June 28, 2010
Boyd Group Income Fund to Acquire U.S. Collision Repair Company with 37 Locations
- Positions Boyd Group for accelerated growth and expanded market presence -
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Winnipeg, Manitoba - June 28, 2010 - Boyd Group Income Fund (TSX: BYD.UN) (“the Fund” or “the Boyd Group”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire True2Form Collision Repair Centers, Inc., one of the largest multi-location collision repair companies in the United States. The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to the Fund’s distributable cash per unit.
“The acquisition of True2Form is a significant strategic move for the Boyd Group as it allows us to enhance our presence in the eastern United States with an additional 37 locations in states and markets that we do not currently operate in, thereby complementing our existing network,” said Brock Bulbuck, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Boyd Group. “True2Form is also attractive to us because of its strong leadership team, its deep operational expertise and its tradition of providing industry-leading repair quality and customer service. While we are continuing our growth strategy of adding between eight to ten new locations per year, this acquisition represents a unique opportunity to acquire a strategic multi-location repair business that can accelerate our growth.”
The transaction, valued at approximately $18 million U.S., is expected to be completed by August 1, 2010, subject to certain closing conditions being fulfilled. Funding for the transaction will be a combination of cash, U.S. bank debt, third-party financing and a vendor take-back note. The Fund will not be issuing any new equity to fund the transaction and therefore there will be no equity dilution to unitholders.
True2Form is a private company that operates 37 locations in four U.S. states; 17 locations in North Carolina, eight locations in Ohio seven locations in Maryland and five locations in Pennsylvania. True2Form reported revenues of over $71 million U.S. in the 12 months ended May 31, 2010.
“We are looking forward to being a part of the Boyd Group,” added Rex Dunn, CEO of True2Form. “We believe that the combination of our two market leading companies represents an excellent strategic fit and creates an even stronger industry leader which will be better positioned to deliver innovative, best-in-class service to insurance company customers and vehicle owners.”
With the acquisition of True2Form, the Boyd Group will significantly expand its footprint and will operate 129 centers in North America; with 92 centers in 11 U.S. states and 37 centers in the four Western Canadian provinces.
About The Boyd Group Inc.
The Boyd Group Inc. is the largest operator of collision repair centres in Canada and among the largest in North America. The Company operates locations in the four western Canadian provinces under the trade name Boyd Autobody & Glass, as well as in seven U.S. states under the trade name Gerber Collision & Glass. The Company also operates Gerber National Glass Services, an auto glass repair and replacement referral business with approximately 3,000 affiliated service providers throughout the United States. For more information on The Boyd Group Inc. or Boyd Group Income Fund, please visit our website at www.boydgroup.com.
About The Boyd Group Income Fund
The Boyd Group Income Fund is an unincorporated, open-ended mutual fund trust created for the purposes of acquiring and holding certain investments, including a majority interest in The Boyd Group Inc. and its subsidiaries.
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