QUEBEC CITY, Canada, August 9, 2021 – EXFO Inc. (“EXFO” or the “Corporation”) (NASDAQ: EXFO; TSX: EXF), announces that 11172239 Canada Inc. (the “Purchaser”) has agreed to increase the purchase price for the acquisition of all the issued and outstanding subordinate voting shares of EXFO, from US $6.00 to US $6.25 per subordinate voting share not held directly or indirectly by Germain Lamonde and Philippe Morin. The parties have also amended the arrangement agreement dated June 7, 2021, as amended on July 6, 2021 and July 12, 2021 accordingly. The terms and conditions of the Arrangement Agreement otherwise remain unchanged.
The Purchaser and EXFO have also entered into support and voting agreements (the “Support Agreements”) with Westerly Capital Management LLC (“Westerly Capital”), Mr. Chris Galvin and EHP Funds Inc., shareholders of the Corporation who beneficially own or have control or direction over 3,161,487 subordinate voting shares in the aggregate which can be voted at the special meeting of shareholders of EXFO to be held on August 13, 2021, or at any adjournment or postponement thereof (the “Meeting”), or approximately 14.75% of all the issued and outstanding subordinate voting shares of EXFO, other than the subordinate voting shares held directly or indirectly by Germain Lamonde and Philippe Morin. Under the terms of the Support Agreements, Westerly Capital, Mr. Chris Galvin and EHP Funds Inc. have agreed to support and vote the 3,161,487 subordinate voting shares of EXFO that they control in favour of the Purchaser’s acquisition of EXFO.
“We have been long term supportive shareholders of EXFO and we support Mr. Lamonde’s revised offer to take EXFO private. We believe that the transaction represents a fair outcome for EXFO’s minority shareholders as it provides actionable, attractive and immediate liquidity,” said Chris Galvin, Managing Partner at Westerly Capital.
“I am very pleased that, in line with the positive recommendation from ISS – Institutional Shareholder Services Inc, the leading third party proxy advisory firm, we have received strong endorsements from several of our largest minority shareholders for the proposed transaction, including Westerly Capital and Mr. Chris Galvin, as well as EHP Funds Inc., both amongst the largest minority shareholder of EXFO,” said Germain Lamonde, founder and controlling shareholder of the Corporation.
To proactively deal with the unprecedented public health impact of COVID-19, the Meeting will be held in a virtual only format, which will be conducted via live audio webcast online at https://web.lumiagm.com/436109447 at 10:00 a.m. (Québec City time) on August 13, 2021.
If you have already voted your subordinate voting shares and wish to change your vote, you can submit your new vote in accordance with the instructions in the section of the proxy solicitation circular entitled “Voting Information – Appointment and Revocation of Proxies”, prior to the deadline of 10:00 a.m. (Québec City time) on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, and your new vote will supersede and replace any previously submitted vote.
Shareholders who have questions regarding the Arrangement or require assistance with voting may contact D.F. King (Canada), EXFO’s proxy solicitation agent, by telephone at 1-866-822-1242 (toll-free in North America) or 416-682-3825 (collect outside North America), or by email at [email protected].
Additional details regarding the terms and conditions of the proposed transaction as well as the rationale for the recommendations made by the Special Committee and the Board of Directors is set out in the management proxy circular filed and mailed to shareholders, which, together with the Arrangement Agreement, is available under EXFO’s profile at www.sedar.com.
In connection with the transaction, the Corporation has prepared and mailed a Schedule 13E-3 Transaction Statement (the “Schedule 13E-3”). The Schedule 13E-3 has been filed with the SEC. INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY THE SCHEDULE 13E-3 AND OTHER MATERIALS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AS THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORPORATION, THE TRANSACTION, AND RELATED MATTERS. In addition to receiving the Schedule 13E-3 by mail, shareholders will also be able to obtain these documents, as well as other filings containing information about the Corporation, the transaction, and related matters, without charge from the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov).
Germain Lamonde and his affiliates and associates control, directly or indirectly, the Excluded Shares and 31,643,000 Multiple Voting Shares, representing 14.22% of the issued and outstanding Subordinate Voting Shares and 100% of the issued and outstanding Multiple Voting Shares, respectively, representing collectively 61.46% of the issued and outstanding Shares and 93.53% of the voting rights attached to all of the issued and outstanding Shares on an undiluted basis.
