Smart Employee Benefits Inc (TSX-V: SEB) has agreed to sell Paradigm Consulting Group Inc to Golden Opportunities Fund, a retail fund managed by Canadian private equity and venture capital firm Westcap Management.
The deal, scheduled to close on November 30, includes a cash payment, cancellation of a $3 million preferred investment made by Golden Opportunities earlier in 2018, and a working capital adjustment.
Mississauga, Ontario-based SEB is a provider of technology solutions and services for managing benefit and healthcare claims processing.
It said it will retain a partnership with Regina-based Paradigm for deployment of SEB solutions and services in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
SEB Signs Letter of Intent to Sell Paradigm Consulting Group
September 24, 2018
REGINA, Saskatchewan and MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Sept. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Smart Employee Benefits Inc. (“SEB” or the “Company”) (TSXV:SEB) announces that on September 18, 2018, it has signed a Letter of Intent with Golden Opportunities Fund Inc. (“Golden”), managed by Westcap Mgt. Ltd., to sell 100% of Paradigm Consulting Group Inc. (“Paradigm”). The acquirer will be Golden in conjunction with Paradigm’s senior management. The purchase price will be shared between Golden and Paradigm management. The purchase price includes a cash amount, cancellation of $3.0 million of Paradigm preferred shares owned by Golden, which are convertible into SEB common shares, and a working capital adjustment. Closing is targeted for November 30, 2018, subject to final due diligence and regulatory and board approval. The cash proceeds from the sale will be used to repay debt of approximately $8.0 million and reduce revolving credit facilities.
States John McKimm, President/CEO/CIO of SEB, “SEB has made the strategic decision to focus on its Canadian Federal Government business and the “InsureTech” sector, leveraging its technological resources and platforms to deliver to corporate and government clients world-class insurance and benefits administration and processing solutions. SEB will retain a strategic business relationship with Paradigm and Golden post-closing, particularly as it relates to opportunities for deployment of SEB’s benefits administration and processing solutions in the Saskatchewan and Manitoba markets.”
About Golden Opportunities Fund
Golden Opportunities Fund (“Golden”) is a Retail Venture Capital fund launched as the first provincial fund in Saskatchewan in 1999 and later in Manitoba in 2009. The Fund is managed by Westcap Mgt. Ltd. Golden invests capital from its 28,000 shareholders in small and medium sized growth companies. Since its inception Golden has invested more than $350 million in 132 different companies impacting local economies, communities and families.
SEB’s business is “IT Managed Services”, focused on Business Process Automation and Outsourcing providing software, solutions and services to a national and global client base on multi-year contracts. SEB currently serves corporate and government clients across Canada and internationally. Over 80% of SEB’s revenues derive from government, insurance and healthcare organizations.
John McKimm, President/CEO/CIO
Smart Employee Benefits Inc.
www.seb-inc.com Bill Mitoulas, Investor Relations
Venture North Capital Inc.