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Alaris Royalty Corp. (TSX:AD) ("Alaris" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce the closing of the previously announced US$26,900,000 transaction between Alaris' wholly owned subsidiary, Alaris USA Inc. ("Alaris USA"), and Quetico LLC ("Quetico"). Pursuant to the transaction, Alaris USA contributed US$26,900,000 to Quetico in exchange for securities of Quetico that entitle it to a pre-tax annual preferred distribution of US $4,250,000 for the first full year after the contribution.
For more information about this transaction, please refer to the press release from November 21, 2011, which can be found on the Corporations website at www.alarisroyalty.com or on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Founded in 1994, Quetico has created a highly specialized and proprietary wholesale and inventory management niche within the logistics industry. Quetico provides specialized wholesale inventory management and third party logistics services of consumer products to big box retailers and brand name manufacturers in North America and abroad. Based in Chino, California, Quetico operates approximately 400,000 square feet of warehouse space and employs 400 people at its peak output.
About the Corporation:
Alaris provides alternative financing to private companies (the "Private Company Partners") in exchange for royalties or distributions with the principal objective of generating stable and predictable cash flows for dividend payments to its shareholders. Royalties or distributions from the Private Company Partners are structured as a percentage of a "top line" financial performance measure such as gross margin and same-store sales and rank in priority to the owners' common equity position.
This news release contains forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws. Statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this news release are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, management's expectations, intentions and beliefs concerning the growth, results of operations, performance of the Corporation and the Private Company Partners, the future financial position or results of the Corporation, business strategy, and plans and objectives of or involving the Corporation or the Private Company Partners. Many of these statements can be identified by looking for words such as "believe", "expects", "will", "intends", "projects", "anticipates", "estimates", "continues" or similar words or the negative thereof. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements regarding the revenues to be received by Alaris from Quetico, the future performance and growth prospects of Quetico.
By their nature, forward-looking statements require Alaris to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Assumptions about the performance of the Canadian and U.S. economies in 2011 and 2012 and how that will affect Alaris' business and that of its Private Company Partners are material factors considered by Alaris management when setting the outlook for Alaris. Key assumptions include, but are not limited to, assumptions that the Canadian and U.S. economies will grow moderately in the balance of 2011 and 2012, that interest rates will remain low, that the Private Company Partners will continue to make distributions to Alaris as and when required, that the businesses of the Private Company Partners will continue to grow, that the Corporation will experience positive resets to its annual royalties and distributions from its Private Company Partners in 2011, that tax rates will not change significantly in the U.S. or Canada, that the Distribution from Quetico can be hedged effectively on an ongoing basis, and that Alaris will have the ability to raise required equity and/or debt financing on acceptable terms. Management of Alaris has also assumed that capital markets will continue to improve and that the Canadian dollar will strengthen modestly relative to the U.S. dollar. In determining expectations for economic growth, management of Alaris primarily considers historical economic data provided by the Canadian and U.S. governments and their agencies.
There can be no assurance that the assumptions, plans, intentions or expectations upon which these forward-looking statements are based will occur. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and should not be read as guarantees or assurances of future performance. The actual results of the Corporation and the Private Company Partners could materially differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of certain risk factors, including, but not limited to, the following: the dependence of Alaris on the Private Company Partners; reliance on key personnel; general economic conditions; failure to complete or realize the anticipated benefit of Alaris' financing arrangements with the Private Company Partners; government regulations; and risks relating to the Private Company Partners and their businesses. Additional risks that may cause actual results to vary from those indicated are discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Corporation's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2010, which is filed under the Corporation's profile at www.sedar.com. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking information contained in this news release. Statements containing forward-looking information reflect management's current beliefs and assumptions based on information in its possession on the date of this news release. Although management believes that the expectations represented in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.