TORONTO, ONTARIO/June 13, 2023/ACCESSWIRE – Park Lawn Corporation (TSX: PLC, PLC.U) (“Park Lawn” or “PLC”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Ward Funeral Home Limited, a business consisting of three stand-alone funeral homes located in Brampton, Woodbridge and Toronto, Ontario (collectively, “Ward”). The Ward acquisition further expands Park Lawn’s geographic presence in the Greater Toronto Area and is anticipated to close in July, 2023.
“The Ward businesses have been a staple within the Greater Toronto Area for over 100 years and these well-established best-in-class funeral homes not only complement Park Lawn’s existing Greater Toronto Area presence, but also closely align with Park Lawn’s values,” said J. Bradley Green, Chief Executive Officer of PLC. Mr. Green continued, “We look forward to furthering our strategic growth in the Greater Toronto Area through our partnership with the Ward family.”
Highlights of the transaction include:
- The addition of three (3) stand-alone funeral homes.
- The transaction represents 1,218 calls per year and is expected to be financed with funds from PLC’s credit facility and available cash on hand.
- Following the closing and integration of the transaction, the Ward acquisition is expected to add approximately US$1,800,000 in Adjusted EBITDA annually.
- For the 12 months ended December 31, 2022, PLC had Adjusted EBITDA of US$74,948,868and net earnings of US$25,124,765.
- The agreed upon purchase price multiple for the transaction is within PLC’s publicly-stated targeted Adjusted EBITDA multiple range for its historical transactions.
About Park Lawn Corporation:
PLC provides goods and services associated with the disposition and memorialization of human remains. Products and services are sold on a pre-planned basis (pre-need) or at the time of a death (at-need). PLC and its subsidiaries own and operate businesses including cemeteries, crematoria, funeral homes, chapels, planning offices and a transfer service. PLC operates in three Canadian provinces and nineteen U.S. states.
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Adjusted Net Earnings is not a measure recognized under IFRS and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. Such measure is presented in this news release because management of PLC believes that such measure is relevant in evaluating PLC’s proposed acquisition of Speaks. Such measure, as computed by PLC, may differ from similar computations as reported by other similar organizations and, accordingly, may not be comparable to similar measures reported by such other organizations. Please refer to pages 8, 9 and 21 of PLC’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the year ending December 31, 2022, which was filed on SEDAR on March 2, 2023, for how PLC reconciles Adjusted EBITDA to the nearest IFRS measure.
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 Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure. Refer to the Non-IFRS Financial Measures section of this news release for more information on this non-IFRS financial measure.