TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 08/16/13 -- GrowthWorks Canadian Fund Ltd. ("Canadian Fund") announced today that it has entered into a fifth amendment to the Participation Agreement dated May 28, 2010 (the "Participation Agreement") with Roseway Capital S.a.r.l. ("Roseway") whereby a payment of $20 million that was payable to Roseway on August 16, 2013 will now become payable on September 3, 2013 and a further $5.7 million will become payable to Roseway by September 10, 2013. Those amounts will bear interest at the rate of 18% per annum from the date on which they were originally payable by Canadian Fund. Canadian Fund continues to be engaged in active discussions with Roseway regarding a possible further, longer-term extension of those payment obligations, as well as amendments to certain other terms of the Participation Agreement and the security agreement (the "Security Agreement") in favour of Roseway which grants a charge over certain portfolio and other assets of the Fund. In connection with this amendment, Roseway has also waived until September 4, 2013 a default under the Security Agreement tied to the Fund maintaining a minimum net asset value. Canadian Fund cannot assure investors that these discussions will result in any further extension of the dates by which Canadian Fund must make those payments or that Canadian Fund will have sufficient funds to pay those amounts when due.
If Canadian Fund were to default on its obligations under the Participation Agreement or an event of default were to occur under the Security Agreement, the security held by Roseway over Canadian Fund's assets may be enforced by Roseway, which could result in forced divestments of some or all of those assets at values well below carrying values and a significant decline in the values of Class A shares of the Fund.
The Board of Directors of Canadian Fund continues to review, with the assistance of its independent financial and legal advisors, the strategic alternatives available to Canadian Fund.
Canadian Fund also announced that it has repaid in full its loan obligations to Matrix Asset Management Inc. of $4 million plus accrued and unpaid interest.
Forward Looking Statements: This press release contains forward looking statements about Canadian Fund's ability to make payments under financing arrangements. These statements are based on beliefs and assumptions of management of Canadian Fund at the time the statements are made, including beliefs and assumptions about Canadian Fund's ability to generate sufficient cash to satisfy its payment obligations under its existing financing arrangements. These beliefs and assumptions are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including the willingness of Roseway to agree to extend the dates by which Canadian Fund must satisfy its payment obligations under the Participation Agreement and refrain from enforcing its security should such extension not be granted and Canadian Fund defaults on its obligations to Roseway or an event of default were to occur under the Security Agreement; risks and uncertainties associated with the volatility of market conditions and, in turn, the climate for divestment activity, performance of portfolio companies, valuations of portfolio companies, financing needs of portfolio companies and the availability of capital to satisfy such financing needs and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in Canadian Fund's most recently filed prospectus and other regulatory filings posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. These risks and uncertainties may cause actual results, events or developments to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Unless required by law, neither Canadian Fund nor its manager assumes any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or other factors.
GrowthWorks Canadian Fund Ltd.
C. Ian Ross
GrowthWorks Canadian Fund Ltd.
Suite 2200, Exchange Tower
130 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5X 1E3
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