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TORONTO, November 14, 2019  – Avante Corp Inc. (TSXV: XX) (“Avante” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement dated November 13, 2019, pursuant to which Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (“Fairfax”), through certain of its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Purchasers”), will invest up to CAD $18 million in the Company through a private placement of unsecured convertible debentures (the “Debentures”). Avante is also pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive share purchase agreement dated November 13, 2019, (the “Agreement”) to acquire all of the outstanding shares of A.S.A.P. Secured Inc. (“ASAP”), subject to the fulfillment or waiver of certain closing conditions.


  • New convertible debenture facility providing up to $18.0 million from Fairfax convertible into common shares of the Company (the “Common Shares”)
  • Acquisition of ASAP for $10.5 million (subject to adjustment) adding approximately $24.7 million in Trailing Twelve Month (“TTM”) August 31, 2019 revenue at approximately a 7% Normalized EBITDA margin
  • Pro Forma June 30, 2019, TTM revenues of approximately $70.0 million (including ASAP), an increase of approximately 200%
  • Avante will report Q2 F20 financials after hours on November 21, 2019, followed by a conference call on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 8:30 AM EST

Convertible Debentures

The Debentures will be advanced in two tranches, the first (the “First Tranche”) to consist of 8,264 Debentures (for gross proceeds of approximately $8,264,000) is expected to be drawn and advanced on November 27, 2019 (the “First Tranche Closing Date”), subject to approval from the TSX Venture Exchange, and the second to consist of up to 9,736 Debentures (for gross proceeds of approximately $9,736,000) drawn and advanced within nine months of the First Tranche Closing Date at the Company’s discretion. The second tranche, to be drawn at the Company’s option, will only be funded upon, among other things, receipt of necessary approvals from the TSX Venture Exchange and the Company’s shareholders (including approval for the creation of a Control Person (as defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange)).

“We are excited to announce Fairfax as a long term strategic financial partner, allowing Avante access to capital while maximizing shareholder value,” said Craig Campbell, CEO of Avante. “The patient and long term view of Fairfax, coupled with their disciplined investment style is well aligned to our strategic plan of building a world-class, globally relevant security solutions provider. Fairfax and Mr. Prem Watsa are disciplined investors and aim to achieve a high rate of return on invested capital and build long term shareholder value. Fairfax and Mr. Watsa’s track record speaks for itself having achieved an 18.7% compounded annual growth rate in book value per share since 1985.”

The Debentures will mature five years from the date of issuance thereof, bear interest at a rate of 7% per annum, payable semi-annually in equal instalments on the last day of June and December in each year. Each $1,000 principal amount of the Debentures issued under the First Tranche is convertible, at the option of the holder, into Common Shares at any time prior to the maturity date at a conversion price of $1.56.

The Debentures are direct, unsecured obligations of the Company, ranking subordinate to certain senior indebtedness. The Debentures will include customary provisions, including customary anti-dilution provisions and negative covenants, including restrictions on the ability of the Company and its subsidiaries to incur certain indebtedness or liens. The Company’s obligations pursuant to the Debentures are guaranteed by each of the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries.

The Purchasers will have certain participation rights in future equity offerings to maintain its pro-rata ownership interest in the Common Shares at the time of such offering (the “Participation Right”). In addition, upon such time as Fairfax and its subsidiaries beneficially own more than 10% of the outstanding Common Shares, the Purchasers will have the right to specify an individual to be nominated to the board of directors of the Company.

Assuming the exercise of all of the Debentures issued on the First Tranche, Fairfax, through its subsidiaries, would beneficially own or control 5,297,434 of the issued and outstanding Common Shares, representing approximately 19.99% of all issued and outstanding Common Shares after the conversion of the Debentures issued under the First Tranche (assuming no other issuances of Common Shares or any adjustments to the Common Shares issuable pursuant to the applicable anti-dilution provisions).

The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the First Tranche for the purpose of financing the acquisition of ASAP. If the Company proceeds with the second tranche, it intends to use the proceeds thereof for general corporate purposes, including for the purpose of acquisition financing.

