Grenville Completes Investment in PFO Global Group
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Feb. 27, 2014) – Grenville Strategic Royalty Corp. (TSX VENTURE:GRC) (“Grenville”) is pleased to announce that it has completed the purchase of a gross sales royalty from Pro Fit Optix Holding Company, LLC, doing business as PFO Global Group (“PFO”), for a purchase price of USD$1 million, with an option, at Grenville’s election, to advance an additional USD $500,000. In exchange for these advances, Grenville will receive a royalty based on PFO’s gross revenues within Grenville’s targeted 1% – 4% royalty range, subject to certain adjustments.
PFO is engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of eyewear through proprietary manufacturing, ordering and delivery systems that reduce cost to eyewear providers and offer a broader range of choice to participants in the United States Medicaid and Medicare programs. PFO is poised to participate in this rapidly growing market following implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act in the United States.
Grenville Chief Executive Officer Bill Tharp commented: “PFO fits our investment profile, with a world class team led by Chairman Charles Posternack, MD and CEO Rudolf Suter, and a robust high growth revenue pipeline. We see PFO as a solid opportunity to diversify our royalty portfolio into the health care marketplace, where recent legislative trends in the United States are creating a major shift in the market. We believe that PFO’s combination of software, products and service are ideally suited to take advantage of that change. Additionally, this investment, which is intended to produce both a return on investment to Grenville and a cost to PFO that falls between what would traditionally be expected in a debt or equity financing, represents the seventh royalty-based financing completed by Grenville, but is the first made with capital received as a result of the company’s recently completed business combination with Troon Ventures Ltd., which we committed to put to work as soon as practical.”
About PFO Global
PFO Global is an innovative manufacturer of advanced lens designs, complete eyewear and mobile dispensing equipment. PFO is in its fifth year of operation and supplies finished eyewear products for US healthcare entitlement programs, the largest being Medicaid. With interactive manufacturing systems that connect the world, complete material fulfillment systems and a proprietary online ordering system, PFO is focused on meeting today’s economic needs with tomorrow’s technology. Headquartered in Irving Texas with high capacity manufacturing facilities and R&D centers around the world, PFO is committed to optical technologies that enhance the quality of life and transform business.
Grenville is a Toronto-based company that was formed to provide royalty-based finance solutions by acquiring revenue streams generated by growing industrial and technology businesses. Grenville has identified a large and underserviced finance market for companies generating up to $50 million in revenue, many of which are well managed and generating improving cash flow, but face difficult financing hurdles from traditional debt and equity markets. The non-dilutive royalty financing structure offered by Grenville can bridge the financing needs of these companies until traditional debt or equity is available to them on more attractive commercial terms. The application of Grenville’s royalty financing structure into sectors not traditionally serviced by royalty companies represents a new and innovative financing model – Capital Simplified – that has already attracted a considerable number of opportunities with attractive potential returns.
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An investment in securities of Grenville is speculative and subject to a number of risks including, without limitation, risks relating to: the need for additional financing; the relative speculative and illiquid nature of an investment in Grenville; Grenville’s lack of operating history; Grenville’s ability to generate sufficient revenues; Grenville’s ability to manage future growth; the limited diversification in Grenville’s existing investments; dependence on the operations, assets and financial health of investee companies; limited ability to exercise control or direction over investee companies; potential defaults by investee companies and the unsecured nature of Grenville’s investments; Grenville’s ability to enforce on any default by an investee company; competition with other investment entities; tax matters; Grenville’s ability to pay dividends in the future and the timing and amount of those dividends; reliance on key personnel, particularly Grenville’s founders; dilution of shareholders’ interest through future financings; and general economic and political conditions. Although Grenville has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information and statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. In connection with the forward-looking information and statements contained in this document, Grenville has made certain assumptions. Although Grenville believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing, and the expectations contained in, the forward-looking information and statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and statements, and no assurance or guarantee can be given that such forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information and statements. For additional information with respect to these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, please refer to the “Risk Factors” section of the joint information circular of Troon Ventures Ltd. and Grenville Strategic Royalty Corp. dated January 14, 2014 and the other public filings of Grenville available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof, and Grenville does not undertake to update any forward-looking information that is contained or referenced herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. All subsequent written and oral forward looking information and statements attributable to Grenville or persons acting on its behalf is expressly qualified in its entirety by this notice.
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