Click here to close now.


News Feed Item

WesternOne Inc.'s Modular Building Division Completes Acquisition of Business Interest in Australia

VANCOUVER, Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - WesternOne Inc. ("WesternOne") (TSX: WEQ, WEQ.DB.B, WEQ.DB.C) today announced that its modular building division, Britco LP ("Britco"), has completed the purchase of the Australian Portable Buildings group of companies ("APB") along with Black Diamond Group Ltd. ("Black Diamond") (TSX: BDI). The aggregate purchase price was A$72.5 million (the "Acquisition"), with Britco paying A$31.4 million for 80% of APB's manufacturing business and 10% of APB's leasing business. Black Diamond purchased the remaining interests in the manufacturing and leasing businesses. The purchase is subject to customary post-closing adjustments including net asset adjustments. Britco funded the purchase from existing working capital and a banking facility.

APB manufactures and leases modular buildings throughout Australia including in Sydney (New South Wales), Brisbane (Queensland) and Perth (Western Australia). It serves the mining, resource, commercial, industrial and government industry sectors and designs and builds a wide variety of temporary and permanent buildings including workforce accommodations, office complexes, classrooms, health care facilities, switch rooms and a variety of construction site offices.

Britco's management expects the Acquisition to be accretive to WesternOne's shareholders based on its projections of annual EBITDA of A$5.3 million for its interest in APB's business for the 2013 fiscal year.

Britco intends to operate in Australia under the name "APB Britco" to reflect a combination of two well-established modular building manufacturing companies.

"We are delighted to complete this acquisition - it establishes WesternOne's and Britco's presence in a strategic market beyond North America," stated Darren Latoski, CEO of WesternOne. "Australia is one of the world's largest markets for modular buildings due to the significant investments in energy and infrastructure. Britco APB is well-positioned for future growth in Australia by offering not only design-build capabilities but also turn-key construction project management services in the modular building market."

Subsequent to the Acquisition, APB's manufacturing business will be held by an Australia-based corporation that is an indirect subsidiary of Britco.

Non-IFRS Measures

References in this press release to "EBITDA" are to earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, gain/loss on financial derivatives relating to changes in the fair market value of the fixed interest rate swap, business acquisition and income trust conversion costs, convertible debenture issuance costs, gain/loss on convertible debentures relating to changes in their fair market values, gain/loss on trust unit issuances relating to the conversion of convertible debentures, gain/loss on exchangeable units relating to changes in their fair values, share based compensation, dividends to shareholders, foreign exchange gains/losses, write-down of fleet assets, intangible assets and goodwill, and franchise termination fees. EBITDA is a measure used by many investors to compare issuers on the basis of ability to generate cash flow from operations. EBITDA is not an earnings measure recognized by International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), does not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. WesternOne's management believes that EBITDA is an important supplemental measure in evaluating WesternOne's performance and in determining whether to invest in its common shares.

Readers of this information are cautioned that EBITDA should not be construed as an alternative to: (i) net income or loss determined in accordance with IFRS as an indicator of WesternOne's performance; or (ii) cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities as measures of WesternOne's liquidity and cash flows. WesternOne's method of calculating EBITDA may differ from the methods used by other issuers and, accordingly, WesternOne's EBITDA may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.

Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking" information that involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, and it may cause actual results, performance or achievements or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements or industry results expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is identified by the use of terms and phrases such as "anticipate", "believe", "could", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "may", "plan", "predict", "project", "will", "would", and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions. Such information includes, without limitation, statements with respect to capital investments in the energy and infrastructure sectors in Australia, projected EBITDA for Britco's interest in APB's business, Britco's growth potential in Australia, APB's ability to serve the modular buildings market in Australia, the intention to use the business name "APB Britco" in Australia and post-closing adjustments including net asset adjustments. Actual events or results may differ materially.

Forward-looking information contained in this press release is based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by WesternOne, including, without limitation, expectations and assumptions respecting: the outlook of the global economy and WesternOne's business in Western Canada, the United States and Australia, the supply and demand for WesternOne's products and services and management's assessment of future plans and operations. Although the forward-looking information contained in this press release is based upon what the WesternOne's management believes to be reasonable assumptions, WesternOne cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such information. Forward-looking information reflects current expectations of management regarding future events and operating performance as of the date of this press release. Such information involves significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not such results will be achieved. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking information, and a description of these factors can be found under "Risk Factors" in WesternOne Equity Income Fund's Annual Information Form dated March 29, 2012 and Management's Discussion and Analysis dated November 14, 2012, which are available on SEDAR (

The forward-looking information contained herein is expressly qualified in its entirety by this cautionary statement. Forward-looking information reflects management's current beliefs and is based on information currently available to WesternOne. The forward-looking information is made as of the date of this press release and WesternOne assumes no obligation to update or revise such information to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by applicable law.

