Clearford Water Systems Announces Agreement to Acquire ASI Water

13-05-2019
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Clearford Water Systems Inc. ("Clearford" or the "Company"), (TSXV: CLI), has announced it has entered into a purchase agreement to purchase the water and wastewater assets (ASI Water) of ASI Group Ltd, an Ontario-based water and wastewater management business. The Company also announced its consolidated audited results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. The audited consolidated results are presented in accordance with IFRS (all figures in Canadian dollars).

Clearford announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement with ASI Group Limited to acquire its ASI Water business subject to meeting final conditions of the Asset Purchase Agreement and completion of the necessary regulatory filings with the TSX-V. Clearford will pay $5 million in cash and issue $1 million in non-convertible preferred shares in a new wholly-owned subsidiary (Clearford ASI Inc.) redeemable over a 5-year period for the ASI Water assets. Clearford ASI is expected to contribute $5 million in annual revenues and $750,000 in earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") annually following the close. The transactions will be financed through a new long-term loan which will be secured by the new asset. The terms and conditions of the new long-term loan are still to be finalized.

"The acquisition of ASI Water is a major step forward for Clearford in delivering on our long-term strategy of becoming a water utility," said Kevin Loiselle, President and CEO of Clearford. "In addition to boosting our in-house expertise, revenues, and business footprint, this expansion of Clearford sends a clear message to our industry partners and prospective clients that we are committed to driving growth and innovation in the decentralized water and wastewater management sector. Our aim is to provide comprehensive solutions for communities, companies, and other stakeholders to access safe drinking water and reliable wastewater servicing, and the ASI Water team strengthens our ability to deliver."

ASI Water has a well-established client base spread across Ontario. The combined Clearford Waterworks Inc. and new Clearford ASI Inc. entities will be one of the largest operators of private water and wastewater treatment facilities in Ontario and together have considerable potential for synergy. Going forward, the combined operations and maintenance team will be able to provide enhanced geographic coverage and faster response times, contributing to expanded capacity for additional operations contracts and new site services for the companies' clients.

"These developments are all part of our strategic plan to strengthen Clearford's robust capabilities in the decentralized water and wastewater treatment sector while driving sustainable business growth," noted Mr. Loiselle. "We see considerable potential for further expansion of our integrated water-related services spanning the entire project lifecycle – from design-build contracts to operation and maintenance – as we offer professional services, end-to-end engineered solutions, and project-based financing."