Strongco Corporation
TSX : SQP

Strongco Corporation

February 18, 2011 06:00 ET

Strongco Announces Closing of Acquisition of Chadwick-BaRoss, Inc.

Acquisition Expands Strongco Into U.S.

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2011) - Strongco Corporation (TSX:SQP) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Chadwick-BaRoss, Inc. for US$11.6 million. 

The transaction value was satisfied with cash of US$9.7 million and notes issued to the major shareholders of Chadwick-BaRoss totalling US$1.9 million. In connection with the acquisition, Strongco obtained a $5.0 million term loan through its current bank.

Chadwick-BaRoss is a heavy equipment dealer headquartered in Westbrook, Maine, with three branches in Maine and one in each of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In the fiscal year ended January 31, 2011, Chadwick-BaRoss was profitable on sales of approximately US$44 million. EBITDA for the year was approximately US$3.6 million.

"The acquisition of Chadwick-BaRoss is in line with our growth strategy and we expect it to be accretive to Strongco's earnings in 2011," said Robert Dryburgh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Strongco. 

About Strongco

Strongco Corporation is one of Canada's largest multiline mobile equipment dealers and operates in the North East United States, through Chadwick-BaRoss, Inc. Strongco sells, rents and services equipment used in sectors such as construction, infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, utilities, municipalities, waste management and forestry. Strongco has approximately 600 employees servicing customers from 26 branches in Canada and 5 in the United States. Strongco represents leading equipment manufacturers with globally recognized brands, including Volvo Construction Equipment, Case Construction, Manitowoc Crane, Terex Cedarapids, Ponsse, Powerscreen, Skyjack, Fassi, Allied, Taylor, ESCO, Dressta, Sennebogen, Takeuchi, Link-Belt and Kawasaki. Strongco is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SQP.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of applicable securities legislation which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Strongco or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, events, expectations, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

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