Canaccord Genuity Corp. acted as financial advisor to the Company in connection with the private placement of the Debentures and will be paid an advisory fee of $100,000.

Fairfax Early Warning Disclosure

Prior to the acquisition of the Debentures, Fairfax and its subsidiaries do not beneficially own or control any Common Shares. The Debentures are being acquired by Fairfax for investment purposes, and in the future, it may discuss with management and/or the board of directors any of the transactions listed in clauses (a) to (k) of item 5 of Form F1 of National Instrument 62-103 –The Early Warning System and Related Take-over Bid and Insider Reporting Issues and it may further purchase, hold, vote, trade, dispose or otherwise deal in the securities of the Company, in such manner as it deems advisable to benefit from changes in market prices of Company securities, publicly disclosed changes in the operations of the Company, its business strategy or prospects or from a material transaction of the Company.

An early warning report will be filed by Fairfax in accordance with applicable securities laws and will be available on SEDAR at or may be obtained directly from Fairfax upon request at 416-367-4941 (Attention: John Varnell) or at Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, 95 Wellington Street West, Suite 800, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2N7.

Acquisition of ASAP

The Company has entered into the Agreement to acquire the outstanding shares of ASAP from AFIMAC Canada Inc. (“AFIMAC”) and Dalton First Financial Inc. (“DFF”), subject to certain closing conditions. ASAP and Darrell Parsons, the Chairman and controlling shareholder of DFF and AFIMAC, are also parties to the Agreement.

“I am very pleased to welcome ASAP and its team to Logixx Security Inc. (“Logixx”), a platform company of Avante Corp,” said Craig Campbell, CEO of Avante. “This acquisition is strategic to achieving our overall vision and provides us a national platform to target large, national accounts where security is mission-critical. The integration of ASAP into Logixx gives Avante pro-forma trailing twelve-month revenue of approximately $70 million and the ability to compete on a national level. ASAP’s management team will also be joining us, including the President, Han Koren. Han is a seasoned veteran in the security industry. Han has global experience as well as experience leading the Canadian operations of a global security group. Han is expected to lead Logixx once ASAP has been fully integrated. We are confident that ASAP will be a great addition to the Avante platform as we continue to execute on our strategic vision.”

ASAP is a national provider of physical security services, based in Milton, Ontario, with a focus on industrial and national account security solutions. ASAP has operations across the country and is licensed in eight provinces, allowing Logixx to leverage its current customer base to provide services nationally. ASAP has been an industry leader since 2005 and employs approximately 800 team members across the country. ASAP generated total revenue of approximately $24.7 million in the past twelve months for the period ending August 31, 2019, and realized a normalized EBITDA margin of approximately 7%.

“Over the course of several years, ASAP has built a strong foundation of superior client service providing high-quality security support,” said Darrell Parsons, Chairman and Founder. “We are more than confident that Avante Corp will continue to support ASAP clients with the same impeccable service.”

“We celebrate an important milestone today for ASAP as we formally join the Avante Corp team,” said Han Koren, President of ASAP. “United under the Avante umbrella, we will draw on our years of experience and continue to deliver outstanding security solutions to our customers, changing how the industry does business, and continue to grow our business.”

“The combined operations have a large and diversified client base that represents a tremendous opportunity for revenue synergies, as a result of a broader set of services and solutions to offer coupled with our increased geographic capability” said Craig Campbell. “We intend to migrate many of our existing customers and new prospects into our managed services division, thereby migrating single service customers into multiservice bundles. A number of cost synergies will also be achieved in the first 12 months.”

Pursuant to the Agreement, the total consideration to be paid by Avante to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of ASAP is $10,500,000 (subject to a post-closing working capital adjustment and holdback in accordance with the Agreement) on a cash free and debt free basis. The Company will use a mix of cash on hand, a promissory note in favour of DFF and AFIMAC, and proceeds from its Debenture financing to fund the acquisition.

