Clairvest exits investment in textile rental business Linen King

Canadian private equity firm Clairvest Group recently realized its investment in Linen King LLC, a U.S.-based textile rental business that provides commercial laundry services to the healthcare and hospitality industries. The nature of the exit was not specified by Clairvest, which noted the event in its fiscal 2016 second quarter results. The firm invested US$8.6 million in Linen King in October 2011. Clairvest also exited Casino New Brunswick as a result of last month’s sale to Great Canadian Gaming Corp.


Clairvest Reports Fiscal 2016 Second Quarter Results

TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – November 12, 2015) – Clairvest Group Inc. (TSX: CVG) today reported results for the quarter and six months ended September 30, 2015. (All figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated)

•September 30, 2015 book value was $455.0 million or $30.00 per share versus $29.81 per share at June 30, 2015
•Net income for the quarter and for the six months was $2.9 million or $0.19 per share and $10.8 million or $0.71 per share respectively
•Clairvest and Clairvest Equity Partners III (“CEP III”) completed the sale of Casino New Brunswick on October 1, 2015 for gross proceeds of $56.5 million
•Clairvest and Clairvest Equity Partners IV (“CEP IV”) realized on their investment in Linen King
•Wellington Financial completed the final closing of Wellington Financial Fund V (“Wellington Fund V”) in November 2015, a $300 million fund. Clairvest committed $30.4 million to Wellington Fund V

Clairvest’s book value was $455.0 million or $30.00 per share at September 30, 2015, compared with $452.1 million or $29.81 per share at June 30, 2015. The increase in book value per share for the quarter was attributable to net income for the quarter of $2.9 million, or $0.19 per share. For the six months ended September 30, 2015, net income was $10.8 million or $0.71 per share.

At September 30, 2015, Clairvest had $736.5 million of capital available for future acquisitions through treasury funds, credit facilities, access to funds in its acquisition entities and uncalled committed capital in various Clairvest Equity Partnerships (the “CEP Funds”).

On October 1, 2015, Clairvest and CEP III completed the sale of Casino New Brunswick (“CNB”). Clairvest held its investment in CNB through CEP III Co-Investment Limited Partnership (“CEP III Co-Invest”). The final sale price of CNB, subject to working capital adjustments, was $95.7 million. On closing and after repayment of third party debt, CEP III Co-Invest and CEP III received gross proceeds of $56.5 million, $14.4 million of which was realized by CEP III Co-Invest, compared to a cost of $9.8 million. Gross proceeds included full repayment of debentures, equity distributions as well as interest and fees. As part of the transaction, rather than an escrow holdback, Clairvest agreed to a net guarantee of $13.5 million to fund any valid claims made by the purchaser under the indemnity provisions of the sale for a specified period of time. Any funding pursuant to the guarantee will be allocated 25% to CEP III Co-Invest and 75% to CEP III. The results of this transaction have been recognized during the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Following the sale of CNB, CEP III paid carried interest totaling $5.2 million to its general partner, $2.6 million of which was ultimately paid to Clairvest.

During the quarter, Clairvest and CEP IV realized on their investment in Linen King, LLC (“Linen King”), a textile rental company based in Oklahoma. Clairvest held its investment in Linen King through CEP IV Co-Investment Limited Partnership (“CEP IV Co-Invest”), which received proceeds of US$0.6 million, compared to cost of US$2.5 million.

During the quarter, Clairvest committed $30.0 million to Wellington Fund V, a successor fund to Wellington Financial Fund IV (“Wellington Fund IV”). Subsequent to quarter end, Wellington Fund V purchased, at fair market value, the loan portfolio of Wellington Fund IV. Also subsequent to quarter end, Wellington Fund V completed its final closing at $300 million, with Clairvest increasing its commitment to $30.4 million as part of the final closing. As a result of these transactions, Clairvest received a return of capital of $14.8 million from Wellington Fund IV and invested $14.7 million in Wellington Fund V. Clairvest is also entitled to participate in the profits of the general partner of Wellington Fund V and continues to own a residual interest in Wellington Fund IV.

Summary of Financial Results – Unaudited

(See financial data and notes here.)

Clairvest’s second quarter fiscal 2016 financial statements and MD&A are available on the SEDAR website at and on the Clairvest website at

About Clairvest

Clairvest Group Inc. is a private equity investor which invests its own capital, and that of third parties through the Clairvest Equity Partners (“CEP”) limited partnerships, in businesses that have the potential to generate superior returns. In addition to providing financing, Clairvest contributes strategic expertise and execution ability to support the growth and development of its investee partners. Clairvest realizes value through investment returns and the eventual disposition of its investments.

Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to Clairvest Group Inc., its subsidiaries, its CEP limited partnerships and their investments. These statements are based on current expectations and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Clairvest, its subsidiaries, its CEP limited partnerships and their investments to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include general and economic business conditions and regulatory risks. Clairvest is under no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein should material facts change due to new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact Information

Maria Klyuev
Director, Investor Relations and Marketing
Clairvest Group Inc.
Tel: (416) 925-9270
Fax: (416) 925-5753

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