Upon closing of the Arrangement, Germain Lamonde intends to cause the Shares to cease to be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ, to cause EXFO to submit an application to cease to be a reporting issuer under applicable Canadian securities laws, to cause EXFO to file a certification and notice on Form 15 with the SEC to suspend its reporting obligations under U.S. securities laws, and to otherwise terminate EXFO’s public reporting requirements.
An updated early warning report will be filed by Germain Lamonde with applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities. To obtain copies of the early warning report, please contact Mr. Germain Lamonde at 1-800-663-3936.
EXFO develops smarter test, monitoring and analytics solutions for fixed and mobile network operators, webscale companies and equipment manufacturers in the global communications industry. Our customers count on us to deliver superior network performance, service reliability and subscriber insights. They count on our unique blend of equipment, software and services to accelerate digital transformations related to fiber, 4G/LTE and 5G deployments. They count on our expertise with automation, real-time troubleshooting and big data analytics, which are critical to their business performance. We’ve spent over 30 years earning this trust, and today 1,900 EXFO employees in over 25 countries work side by side with our customers in the lab, field, data center and beyond.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. In addition, this press release also contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and we intend that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical information or statements of current condition. Words such as may, expect, believe, plan, anticipate, intend, could, estimate, continue, or similar expressions or the negative of such expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events and circumstances are considered forward-looking statements. They are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. More particularly and without restriction, this press release contains forward-looking statements and information regarding: statements and implications about the anticipated benefits of the proposed transaction for EXFO, its employees, business partners, shareholders and other stakeholders, including future financial and operating results, plans, objectives, expectations and intentions of the Purchaser or EXFO, and the anticipated timing of the Meeting and of the completion of the proposed transaction.
In respect of the forward-looking statements and information concerning the anticipated benefits and timing of the completion of the proposed transaction, EXFO has provided such statements and information in reliance on certain assumptions that it believes are reasonable at this time, including assumptions as to the ability of the parties to receive, in a timely manner and on satisfactory terms, the necessary shareholder and court approvals; the ability of the parties to satisfy, in a timely manner, the other conditions to the completion of the proposed transaction; and other expectations and assumptions concerning the proposed transaction. The anticipated dates indicated may change for a number of reasons, including the inability to receive, in a timely manner, the necessary shareholder and court approvals, the necessity to extend the time limits for satisfying the other conditions to the completion of the proposed transaction or the ability of the Board of Directors to consider and approve, subject to compliance by the Corporation of its obligations in this respect under the agreement providing for the Arrangement (the “Arrangement Agreement”), a superior proposal for the Corporation. Although EXFO believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct, that the proposed transaction will be completed or that it will be completed on the terms and conditions contemplated in this press release. Accordingly, investors and others are cautioned that undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements.
Risks and uncertainties inherent in the nature of the proposed transaction include, without limitation, the failure of the parties to obtain the necessary shareholder and court approvals or to otherwise satisfy the conditions to the completion of the proposed transaction; failure of the parties to obtain such approvals or satisfy such conditions in a timely manner; significant transaction costs or unknown liabilities; the ability of the Board of Directors to consider and approve, subject to compliance by the Corporation of its obligations in this respect under the Arrangement Agreement, a superior proposal for the Corporation; the failure to realize the expected benefits of the proposed transaction; and general economic conditions. Failure to obtain the necessary shareholder and court approvals, or the failure of the parties to otherwise satisfy the conditions to the completion of the proposed transaction or to complete the proposed transaction, may result in the proposed transaction not being completed on the proposed terms, or at all. In addition, if the proposed transaction is not completed, and EXFO continues as an independent entity, there are risks that the announcement of the proposed transaction and the dedication of substantial resources of the Corporation to the completion of the proposed transaction could have an impact on its business and strategic relationships (including with future and prospective employees, customers, suppliers and partners), operating results and activities in general, and could have a material adverse effect on its current and future operations, financial condition and prospects. Furthermore, the failure of EXFO to comply with the terms of the Arrangement Agreement may, in certain circumstances, result in it being required to pay a fee to Purchaser, the result of which could have a material adverse effect on its financial position and results of operations and its ability to fund growth prospects and current operations. Consequently, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in EXFO’s filings with the SEC as well as the Schedule 13E-3 transaction statement and Circular.
The forward-looking statements in this document reflect the Corporation’s expectations on the date hereof and are subject to change after that date. The Corporation expressly disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws.
This announcement is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of EXFO.
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