TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - HOMEQ Corporation ("HOMEQ") (TSX: HEQ) announced today the closing of the previously announced arrangement under the Business Corporations Act ( Ontario) (the "Arrangement") involving HOMEQ and Monaco Acquisition Inc., an entity controlled by Birch Hill Equity Partners ("Birch Hill"). Under the Arrangement, Birch Hill has indirectly acquired all of the outstanding common shares of HOMEQ for cash at a price of $9.50 per common share.
It is expected that the HOMEQ shares will be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange shortly hereafter. HOMEQ will also apply to cease to be a reporting issuer.
HOMEQ's wholly owned subsidiary HomEquity Bank is the only national provider of reverse mortgages to homeowners aged 55 and over, Canada's fastest growing demographic segment. HomEquity Bank originates and administers Canada's largest portfolio of reverse mortgages under the CHIP Home Income Plan brand. As of September 30, 2012, the mortgage portfolio comprised approximately 9,500 reverse mortgages with an accrued value of $1.3 billion, secured by residential properties across Canada worth approximately $3.5 billion. HomEquity Bank has been the main underwriter of reverse mortgages in Canada since its predecessor, Canadian Home Income Plan, pioneered the concept in 1986.HOMEQ's shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol HEQ. Additional information on HOMEQ, including annual and quarterly reports can be viewed at www.homeq.ca. About Birch Hill With $2 billion in capital under management, Birch Hill has invested in more than 50 investments since 1994; Birch Hill is the leader in long-term value creation in the Canadian mid market. For more information about Birch Hill Equity Partners, please visit www.birchhillequity.com. Forward-Looking Information Certain statements included herein constitute "forward-looking statements". All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in this release that address future activities, events, developments or financial performance are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "may", "should", "will", "could", "expect", "intend", "plan", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "future" or "continue" or the negative thereof or similar variations. In particular, statements about the steps to be taken by HOMEQ following the Arrangement are or involve forward-looking information. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by HOMEQ and its management, in light of their experiences and their perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors they believe are appropriate in the circumstances. Shareholders are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Birch Hill and HOMEQ, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, among other things; the parties' ability to satisfy the conditions of the TSX and provincial securities regulators. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing lists are not exhaustive. Such forward-looking statements should, therefore, be construed in light of such factors. If any of these risks or uncertainties were to materialize, or if the factors and assumptions underlying the forward-looking information were to prove incorrect, actual results could vary materially from those that are expressed or implied by the forward-looking information contained herein. All forward-looking statements attributable to HOMEQ, or persons acting on its behalf, are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements set forth above. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements contained herein, which reflect the analyses of the management of HOMEQ, only as of the date of this release.