CALGARY, November 25, 2015 – Crown Capital Partners Inc. (“Crown”) (TSX: CRN) today announced the closing of a $20 million term loan agreement (the “Agreement”) with Distinct Infrastructure Group Inc. (“Distinct”) (TSXV: DUG).
Headquartered in Toronto, Distinct is a utility and telecom infrastructure contractor with capabilities in design, engineering, construction, service & maintenance, and materials management. Distinct’s goal is to be the premier infrastructure provider for Canadian utilities, municipal and provincial governments. Distinct’s clients currently consist of blue-chip telecommunications and utility infrastructure companies throughout Ontario, including Bell and Rogers.
“Crown is pleased to provide financing to Distinct at an important point in its growth trajectory,” said Chris Johnson, President and CEO of Crown. “The Canadian telecommunications industry is commencing a major infrastructure expansion phase, with multi-billion-dollar high-speed fiber installation projects to be completed over the next several years. As one of the few turnkey contractors with broad capabilities and a national footprint, Distinct is uniquely positioned to capitalize on this expansion. Distinct has demonstrated high growth over the past five years and operates in a robust and expanding industry.”
The Agreement provides for a $20 million term loan to Distinct by Crown Capital Fund IV, LP (“Crown IV LP”), an investment fund managed by Crown and in which Crown holds a 50% interest. The term loan bears a fixed interest rate of 10% per annum, compounded and payable monthly, and matures in 60 months. Distinct has the right to prepay the loan after 18 months, subject to a prepayment fee. In addition, Distinct has granted 8,000,000 common shares to Crown IV LP.
“This capital supports our plans to expand Distinct ’s capacity in Ontario and western Canada to meet strong demand for our services and continue our rapid growth,” said Joe Lanni, Co-CEO Distinct. “Crown’s solution was a great fit for Distinct and we look forward to our partnership with them,” said Alex Agius, CoCEO.
Crown (TSX: CRN) is a specialty finance company focused primarily on providing capital to successful Canadian and select U.S. companies which 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 transitory and permanent 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. To find out more about Crown, please visit www.crowncapital.ca.
This 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 with respect to the Canadian telecommunications industry; Distinct’s expansion and growth plans; and the Corporation’s business plans and strategy. 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. 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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For Crown Capital:
Craig Armitage Investor Relations
Manny Bettencourt CFO
Distinct Infrastructure Group Inc.