CALGARY, Sept. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Stuart Olson Inc. ("Stuart Olson" or the
"Company") (TSX:SOX) announced today that it has completed the sale of
Broda Construction Inc. ("Broda") to TriWest Capital Partners and
senior management of Broda for gross cash proceeds of $39 million.
Broda is a heavy construction company specializing in aggregate
processing, earthwork, civil construction, and concrete production.
Stuart Olson acquired Broda in 2010.
Mr. David LeMay, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stuart Olson
said, "The divestiture of Broda is the result of a strategic review
undertaken to assess our assets and their utilization in the context of
our broader business strategy going forward. The proceeds from the sale
of Broda will allow us to strengthen our balance sheet and increase our
financial flexibility to fund growth initiatives more closely aligned
with our strategy of becoming a fully integrated construction company."
Net proceeds of the sale will initially be used to repay outstanding
indebtedness under the Company's revolving credit facility. The
transaction closed on September 1, 2014 and is subject to normal and
customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.
TD Securities Inc. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Stuart Olson
in connection with this transaction.
Stuart Olson expects its third quarter 2014 financial results to include
a non-cash investment loss related to the sale of Broda of between $19
and $21 million. This loss will be reflected in discontinued
operations. The exclusion of Broda's operating results on a go forward
basis is not expected to have a material impact on future reported
consolidated net earnings or earnings per share for Stuart Olson.
About Stuart Olson
Stuart Olson provides building construction, commercial and industrial
electrical contracting, and industrial insulation services to an array
of public and private sector clients. The Company operates office
locations throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba
and Ontario. Stuart Olson common shares and convertible debentures are
listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols "SOX" and
"SOX.DB", respectively. www.stuartolson.com
Forward Looking Information
This press release contains certain statements that may constitute
forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities
laws. This forward looking information includes, without limitation,
statements relating to the Company's business strategy, use of proceeds
from the sale of Broda, the Company's financial strength and
management's views on the impact of the non-cash loss from the sale of
Broda on the Company's consolidated financial results. Often, but not
always, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of
such words as "may", "will", "expect", "believe", "plan", "intend",
"estimate", "outlook", "forecast", "should", "anticipate" and other
similar terminology, including statements concerning possible or
assumed future results. Forward-looking information is based on
management's reasonable assumptions, analysis and estimates in respect
of its experience and perception of trends, current economic
conditions, government policies and expected developments, as well as
other material factors that it considers to be relevant at the time of
making such statements.
The forward-looking information in this press release is included solely
for the purpose of assisting investors in understanding the Company's
financial position and the results of its operations as at the date
hereof. By its nature, forward-looking information involves known and
unknown risks and uncertainties, which give rise to the possibility
that management's assumptions, analysis and estimates will be incorrect
and that the Company's anticipated results will not be achieved.
Although the Company believes that the statements with respect to
forward-looking information are reasonable and current, such statements
should not be interpreted as a guarantee of future performance or
results, and will not necessarily be an accurate indication of whether
or not such results will be achieved. Forward-looking information is
necessarily subject to a number of factors that may cause actual
results to differ materially from those results implied by the
expectations suggested by such information. Those factors include,
without limitation, the risks and uncertainties described in the
Company's Annual Information Form filed with the securities regulatory
authorities in Canada under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com. Readers are encouraged to consider the foregoing risks and other
factors carefully when evaluating the forward-looking information and
are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon such information when
making investment decisions.
The forward-looking information in this press release is current to the
date hereof, and is subject to change following such date. While the
Company may elect to do so, unless required by applicable law, it
undertakes no obligation to update this information to reflect new
information or circumstances at any particular time.
SOURCE Stuart Olson Inc.