About WesternOne

WesternOne seeks to acquire and grow companies in the construction and infrastructure services sectors in order to generate stable and growing dividends for its shareholders and to achieve capital appreciation.

Additional information about WesternOne is available at or

About Britco

Britco is the one of the largest providers of temporary and permanent residential and commercial modular buildings in North America and has one of the largest lease fleets of office complexes, construction site offices and storage containers in Western Canada. Through its investment in the Australian Portable Buildings group of companies, Britco now has approximately 1,000 employees and is one of the largest modular construction companies in the industry with ten manufacturing facilities located in Canada, the United States and Australia. Britco is a leading design-builder of a wide range of innovative modular buildings for companies in the construction, energy and resource sectors in Western Canada, the United States and Australia.  One of the largest and fastest growing construction companies in Western Canada, Britco is headquartered in Langley, British Columbia.

Additional information about Britco is available at


SOURCE WesternOne Equity Income Fund

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
The web app is agile. The REST API is agile. The testing and planning are agile. But alas, data infrastructures certainly are not. Once an application matures, changing the shape or indexing scheme of data often forces at best a top down planning exercise and at worst includes schema changes that force downtime. The time has come for a new approach that fundamentally advances the agility of distributed data infrastructures. Come learn about a new solution to the problems faced by software organ...
Achim Weiss is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of ProfitBricks. In 1995, he broke off his studies to co-found the web hosting company "Schlund+Partner." The company "Schlund+Partner" later became the 1&1 web hosting product line. From 1995 to 2008, he was the technical director for several important projects: the largest web hosting platform in the world, the second largest DSL platform, a video on-demand delivery network, the largest eMail backend in Europe, and a universal billing syste...
Electric power utilities face relentless pressure on their financial performance, and reducing distribution grid losses is one of the last untapped opportunities to meet their business goals. Combining IoT-enabled sensors and cloud-based data analytics, utilities now are able to find, quantify and reduce losses faster – and with a smaller IT footprint. Solutions exist using Internet-enabled sensors deployed temporarily at strategic locations within the distribution grid to measure actual line lo...
Containers have changed the mind of IT in DevOps. They enable developers to work with dev, test, stage and production environments identically. Containers provide the right abstraction for microservices and many cloud platforms have integrated them into deployment pipelines. DevOps and Containers together help companies to achieve their business goals faster and more effectively.
Cloud computing delivers on-demand resources that provide businesses with flexibility and cost-savings. The challenge in moving workloads to the cloud has been the cost and complexity of ensuring the initial and ongoing security and regulatory (PCI, HIPAA, FFIEC) compliance across private and public clouds. Manual security compliance is slow, prone to human error, and represents over 50% of the cost of managing cloud applications. Determining how to automate cloud security compliance is critical...
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
There are many considerations when moving applications from on-premise to cloud. It is critical to understand the benefits and also challenges of this migration. A successful migration will result in lower Total Cost of Ownership, yet offer the same or higher level of robustness. Migration to cloud shifts computing resources from your data center, which can yield significant advantages provided that the cloud vendor an offer enterprise-grade quality for your application.
The Internet of Everything is re-shaping technology trends–moving away from “request/response” architecture to an “always-on” Streaming Web where data is in constant motion and secure, reliable communication is an absolute necessity. As more and more THINGS go online, the challenges that developers will need to address will only increase exponentially. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Todd Greene, Founder & CEO of PubNub, will explore the current state of IoT connectivity and review key trends an...
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi's VP Business Development and Engineering, will explore the IoT cloud-based platform technologies driv...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data...
Chris Van Tuin, Chief Technologist for the Western US at Red Hat, has over 20 years of experience in IT and Software. Since joining Red Hat in 2005, he has been architecting solutions for strategic customers and partners with a focus on emerging technologies including IaaS, PaaS, and DevOps. He started his career at Intel in IT and Managed Hosting followed by leadership roles in services and sales engineering at Loudcloud and Linux startups.
You have your devices and your data, but what about the rest of your Internet of Things story? Two popular classes of technologies that nicely handle the Big Data analytics for Internet of Things are Apache Hadoop and NoSQL. Hadoop is designed for parallelizing analytical work across many servers and is ideal for the massive data volumes you create with IoT devices. NoSQL databases such as Apache HBase are ideal for storing and retrieving IoT data as “time series data.”
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome,” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ability. Many are unable to effectively engage and inspire, creating forward momentum in the direction of desired change. Renowned for its approach to leadership and emphasis on their people, organizations increasingly look to our military for insight into these challenges.
The IoT market is on track to hit $7.1 trillion in 2020. The reality is that only a handful of companies are ready for this massive demand. There are a lot of barriers, paint points, traps, and hidden roadblocks. How can we deal with these issues and challenges? The paradigm has changed. Old-style ad-hoc trial-and-error ways will certainly lead you to the dead end. What is mandatory is an overarching and adaptive approach to effectively handle the rapid changes and exponential growth.