Terra Nova Announces Agreement to Acquire Mass Financial Corp.
NEW YORK, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Terra Nova Royalty Corporation (NYSE: TTT) ("Terra Nova", "we" or "us") announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Mass Financial Corp. ("Mass") for Terra Nova to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Mass by way of a take-over bid (the "Offer"). The Offer is one Terra Nova share for each Mass share, valuing the transaction at approximately $225 million. The Offer is based upon the adjusted book value of each company and values Terra Nova shares at $8.91 per share. All monetary amounts herein are in U.S. dollars.
Mass's business encompasses a broad spectrum of activities related to the integrated combination of commodities and natural resources, including trading, commercial trade, proprietary investing and financial services.
As the issuance of shares pursuant to the Offer and the agreement exceeds 20% of Terra Nova's issued shares, pursuant to the rules of the NYSE, the same is subject to approval by Terra Nova's shareholders. The Terra Nova Board recommends that Terra Nova shareholders vote in favour of the share issuance pursuant to the Offer and the agreement. The Terra Nova Board received an opinion from its financial advisor, Raymond James Ltd., that the Offer is fair, from a financial point of view, to Terra Nova shareholders.
The Mass Board has recommended that Mass shareholders tender to the Offer and has received an opinion from its financial advisor that the Offer is fair, from a financial point of view, to Mass shareholders.
The Offer is part of a multi-step transaction, which includes the subsequent merger of Mass and a Terra Nova subsidiary, designed to effect a combination with an exchange ratio based upon the fully-diluted net book value of each company adjusted in the case of Terra Nova to reflect the fair value of its Wabush royalty interest, the after-tax recovery for past royalty underpayments, excluding pending claims for interest and costs (the "Arbitration Award"), the recently completed rights offering (the "Rights Offering") and the distribution of KID shares on September 23, 2010 (the "Third Distribution"). In the case of Mass, its net book value was adjusted to reflect the fair value of its resource interests. Based upon the foregoing adjustments, for the purposes of the Offer, the Terra Nova shares were valued at $8.91 per share.
The completion of the transaction will significantly strengthen Terra Nova's capital resources and enhance its opportunities for growth and provide geographic and product diversification and operating expertise. It will also ensure that the growth potential in the Mass commodities operations can be optimized through its combination with Terra Nova.
The historical balance sheets as at June 30, 2010 for Terra Nova and Mass and after giving pro forma effect to the Offer are enclosed as Schedule A hereto. Mass prepares its financial statements pursuant to International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and we intend to change our reporting standards to IFRS. Pursuant to IAS 16 Property, Plant and Equipment, we expect to increase the book value of our Wabush royalty interest to its fair value.
The following table sets forth the balance sheets for Terra Nova, Mass and for Terra Nova after giving pro forma effect to: (i) the Offer; (ii) the Rights Offering; (iii) the Third Distribution and Proposed Fourth Distribution; (iv) the Arbitration Award; (v) the increase in the fair value of the Wabush royalty interest when Terra Nova adopts IFRS; and (vi) the increase in fair value of Mass's resource interests as at the date indicated:
Notes to the Unaudited Pro Forma Consolidated Balance Sheet:
These notes explain the reconciliations of the historical amounts to pro forma accounts based on management assumptions and estimates. The reconciliations begin from the subtotals of the historical amounts of Terra Nova and Mass, except for the reconciliation of shareholders' equity which begins from the historical amount of Terra Nova as the shareholders' equity of Mass was eliminated on consolidation.
Dollars are denominated in thousands.
The foregoing table gives pro forma effect to certain items that are not related to the Offer. These pro forma amounts do not represent our actual consolidated financial position and are "non-GAAP" measures. Management of Terra Nova considers them a meaningful supplement to assess its liquidity, capital resources, shareholders' equity and book value. These non-GAAP measures have significant limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP measures for liquidity, capital resources or shareholders' equity. Management believes this information to be useful to securities holders and analysts in assessing Terra Nova's pro forma liquidity, capital resources and equity and valuing Terra Nova on an ongoing basis as they reflect actual changes to cash and securities resulting from the Rights Offering and Third Distribution and expected changes to property, plant and equipment and securities resulting from Terra Nova's adoption of IFRS and the Proposed Fourth Distribution. The unaudited pro forma consolidated balance sheet should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes and the actual unaudited historical consolidated financial statements of Terra Nova and Mass as of and for the six months ended June 30, 2010.
The agreement between Terra Nova and Mass provides for, among other things, a non-solicitation covenant on the part of Mass, subject to customary "fiduciary out" provisions that entitle Mass to consider and accept a superior proposal, a right in favour of Terra Nova to match any superior proposal and the payment of a reciprocal termination payment of $6 million, if the acquisition is not completed as a result of the superior proposal or other termination of the agreement in certain circumstances.
