News Feed Item

The Business, Engineering, Science & Technology Discoveries Fund Inc. Announces Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 02/03/14 -- The Business, Engineering, Science & Technology Discoveries Fund Inc. (the "Fund") (CSE:VC) announced that it has called an annual and special meeting of the Fund (the "Annual and Special Meeting") to consider, in addition to annual business, a transaction (the "Transaction") proposed to address the interests of shareholders of the Fund. The meeting is expected to occur on March 28, 2014. The Transaction must be approved by the holders of the Fund's Class A Shares and Class L Shares at the Annual and Special Meeting and is subject to approval by the Fund's Independent Review Committee and all necessary regulatory and stock exchange approvals.

The Transaction would enable the current shareholders of the Fund to exchange their shares for units (the "Units") in a newly formed limited partnership (the "Limited Partnership") with similar investment objectives and strategies as the Fund but that is not subject to the requirements and investment restrictions of a Labour Sponsored Investment Fund ("LSIF"). The shareholders of the Fund would have the opportunity to participate in a new publicly traded Limited Partnership that will provide its investors with exposure to the Fund's current investment portfolio and is expected to provide the following benefits:

--  regular distributions of income, 
--  exposure to additional venture capital investments with fewer investment
--  lower expenses of the fund, 
--  the potential for additional capital raising, 
--  stable capital which will permit the manager to optimize the exit value
--  liquidity through trading, 
--  a new compensation structure for management of the Limited Partnership,
    including a priority profit share and carried interest, that is intended
    to better align the interests of management with the interests of the
    holders of the Units rather than a conventional management fee. 

Since the Ontario government phased out the Ontario tax credit program for LSIFs at the end of the 2011 taxation year, and the Federal government's announcement that it will phase out the federal tax credit for LSIFs by 2017, management and the board of directors of the Fund (the "Board") have been evaluating the Fund's options. The Board reviewed and considered the advantages and disadvantages of a number of potential alternatives to the Transaction, including maintaining the status quo and an early-wind-up, and concluded that the Transaction would be in the best interests of the shareholders of the Fund.

The Board and the manager of the Fund, B.E.S.T. Investment Counsel Limited (the "Manager"), are of the view that winding up is not in the best interests of the Fund's shareholders. The Manager believes that the Fund holds a high quality portfolio of investments in private companies; however, the Fund would be unable to liquidate those investments quickly at a price that reflects their intrinsic values. It is difficult to predict when liquidity will be achieved in the early stage equity investments in the Fund's venture portfolio.

The Ontario Ministry of Finance has granted an advance ruling with respect to the Transaction providing that amounts in respect of the provincial tax credits will not be required to be repaid as a result of the execution of the Transaction (the "Ruling"). On the basis of the Ruling, the Manager further understands that no federal tax credit amount should be required to be repaid in connection with the Transaction. There will be no redemption fees for any of the Fund's shareholders in connection with the Transaction.

Redemptions of the Class A Shares of the Fund are suspended effective immediately pending implementation of the Transaction, if approved, based on careful consideration by the Board of the best interests of all of the Fund's shareholders, the Fund's liquidity situation, market conditions and the anticipated requests for redemptions by holders of the Fund's Class A Shares.

The Fund is currently preparing an information circular in connection with the Annual and Special Meeting which will disclose further details of the Transaction and the Board's recommendation that shareholders of the Fund vote in favour of the Transaction. The Circular will be distributed to shareholders for their consideration in the ordinary course.

About The Business, Engineering, Science & Technology Discoveries Fund Inc.

The Business, Engineering, Science & Technology Discoveries Fund Inc., established in 1996, is registered as a labour sponsored investment fund corporation in Ontario. The Fund's investment focus is primarily on companies capitalizing on the innovative uses of engineering, science and technology.

The Fund invests in eligible companies that are in differing stages of development in a variety of high growth industries which may include telecommunications, information technology, computers and life sciences.

Certain statements contained in this press release may include forward-looking information with respect to the Fund's operations and future financial results. Such statements are based on current expectations, are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks, and actual results may differ materially from those contained in such statements. Further information can be found in the disclosure documents filed by the Fund at www.sedar.com.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Successful digital transformation requires new organizational competencies and capabilities. Research tells us that the biggest impediment to successful transformation is human; consequently, the biggest enabler is a properly skilled and empowered workforce. In the digital age, new individual and collective competencies are required. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bob Newhouse, CEO and founder of Agilitiv, will draw together recent research and lessons learned from emerging and established ...
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their backend AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT - especially in the connected home and office. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Kocher, founder and managing director of Grey Heron, explained how Amazon is extending its reach to become a major force in IoT by building on its dominant cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strat...
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential M2M Brand by Onalytica in the ‘Machine to Machine: Top 100 Influencers and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed the online debate on M2M by looking at over 85,000 tweets to provide the most influential individuals and brands that drive the discussion. According to Onalytica the "analysis showed a very engaged community with a lot of interactive tweets. The M2M discussion seems to be more fragmented and driven by some of the major brands present in the...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interface Masters Technologies, a leader in Network Visibility and Uptime Solutions, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the network monitoring and high speed networking markets. Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Interface Masters' expertise lies in Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Eth...
As software becomes more and more complex, we, as software developers, have been splitting up our code into smaller and smaller components. This is also true for the environment in which we run our code: going from bare metal, to VMs to the modern-day Cloud Native world of containers, schedulers and microservices. While we have figured out how to run containerized applications in the cloud using schedulers, we've yet to come up with a good solution to bridge the gap between getting your conta...
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC, and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will w...
DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain. In this power panel at @...
DevOps theory promotes a culture of continuous improvement built on collaboration, empowerment, systems thinking, and feedback loops. But how do you collaborate effectively across the traditional silos? How can you make decisions without system-wide visibility? How can you see the whole system when it is spread across teams and locations? How do you close feedback loops across teams and activities delivering complex multi-tier, cloud, container, serverless, and/or API-based services?
SYS-CON Media announced today that @WebRTCSummit Blog, the largest WebRTC resource in the world, has been launched. @WebRTCSummit Blog offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. @WebRTCSummit Blog can be bookmarked ▸ Here @WebRTCSummit conference site can be bookmarked ▸ Here
SYS-CON Events announced today that Streamlyzer will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Streamlyzer is a powerful analytics for video streaming service that enables video streaming providers to monitor and analyze QoE (Quality-of-Experience) from end-user devices in real time.
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
One of biggest questions about Big Data is “How do we harness all that information for business use quickly and effectively?” Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or spatial technology is about more than making maps, but adding critical context and meaning to data of all types, coming from all different channels – even sensors. In his session at @ThingsExpo, William (Bill) Meehan, director of utility solutions for Esri, will take a closer look at the current state of spatial technology and ar...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftNet Solutions will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SoftNet Solutions specializes in Enterprise Solutions for Hadoop and Big Data. It offers customers the most open, robust, and value-conscious portfolio of solutions, services, and tools for the shortest route to success with Big Data. The unique differentiator is the ability to architect and ...
The IoT industry is now at a crossroads, between the fast-paced innovation of technologies and the pending mass adoption by global enterprises. The complexity of combining rapidly evolving technologies and the need to establish practices for market acceleration pose a strong challenge to global enterprises as well as IoT vendors. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Clark Smith, senior product manager for Numerex, will discuss how Numerex, as an experienced, established IoT provider, has embraced a ...