May 26, 2016, Laval, Québec – Savaria Corporation (TSX:SIS) (“Savaria” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters led by Cormark Securities Inc. and National Bank Financial Inc. and including Clarus Securities Inc., Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. and PI Financial Corp. (collectively, the “Underwriters”), pursuant to which the Underwriters have agreed to purchase, on a bought deal private placement basis, 2,000,000 common shares (the “Shares”) of the Company at a purchase price of $7.80 per Share (the “Offering Price”), for gross proceeds to the Company of $15.6 million (the “Offering”). The Underwriters have also been granted an option, exercisable in whole or in part at any time prior to the closing date, to purchase for resale up to an additional 300,000 Shares at the Offering Price, which would result in additional gross proceeds of $2.34 million.
The Offering is scheduled to close on or about June 16, 2016 and is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary approvals including the approval of the TSX and any applicable securities regulatory authorities. The Underwriters have agreed to endeavour to arrange for substituted purchasers for the Shares.
The net proceeds of the Offering will be used for growth initiatives and for general corporate and working capital purposes.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy the securities in any jurisdiction. The common shares will not be and have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or applicable exemption from the registration requirements.
Savaria Corporation (savaria.com) is one of North America’s leaders in the accessibility industry. It provides accessibility solutions for the elderly and physically-challenged to increase their mobility and independence. The diversity of its product line is one of the most comprehensive on the market. Savaria designs, manufactures, distributes and installs accessibility equipment, such as stairlifts for straight and curved stairs, vertical and inclined wheelchair lifts, as well as elevators for home and commercial use. In addition, it converts and adapts vehicles to be wheelchair accessible. It also operates a network of franchisees and corporate stores through which new and recycled accessibility equipment is sold. Savaria operates a plant located in Huizhou (China), which increases its competitive edge. The Company records more than 60% of its revenue outside Canada, primarily in the United States. It operates a sales network of some 400 active retailers in North America and employs some 440 people at its head office and plant in Laval (Quebec) and at its plants and sales offices in Brampton and London (Ontario), Calgary (Alberta) and Huizhou (China).
Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain information in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" regarding Savaria, including, without limitation, understanding of the elements that might affect the Company's future and its financial or operating performance, the costs and schedule of future acquisitions, supplementary capital expenditure requirements and legislative matters. Most frequently, but not invariably, forward-looking statements are identified by the use of such terms as "plan", "expect", "should", "could", "budget", "expected", "estimated" "forecast", "intend", "anticipate", "believe", variants thereof (including negative variants) or statements that certain events, results or shares "could", "should" or "will" occur or be achieved. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors liable to cause Savaria's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those set forth in or underlying the forward-looking statements. Such factors notably include general, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties. Although Savaria has attempted to identify the key elements liable to cause actual measures, events or results to differ from those described in the forward-looking statements, other factors could have an impact on the reality and produce unexpected results. The forward-looking statements contained herein are valid at the date of this press release. As there can be no assurance that these forward-looking statements will prove accurate, actual future results and events could differ materially from those anticipated therein. Accordingly, readers are strongly advised not to unduly rely on these forward-looking statements.
For further information:
Hélène Bernier, CPA, CA
Vice President, Finance
1-800-931-5655, ext. 248
President and Chief Executive Officer
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