Fiera Capital Announces Issuance of Class A Subordinate Voting Shares to Natcan in satisfaction of its Annual Payment Obligation

MONTREAL, Oct. 21, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Fiera Capital Corporation ("Fiera Capital" or the "Firm" or the "Corporation"), (TSX: FSZ), a leading independent investment firm, announces that it has completed today a private placement of 683,142 Class A subordinate voting shares (the "Class A Shares") to Natcan Investment Management Inc. ("Natcan"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Bank of Canada ("NBC"), pursuant to the terms of the asset purchase agreement between Fiera Capital, Natcan and NBC dated February 24, 2012, as amended, (the "Agreement") with respect to the acquisition by the Corporation of the business of Natcan.

Pursuant to the Agreement, a portion of the purchase price shall be satisfied by the Corporation by making annual payments for a period of seven years following the closing of the acquisition which occurred on April 2, 2012 (each, an "Annual Payment"). The Annual Payment in respect of the two first years were payable by the issuance of Class A Shares of the Corporation. Each of the remaining Annual Payments are payable in cash or, at the sole discretion of the Corporation, by the issuance of Class A Shares of the Corporation.

In accordance with the Agreement, the Corporation has elected to issue to Natcan Class A Shares in satisfaction of the Annual Payment of CAD$8.5 million in respect of the year commencing July 1, 2015 and ended June 30, 2016. The issue price per Class A Share is equal to the volume weighted average trading price of the Class A Shares for the 20 trading day period ended October 20, 2016.

As a result of such issuance, NBC beneficially owns approximately 21.65% of the issued and outstanding Class A Shares and Class B special voting shares of Fiera Capital.

The issuance of the Class A Shares to Natcan constitutes a related party transaction but is exempt from the valuation and minority approval requirements of National Instrument 61-101 because the amount involved does not exceed 25% of Fiera Capital's market capitalization.

The Class A Shares issued to Natcan are subject to a four month hold period in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws.

The Toronto Stock Exchange has conditionally approved the private placement.

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These factors include, but are not limited to, market and general economic conditions, the nature of the financial services industry, and the risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in Fiera Capital's interim and annual consolidated financial statements, and its Annual Report and Annual Information Form filed on www.sedar.com. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this document, and Fiera Capital assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by applicable law.

About Fiera Capital Corporation

Fiera Capital Corporation is a leading North American independent asset management firm with over CAD$109 billion in assets under management as at June 30, 2016. The Firm provides institutional, retail and private wealth clients with access to full-service integrated money management solutions across traditional and alternative asset classes. Clients and portfolios have benefit from Fiera Capital's depth of expertise, diversified offerings and outstanding client service.  Fiera Capital trades under the ticker FSZ on the Toronto Stock Exchange. www.fieracapital.com

In the US, asset management services are provided by its US affiliates, Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC and Fiera Capital Inc., which are investment advisers registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). Registration with the SEC does not imply a certain level of skill or training. Additional information relating to the Firm, including the Firm's annual information form, is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

 

SOURCE Fiera Capital Corporation