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Horizon North and Dexterra Sign Definitive Agreement to Create Leading Canadian Support Services Company

General News

Horizon North Logistics Inc. (“Horizon North” or the “Company”) and 10647802 Canada Limited, operating as Dexterra Integrated Facilities Management (“Dexterra”), are pleased to announce that they have agreed to combine to create a leading Canadian support services company (the “Transaction”).

Under the terms of a share purchase agreement entered into on the date hereof, the Transaction was unanimously approved by both Horizon North and Dexterra’s boards of directors, as well as Dexterra’s sole shareholder, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (“Fairfax Financial”). Horizon North will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Dexterra in exchange for Horizon North issuing Fairfax Financial such number of common shares of Horizon North (“Horizon North Shares”) such that Fairfax Financial will own 49% of Horizon North Shares on a fully-diluted basis after completion of the Transaction. Upon closing, Horizon North shareholders will continue to own the remaining 51% equity stake in the combined company. Horizon North’s largest shareholder, Polar Asset Management Partners, who holds approximately 15% of Horizon North Shares and who has agreed to a hard voting support agreement, along with certain directors and officers of Horizon North, who hold or control approximately 2.3% of Horizon North Shares, have agreed to support and vote in favour of the Transaction. In making its determination to unanimously approve the Transaction, the Board of Directors of Horizon North received the recommendation of a special committee of its independent directors, which was formed to evaluate the terms of the Transaction and supervised the negotiations and the preparation of all relevant and related transaction agreements. In making its recommendation, the Special Committee obtained a fairness opinion from Scotiabank that the issuance of the Horizon North Shares to Fairfax Financial, in exchange for the outstanding shares of Dexterra, is fair, from a financial point of view, to Horizon North. The Transaction was unanimously recommended for approval by the special committee to the Board of Directors of Horizon North.

The Transaction is expected to create substantial value for Horizon North shareholders. By continuing to own shares of the combined company, shareholders will have the opportunity to participate in the combined company’s long-term value creation potential, which is expected to include both capital appreciation and the expected payment of an $0.08 annual dividend, paid quarterly, following closing of the Transaction. Fairfax Financial agrees with the combined company’s plan to pay this annual dividend going forward, which is expected to grow over time with the corporate success of the combined company after closing of the Transaction.

The Transaction combines Horizon North’s strong western Canadian focused workforce accommodation and national modular solutions businesses with Dexterra’s asset light facilities management platform and central Canadian focused workforce accommodations businesses. This highly complementary platform is expected to better serve current and future customers. The new company will be a leader in support services with over 6,800 employees across Canada.

Dexterra had over $260 million in revenue in 2019, including $164 million in facilities management and over $96 million in workforce accommodation and forestry services.

Fairfax Financial has a proven track record of investing in, building and supporting Canadian and global companies and is committed to long term ownership in the combined company. In connection with the Transaction, the parties have agreed to enter into an investor rights agreement at closing whereby Fairfax Financial will agree to hold their shares in Horizon North for at least two years.

Prem Watsa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial, said, “We are excited about the creation of a Pan-Canadian services company in Canada with the potential of $1 billion in revenue and great growth prospects for the future. We expect significant shareholder value to be created over the long term.”

Horizon North Chief Executive Officer, Rod Graham, said, “This transformational combination supports a vision for a new, premier, made-in-Canada company that brings size, scope, scalability and sophistication to the markets we serve, while creating value and unlocking growth potential for shareholders. Horizon North began its evolutionary journey five years ago when soft commodity prices provided us the opportunity to pivot into the modular building solutions business. Our logical evolution continues today with this exciting announcement, as we bring an integrated platform of services and solutions forward that will greatly benefit our customers and suppliers. Our workforce, and the communities in which we operate, are critical to both Horizon North and Dexterra, and we intend to carry forward best practices from both companies in corporate social responsibility, including commitments to employees, operating communities and the environment.”

Dexterra Chief Executive Officer, John MacCuish, said, “We will be stronger together, building a sustainable and profitable business to create more opportunities for our people and enhance our delivery to the customers we serve and the clients we work for.”

Investment Highlights of the Combined Company

Creates Pan-Canadian Support Services Platform with Significant Growth Potential: Diversified portfolio of value-added services, end markets and geographies. Provides scale, capabilities and access to talent to deliver on significant future growth opportunities.

– Highly Attractive Integrated Facilities Management Business: Recurring service model focused on recession resistant end-markets including aviation, defense and government. Servicing more than 50 million square feet of quality assets and infrastructure. Underpinned by multi-year contracts with well-established, long-term client base, secured revenue of over $180 million for calendar 2020. Significant pipeline of opportunities with potential annual revenue of over $240 million.

