Brampton, Ontario – April 25, 2023 – DATA Communications Management Corp. (TSX: DCM; OTCQX: DCMDF) (“DCM” or the “Company”), a leading provider of marketing and business communication solutions, today announced the closing of its previously announced acquisition of the Canadian operations of R.R. Donnelley & Sons (“RRD Canada”) for a total cash purchase price of $130.8 million, subject to final working capital and other customary post-closing adjustments.
“The acquisition of RRD Canada is a significant milestone for DCM and provides an exciting opportunity for us to continue our momentum in building both a better and bigger business,” said Richard Kellam, President & Chief Executive Officer of DCM. “We believe that this is a compelling strategic opportunity to accelerate our growth agenda by leveraging our expanded portfolio of best-in-class products and services, stronger execution capabilities, and enhanced speed to market for new innovations. As one company, we are now focused on driving growth and value creation by delivering consistent and seamless service to our customers and positioning DCM for sustainable and long-term success.”
With the addition of RRD Canada, DCM will have a significantly larger presence in the Canadian market from day one with estimated pro forma revenues of more than $520 million in 2022, an enhanced portfolio of products and services, and an expanded customer base serving more than 400 enterprise clients across a broad range of industry verticals. DCM’s five-year strategic financial objectives are now to grow its annual revenues organically at a compounded annual growth rate of more than 5% per year; achieve Adjusted EBITDA¹ as a percentage of revenues of more than 14%; and reduce its total net debt as a multiple of Adjusted EBITDA to less than 1.0x.
In conjunction with the completion of the acquisition, DCM announced that RRD Canada President Rael Fisher will assume a new role as Chief Integration Officer, reporting directly to Kellam.
“We’re delighted to have Rael join our team in this critical role overseeing the integration of the DCM and RRD Canada businesses,” said Kellam. “Rael has served in key leadership roles with RRD Canada over the last two decades and we expect his deep knowledge of all aspects of the RRD Canada business and trusted relationships with customers to be a great asset to us as we integrate our businesses.”
“I’m excited to have this opportunity to be part of the DCM team in this important role,” said Fisher. “The process of successfully integrating the two businesses will be critical to our future growth in the market and I look forward to contributing to our goal of being “Better Together” as one company.”
¹Note: EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues are not earnings measures recognized by International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and might not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other issuers. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues should not be construed as alternatives to net income (loss) determined in accordance with IFRS as an indicator of DCM’s performance. For a description of the composition of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues, why we believe such measures are useful to investors and how we use those measures in our business, together with a quantitative reconciliation of net income (loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, respectively, see the information under the heading “Non-IFRS Measures” and Table 2 and Table 3 of DCM’s management’s discussion and analysis (MD&A) dated March 21, 2023 for the year ended December 31, 2022, which information is incorporated by reference into this press release. Such MD&A is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
With the completion of the acquisition, Moore Canada Corporation, the RRD Canada legal entity, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DATA Communications Management Corp. The acquisition was funded through an amended revolving, floating rate credit facility from a Canadian chartered bank, which now provides for up to $90 million of revolving credit capacity; a $30 million floating rate bridge facility from the bank; and a new $50 million fixed rate credit facility from Fiera Private Debt.
Included in the acquisition, DCM has acquired three sites owned by RRD Canada. DCM has entered into a sale and lease-back arrangement with respect to one of the sites, which is located in Oshawa, Ontario. DCM expects to realize net proceeds of approximately $23 million from the sale of the Oshawa site, which is expected to close before the end of the second quarter of 2023, subject to customary closing conditions. Net proceeds from the sale of the Oshawa site will be used to substantially repay the bank bridge facility.
Boston Consulting Group provided due diligence counsel to DCM on the acquisition and is serving as lead merger integration advisor to DCM. In addition, Clarus Securities Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC acted as financial advisors to DCM and McCarthy Tétrault LLP served as legal counsel to DCM.
ABOUT DATA COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT CORP.
DCM is a marketing and business communications partner that helps companies simplify the complex ways they communicate and operate, so they can accomplish more with fewer steps and less effort. For more than 60 years, DCM has been serving major brands in vertical markets including financial services, retail, healthcare, energy, other regulated industries, and the public sector. We integrate seamlessly into our clients’ businesses thanks to our deep understanding of their needs, transformative tech-enabled solutions, and end-to-end service offerings. Whether we’re running technology platforms, sending marketing messages, or managing print workflows, our goal is to make everything surprisingly simple.
Additional information relating to DATA Communications Management Corp. is available on www.datacm.com, and in the disclosure documents filed by DATA Communications Management Corp. on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) at www.sedar.com.
For further information, contact:
Mr. Richard Kellam
President & Chief Executive Officer
DATA Communications Management Corp.
Mr. James E. Lorimer
Chief Financial Officer
DATA Communications Management Corp.
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