Brampton, Ontario – February 22, 2023 – DATA Communications Management Corp. (TSX: DCM; OTCQX: DCMDF) (“DCM” or the “Company”), a leading provider of marketing and business communication solutions, today announced that it has entered into a share purchase agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) to acquire the Canadian operations of R.R. Donnelley & Sons (“RRD Canada”) for a total cash purchase price of CDN $123 million (subject to working capital and other customary post-closing adjustments).
RRD Canada provides print and related services to thousands of customers across Canada, including financial institutions, retailers, insurance providers, transportation companies, government organizations and other regulated industries. RRD Canada generated revenue of approximately $250 million in 2022 and has 1,000 employees.
“This transaction brings together two companies with complementary operating models, best-in-class products and strong customer relationships across a broad range of industries,” said Richard Kellam, President & Chief Executive Officer of DCM. “RRD Canada will be an excellent strategic fit with our business and will enable us to better serve our customers by adding new capabilities to our existing offerings and accelerating our speed to market for new innovations.”
Added Kellam: “Importantly, we believe that combining DCM and RRD Canada will better position our business for sustainable and long-term success serving customers across North America.”
“Combining our business with DCM will mark an exciting new chapter in our history,” said Rael Fisher, President, RRD Canada. “We look forward to continued success as part of the DCM family, and to building on our proud heritage and long-standing presence serving our customers across Canada.”
BENEFITS OF THE TRANSACTION
Combines two companies with complementary operating models, best-in-class products, and strong customer relationships: the combined company will have a larger presence in Canada from day 1 with more than $500 million in annual sales, an expanded customer base, enhanced product portfolio, and stronger execution capabilities to deliver greater value and innovation to customers. DCM expects the transaction will deliver a long-term, sustainable business serving Canadian and U.S. customers.
Leverages DCM’s digital-first technology capabilities: DCM expects the combined company will be well positioned to meet the increasingly complex marketing and communications needs of customers by leveraging DCM’s tech-enabled workflow and digital asset management offerings in addition to both companies’ established expertise in conventional print solutions.
Creates meaningful benefits for customers: DCM expects the combination will enable DCM to accelerate its go-to-market strategy by expanding the services and solutions it offers to its full customer base and leveraging joint capabilities to accelerate product development and innovation, all while delivering superior customer support.
Delivers attractive financial benefits: DCM believes the transaction is a compelling strategic opportunity for the combined company to accelerate sales growth, reduce costs, enhance financial performance, drive greater operational efficiency, and position DCM for long-term success and value creation.
Under the terms of the Share Purchase Agreement between DCM and RRD, DCM will acquire all the issued shares of Moore Canada Corporation (RRD Canada), a wholly owned subsidiary of RRD. The Share Purchase Agreement contains various representations, warranties, covenants, indemnities and customary closing conditions.
The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2023, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and receipt of third party and regulatory approvals including those required under Canada’s Competition Act.
DCM intends to finance 100 percent of the purchase price in cash through fully committed credit facilities from a Canadian Chartered Bank and Fiera Private Debt.
Included in the purchase price, DCM will acquire three sites currently owned by RRD Canada at an implied net value of approximately $30 million. Following closing of the acquisition transaction, DCM intends to enter into a sale and lease-back arrangement for each site.
Boston Consulting Group has provided due diligence counsel to DCM on the acquisition and will serve as lead merger integration advisor to DCM upon the successful close of the transaction. In addition, Clarus Securities Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC acted as financial advisors to DCM and McCarthy Tétrault LLP is serving as legal counsel.
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 over 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 offering. 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.
DCM CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST
DCM will host a conference call and webcast at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, February 23, 2023 to provide more information on this announcement. Richard Kellam, President & CEO of DCM and James Lorimer, CFO, will host the call.
Instructions on how to access the webcast and call are available below. For those unable to join live, a replay of the webcast will be available on the DCM Investor Relations page.
DCM will be using Microsoft Teams to broadcast the call, which will be accessible via the option below:
Join on your computer, mobile app or room device
Meeting ID: 281 179 087 599
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+1 647-749-9154,,559077258# Canada, Toronto
Phone Conference ID: 559 077 258#
Mr. Richard Kellam
President & Chief Executive Officer
DATA Communications Management Corp.
Tel: (905) 791-3151
Mr. James E. Lorimer
Chief Financial Officer
DATA Communications Management Corp.
Tel: (905) 791-3151
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