The Offer documents are expected to be mailed on or about September 30, 2010. The Offer will be open for acceptance for a period of 20 business days and will be conditional upon, among other things, Terra Nova acquiring such number of Mass shares that, together with Mass shares held by Terra Nova, constitute not less than 50.1 percent of the Mass shares on a fully-diluted basis and approval by a majority of Terra Nova's shareholders at its shareholders' meeting scheduled for October 29, 2010. In addition, the Offer will be subject to certain customary conditions, relevant regulatory approvals including in the United States and the New York Stock Exchange, the absence of a material adverse change with respect to Mass, and a waiver of the Mass shareholder rights plan. Once the 50.1 percent acceptance level is met, Terra Nova intends to take steps available to it under applicable laws and the agreement to acquire any outstanding Mass shares. Terra Nova may waive the conditions of the Offer in certain circumstances.
In connection with the Offer, the Board of Directors of Terra Nova formed a special committee of qualified directors to review and consider the Offer. The Board of Directors of Terra Nova after receiving the recommendations of its special committee and consultation with its financial and legal advisors, has unanimously approved entering into the agreement and the Offer.
Mr. Rigg, the Chairman of the Special Committee of Terra Nova, noted, "The combination of Mass with Terra Nova creates significant opportunity for the enlarged business and brings together two complementary businesses. This is an important step in our strategy to grow Terra Nova into a truly global business. With this transaction, we unleash opportunities to create value through growth and acquisition opportunities, additional products potential and access to faster growing Asian markets. We also eliminate potential overlap between the companies for acquisition opportunities in the natural resources business. Finally, we are also pleased that the Offer recognizes and is being effected based on the fair value of our royalty interest."
Michael Smith, the Chairman of Terra Nova said, "Looking back to December 2005, we were principally engaged in the merchant banking business and were seeking to increase the market value of our common equity. This was very challenging as we were a small company with limited resources and had difficulty in attracting market recognition.
At that time, one of our portfolio companies, KID was growing nicely and was operating in a highly favourable sector, being the emerging market infrastructure industry. As a result, we focused on growing and enhancing the returns of its industrial business. The industrial business consumed a significant majority of our capital resources and management attention. It greatly overshadowed our other interests which, we felt, were not reflected in the market value of our shares. As a result, in January, 2006, we distributed our financial business called Mass Financial Corp. to our shareholders. Since its distribution in 2006, Mass has operated on its own, achieved satisfactory results and produced a book value of over $215 million.
At the end of 2009 we again undertook a hard strategic look at KID's industrial business. With its long German history of over 100 years, we felt it would be more appreciated and achieve a higher valuation, from a capital markets point of view, on a German market and be well received by European investors.
Therefore, we obtained a full listing for KID on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and in April, 2010, commenced distributing our KID shares to our shareholders in tranches. This has been well received and the new management in KID has been extremely proactive in addressing market conditions and implementing necessary changes. We congratulate them.
In conjunction with the distribution of our industrial business, we felt there were significant potential opportunities to capture and enhance long-term value for our shareholders in the global commodities and natural resources businesses. Terra Nova's prime operating asset is a royalty interest in Wabush iron ore mine. In late 2009 one of the three joint owners bought out the other two and became the sole owner and operator of the mine. We believe this is very positive for the mine. Additionally, we have also benefitted from the long-term global increase in demand and prices for iron ore which have increased from around $36 per tonne when we acquired this asset as part of the old distressed Canadian Javelin Company in 1989, to $165 per tonne, the prevailing price now.
We look now at Mass as an acceptable success. With our unleveraged balance sheet, a good cash position and strong overall liquidity, we believe Terra Nova and Mass together can achieve greater returns and a better valuation in the capital markets by, among other things:
With our new growth in capital and assets, we look forward to the support of over 550 employees system wide and point out this transaction will be an opportunity for us all. There are benefits to our suppliers, customers and banks which will enhance value for our shareholders and other stakeholders."
In connection with the Offer, Michael Smith will continue as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ernest Alders will be our new President, and Ferdinand Steinbauer our new Chief Financial Officer. Alan Hartslief will no longer be CFO of Terra Nova. We will change our name to more properly reflect our new operations.
After completion of the Offer, we intend to distribute the balance of our KID Shares without tax to all of our shareholders. After giving pro forma effect to the Offer, such distribution would be on the basis of one (1) share of KID for each nine (9) Terra Nova shares held and is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Investment Market Call
Today at 10:00 a.m. EDT (7:00 a.m. PDT), a conference call will be held with senior management; this call will be broadcast live over the Internet at the company's website www.terranovaroyalty.com. An online archive will be available immediately following the call and will continue for seven days or to listen to the audio replay by phone, dial: 1 (877) 660-6853 using passcode 356810 and account #356. International callers should dial: 1 (201) 612-7415.
