Wescast Industries Inc.

Wescast Industries Inc.

March 25, 2013 14:18 ET

Wescast Announces that Bohong has Entered Into Definitive Financing Documents for its Acquisition of Wescast

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 2013) - Wescast Industries Inc. (TSX:WCS.A) ("Wescast") announced today that Sichuan Bohong Industry Co., Ltd. ("Bohong") has advised that it has entered into definitive loan documents with China Development Bank Corporation ("CDB") in connection with the previously-announced plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement") pursuant to which Bohong, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, will acquire all of the issued and outstanding capital of Wescast. The closing date of the Arrangement is expected to occur by the end of this week, and the shares of Wescast are expected to be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange shortly after closing.

Reference should be made to the management information circular of Wescast dated January 24, 2013, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, for more information regarding the completion of the Arrangement and the procedure for depositing shares.

About Wescast

Wescast Industries Inc. is the world's leading supplier of cast exhaust manifolds for passenger cars and light trucks. In addition to other products, Wescast designs, casts, machines and assembles exhaust system components, primarily exhaust manifolds, turbo charger housings and integrated turbomanifolds for automotive original equipment manufacturers ("OEMs") and Tier 1 customers for the car and light truck markets in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Australia. Wescast employs approximately 2,200 people in 7 production facilities and 5 sales and design centres in Canada, Hungary, the United States, Germany, Japan and China. Wescast also has sales and technical design representation in the United Kingdom and France. Wescast is recognized worldwide for its quality products, innovative design solutions and highly committed workforce. Learn more at www.wescast.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

The contents of this news release contain statements which, to the extent that they are not recitations of historical fact, may constitute forward-looking statements based on certain assumptions. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about Wescast's current expectations and plans relating to the proposed acquisition. Persons reading this news release are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. Such forward looking statements include the statement regarding the proposed acquisition. The words "may", "would", "could", "will", "likely", "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "intend", "plan", "forecast", "project" and "believe" or other similar words and phrases are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

This information is based upon certain material factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection as reflected in the forward looking statements, including China Development Bank providing the financing, the closing of the proposed acquisition and the delisting of the Wescast shares.

Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties principally relate to the risks associated with the proposed acquisition include, but are not limited to: the failure of Bohong to satisfy the conditions under the definitive loan agreements with China Development Bank, Bohong's lack of sufficient resources to complete the proposed acquisition in the absence of financing from China Development Bank, Wescast's lack of recourse against China Development Bank should China Development Bank fail to provide the required financing, the possibility that any conditions to closing of the proposed acquisition under the arrangement agreement may not be satisfied or waived, Bohong's assets and management being located outside of Canada limiting the practical ability of Wescast to enforce its legal rights under the arrangement agreement, including any judgement obtained in a Canadian court, against Bohong.

Wescast does not undertake any obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this news release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

Contact Information

  • Wescast Industries Inc.
    Edward G. Frackowiak
    Chairman and CEO
    (519) 750-0000