MONTREAL, Jan. 20 /CNW Telbec/ – Groupe Aeroplan Inc. (AER: TSX) announced today that it has closed its previously announced bought deal public offering of 6,000,000 cumulative rate reset preferred shares, Series 1 (the “Series 1 Preferred Shares”) for gross proceeds of C$150 million, purchased by a syndicate of underwriters led by CIBC, RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and TD Securities Inc., acting as co-Bookrunners.
Groupe Aeroplan Inc. has also granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 900,000 Series 1 Preferred Shares to cover over-allotments, exercisable in whole or in part at any time up to 30 days following closing of the offering. If the over-allotment option is exercised in full, the aggregate gross proceeds to Groupe Aeroplan Inc. will be C$172.5 million.
The net proceeds of the issue will be used by Groupe Aeroplan Inc. to repay indebtedness, and for general corporate purposes.
About Groupe Aeroplan Inc.
Groupe Aeroplan Inc. is the global leader in loyalty management. Groupe Aeroplan owns Aeroplan, Canada’s premier loyalty program, Carlson Marketing, an international loyalty marketing services, engagement and events provider headquartered in the US, as well as Nectar, the United Kingdom’s leading coalition loyalty program. In the Gulf Region, Groupe Aeroplan owns 60 per cent of Rewards Management Middle East, the operator of Air Miles programs in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. Groupe Aeroplan also operates LMG Insight & Communication, a customer-driven insight and data analytics business offering international services to retailers and their suppliers.
For more information about Groupe Aeroplan, please visit www.groupeaeroplan.com.
Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this news release may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, by their nature, are based on assumptions and are subject to important risks and uncertainties. Any forecasts or forward-looking predictions or statements cannot be relied upon due to, amongst other things, changing external events and general uncertainties of the business and its corporate structure. Results indicated in forward-looking statements may differ materially from actual results for a number of reasons, including without limitation, risks related to the business and the industry, Air Canada liquidity issues, dependency on top four Accumulation Partners that purchase loyalty marketing services including Aeroplan Miles, Air Canada or travel industry disruptions, Airline industry changes and increased airline costs, reduction in activity, usage and accumulation of Aeroplan Miles, retail market/economic downturn, greater than expected redemptions for rewards, industry competition, supply and capacity costs, unfunded Future Redemption Costs, failure to safeguard databases and consumer privacy, consumer privacy legislation, changes to the Aeroplan and Nectar Programs, seasonal nature of the business, other factors and prior performance, regulatory matters, VAT appeal, reliance on key personnel, labour relations and pension liability, technological disruptions and inability to use third party software, failure to protect intellectual property rights, currency fluctuations, interest rate and currency fluctuations, leverage and restrictive covenants in current and future indebtedness, dilution of Groupe Aeroplan shareholders, uncertainty of dividend payments, level of indebtedness – refinancing risk, managing growth, integration of Carlson Marketing as well as the other factors identified throughout the Management’s Discussion & Analysis of Groupe Aeroplan available on SEDAR. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent Groupe Aeroplan’s expectations as of January 20, 2010, and are subject to change after that date. However, Groupe Aeroplan disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities regulations.
The Series 1 Preferred Shares offered under the offering have not and will not be registered under the Unites States Securities Act of 1933 and state securities laws. Accordingly, the Series 1 Preferred Shares may not be offered or sold to U.S. persons except pursuant to applicable exemptions from registration. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor will there be any sale of the securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.