SPE Finance LLC, an affiliate of Serruya Private Equity (SPE), has agreed to exchange its secured term loan to Second Cup Ltd (TSX: SCU) for equity. The $8 million loan, provided to the Toronto-based specialty coffee retailer last December, will be converted to common shares for four SPE shareholders. As a result, each of the shareholders will hold about 6.9 percent of Second Cup’s outstanding common shares or 7.2 percent if related warrants are exercised. Taken together, SPE shareholders will hold up to 28.89 percent of shares and have the right to nominate two board members with the deal’s close next month. SPE is a Canadian family office.
Second Cup Announces Exchange of $8 million Term Loan for Common Shares at $1.90 per Share
MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 31, 2017 /CNW/ – The Second Cup Ltd. (TSX: SCU) (Second Cup or the Company) announced today that SPE Finance LLC (SPE), an affiliate of Serruya Private Equity, and its four shareholders have agreed to exchange SPE’s $8.0 million secured term loan for common shares of Second Cup. In December 2016, Second Cup entered into a four-year, $8.0 million secured term loan with SPE. The transaction will result in annual cost savings for Second Cup of approximately $960,000.
The Company will issue a total of 4,210,528 common shares to the four shareholders of SPE in full satisfaction of the term loan. Second Cup will also cancel 300,000 of the 600,000 common share purchase warrants issued to SPE in connection with the term loan, and SPE will distribute the remaining 300,000 warrants to its four shareholders pro rata. Following completion of the debt exchange, each of the four SPE shareholders will hold approximately 6.9% of the outstanding common shares of Second Cup (including common shares currently held by it), or approximately 7.2% assuming the exercise of the warrants to be distributed to it.
Exchange of $8.0 million debt to equity at $1.90 per common share, representing a 24.2% premium to the closing market price on July 31, 2017 and a 15.5% premium to the 20-day VWAP
$800,000 savings in annual interest expense
An estimated $160,000 savings on account of a reduction in annual board retainer fees
Cancellation of 50% of the warrants previously issued to SPE
Nomination rights for two directors
Two-year standstill by SPE and its four shareholders
Pre-emptive rights for future equity issuances
Approval of the Company’s shareholders is required for the Debt Exchange Transaction under the rules of the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) as the TSX has determined that the transaction will have a material effect on control of the Company pursuant to section 604(a) of the TSX Company Manual since the SPE shareholders collectively will hold approximately 28.89% of the outstanding common shares of the Company assuming full exercise of the warrants. The TSX has agreed that such approval may be obtained by way of written consents in lieu of a meeting. The Company confirms that it has received approval from shareholders owning more than 50% of the issued and outstanding common shares, excluding the shares held by the SPE shareholders.
The Debt Exchange Transaction is expected to close on or after August 10, 2017.
“This is a tremendous boost for Second Cup and a strong expression of confidence by the Serruya family, who will now be fully aligned as shareholders,” said Michael Bregman, Chairman of the Board, Second Cup. “The issuance of shares at a 24.2% premium to current market price, is a reflection of the considerable potential at Second Cup. Over the past few months, we have benefitted from our relationship with the Serruyas, as value added investors. This marks an important step forward in our relationship. After completing this transaction, Second Cup will be debt free with approximately $3 million in cash and close to $1 million in reduced annual expenses. This provides Second Cup with a much improved financial foundation, upon which to build for the future.”
“We have great confidence in Second Cup and its leadership,” said Michael Serruya, Managing Director at SPE. “By converting our debt to equity, we are fully aligned to participate in future value creation. Already we are seeing signs of progress as we work together with Second Cup. One example is the introduction of our Pinkberry brand in four Second Cup stores. Early results suggest this may be one of many opportunities to generate future growth.”
The two nominees of the SPE shareholders will be appointed as directors of the board of Second Cup upon closing of the debt exchange transaction.
Second Cup is also pleased to announce that Paul W. Phelan will be appointed to the board of directors of the Company upon closing of the debt exchange transaction. Mr. Phelan will sit on the board as the nominee of PDPJJHP Ontario Limited, a holding company controlled by members of the Phelan family, the Company’s second-largest shareholder upon completion of the debt exchange.
About Second Cup Coffee Co.™
Founded in 1975, The Second Cup Ltd. is a Canadian specialty coffee retailer operating over 290 franchised and company owned cafes in Canada. The company’s vision is to be the coffee brand most passionately committed to quality and innovation. For more information, please visit www.secondcup.com or find the company on Facebook and Twitter.
About Serruya Private Equity
Serruya Private Equity Inc. (SPE) is a Toronto-area based, family managed group that invests capital in a broad range of asset classes, with an emphasis on retail and real estate. SPE’s principals have a heritage of experience developing brands and its affiliates currently include global brands Yogen Fruz, Pinkberry and Swensens, with over one billion dollars of worldwide system revenue.
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