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Avante Corp Announces Divestiture of Citywide Locksmiths Inc.

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TORONTO, Aug. 10, 2020  – Avante Corp Inc. (TSXV: XX) (“Avante” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding agreement with the minority shareholders of CityWide Locksmiths Inc. (“Citywide”) to sell Avante’s 70% interest in Citywide. The transaction is expected to close on or before September 30, 2020.

The majority position of Citywide was originally acquired by Avante on April 1, 2016 under previous management’s strategy of “Own the Home.” Since acquisition, Citywide has contributed to Avante’s top and bottom line, provided access to many tightly controlled product lines, and generated cross selling opportunities between divisions. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, Citywide represented 7.3% of Avante’s consolidated revenue.

“We are pleased to announce the divestiture of our majority position of Citywide to members of the Shearer family and wish them great success as they regain control of their family business,” said Craig Campbell, CEO and Director of Avante. “We enjoyed being partners with the Shearer family and look forward to working with them in the future through referrals and mutual projects that benefit both companies. We chose to divest our interest in Citywide because it is no longer core to our strategy of building a one-stop shop security solutions provider for both residential and enterprise customers. By divesting Citywide, management will have greater focus on executing our stated strategy and the sale proceeds will provide additional capital for Avante’s general corporate purposes.”

The sale price for the Company’s 70% interest will be approximately $2.3 million, of which $1.8 million will be paid on closing, $450,000 represents an interest-bearing vendor take back note payable over five years and $91,500 has already been received.

No advisory fees are payable or are to be paid by the Company in connection with the transaction.


About Avante Corp

Avante Corp Inc. (TSXV: XX) is a Toronto headquartered provider of security solutions. We acquire, manage, and build industry-leading businesses that provide specialized, mission-critical solutions that address the needs of our customers. Our businesses continuously develop innovative solutions that enable our customers to achieve their objectives. With an experienced team and a proven track record of solid growth, we are taking steps to establish a broad portfolio of security businesses to provide our customers and shareholders with exceptional returns. Please visit our website at and consider joining our investor email list.

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