This announcement is for information only and it is not an offer to buy or solicitation of offers to buy any securities. Information regarding the offer to the shareholders of Handicare Group AB as announced in a separate press release is available only to shareholders in certain permitted jurisdictions. Not for dissemination in the United States or for distribution to U.S. newswire services.
Laval, Québec, Canada - March 4, 2021 – Savaria Corporation (TSX: SIS) (“Savaria” or the “Corporation”), a global leader in the accessibility industry, is pleased to announce the successful completion of its recommended cash offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Handicare Group AB (STO:HANDI) (“Handicare”) for SEK50.00 per share (the “Offer”). Following the conclusion of the acceptance period under the Offer, which ended on March 4, 2021, the Offer has been accepted by shareholders representing a total of 56,118,445 shares of Handicare, corresponding to 95.2 per cent of the total number of outstanding shares and votes in Handicare. Accordingly, all conditions for the completion of the Offer have now been satisfied, and Savaria expects to acquire the shares tendered under the Offer on March 11, 2021. Furthermore, the compulsory redemption of the remaining shares in Handicare has been initiated and the delisting of Handicare’s shares from Nasdaq Stockholm will promptly be put into motion.
“It is with great pleasure that I welcome the 940 employees of Handicare to the Savaria family. In math, we learn that 1 plus 1 equals 2. But in life, sometimes it can be different. Savaria with Handicare will demonstrate that 1 plus 1 is greater than 2. Together, we can achieve more; serving more customers, with more products, into more markets and with the best customer service. Our synergies are evident today and will build powerfully in the coming months and years. Thank you to all employees for their ongoing support and a special thank you to our acquisition team, and financial and legal partners, for their tireless work to complete this historical transaction,” commented Marcel Bourassa, President and Chief Executive Officer of Savaria.
Upon the acquisition by Savaria of the shares tendered under the Offer, the subscription receipts previously issued by the Corporation in order to partially finance the Offer will automatically convert into common shares of Savaria, with the holders of subscription receipts also being entitled to receive a payment of CAD0.04 per subscription receipt as a result of the dividend in such amount declared by Savaria on February 22, 2021.
About Savaria Corporation
Savaria Corporation (savaria.com) is one of the global leaders in the accessibility industry. It provides accessibility solutions for the physically challenged to increase their comfort, mobility and independence. 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 and elevators for home and commercial use. It also manufactures and markets a comprehensive selection of pressure management products for the medical market, medical beds for the long-term care market, as well as an extensive line of medical equipment and solutions for the safe handling of patients. In addition, Savaria converts and adapts vehicles to be wheelchair accessible. Savaria operates a sales network of dealers worldwide and direct sales offices in North America, Europe (Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland and United Kingdom), Australia and China. Savaria employs approximately 1,400 people globally and its plants are located across Canada in Laval and Magog (Québec), Brampton, Beamsville and Toronto (Ontario) and Surrey (British Columbia), in the United States at Greenville (South Carolina), in Huizhou (China), in Milan (Italy) and in Newton Abbot (United Kingdom).
This press release includes certain statements that are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the securities laws of Canada. Any statement in this press release that is not a statement of historical fact may be deemed to be a forward-looking statement. When used in this press release, the words “believe”, “could”, “should”, “intend”, “expect”, “estimate”, “assume” and other similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements also include, but are not limited to, the statements regarding the Offer. It is important to know that the forward-looking statements in this document describe the Corporation’s expectations as at the date hereof, which are not guarantees of future performance of Savaria or its industry and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause Savaria’s or the industry’s outlook, actual results, or performance to be materially different from any future results or performance expressed or implied by such statements. The Corporation’s actual results could be materially different from its expectations if known or unknown risks affect its business, or if its estimates or assumptions turn out to be inaccurate. A change affecting an assumption can also have an impact on other interrelated assumptions, which could increase or diminish the effect of the change. As a result, the Corporation cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statement will materialize and, accordingly, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements do not take into account the effect that transactions or special items announced or occurring after the statements are made may have on the Corporation’s business. For example, they do not include the effect of sales of assets, monetizations, mergers, acquisitions, other business combinations or transactions, asset write-downs or other charges announced or occurring after forward-looking statements are made.
Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Savaria disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The foregoing risks and uncertainties include the risks set forth under “Risks and Uncertainties” in Savaria’s latest Annual MD&A as well as other risks detailed from time to time in reports filed by Savaria with securities regulators in Canada.
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Stephen Reitknecht, CPA