Intercap-backed E Automotive hikes IPO to raise C$136m

E Automotive, a Toronto-based digital automobile auction platform for dealers, has increased the size of its initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

E Automotive, a Toronto-based digital automobile auction platform for dealers, has increased the size of its initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Due to demand, the company said it has priced the IPO to bring in gross proceeds of $135.7 million, up from an initial target of $125 million. A closing is expected on November 10. E Automotive is backed by Canadian merchant bank Intercap.

PRESS RELEASE

TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2021 /CNW/ – E Automotive Inc. d/b/a E Inc. (“E Inc.” or the “Company”), which goes to market under the brands EBlock and EDealer, announced today that it has filed with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories in Canada, and obtained a receipt for, its final base PREP prospectus (the “Final Prospectus”), and has entered into an underwriting agreement in respect of its previously-announced initial public offering (the “Offering”). The Offering consists of a treasury offering of 5,900,000 common shares of the Company at a price of C$23.00 per common share, for gross proceeds of C$135,700,000. The Offering was upsized from an initial size of C$125,000,000 as a result of excess demand.

The Underwriters of the Offering have also been granted an over-allotment option (the “Over-Allotment Option”) to purchase up to an additional 885,000 common shares at a price of C$23.00 per share for additional gross proceeds of C$20,355,000 if the Over-Allotment Option is exercised in full. The Over-Allotment Option can be exercised for a period of 30 days from the closing date of the Offering.

The Offering is being made through a syndicate of underwriters led by Canaccord Genuity Corp., CIBC Capital Markets and National Bank Financial Inc. as lead underwriters, and Scotiabank, Eight Capital, ATB Capital Markets Inc. and Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. (collectively with the lead underwriters, the “Underwriters”).

The closing of the Offering is expected to occur on or about November 10, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions. The common shares are expected to commence trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) on an “if, as and when issued” basis on November 3, 2021 in Canadian dollars under the symbol “EINC”. The TSX has conditionally approved the listing of the common shares, subject to fulfilling customary TSX requirements.

The Final Prospectus, which contains important information relating to the Company, the common shares and the Offering, has been filed with the securities commissions or similar authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada, and a supplemented PREP prospectus (the “Supplemented Prospectus”) containing pricing information and other important information relating to the Company, the common shares and the Offering will be available on or about November 3, 2021. A copy of the Final Prospectus is, and a copy of the Supplemented Prospectus will be, available under E Inc.’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

Goodmans LLP is acting as legal counsel to E Inc. and Miller Thomson LLP is acting as legal counsel to the Underwriters.

No securities regulatory authority has either approved or disapproved the contents of this press release. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale or any acceptance of an offer to buy these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the “U.S. Securities Act”), as amended, or any state securities laws, and may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, “U.S. persons” (as defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act). Accordingly, the securities may not be offered or sold within the United States unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or pursuant to exemptions from the registrations requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

About E Inc.
E Inc.’s mission is to optimize the online vehicle buying, selling, and management experience for automotive dealers and consumers. E Inc. has a digital platform (the “Platform”) that provides automotive dealerships with access to an online wholesale auction marketplace where they can purchase or sell vehicles to other dealers, as well as access innovative software solutions to support dealers’ digital retailing and inventory management. Access to E Inc.’s Platform is complemented by ancillary service offerings to assist dealers with supplementary auction-related needs, including driving consumer traffic to their digital properties and optimizing other business processes. E Inc.’s digital wholesale marketplace goes to market under the brand EBlock, and E Inc.’s digital retail suite of products goes to market under the brand EDealer.