Birch Hill-backed Softchoice expects to nab C$350m from IPO

Toronto-based technology solutions provider Softchoice Corp has priced its initial public offering of common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Toronto-based technology solutions provider Softchoice Corp has priced its initial public offering of common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The IPO’s gross proceeds are expected to be about C$350 million, at an offering price of C$18.00 to C$21.00 per share. Birch Hill Equity Partners, which took Softchoice private in 2013, is a selling shareholder.

PRESS RELEASE

TORONTO, May 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Softchoice Corporation (“Softchoice” or the “Company”), a leading technology solutions provider in North America, announced today that it has filed with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada, and obtained a receipt for, an amended and restated preliminary base PREP prospectus (the “Amended and Restated Preliminary Prospectus”), which amends and restates the preliminary base PREP prospectus filed by the Company on May 12, 2021 in connection with its initial public offering (the “Offering”) of common shares of Softchoice (the “Common Shares”). The gross proceeds of the Offering are expected to be approximately C$350 million, at an offering price between C$18.00 and C$21.00 per Common Share.

The Offering is being made through a syndicate of underwriters led by TD Securities Inc. and Goldman Sachs Canada Inc., as joint bookrunners, and including RBC Capital Markets, National Bank Financial Inc., CIBC Capital Markets, Scotiabank, BMO Capital Markets, Cormark Securities Inc., Laurentian Bank Securities Inc., ATB Capital Markets Inc., Raymond James Ltd. and INFOR Financial Inc.

Stikeman Elliott LLP is acting as legal counsel to Softchoice and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is acting as legal counsel to the underwriters.

The Amended and Restated Preliminary Prospectus contains important information relating to the Offering, has been filed with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada and is still subject to completion or amendment. The Amended and Restated Preliminary Prospectus is available under Softchoice’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. There will not be any sale or any acceptance of an offer to buy the Common Shares in any province or territory of Canada until a receipt for the final prospectus has been issued.

No securities regulatory authority has either approved or disapproved the contents of this news release. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of Softchoice in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

The Common Shares have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or the securities laws of any state of the United States (as such term is defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act) and may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in the United States, except to Qualified Institutional Buyers (as such term is defined in Rule 144A of the U.S. Securities Act) pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

About Softchoice
Softchoice is a technology company that equips organizations to be agile and innovative, and for their people to be engaged, connected and creative at work. That means moving them to the cloud, helping them build the workplace of tomorrow, and enabling them to make smarter decisions about their technology portfolio. By doing these things, we create success faster and in circumstances otherwise not possible. For more information, please visit www.softchoice.com.