CALGARY, November 17, 2017 – Crown Capital Partners Inc. (“Crown” or the “Corporation”) (TSX: CRWN), which provides growth capital to successful mid-market companies, today announced the repayment by Medicure Inc. (“Medicure”) (TSXV: MPH) of a special situations loan managed by Crown.
Medicure is a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutics for the U.S. cardiovascular market. Crown arranged a $60.0 million, four-year term loan to Medicure in November 2016, of which Crown Capital Fund IV, LP (“Crown IV LP”), an investment fund managed by Crown in which Crown holds a 36.5% interest, advanced $30 million, with the remaining $30 million syndicated to a limited partner in Crown’s funds. Medicure used the proceeds to purchase additional shares of Apicore, a developer and manufacturer of specialty Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and pharmaceuticals. In October 2017, Medicure announced that it sold its interests in Apicore.
“The Apicore acquisition was a tremendous value-creating transaction for Medicure and we wish the team continued success as they advance their growth plans,” said Chris Johnson, President and CEO of Crown. “This loan generated strong returns for Crown and its investors.”
“Crown has been an excellent financial partner to Medicure, and their financing solution and speed of execution were instrumental in allowing us to execute on this very successful acquisition while minimizing dilution,” said Dr. Albert D. Friesen, Medicure’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Medicure has prepaid this loan in full, including principal, interest and fees. Crown IV LP continues to own warrants to acquire 450,000 common shares of Medicure, exercisable at $6.50 per share.
Crown (TSX: CRWN) is a specialty finance company focused on providing capital to successful Canadian and select U.S. companies that are unwilling or unable to obtain suitable financing from traditional capital providers such as banks and private equity funds. 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.
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