Clairvest Reports Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter Results

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TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clairvest Group Inc. (TSX:CVG) today reported results for the second quarter and six months ended September 30, 2017. (All figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated)

Clairvest’s book value was $575.7 million or $37.89 per share as at September 30, 2017, compared with $533.1 million or $35.09 per share at June 30, 2017. The increase in book value per share for the quarter was primarily attributable to net income for the quarter of $42.6 million, or $2.80 per share.  For the six months ended September 30, 2017, net income was $31.0 million or $2.04 per share. 

At September 30, 2017, Clairvest had approximately $611 million of capital available for future acquisitions through treasury funds, credit facilities, access to funds in its acquisition entities and uncalled committed capital in various Clairvest Equity Partnerships (the “CEP Funds”).  

In August 2017, Clairvest and CEP V made a US$16 million equity investment in AlsoEnergy, a solar monitoring company based in Boulder, Colorado.  Clairvest’s portion of the investment was made by CEP V Co-Investment Limited Partnership and was US$4.8 million. AlsoEnergy is the fifth investment in the Clairvest/CEP V investment pool which is capitalized at $600 million. 

In August 2017, Clairvest and CEP IV completed the sale of CRS, a provider of construction equipment rental, sales and related services operating in Ontario, for aggregate cash proceeds of $118.5 million.  Clairvest’s portion of the investment was made by CEP IV Co-Investment Limited Partnership (“CEP IV Co-Invest”), which realized cash proceeds of $31.7 million on the sale.  Over the life of the investment, CEP IV Co-Invest received total proceeds of $33.8 million against its investment of $10.6 million, or 3.2 times invested capital and a 31% IRR over a 4.5 year holding period.

Subsequent to quarter end, Clairvest and CEP IV completed a partial realization of Winters Bros. CT, a solid waste management company based in Danbury, Connecticut.  Clairvest and CEP IV received cash proceeds of US$29.5 million and rolled over US$18.0 million for a minority interest in Impero Waste Services, LLC (“Impero Waste”), the acquirer of Winters Bros. CT, against their cost of investment of US$28.5 million. Clairvest’s investment in Winters Bros. CT was made by CEP IV Co-Invest which received cash proceeds of US$7.9 million on the partial realization and rolled over US$4.8 million for a minority interest in Impero Waste.  As at September 30, 2017, the fair value of Clairvest’s investment in Winters Bros. CT approximated the cash proceeds plus the minority interest it holds in Impero Waste. 

“The LSNE and CRS sales and the Winters Bros. CT partial realization over the last six months demonstrate our desire to crystalize strong returns under current market conditions,” said Ken Rotman, Co-CEO of Clairvest.  “At the same time, we remain prudent with our investment program for CEP V and we believe our patient and disciplined approach will continue to be rewarded.”

(1) Under IFRS, the Company is required to fair value certain acquisition entities and wholly-owned holding entities and record them as corporate investments. The Company is also required to recognize as revenue that portion of the carried interest from the CEP Funds which are allocated to the principals and employees of Clairvest through various limited partnerships which are controlled by Clairvest. In addition, Clairvest is required to record a liability for any entitlements of limited partners of a partnership where the limited partners are not part of the consolidated group of the Company but where the partnership is required to be consolidated by the Company. Accordingly, that portion of the carried interest from the CEP Funds that is allocated to the limited partners of these partnerships (“MIP Partnerships”) and the carried interest payable to MIP Partnerships by other partnerships which are consolidated by Clairvest (collectively, the “Management participation”) are recorded as an expense and a liability of the Company.

(2) Book value is a Non-IFRS measure calculated as the value of total assets less the value of total liabilities.  The term book value does not have any standardized meaning according to IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.  There is no comparable IFRS measure presented in Clairvest’s consolidated financial statements and thus no applicable quantitative reconciliation for such non-IFRS financial measure. The Company has calculated book value consistently for many years and believes that book value can provide information useful to its shareholders in understanding its performance, and may assist in the evaluation of its business relative to that of its peers.

Clairvest’s second quarter fiscal 2018 financial statements and MD&A are available on the SEDAR website at and the Clairvest website at www.clairvest.com.

Maria KlyuevDirector, Investor Relations and MarketingClairvest Group Inc.   Tel: (416) 925-9270Fax: (416) 925-5753mariak@clairvest.com

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Globe Newswire: 22:30 GMT Tuesday 14th November 2017

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