Grenville Strategic Royalty Corp has agreed to provide $1 million to WATCH IT! Inc in exchange for a gross sales royalty. The deal includes an option for Grenville to advance an additional $1 million. Based in Calgary, WATCH IT! is a retailer and franchisor of brand name watches, sunglasses, accessories, and watch repair services. It operates over 30 corporate and franchise boutique stores across Canada. To date, Grenville has completed about $26.2 million in royalty financings in North America.
Grenville Completes Investment in WATCH IT! Incorporated
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Feb. 27, 2015) – Grenville Strategic Royalty Corp. (TSX VENTURE:GRC) (“Grenville”) is pleased to announce that it has contracted for a gross sales royalty from WATCH IT! Incorporated (“WATCH IT!”) in exchange for an advance of $1,000,000 CAD, with an option, if agreed upon by both companies, to advance an additional $1,000,000 CAD. In exchange for this advance, Grenville will receive a royalty based on WATCH IT!’s system-wide sales within Grenville’s average royalty rate of between 1% and 4%.
WATCH IT! is a the leading Canadian specialty retailer and franchisor that offers mid-priced, brand name watches, sunglasses, accessories, and watch repair services. WATCH IT! was founded in 1999 as a privately held, Alberta-based company that has grown to a mix of over 30 corporate and franchise boutique stores across Canada. Since its establishment, WATCH IT! has proven itself to be an innovative leader in the watch industry by offering a wide selection of high quality and affordable watches with a focus on exemplary customer service.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity to partner with WATCH IT! as they continue to build their footprint across Canada and further establish themselves as a leader in the Canadian watch retail industry”, said William (Bill) R. Tharp, President and Chief Executive Officer of Grenville. “With our capital helping to strengthen WATCH IT!’s balance sheet, we are confident that the company can continue to grow aggressively. We are pleased to add another Canadian deal providing new exposure to retail and helping to further diversify the portfolio”.
“Grenville was the perfect fit for our company and will allow us to accelerate our business growth”, said Darren Bondar, President and Chief Executive Officer of WATCH IT!. “Beyond capital, we also feel that we have found an experienced partner that will be able to provide support, guidance and advice on future financial transactions”.
To date, Grenville has completed approximately $26.23 million in royalty financings, building a diversified portfolio in Canada and the United States.
About WATCH IT!
In November 1999, WATCH IT! launched its flagship boutique in Edmonton, Alberta offering innovative and fashionable timepieces and high-quality service. Today, WATCH IT! maintains its fundamental mandate while also adding sunglasses and accessories to the mix. Through strong partnerships with franchisees, WATCH IT! continues to flourish as one of Canada’s most well recognized boutique retailers in the Canadian retail industry. There are currently 30 WATCH IT! locations across Canada. For more information and a full retailer listing link to: www.watchit.ca
Grenville is a Toronto-based company that was formed to provide royalty-based finance solutions by acquiring revenue streams generated by growing industrial and technology businesses. Grenville has identified a large and underserviced finance market for companies generating up to $50 million in revenue, many of which are well managed and generating improving cash flow, but face difficult financing hurdles from traditional debt and equity markets. The non-dilutive royalty financing structure offered by Grenville can bridge the financing needs of these companies until traditional debt or equity is available to them on more attractive commercial terms. The application of Grenville’s royalty financing structure into sectors not traditionally serviced by royalty companies represents a new and innovative financing model – Capital Simplified – that has already attracted a considerable number of opportunities with attractive potential returns.
Forward-Looking Information and Statements
This press release contains certain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and may also contain statements that may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking information and statements are not representative of historical facts or information or current condition, but instead represent only Grenville’s beliefs regarding future events, plans or objectives, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of Grenville’s control. Generally, such forward-looking information or statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or may contain statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be taken, “will continue”, “will occur” or “will be achieved”. The forward-looking information contained herein may include, but is not limited to, information with respect to: prospective financial performance; expenses and operations; anticipated cash needs and need for additional financing; anticipated use of the net proceeds of the Offering; anticipated funding sources; future growth plans; royalty acquisition targets and proposed or completed royalty transactions; estimated operating costs; estimated market drivers and demand; business prospects and strategy; anticipated trends and challenges in Grenville’s business and the markets in which it operates; the amount and timing of the payment of dividends by Grenville; and Grenville’s financial position.
By identifying such information and statements in this manner, Grenville is alerting the reader that such information and statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Grenville to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such information and statements. An investment in securities of Grenville is speculative and subject to a number of risks including, without limitation, risks relating to: the need for additional financing; the relative speculative and illiquid nature of an investment in Grenville; the volatility of Grenville’s share price; Grenville’s lack of operating history; Grenville’s ability to generate sufficient revenues; Grenville’s ability to manage future growth; the limited diversification in Grenville’s existing investments; ability to negotiate additional royalty purchases from new investee companies; dependence on the operations, assets and financial health of investee companies; limited ability to exercise control or direction over investee companies; potential defaults by investee companies and the unsecured nature of Grenville’s investments; Grenville’s ability to enforce on any default by an investee company; competition with other investment entities; tax matters; Grenville’s ability to pay dividends in the future and the timing and amount of those dividends; reliance on key personnel, particularly Grenville’s founders; dilution of shareholders’ interest through future financings; and general economic and political conditions. Although Grenville has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information and statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.
In connection with the forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained in this document, Grenville has made certain assumptions. Assumptions about the performance of the Canadian and U.S. economies over the next 24 months and how that will affect Grenville’s business and its ability to identify and close new opportunities with new investees are material factors that Grenville considered when setting its strategic priorities and objectives, and its outlook for its business. Key assumptions include, but are not limited to: assumptions that the Canadian and U.S. economies will continue to grow moderately over the next 12 to 24 months; that interest rates will not increase dramatically over the next 12 to 24 months; that Grenville’s existing investees will continue to make royalty payments to Grenville as and when required; that the businesses of Grenville’s investees will not experience material negative results; that Grenville will continue to grow its portfolio in a manner similar to what has already been established; that tax rates and tax laws will not change significantly in Canada and the U.S.; that more small to medium private and public companies will continue to require access to alternative sources of capital that Grenville will have the ability to raise required equity and/or debt financing on acceptable terms; and that Grenville will have sufficient free cash flow to pay dividends. Grenville has also assumed that access to the capital markets will remain relatively stable, that the capital markets will perform with normal levels of volatility and that the Canadian dollar will not have a high amount of volatility relative to the U.S. dollar. In determining expectations for economic growth, Grenville primarily considers historical economic data provided by the Canadian and U.S. governments and their agencies.
Although Grenville believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing, and the expectations contained in, the forward looking information and statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and statements, and no assurance or guarantee can be given that such forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information and statements.
For additional information with respect to these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, please refer to the “Risk Factors” section of Grenville’s annual information form dated February 11, 2015 and the other public filings of Grenville available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The forward-looking information and statements contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof, and Grenville does not undertake to update any forward-looking information and/or statement that is contained or referenced herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. All subsequent written and oral forward looking information and statements attributable to Grenville or persons acting on its behalf is expressly qualified in its entirety by this notice.
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Grenville Strategic Royalty Corp.
William (Bill) R. Tharp
President and Chief Executive Officer
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