VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diversified Royalty Corp. (TSX: DIV and DIV.DB) (the “Corporation” or “DIV”) is pleased to announce that its board of directors has approved a cash dividend of $0.01667 per common share for the period of June 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021, which is equal to $0.20 per common share on an annualized basis. The dividend will be paid on June 30, 2021 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 15, 2021.
Annual General Meeting
The Corporation will be holding its Annual General Meeting of shareholders at 9:00 am (Pacific time) on Monday, June 28, 2021 (the “Meeting”). In order to ensure the safety of our shareholders, colleagues, stakeholders and the community at large and to comply with physical distancing recommendations and mandates of public health authorities associated with COVID-19, including restrictions on the size of indoor gatherings, the Meeting will be held in a virtual only format, which will be conducted via live audio webcast.
All shareholders will be permitted to attend the live audio webcast for the Meeting; however, only registered shareholders and duly appointed proxy holders will be able to vote through the webcast. Accordingly, it is strongly recommended that both registered and beneficial shareholders complete and return their proxy or voting instruction form well in advance of the Meeting in order to ensure their votes are counted. Registered shareholders and duly appointed proxyholders can attend the Meeting online by going to https://web.lumiagm.com/287863625 . The password to the Meeting is “drc2021”.
The Corporation sent the materials for the Meeting using the “notice and access” provisions under applicable Canadian securities laws, which allow the Corporation to provide shareholders with electronic access to the Meeting materials instead of sending a paper copy. Notice and Access is more environmentally friendly, as it helps reduce paper and energy use and also reduces printing and mailing costs. Registered and beneficial shareholders will, however, still receive a form of proxy or a voting instruction form in the mail so they can vote their shares. However, unless a shareholder requests a paper copy, rather than receiving a paper copy of the information circular for the Meeting, a shareholder will receive a notice that has instructions on how to access and review an electronic copy of the information circular and how to request a paper copy. The notice also provides instructions on voting the shares using the various different voting methods provided (internet, telephone, mail). If a shareholder would like to receive a paper copy of DIV’s information circular for the meeting, please follow the instructions in the notice.
Access to the Meeting materials were provided to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 19, 2021. Full details with respect to the Meeting and instructions on how to attend and vote are set out in the meeting materials, and were filed under DIV’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and are also available on DIV’s website at https://www.diversifiedroyaltycorp.com.
About Diversified Royalty Corp.
DIV is a multi-royalty corporation, engaged in the business of acquiring top-line royalties from well-managed multi-location businesses and franchisors in North America. DIV’s objective is to acquire predictable, growing royalty streams from a diverse group of multi-location businesses and franchisors.
DIV currently owns the Mr. Lube, AIR MILES®, Sutton, Mr. Mikes, Nurse Next Door and Oxford Learning Centres trademarks. Mr. Lube is the leading quick lube service business in Canada, with locations across Canada. AIR MILES®is Canada’s largest coalition loyalty program with approximately two-thirds of Canadian households actively participating in the AIR MILES® Program. Sutton is among the leading residential real estate brokerage franchisor businesses in Canada. Mr. Mikes operates casual steakhouse restaurants primarily in western Canadian communities. Nurse Next Door is one of North America’s fastest growing home care providers with locations across Canada and the United States as well as in Australia. Oxford Learning Centres is one of Canada’s leading franchised supplemental education services in Canada and the United States.
DIV intends to increase cash flow per share by making accretive royalty purchases and through the growth of purchased royalties. DIV intends to pay a monthly dividend to shareholders and increase the dividend as cash flow per share increases allow.
Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this news release may constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. The use of any of the words “anticipate”, “continue”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “may”, “will”, ”project”, “should”, “believe”, “confident”, “plan” and “intends” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information, although not all forward-looking information contains these identifying words. Specifically, forward-looking information in this news release includes, but is not limited to, statements made in relation to: the amount and timing of the June 2021 dividend to be paid to DIV’s shareholders; the date and other details of the Meeting; DIV’s intention to pay monthly dividends to shareholders; and DIV’s corporate objectives. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events, performance, or achievements of DIV to differ materially from those anticipated or implied by such forward-looking information. DIV believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking information included in this news release are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct. In particular there can be no assurance that: DIV will be able to make monthly dividend payments to the holders of its common shares; or DIV will achieve any of its corporate objectives. Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned that forward-looking information included in this news release are not guarantees of future performance, and such forward-looking information should not be unduly relied upon. More information about the risks and uncertainties affecting DIV’s business and the businesses of its royalty partners can be found in the “Risk Factors” section of its Annual Information Form dated March 11, 2021 and in its most recent Management’s Discussion and Analysis, copies of each of which are available under DIV’s profile on SEDAR atwww.sedar.com.
In formulating the forward-looking information contained herein, management has assumed that DIV will generate sufficient cash flows from its royalties to service its debt and pay dividends to shareholders; lenders will provide any necessary waivers required in order to allow DIV to continue to pay dividends; the impacts of COVID-19 on DIV and its royalty partners will be consistent with DIV’s expectations and the expectations of management of each of its Royalty Partners, both in extent and duration; DIV and its royalty partners will be able to reasonably manage the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on their respective businesses. These assumptions, although considered reasonable by management at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect.
All of the forward-looking statements made in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements and other cautionary statements or factors contained herein, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, DIV. The forward-looking information included in this news release is presented as of the date of this news release and DIV assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise such information to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by applicable law.
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Additional information relating to the Corporation and other public filings, is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Sean Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer
Diversified Royalty Corp.
Greg Gutmanis, Chief Financial Officer and VP Acquisitions
Diversified Royalty Corp.
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