quality Fast Foods, Gloria's The Best of Fresh, Direct Plus, National Direct-to-Store Distribution (NDSD), Harlan Fairbanks, Creekside Bakehouse, Centennial Foodservice, B&C Food Distributors, Stuyver's Bakestudio, Shahir, Duso's, Maximum Seafood, SK Food Group, OvenPride, Hub City Fisheries, Audrey's, Deli Chef, Piller's, and Freybe Gourmet Foods.

Forward-Looking Statements

This discussion and analysis contains forward-looking statements with respect to the Company, including its business operations, strategy and financial performance and condition. These statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "may", "could", "should", "would", "will", "expect", "intend", "plan", "estimate", "project", "anticipate", "believe" or "continue", or the negative thereof or similar variations.

Although management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable and represent the Company's internal expectations and belief as of October 9, 2013, such statements involve unknown risks and uncertainties beyond the Company's control which may cause its actual performance and results in future periods to differ materially from any estimates or projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations include, among other things: (i) seasonal and/or weather related fluctuations in the Company's sales; (ii) changes in consumer discretionary spending resulting from changes in economic conditions and/or general consumer confidence levels; (iii) changes in the cost of raw materials used in the production of the Company's products; (iv) changes in the cost of products sourced from third party manufacturers and sold through the Company's proprietary distribution networks; (v) risks associated with the Company's conversion from a publicly traded income trust to a publicly traded corporation, including related changes in Canada's income tax laws; (vi) changes in the Company's relationships with its larger customers; (vii) potential liabilities and expenses resulting from defects in the Company's products; (viii) changes in consumer food product preferences; (ix) competition from other food manufacturers and distributors; (x) execution risk associated with the Company's growth and business restructuring initiatives; (xi) risks associated with the Company's business acquisition strategies; (xii) changes in the value of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar; and (xiii) new government regulations affecting the Company's business and operations. Details on these risk factors as well as other factors can be found in the Company's 2012 MD&A, which is filed electronically through SEDAR and is available online at www.sedar.com.

Unless otherwise indicated, the forward-looking information in this document is made as of October 9, 2013 and, except as required by applicable law, will not be publicly updated or revised. This cautionary statement expressly qualifies the forward-looking information in this document.

Contact Information

  • Premium Brands Holdings Corporation
    George Paleologou
    President and CEO
    (604) 656-3100

    Premium Brands Holdings Corporation
    Will Kalutycz
    CFO
    (604) 656-3100
    www.premiumbrandsholdings.com