Mr. Sean Morrison reports
DIVERSIFIED ROYALTY CORP. ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF $52.5 MILLION BOUGHT DEAL OFFERING OF 6.00% CONVERTIBLE UNSECURED SUBORDINATED DEBENTURES
Diversified Royalty Corp. has closed its previously announced bought deal public offering of $52.5-million aggregate principal amount of 6.00 per cent convertible unsecured subordinated debentures at a price of $1,000 per debenture. The Offering is fully described in DIV's prospectus supplement dated March 23, 2022 to DIV's short form base shelf prospectus dated May 11, 2021 (together, the "Prospectus"), which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. DIV has also granted the underwriters an overallotment option to purchase up to an additional $7.875 million aggregate principal amount of Debentures exercisable in whole or in part for a period of 30 days following closing of the Offering to cover over-allotments, if any, and for market stabilization purposes.
The Offering was conducted by a syndicate of underwriters led by CIBC Capital Markets, National Bank Financial Inc. and Scotiabank that included, BMO Capital Markets, Cormark Securities Inc., Canaccord Genuity Corp., iA Private Wealth Inc. and PI Financial Corp.
As described in the Prospectus, DIV intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering, together with cash on hand and other sources of funds, which may include third party debt financing, to fully redeem DIV's outstanding convertible unsecured subordinated debentures due on December 31, 2022 (the "2022 Debentures"), prior to December 31, 2022. On March 31, 2022, DIV intends to issue a notice (the "Notice") of partial redemption to the registered holder of the 2022 Debentures to redeem an aggregate principal amount of $52.5 million of Debentures. As set out in the Notice, the redemption date of the 2022 Debentures will be on May 4, 2022 (the "Redemption Date"). The 2022 Debentures to be redeemed on the Redemption Date will be redeemable for an amount equal to their principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest up to, but excluding, the Redemption Date.
The Debentures mature June 30, 2027 and bear interest at an annual rate of 6.00% payable semi-annually in arrears on the last day of June and December in each year, commencing June 30, 2022. At the holder's option, the Debentures may be converted into common shares of the Corporation ("Common Shares") at any time prior to the close of business on the earlier of the last business day immediately preceding June 30, 2027 and the date fixed for redemption. The conversion price is $4.05 per Common Share (the "Conversion Price"), subject to adjustment in certain circumstances in accordance with the terms of the trust indenture governing the Debentures dated November 7, 2017 (the "Trust Indenture") and the supplemental indenture dated March 30, 2022 (the "Supplemental Indenture" and, together with the Trust Indenture, the "Indenture") collectively governing the Debentures, copies of which be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
The Debentures are not redeemable prior to June 30, 2025, except upon the satisfaction of certain conditions after a Change of Control (as defined in the Indenture) has occurred. On and after June 30, 2025 and prior to June 30, 2026, the Debentures may be redeemed in whole or in part from time to time at DIV's option, provided that the volume weighted average trading price of the Common Shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") during the 20 consecutive trading days ending on the fifth trading day preceding the date on which the notice of the redemption is given is not less than 125% of the Conversion Price. On or after June 30, 2026 and prior to the maturity date, DIV may, at its option, redeem the Debentures, in whole or in part, from time to time at par plus accrued and unpaid interest. The first interest payment will include interest accrued from and including the closing date to, but excluding, June 30, 2022, and will be approximately $15.00 per $1,000 principal amount of Debentures.
The Debentures sold pursuant to the Offering have been listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol DIV.DB.A.
About Diversified Royalty Corp.
DIV is a multi-royalty corporation, engaged in the business of acquiring top-line royalties from well-managed multi-location businesses and franchisors in North America. DIV's objective is to acquire predictable, growing royalty streams from a diverse group of multi-location businesses and franchisors.
DIV currently owns the Mr. Lube, AIR MILES(TM), Sutton, Mr. Mikes, Nurse Next Door and Oxford Learning Centres trademarks. Mr. Lube is the leading quick lube service business in Canada, with locations across Canada. AIR MILES(TM) is Canada's largest coalition loyalty program with approximately two-thirds of Canadian households actively participating in the AIR MILES(TM) Program. Sutton is among the leading residential real estate brokerage franchisor businesses in Canada. Mr. Mikes currently operates casual steakhouse restaurants primarily in western Canadian communities. Nurse Next Door is one of North America's fastest growing home care providers with locations across Canada and the United States as well as in Australia. Oxford Learning Centres is one of Canada's leading franchised supplemental education services in Canada and the United States.
DIV intends to increase cash flow per share by making accretive royalty purchases and through the growth of purchased royalties. DIV expects to pay a predictable and stable dividend to shareholders and increase the dividend as cash flow per share increases allow.
We seek Safe Harbor.
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