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Crown Capital Partners Assigned Issuer Rating by DBRS Limited

Crown Capital Partners Assigned Issuer Rating by DBRS Limited

CALGARY, March 28, 2018 – Crown Capital Partners Inc. (“Crown” or the “Corporation”) (TSX: CRWN), which provides growth capital to successful mid-market companies, today announced that DBRS Limited (DBRS) has assigned the Corporation a Long-Term Issuer Rating of BB (low) with a stable trend. This is Crown’s first rating by any credit rating agency.

“This initial credit rating represents another milestone for Crown and supports our objective to build and diversify our capital sources to provide additional avenues for growth,” said Chris Johnson, President and CEO of Crown. “We continue to experience strong demand for our investment strategies from institutional investors.  Having established an issuer rating for Crown, we can begin to access an additional level of capital from these investors.”

Refer to DBRS for additional details about the Rating Report.

ABOUT CROWN

Crown (TSX: CRWN) is a specialty finance company focused on providing capital to successful Canadian and select U.S. companies. Crown also manages capital pools, including some in which Crown has a direct ownership interest. Crown originates, structures and provides tailored special situation and long-term financing solutions to a diversified group of private and public mid-market companies in the form of loans, royalties and other structures with minimal or no ownership dilution.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains certain “forward looking statements” and certain “forward looking information” as defined under applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “continue”, “plans” or similar terminology. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements, management’s beliefs, expectations or intentions regarding Crown’s transaction pipeline and its plans to build and diversify capital sources. Forward-looking statements are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions that while believed by management to be reasonable, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties concerning the specific factors identified in the Crown’s periodic filings with Canadian securities regulators. See Crown’s most recent annual information form for a detailed discussion of the risk factors affecting Crown. In addition, Crown’s dividend policy will be reviewed from time to time in the context of the Corporation’s earnings, financial requirements for its operations, and other relevant factors and the declaration of a dividend will always be at the discretion of the board of directors of the Corporation. Crown undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information except as required by applicable law. Such forward-looking information represents management’s best judgment based on information currently available. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual future results may vary materially. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.

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Crown Capital Partners Assigned Issuer Rating by DBRS Limited2021-01-18T20:05:17+00:00

Crown Capital Partners Appoints Larry Pollock to Board of Directors

CALGARY, March 6, 2018 – Crown Capital Partners Inc. (“Crown” or the “Corporation”) (TSX: CRWN), which provides growth capital to successful mid-market companies, today announced the appointment of experienced financial services executive Larry Pollock to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Pollock was appointed as a Director and President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Western Bank (“CWB”) in 1990, where he had a distinguished 23-year career. During his time as CEO, CWB’s market capitalization grew from $16 million to $2.3 billion and its assets increased to $17 billion by the time of his retirement in 2013.

Mr. Pollock has extensive corporate governance experience. He is currently a trustee of Melcor REIT (TSX:MR.UN), and he has also served as the Chair of HNZ Group Inc. (TSX:HNZ) and a Director of Westjet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA), EPCOR Utilities Inc. and Clark Builders.

“We are incredibly pleased to welcome Larry to Crown’s Board of Directors,” said Chris Johnson, President and CEO of Crown. “He is a highly accomplished executive with a deep understanding of the regulated financial services sector in Canada, including the lending business, and is a proven company-builder. Larry led CWB through a long period of growth, and his experience and insights will add tremendous value as we execute on our growth strategy.”

ABOUT CROWN

Crown (TSX: CRWN) is a specialty finance company focused on providing capital to successful Canadian and select U.S. companies. Crown also manages capital pools, including some in which Crown has a direct ownership interest. Crown originates, structures and provides tailored special situation and long-term financing solutions to a diversified group of private and public mid-market companies in the form of loans, royalties and other structures with minimal or no ownership dilution.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains certain “forward looking statements” and certain “forward looking information” as defined under applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “continue”, “plans” or similar terminology. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements, management’s beliefs, expectations or intentions regarding the alternative financial market and the general economy, transaction pipeline, Crown’s business plans and strategy, including anticipated capital deployments and the timing thereof, and Crown’s future cash flow and shareholder value. Forward-looking statements are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions that while believed by management to be reasonable, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties concerning the specific factors identified in the Crown’s periodic filings with Canadian securities regulators. See Crown’s most recent annual information form for a detailed discussion of the risk factors affecting Crown. In addition, Crown’s dividend policy will be reviewed from time to time in the context of the Corporation’s earnings, financial requirements for its operations, and other relevant factors and the declaration of a dividend will always be at the discretion of the board of directors of the Corporation. Crown undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information except as required by applicable law. Such forward-looking information represents management’s best judgment based on information currently available. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual future results may vary materially. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.

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Crown Capital Partners Appoints Larry Pollock to Board of Directors2021-01-18T20:05:19+00:00

Crown Capital Partners Announces Financial Results for Q4 and Full-Year 2017

CALGARY, March 2, 2018 – Crown Capital Partners Inc. (“Crown” or the “Corporation”) (TSX: CRWN), which provides growth capital to successful mid-market companies, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017. Crown’s complete financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis for the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2017 are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

2017 Financial & Operating Highlights

  • Total revenue of $29.0 million, an increase of 58% from $18.4 million in 2016.
  • Net income, net of non-controlling interests, of $6.7 million (2016 – $5.1 million), or $0.71 per common share (basic) (2016 – $0.54).
  • Adjusted EBIT1 of $11.5 million, up by 28% from $9.0 million in 2016.
  • Crown Capital Fund IV, LP (“Crown IV LP”), an investment fund managed by Crown in which Crown holds an effective 36.5% interest, deployed $113.6 million in 2017, including $18.2 million that was redeployed into a new investment in RBee Aggregate Consulting Ltd. (“RBee”).
  • Total equity per common share (basic) increased to $10.98 at year-end (2016 – $10.67).
  • Total assets of $229.1 million at December 31, 2017, up from $182.4 million at December 31, 2016.
  • Dividends paid in 2017 totaled $0.50 per share.