About Terra Nova
Terra Nova Royalty Corporation is active in the mineral royalty and natural resources industry. To obtain further information on the Company, please visit our website at: http://www.terranovaroyalty.com.
To obtain further information on Mass, please visit its website at http://www.massfinancialcorp.com.
This announcement is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell, otherwise dispose of or issue, or any solicitation of any offer to sell, otherwise dispose of, issue, purchase, otherwise acquire or subscribe for, any security. The Offer (as the same may be varied or extended in accordance with applicable law) will be made exclusively by means of, and subject to the terms and conditions set out in, the offer and offering circular document to be delivered to Mass and filed with securities regulators and to be mailed to Mass shareholders by Terra Nova. Mass shareholders should read these materials carefully because they contain important information, including the terms and conditions of the Offer.
The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and therefore persons in such jurisdictions into which this announcement is released, published or distributed should inform themselves about and observe such restrictions.
Raymond James Ltd. is acting exclusively for Terra Nova and no one else in connection with the Offer and will not be responsible to anyone other than Terra Nova for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the Offer and/or any other matter referred to in this announcement.
Neither the content of Terra Nova's website, Mass's website or any other website nor the content of any website accessible from hyperlinks on Terra Nova's website, Mass's website or any other website is incorporated into, or forms part of, this announcement.
Terra Nova intends to file a Registration Statement on Form F-4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") in connection with the Offer. Terra Nova also expects to mail a prospectus, which is part of the Registration Statement on Form F-4 and related offer materials including a letter of transmittal to shareholders of Mass. These documents contain important information about the transaction and should be read before any decision is made with respect to the Offer. Investors and stockholders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.
In addition to the Registration Statement on Form F-4 and the related offer materials, Terra Nova files or furnishes annual, quarterly and special reports, and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any reports, statements or other information filed or furnished by Terra Nova at the SEC's Public Reference Room at Station Place, 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. You can request copies of these documents by writing to the SEC and paying a fee for the copying cost. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for more information about the operation of the Public Reference Room. Terra Nova's SEC filings are also available to the public at the SEC's web site at http://www.sec.gov.
This document contains statements which are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements" which are prospective in nature. Forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts, but rather on current expectations and projections about future events, and are therefore subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.
Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "should", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Terra Nova to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements of Terra Nova to differ materially from the expectations of Terra Nova include, among other things, general business and economic conditions globally, commodity price volatility, industry trends, competition, changes in government and other regulation, including in relation to the environment, health and safety and taxation, labor relations and work stoppages, changes in political and economic stability, the failure to meet certain conditions of the Offer and/or the failure to obtain the required approvals or clearances from regulatory and other agencies and bodies on a timely basis or at all, the inability to successfully integrate Mass's operations and programs with those of Terra Nova, incurring and/or experiencing unanticipated costs and/or delays or difficulties relating to integration of Mass, disruptions in business operations due to reorganization activities and interest rate and currency fluctuations. Such forward-looking statements should therefore be construed in light of such factors.
Other than in accordance with its legal or regulatory obligations, Terra Nova is not under any obligation and Terra Nova expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
The financial statements of Terra Nova are prepared pursuant to the Canadian generally accepted accounting principles while the financial statements of Mass are prepared pursuant to International Financial Reporting Standards. Accordingly, certain balance sheet items in Mass have been changed and reconciled in order to conform with the presentation pursuant to the Canadian generally accepted accounting principles.
The foregoing unaudited pro forma consolidated balance sheet is based on the historical financial statements of Terra Nova and Mass after giving effect to the acquisition of Mass and the assumptions and adjustments described in the accompanying notes to the unaudited pro forma consolidated balance sheet. The unaudited pro forma consolidated balance sheet of Terra Nova and Mass as at June 30, 2010 is presented as if the Offer was successfully completed on June 30, 2010.
The unaudited pro forma consolidated balance sheet is not intended to represent or be indicative of the consolidated financial position of Terra Nova that would have been reported had the Offer been completed as of the date presented. The unaudited pro forma consolidated balance sheet should be read in conjunction with the: (1) accompanying notes to the unaudited pro forma consolidated balance sheet; (2) separate unaudited historical consolidated financial statements of Terra Nova as of and for the six months ended June 30, 2010; and (3) separate unaudited historical consolidated financial statements of Mass as of and for the six months ended June 30, 2010.
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SOURCE Terra Nova Royalty Corporation