TORONTO – January 8, 2002 – MDC Corporation Inc. of Toronto (TSE: MDZ.A; NASDAQ: MDCA) and Davis + Henderson Income Fund (TSE: DHF.UN) announced today that its underwriters have exercised their over-allotment option to purchase 1,720,000 units of the Fund, raising additional gross proceeds of $17.2 million. These proceeds will be used by the Fund to indirectly acquire from MDC an additional 4.54% interest in the Davis + Henderson business. Subsequent to the exercise of the over-allotment option, MDC will continue to own a 50.01% interest in the Davis + Henderson business.
The over-allotment option closing is expected to occur on or about January 10, 2002. This closing will result in total gross proceeds from the Fund’s initial public offering of $189.55 million. The gross proceeds of the offering and the term loan portion of Davis + Henderson’s credit facility (before commissions and expenses) will total $269.55 million and, on closing of the over-allotment option, will all have been paid (net of commissions and expenses) to MDC for the 49.99% interest in the Davis + Henderson business.
The offering has been underwritten by a syndicate led by CIBC World Markets Inc. and Scotia Capital Inc., which includes BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., RBC Dominion Securities Inc., TD Securities Inc. and Griffiths McBurney & Partners.
The Fund units have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.
Jamie Johnson, President and Chief Operating Officer of MDC, said “We are very pleased with the excellent response from the market toward the Fund’s offering. The exercise of the over-allotment option and the proceeds received by MDC results in a further enhancement to the value creation for the shareholders of MDC.”
About Davis + Henderson Income Fund
Davis + Henderson Income Fund is a limited purpose trust formed to indirectly hold a 49.99% interest in the Davis + Henderson business. Davis + Henderson and its predecessors have been serving Canadian financial institutions and their account holders since 1875. Through an integrated service offering, Davis + Henderson has become the market leading company in Canada assisting financial institutions with the operation of their cheque supply programs.
About MDC Corporation Inc. (“MDC”)
MDC is a publicly traded international business services organization with operating units in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. MDC provides outsourced business products & services to financial institutions in three primary areas: Personalized Transaction Products such as personal and business cheques; Electronic Transaction Products such as credit, debit, telephone & smart cards and Secure Ticketing Products, such as airline, transit and event tickets.