TORONTO, May 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FAX Capital Corp. (the “Company”) (TSX: FXC) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive arrangement agreement (the “Arrangement Agreement”) with Federated Capital Corp. (“FCC”) and Fax Investments Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of FCC (together with FCC, the “Purchaser”), pursuant to which the Purchaser has agreed to acquire, indirectly through an acquisition company, all of the Company’s outstanding subordinated voting shares (the “Subordinate Voting Shares”) not currently owned by the Purchaser or Blair Driscoll, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (together, the “Continuing Shareholders”), by way of a court-approved plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act (the “Transaction”). As at the date hereof, the Continuing Shareholders own or control, directly or indirectly, an aggregate of 609,247 Subordinate Voting Shares, representing 3.92% of the Company’s issued and outstanding Subordinate Voting Shares and the Purchaser owns 26,971,411 of the Company’s outstanding multiple voting shares (the “Multiple Voting Shares”), representing 100% of the Company’s issued and outstanding Multiple Voting Shares.
In accordance with the terms of the Arrangement Agreement, the holders of the Subordinated Voting Shares will receive cash consideration of $5.18 per Subordinate Voting Share, representing a premium of approximately 53.7% to the closing price on the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) of $3.37 per Subordinate Voting Share on April 29, 2022, the last trading day prior to the announcement of the Transaction, and a premium of approximately 47.7% to the 20-day volume weighted average trading price per Subordinate Voting Share on the TSX of $3.51 as at that date.
The Company’s board of directors (the “Board”), with certain directors declaring their conflicts of interest and abstaining from voting, unanimously approved the Arrangement Agreement following receipt of the unanimous recommendation of a special committee made up solely of independent directors (the “Special Committee”), appointed by the Board to, among other matters, consider strategic alternatives for the Company, including reviewing and considering the Transaction and providing the Board with advice and recommendations with respect to the Transaction. As such, the Board intends to unanimously, with certain interested directors abstaining from voting, recommend that holders of Subordinate Voting Shares vote in favour of the Transaction. The Company intends to hold an Annual General and Special Meeting in June 2022 (the “Shareholders’ Meeting”), where the Transaction will be considered and voted upon by shareholders of record. Assuming the timely receipt of all required approvals, the Transaction is expected to close early in the third quarter of 2022.
In connection with their review and consideration of the Transaction, the Special Committee engaged Scotia Capital Inc. (“Scotiabank”) as its independent valuator and exclusive financial advisor in respect of the Transaction. Scotiabank prepared a formal valuation, in accordance with Multilateral Instrument 61-101 - Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”), opining that, as of April 29, 2022 and subject to the assumptions, limitations and qualifications contained in Scotiabank’s formal valuation presentation to the Special Committee, the fair market value of the Subordinate Voting Shares ranged between $4.25 and $5.25 per Subordinate Voting Share. In addition, Scotiabank provided an opinion to the Special Committee that, subject to the assumptions, limitations and qualifications set out in its presentation to the Special Committee, the consideration to be received by the holders of Subordinate Voting Shares (other than the Continuing Shareholders) pursuant to the Transaction is fair, from a financial point of view, to such shareholders.
Additional Transaction Details
The Transaction is to be completed by way of a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act and will constitute a “business combination” for purposes of MI 61-101. The Transaction is subject to approval at the Shareholders’ Meeting by: (i) at least two-thirds of the votes cast by shareholders (voting together as a single class, with each holder of Subordinate Voting Shares being entitled to one vote per share and each holder of the Multiple Voting Shares being entitled to ten votes per share); and (ii) a simple majority of the votes cast by holders of Subordinate Voting Shares (excluding the Subordinate Voting Shares held by the Continuing Shareholders and any other shares required to be excluded pursuant to MI 61-101). In addition, completion of the Transaction is subject to other customary conditions, including receipt of court approval and approval from the TSX. The Transaction is not subject to a financing condition.
The Arrangement Agreement includes customary non-solicitation provisions, which are subject to customary "fiduciary out" provisions that entitle the Company to terminate the Arrangement Agreement and accept a superior proposal if the Purchaser does not match the superior proposal. Each party has agreed to pay the other’s transaction expenses upon the termination of the Arrangement Agreement in certain circumstances, as set out in the Arrangement Agreement.
Each of the directors and executive officers of the Company have agreed to vote in favor of the Transaction pursuant to voting and support agreements.
Further information regarding the Transaction, the Arrangement Agreement and the Shareholders’ Meeting, including a copy of Scotiabank’s formal valuation and fairness opinion, will be included in the management information circular expected to be mailed to holders of Subordinate Voting Shares of record in early June 2022. Copies of the Arrangement Agreement and proxy materials in respect of the Shareholders’ Meeting will be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Early Warning Disclosure by the Purchaser
Further to the requirements of National Instrument 62-104 Take-Over Bids and Issuer Bids and National Instrument 62-103 The Early Warning System and Related Take-Over Bid and Insider Reporting Issues, the Purchaser, being entities that are owned and controlled by the Driscoll family, will file an early warning report stipulating, they intend to acquire, directly or indirectly, all of the issued and outstanding Subordinate Voting Shares (other than those owned by the Continuing Shareholders) by way of a plan of arrangement.
Upon closing of the Transaction, the Purchaser intends to cause the Subordinate Voting Shares to cease to be listed on the TSX and to cause the Company to submit an application to cease to be a reporting issuer under applicable Canadian securities laws.
A copy of the Purchaser’s early warning report will be filed with the applicable securities commissions and will be made available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Further information and a copy of the Purchaser’s early warning report may be obtained by contacting Blair Driscoll, at 416-364-8788.
Scotiabank is acting as exclusive financial advisor to the Special Committee and as independent valuator. Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP is acting as legal advisor to the Company. Dentons Canada LLP is acting as legal advisor to the Special Committee. Aird & Berlis LLP is acting as legal advisor to the Purchaser and Federated Capital Corp. McCarthy Tétrault LLP is acting as legal counsel to Scotiabank.
About FAX Capital Corp.
The Company is an investment holding company with a business objective to maximize its intrinsic value on a per share basis over the long-term by seeking to achieve superior investment performance commensurate with reasonable risk. The Company intends to invest in equity, debt and/or hybrid securities of high-quality businesses. The Company initially intends to invest in approximately 10 to 15 high-quality small cap public and private businesses located primarily in Canada and, to a lesser extent, the United States. For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.faxcapitalcorp.com.
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No Offer or Solicitation
This announcement is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell Subordinate Voting Shares.