The transaction is expected to close on or about December 1, 2019, subject to the fulfilment or waiver of certain closing conditions customary for a transaction of this nature.

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

Quarterly Financial Release

The Company will release financial results for the period ended September 30, 2019, after hours on Thursday November 21, 2019, and a news release to be disseminated at that time with an earnings call to be held at 8:30 AM EST on Friday, November 22, 2019.


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About Avante Corp

Avante Corp Inc. (XX.V)

is a Toronto based provider of high-end security services. 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.

Craig Campbell
1959 Leslie Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3B 2M3
(416) 923-6984

About Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (TSX: FFH and FFH.U) is a holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and the associated investment management. For further information about Fairfax, please contact: John Varnell, Vice President, Corporate Development at (416) 367-4941.


All statements in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, may constitute “forward-looking information” with respect to Avante within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “seek”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “continue”, “planned”, “expect”, “project”, “predict”, “potential”, “targeting”, “intends”, “believe”, “potential”, and similar expressions, or describes a “goal”, or a variation of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “should”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. This forward-looking information includes statements with respect to, among other things, discussions of future plans and forecasts and statements as to management’s expectations and intentions with respect to the company’s acquisition of ASAP and the expected timing for the closing of the Agreement, the expected financial impact of this acquisition, the expected timing of the First Tranche Closing Date and the intended use of the net proceeds of the Debenture financing and whether the Company will complete the sale of the second tranche of the Debentures.

Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information, including, without limitation, the ability to obtain the consents and approvals and fulfill the conditions required for closing (including the receipt of necessary approvals from the TSX Venture Exchange and the Company’s shareholders for the second tranche of the Debentures), the company realizing on the anticipated value of the acquisition of ASAP, the company maintaining its projected growth, the company’s ability to execute on its strategic vision, the ability of the company to identify revenue and cost synergies, general economic conditions or conditions in the financial markets and the risks identified in Avante’s Management Discussion & Analysis, Annual Information Form and other continuous disclosure. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of Avante’s forward-looking information. In connection with the forward-looking statements contained in this and subsequent press releases, Avante has made certain assumptions about its business and the industry in which it operates, including that no significant events occur outside of Avante’s normal course of business, assumptions about trends in manpower and technology costs, assumptions made about the business of ASAP, and assumptions about the company’s ability to leverage Avante’s and ASAP’s collective customer bases and networks. Although management believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date the statements are made, forward-looking statements are not guaranteeing future performance and, accordingly, undue reliance should not be put on such statements due to the inherent uncertainty of the statements. Avante’s forward-looking information is based on the beliefs, expectations, and opinions of management on the date the statements are made, and Avante does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by applicable law. For the reasons set forth above, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

This press release includes certain measures that have not been prepared in accordance with IFRS such as EBITDA, Normalized EBITDA. These non-IFRS measures are not recognized under IFRS and, accordingly, users are cautioned that these measures should not be construed as alternatives to net income determined in accordance with IFRS. The non-IFRS measures presented are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. . References to pro forma revenue include revenue for Avante and ASAP from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 inclusive of revenues from July 1, 2018 to the date of Closing for the three companies acquired during Fiscal 2019.

References to EBITDA are to net income before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. References to Normalized EBITDA are to net income before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization of intangibles, share-based payments, acquisition, integration and / or reorganization costs, other normalizing adjustments related to the acquisition. Neither EBITDA nor Normalized EBITDA is an earnings measure recognized by International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. Management believes that Normalized EBITDA is an appropriate measure in evaluating Avante’s performance. Readers are cautioned that neither EBITDA nor Normalized EBITDA should be construed as an alternative to net income (as determined under IFRS), as an indicator of financial performance or to cash flow from operating activities (as determined under IFRS) or as a measure of liquidity and cash flow. Avante’s method of calculating Normalized EBITDA may differ from methods used by other issuers and, accordingly, Avante’s Normalized EBITDA may not be comparable to similar measures used by other issuers.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.