Laval, Quebec, May 31, 2016 – Savaria Corporation (“Savaria” or the “Company”) (TSX: SIS), one of North America’s leaders in the accessibility industry, is pleased to announce that, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Silver Cross Automotive Inc., it has completed its previously-announced acquisition of the automotive division of Shoppers Home Health Care (a division of Shoppers Drug Mart).
This strategic acquisition will result in a consolidated and greater presence for Savaria in Canada through its Silver Cross brand. The Company will add seven corporate stores in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, London, Waterloo and Toronto that will feature Savaria van conversions as well as elevator and lift products. These “super Silver Cross” locations will satisfy virtually any accessibility need for the customer with a complete line of products to improve mobility inside and out of the home.
“It is a great pleasure for me to welcome the experienced and dedicated staff of the Shopper’s Automotive group to the Savaria family,” stated Marcel Bourassa, Savaria’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We see many opportunities for leveraging our synergies in the coming months.”
Savaria Corporation (savaria.com) is one of the North America’s leaders in the accessibility industry focused on meeting the needs of people with mobility challenges. Savaria designs, manufactures, distributes and installs primarily elevators for home and commercial use, as well as stairlifts and vertical and inclined platform lifts. With the acquisition of Silver Cross, the Corporation now operates a lead generation program to capture and distribute leads on potential customers to close to 100 affiliates in North America; also, it is a franchisor of stores through which new and recycled accessibility equipment is sold. In addition, Savaria converts and adapts minivans to be wheelchair accessible. The diversity of its product line, one of the world’s most comprehensive, enables the Corporation to stand out by proposing an integrated and customized solution for its customers’ mobility needs. Its operations in China have substantially grown and the collaboration with Savaria’s other Canadian facilities increases its competitive edge in the market place. The Corporation records more than 60% of its revenue outside Canada, primarily in the United States. It operates a sales network of some 400 active retailers and affiliates in North America and employs some 440 people at its head office and plant in Laval (Québec) and at its plants and sales offices in Brampton and London (Ontario), Calgary (Alberta) and Huizhou (China).
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For further information:
Hélène Bernier, CPA, CA
1-800-931-5655, ext. 248
President and Chief Executive Officer