MONTREAL(Marketwired via COMTEX): New Look Eyewear Inc. CA:BCI +1.91% (“New Look”) announced today that it has completed its acquisition of the assets and business of Vogue Optical Inc. of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. As previously announced, the purchase price was $74 million, subject to normal adjustments. The combined entity will have revenues exceeding $128 million and a store network in excess of 140 locations, making it the third largest Canadian integrated retail optical company and the eight largest in North America. It will be the most important player in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.
As previously announced, New Look financed the acquisition through new credit facilities and the private placement of 2,155,172 subscription receipts at a price of $11.60 per subscription receipt. These subscription receipts have been exchanged today into 2,155,172 Class A common shares of New Look. As a result thereof, New Look has issued and outstanding as of this date 12,616,661 Class A common shares.
New Look is a leader in the eye care industry in Eastern Canada having a network of 74 corporate stores under the New Look banner, two affiliated clinics and a laboratory using state-of-the-art technologies and also 65 stores under the Vogue Optical banner and a lens manufacturing facility. It is the most important player in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces
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