January 4, 2012
Boyd Group Income Fund Completes Acquisition of Master Collision Repair in the U.S.
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- Boyd Group enters Florida market with eight new locations -
Winnipeg, Manitoba — January 4, 2012 — Boyd Group Income Fund (TSX: BYD.UN) (“the Fund,” “Boyd,” or “the Boyd Group”) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Master Collision Repair, Inc. (“Master”), which was previously announced on December 21, 2011. The total consideration for the transaction of approximately US$11.5 to $12.0 million, subject to normal post-closing working capital adjustments, was funded with a combination of cash, third-party financing, and a seller take-back note. No new equity was issued related to the transaction. The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to the Fund’s earnings and cash flows.
“We are very pleased to have completed the acquisition of Master, which marks Boyd’s entry into the Florida collision repair market,” said Brock Bulbuck, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Boyd Group. “This is our second completed multi-location collision operator acquisition over a six-month period, following our acquisition of Cars Collision in July 2011. These transactions are consistent with our strategy of looking for opportunities for accelerated growth through the acquisition of multi-location operators in attractive geographic markets that can expand our footprint in North America and solidify our leadership position in the industry. We believe that Master will be an excellent strategic fit with Boyd’s existing organization and will further enhance our competitive position in the United States.”
With the Master acquisition, the Fund adds eight new locations to its North American footprint, bringing the total number of locations to 175 across 14 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces.
About The Boyd Group Inc.
The Boyd Group Inc. is the largest operator of collision repair centres in North America. The Company operates locations in the four Western Canadian provinces under the trade name Boyd Autobody & Glass, as well as in 14 U.S. states under the trade names Gerber Collision & Glass, True2Form, Cars, and Master Collision Repair. 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. The Boyd Group Income Fund units trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol BYD.UN.
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Boyd Group Services Inc.
1745 Ellice Avenue
Boyd Group Services Inc.
1745 Ellice Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3H 1A6