Western Investment to buy agrifood processor for $25.5 mln

Western Investment Co of Canada and a partner have agreed to acquire 90 percent of an unidentified agrifood processor based in Western Canada. The deal is valued at about $25.5 million, including the market value of the real estate. With its closing, scheduled for the end of January 2018, Western, a Canadian private equity firm, will own about 50 percent of the company, while its unidentified partner will own about 40 percent. Scott Tannas, CEO of Western, said the agrifood processor “has a young management team led by a founder focused on finding the right partners to ensure the continuity of the business.”

PRESS RELEASE

The Western Investment Company of Canada Signs a Letter of Intent to Acquire an Agrifood Processor

HIGH RIVER, Alberta, Nov. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Western Investment Company of Canada Limited (“Western”) (TSX-V:WI) along with a partner (“Partner”) have signed a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) to acquire 90% of an Agrifood Processor (“Agrifood Processor” or “Business”) in Western Canada (the “Transaction”).

The LOI establishes the purchase price for the Agrifood Processor at approximately $25.5 million including market value of real estate valued by a third party. $22 million of the purchase price shall be paid upon the closing of the Transaction (pending the appraised market value of the real estate valued by a third party), while up to another $3.5 million may be paid over four years by way of a performance based earn-out.

On closing, Western will own approximately 50% and its Partner approximately 40%, while the current owner will retain 10% ownership in the Business.

Western CEO Scott Tannas commented: “Western is proposing to acquire yet another iconic Western Canadian business whose strong market share, well-known brand, and a history of earnings and cash flow makes it a natural asset in the Western family. The company has a young management team led by a founder focused on finding the right partners to ensure the continuity of the business.”

The Transaction will be funded through a cash equity investment, 400,000 common shares of Western with a deemed value of $0.625 per share and senior amortizing debt. Western does not anticipate requiring more equity financing to complete the Transaction.

The LOI contains a number of conditions to closing, including approvals from the board of both Western and its Partner, the completion of due diligence, a mutually acceptable purchase and sale agreement, the receipt of debtor financing on acceptable terms, and the receipt of all regulatory approvals including that of the TSX Venture Exchange. The parties have agreed to keep the identity of the Agrifood Processor confidential until all conditions have been removed along with a closing by January 31, 2018.

Mr. Tannas concluded: “Over the coming weeks we will work to complete this transaction and the previously announced ‘Specialty Retailer’ investment. With four investments closed or in process and an active pipeline of opportunities, Western has a busy year ahead creating more shareholder value.”

About The Western Investment Company of Canada Limited

Western is a unique publicly traded, private equity company founded by a group of successful Western Canadian businesspeople, and dedicated to building and maintaining ownership in successful Western Canadian companies, and helping them to grow. The Company’s shares are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol WI. For more information on the Company, please visit its website at www.winv.ca.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Western Investment Company of Canada Limited
Scott Tannas
President and Chief Executive Officer
(403) 652‐2663
stannas@winv.ca

Photo courtesy of Reuters/Mike Sturk