Fairfax Financial Holdings has agreed to exercise warrants to buy 25 million common shares of Atlas Corp, a London and Vancouver-based asset management company. The transaction, priced a more than C$201 million, will increase Fairfax’s interest in the business to 45.1 percent of issued and outstanding shares. Atlas will use the deal’s proceeds to repay outstanding debt and for other priorities.
LONDON, UK, March 30, 2022 /CNW/ – Atlas Corp. (“Atlas” or the “Company”) today announced that Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (“Fairfax”), a leading financial holding company, has notified the Company of its intention to exercise warrants (the “Warrants”) to purchase 25,000,000 common shares of Atlas. The Company intends to use the proceeds to repay outstanding debt and for other general corporate purposes.
The Warrants, which were originally issued on July 16, 2018, have an exercise price of $8.05 per common share for an aggregate exercise price of $201,250,000. Following the exercise of the Warrants, Fairfax and its affiliates will hold in aggregate 124,805,753 common shares, representing 45.1% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Atlas (increased from 39.6%). Atlas and Fairfax expect the Warrants to be exercised and the associated common shares of Atlas to be issued by April 11, 2022. Following the exercise of the Warrants, Fairfax will have 6,000,000 warrants remaining which were issued in relation to transactions completed in 2021.
Prem Watsa, Chairman and CEO of Fairfax, commented, “David Sokol and Bing Chen have done an outstanding job since they took over Atlas four years ago. Atlas has huge momentum and we, at Fairfax, are excited to continue to support them by exercising the Warrants. Fairfax remains a committed long-term partner of Atlas and looks forward to its growth in the future.”
Bing Chen, President and CEO of Atlas, commented, “Fairfax’s incremental investment in Atlas validates the quality growth we have achieved by focusing on operational excellence, disciplined capital allocation, and creative customer partnerships. In addition to increasing Atlas’ liquidity profile and simplifying our capital structure, Fairfax’s decision to exercise the Warrants early further reinforces their support of and confidence in Atlas’ continued growth and success. We look forward to continuing to deliver value for all our shareholders.”
Atlas is a leading global asset management company, differentiated by its position as a best-in-class owner and operator with a focus on disciplined capital deployment to create sustainable shareholder value. We target long-term, risk-adjusted returns across high-quality infrastructure assets in the maritime sector, energy sector and other infrastructure verticals. For more information visit atlascorporation.com.
Fairfax is a holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is primarily engaged in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and the associated investment management.