TSX-V Trading Symbol: FSN
CALGARY, March 18, 2013 /CNW/ - FRANCHISE SERVICES OF NORTH AMERICA INC. ("FSNA" or the "Company") (FSN.V) announces that Adreca Holdings Corp. ("Adreca"), a subsidiary of Macquarie Capital ("Macquarie Capital"), has completed one of the scheduled acquisitions of additional on-airport and off-airport concessions from Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. ("Hertz"). The additional airport concessions are a result of the acquisition by Adreca of the Advantage® Rent-A-Car brand ("Advantage") from Hertz in December 2012 and is more fully described in our press release of December 12, 2012.
As a result of the acquisition, Adreca opened new rental locations at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and Hilo International (ITO) as an in-terminal operation, and has also moved pre-existing off-airport operations at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to in-terminal operations. Adreca's acquisition of the remaining additional airports and certain other divested assets from Hertz is expected to be completed by August 2013. Adreca will be Hertz's sole divestiture partner in conjunction with the dispositions required to be made by Hertz by the consent decree issued by the United States Federal Trade Commission, previously detailed in the Company's November 20, 2012 press release.
As previously described by the Company's August 28, 2012 press release, FSNA and Adreca have entered into an agreement to merge a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company with Adreca (the "Merger"). FSNA and Adreca are parties to a Management Services Agreement pursuant to which FSNA provides Adreca with certain management services in respect of Advantage and the other assets divested by Hertz pending closing of the Merger.
Commenting on the recent developments, Thomas P. McDonnell, III, the Company's Chief Executive Officer and Chairman said, "We continue to progress with the addition of these new locations and look forward to expanding our footprint of in-terminal locations in new destinations to service our existing and new customers. We also look forward to closing the Merger, which we anticipate will occur during the second quarter of this calendar year."
FSNA is a publicly traded company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company and its subsidiaries own the following brands: U-Save Car & Truck Rental®, U-Save Car Sales, Rent-A-Wreck of Canada, PractiCar, Auto Rental Resource Center ("ARRC"), Xpress Rent A Car and Peakstone Financial Services.
U-Save, together with its subsidiary ARRC, has over 1,100 locations throughout the United States and is one of North America's largest franchise car rental companies. Having primarily serviced the local market for the past 30 years, the Company is expanding into the airport market with plans for the opening of airport locations in the top 30 markets in the United States and the major airports in Canada. U-Save currently services 28 airport markets in 11 different states and 7 countries. U-Save Car Sales is an expansion of the U-Save brand into the car sales market, and provides goods and services to car sales operators looking to affiliate with a national brand.
Practicar Systems Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of FSNA) owns the rights to the Rent-A-Wreck® and the PractiCar® trademarks for all of Canada. The Rent-A-Wreck® system operates a network of 69 franchise locations from coast-to-coast in Canada, providing a range of vehicle rental, leasing and sales options to its customers. The Rent-A-Wreck® system has been in continuous operation in Canada since 1976.
Completion of the Merger is subject to a number of conditions, including TSX Venture Exchange acceptance and approval by the Company's shareholders. The Merger cannot close until all required approvals are obtained. There can be no assurance that the transaction will be completed as proposed, or at all.
Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the circular of FSNA to be prepared in connection with the Merger, any information released or received with respect to the Merger may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon. Trading in the securities of FSNA should be considered highly speculative.
The TSX Venture Exchange has in no way passed upon the merits of the transaction and has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.
Certain statements made in this news release are forward looking in nature, including statements made with respect to the Merger. The words "may," "could," "should," "would," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," or "outlook" and similar expressions often identify forward-looking information. By their nature, forward-looking statements require FSNA to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by FSNA, including the satisfaction of conditions to the completion of the Merger. Although FSNA believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because FSNA can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. There can be no assurance that the Merger will be completed as proposed or at all. FSNA's forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. In addition, the forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this news release, and except as required by applicable law, FSNA undertakes no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
SOURCE Franchise Services of North America Inc.