PE-backed Mobilicity gets creditor protection, up to $30 mln in DIP financing

Toronto-based wireless service provider Mobilicity, a.k.a. Data & Audio-Visual Enterprises Wireless Inc, has received protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. The company said this protection will allow it time and financing to complete a going-concern transaction currently under federal review. Court authorities approved debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing of up to $30 million from some of the company’s noteholders. Mobilicity has been backed by U.S. private equity firm Quadrangle Capital Partners since 2008.

PRESS RELEASE

Mobilicity pursues additional restructuring alternatives in the context of CCAA protection

Business as usual for wireless customers

Toronto, ON – September 30, 2013 – Data & Audio-Visual Enterprises Holdings Inc. and its affiliates (collectively, Mobilicity) announced today that it applied for and received protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) (“CCAA”), an order (the “Initial Order”) from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (the “Court”). CCAA protection will allow Mobilicity the necessary time and financing to advance and complete a going-concern transaction, which is before Industry Canada for its review and approval. Mobilicity believes that the proposed transaction is in the best interests of its stakeholders and hopes to advance the transaction in the near term.

It is business as usual for Mobilicity’s wireless customers. There are no changes to Mobilicity’s network and Mobilicity continues to honour prepayment plans for its customers. Phone service continues to work as it always has and Mobilicity’s dealer network is open for business.

Pursuant to the Initial Order, Ernst & Young Inc. has been appointed as Monitor by the Court to assist the Company and its stakeholders. The Court also approved Mobilicity’s debtor-in-possession (“DIP”) financing from some of its existing noteholders, in a maximum amount of $30 million. Mobilicity continues to operate its business in the normal course and will provide updates on its progress as matters advance.

For more information, please visit www.mobilicity.ca/investorrelations or www.ey.com/ca/mobilicity. Creditors can contact the Monitor by email at mobilicity.monitor@ca.ey.com or by phone at 1-855-287-4005.

About Mobilicity (DAVE Wireless):

Mobilicity, Canada’s smart mobile carrier, was created to bring down the cost of wireless with unlimited talk, text and data plans, affordable North American coverage, plus popular handsets and smartphones –without locking customers into contracts or charging extra or hidden fees. Everything Mobilicity does adds up to a better wireless experience, not an expensive one. NOW THAT’S SMART.

Formerly known as Data & Audio-Visual Enterprises Wireless Inc. (DAVE Wireless), further information about Mobilicity can be found at www.mobilicity.ca.

For more information please contact:

Sheryl Steinberg, Mobilicity, media@mobilicity.ca, 647-707-7377

Joel Shaffer, Longview Communications at 416-649-8006

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