– National Champion in Workforce Accommodation Solutions: Leading Canadian workforce accommodation provider with established platform across Western, Central and Northern Canada. Over 12,000 beds under management with over 27,500 meals delivered daily.

– Differentiated Modular Solutions Business with Established Presence in Key End-Markets: Well positioned to address significant market opportunity in high growth modular business. Opportunity to drive growth across complementary modular and facilities management platforms and combined relationships.

– Strong commitment to Indigenous communities: 48 combined Indigenous partnerships (Inuit, Metis and First Nations). Between 800 to 1,000 Indigenous employees in the combined company across the country.

– Significant Value Creation Opportunities and Benefits of Combination: Attractive long-term growth profile supported by deep opportunity pipeline. Approximately $5 million in annual cost savings anticipated, as well as significant cross-selling opportunities.

– Stronger Balance Sheet and Free Cash Flow Profile: Pro forma leverage of less than 2.0x net debt / 2020 calendar year EBITDA. Minimal long-term annual capital requirements for Dexterra of approximately $3 million. Dexterra expected to contribute significant free cash flow, $16.5 million EBITDA in 2019 with 2020 calendar year EBITDA projected to be approximately $23 million.

Leadership and Communities

The Board of Directors of the combined company will consist of 8 members consisting of 4 members of the current Horizon North Board and 4 new members to be appointed by Fairfax Financial.

When the transaction closes, Bill McFarland, Chairman of Dexterra, will become Chairman of the combined company.

John MacCuish, Chief Executive Officer of Dexterra, and Rod Graham, Chief Executive Officer of Horizon North, will be appointed Co-Chief Executive Officers, and both will sit on the Board of Directors. The full executive team for the combined company will be announced during the transition period, but no later than transaction closing.

Following the closing of the transaction, the new company will have its head office in Toronto, Ontario, with Canadian corporate offices in both Toronto and Calgary.

Timing and Approvals

The Transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020, subject to the receipt of all necessary approvals.

The issuance of Horizon North Shares pursuant to the Transaction requires approval at least 50% of the votes cast by holders of Horizon North Shares represented in person or by proxy at a special meeting of holders of Horizon North Shares to be called to consider the issuance of Horizon North Shares pursuant to the Transaction, as required by the rules of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Completion of the Transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including the approval of the Horizon North Shareholders and receipt of certain regulatory approvals, including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange of the listing of the Horizon North Shares to be issued in connection with the Transaction and approval under the Competition Act (Canada).


Scotiabank is acting as financial advisor to Horizon North. Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is acting as legal advisor to Horizon North and Torys LLP is acting as legal advisor to Fairfax Financial.

Investor Conference Call Details

Horizon North will host a conference call and webcast to begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. MT (11:00 a.m. ET) on March 10, 2020. An investor package will be on the respective companies’ websites.

To access the conference call by telephone, the conference call dial in number is 1-888-231-8191.

A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible on Horizon North’s website at by selecting “Investors”, then “Webcast”.

An archived recording of the conference call will also be available approximately two hours after completion of the call until March 24, 2020 by dialing 403-451-9481 or 1-855-859-2056 Passcode: 8491409.

About Horizon North

Horizon North is a publicly listed corporation (TSX: HNL.TO) providing a full range of industrial, commercial, and residential products and services. Our Industrial Services business supplies workforce accommodations, camp management services, access solutions, maintenance and utilities. Our Modular Solutions business integrates modern design concepts and technology with state of the art, off-site manufacturing processes; producing high quality building solutions for commercial and residential offerings including offices, hotels, and retail buildings, as well as distinctive single detached dwellings and multi-family residential structures. As a result of our diverse product and service offerings, Horizon North is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of our customers in numerous sectors, anywhere in Canada.

About Dexterra

Dexterra provides quality solutions for the operation and maintenance of built assets and infrastructure including facilities management and operations, remote workforce accommodation, and forestry services. Dexterra is a Canadian business with a 70-year heritage servicing clients in both the private and public sectors. Dexterra has an outstanding record of creating and managing places that play a vital role in our national economy and our local communities. Our expertise in bringing together the right people with the right skills to transform service delivery and improve your customers’ experiences is what sets us apart.


Rod Graham – CEO Horizon North – (403) 517-0664

John MacCuish – CEO Dexterra – (416) 302-3884

Source: Horizon North Logistics Inc.