Q4 2017 Financial & Operating Highlights

  • Total revenue of $8.9 million, a 65% increase from $5.4 million in 2016.
  • Net income, net of non-controlling interests, of $2.1 million (2016 – $0.9 million), or $0.22 per common share (basic) (2016 – $0.09).
  • Adjusted EBIT1 of $3.4 million, an increase of 90% from $1.8 million in 2016.
  • On December 1, 2017 paid a quarterly dividend of $0.13 per common share.
  • Announced progress on the realization of loans to Petrowest Corporation (“Petrowest”) and that Crown now expects CCF IV LP to recover, through its ownership interest in and loan to RBee and from other cash proceeds on the sale of Petrowest’s assets, the full amount of its outstanding loan to Petrowest in addition to all interest and certain fees receivable from Petrowest.
  • In addition to its new investment in RBee, Crown IV LP deployed $15 million in the quarter through two transactions:
    • $8 million term loan to Canadian Helicopters Limited
    • $7 million term loan to Active Exhaust Corp.
  • Subsequent to quarter end, Crown Fund IV and two syndicate partners provided a $33 million (Crown Fund IV interest – $30 million), 60-month term loan to Baylin Technologies and Crown announced a quarterly dividend of $0.15 per common share, payable on March 2, 2018.

“It was solid fourth quarter financially and operationally, highlighted by 65% growth in revenue, a 90% increase in Adjusted EBIT, and three new investments,” said Chris Johnson, President and CEO of Crown. “In addition to the six new companies we added to the portfolio in 2017, we made important progress with the realization of our loans to Petrowest and started 2018 with a $33 million loan to Baylin.”

Mr. Johnson added: “In 2018, our focus is to continue to build a diversified portfolio of high-quality businesses, which will drive both short-term and longer-term revenue for Crown. Entrepreneurs need intelligent, non-dilutive capital alternatives, and Crown has an exceptional platform to serve their needs. We continue to see strong demand and a healthy transaction pipeline for 2018. As we deploy more capital, we are well positioned to grow revenue, cash flow and return on equity while increasing our quarterly dividend to shareholders. We recently moved the dividend to $0.15 per share – a 36% increase since the start of 2016. The demand from mid-market borrowers is matched by continued strong demand from institutional investors for Crown IV LP and, generally, for access to private credit. These conditions support our objective to further build and diversify our capital base this year.”

  1. Adjusted EBIT is not a measure of financial performance (nor does it have a standardized meaning) under IFRS. In evaluating this measure, investors should consider that the methodology applied in calculating this measure may differ among companies and analysts. Adjusted EBIT is calculated by Crown as earnings before non-cash share-based compensation, finance costs and income taxes less net income and comprehensive income attributable to non-controlling interests. The Corporation has provided a reconciliation of earnings before income taxes to Adjusted EBIT in this news release. The Corporation believes Adjusted EBIT is a useful supplemental measure that may assist investors in assessing the financial performance and the cash anticipated to be generated by Crown’s business. Adjusted EBIT should not be considered as the sole measure of Crown’s performance and should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, analysis of the Corporation’s financial statements.

Conference Call & Webcast

Crown will host a conference call to discuss its Q4 2017 financial results at 8:30 a.m. EDT on March 2, 2018. The call will be hosted by Chris Johnson, President & CEO, and Michael Overvelde, CFO. To participate in the call, dial 647-427-7450 or 1-888-231-8191 using the conference ID 2786778. The audio webcast can be accessed at www.crowncapital.ca under Investor Relations or http://bit.ly/2sjbKF7. Listeners should access the webcast or call 10-15 minutes before the start time to ensure they are connected.

ABOUT CROWN

Crown (TSX: CRWN) is a specialty finance company focused on providing capital to successful Canadian and select U.S. companies. Crown also manages capital pools, including some in which Crown has a direct ownership interest. Crown originates, structures and provides tailored special situation and long-term financing solutions to a diversified group of private and public mid-market companies in the form of loans, royalties and other structures with minimal or no ownership dilution.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains certain “forward looking statements” and certain “forward looking information” as defined under applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “continue”, “plans” or similar terminology. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements, management’s beliefs, expectations or intentions regarding the alternative financial market and the general economy, transaction pipeline, Crown’s business plans and strategy, including anticipated capital deployments and the timing thereof, and Crown’s future cash flow and shareholder value. Forward-looking statements are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions that while believed by management to be reasonable, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties concerning the specific factors identified in the Crown’s periodic filings with Canadian securities regulators. See Crown’s most recent annual information form for a detailed discussion of the risk factors affecting Crown. In addition, Crown’s dividend policy will be reviewed from time to time in the context of the Corporation’s earnings, financial requirements for its operations, and other relevant factors and the declaration of a dividend will always be at the discretion of the board of directors of the Corporation. Crown undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information except as required by applicable law. Such forward-looking information represents management’s best judgment based on information currently available. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual future results may vary materially. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.

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Crown Capital Partners Announces Financial Results for Q4 and Full-Year 20172021-01-18T20:05:21+00:00