MONTREAL, April 8, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ - IOU FINANCIAL INC. ("IOU" or "the Company") (TSXV: IOU), a leading online lender to small businesses (IOUFinancial.com), announced today that it intends to repurchase up to $2,000,000 of its convertible debentures in the capital of the Company (the "Debentures") at a discount per $1,000 of aggregate principal amount per Debenture (the "Repurchases").
"IOU's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 ("Pandemic Resilience Plan") put the Company in a position of strength to consolidate its stake in developing the opportunities ahead. We are proud to be able to stand with our network of brokers and small business owners as we prepare for the economic recovery with great optimism" said Phil Marleau, CEO.
The move to repurchase corporate debt comes after a year of strategic initiatives as part of IOU's Pandemic Resilience Plan that focussed on reducing corporate expenses while reaffirming commitments from its diverse portfolio of funding sources and capitalizing on new opportunities to continue to support small businesses in 2020:
- April 3, 2020: IOU Announces Cost Reduction Initiatives due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
- August 4, 2020: IOU Financial Inc. Announces Debenture Holder Approval of Amendments to Convertible Debentures
- November 4, 2020: IOU Financial Announces Loan Purchase Agreement with Neuberger Berman Fund, Private Placement and Appointment of New Director
- December 3, 2020: IOU Financial Announces the Closing of its Private Placement for Total Gross Proceeds of Approximately $2.1 Million and Provides Corporate Update
IOU Financial continued to fund small businesses in the US throughout the pandemic, relying on its proprietary IOU360 technology platform and wealth of underwriting data to make adjustments in real time as the pandemic evolved.
During the month of March 2021, IOU's loan originations exceeded US$12.1 million representing the highest monthly loan origination volume since the beginning of the pandemic. In addition, IOU's corporate cash position as of March 31, 2021 was approximately $11.5 million.
"We adapted to extreme challenges to continue delivering the same level of service that our stakeholders have come to expect, and I thank them for their confidence in IOU as we support the recovery of small businesses across the US" said Robert Gloer, President.
IOU will seek to repurchase such Debentures pursuant to repurchase agreements to be entered into with individual holders of Debentures and to close the Repurchases by no later than June 30, 2021. There can be no assurances that any Debentures will be so repurchased, that all Debentures that an individual holder wishes to be repurchased will so be, or that the Repurchases will be completed by such date. The total reduction in interest expenses to IOU, should the Repurchases be completed, will amount to approximately $500,000, representing the interest savings for the period July 1, 2021 to the maturity date of December 31, 2023.
Individual holders of the Debentures who are interested in participating in the Repurchases are invited to contact Benjamin Yi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David Kennedy (email@example.com) indicating their interest.
About IOU Financial Inc.
IOU Financial Inc. is a wholesale lender that provides quick and easy access to growth capital to small businesses through a network of preferred brokers across the US and Canada. Built on a proprietary technology platform that connects underwriters, merchants and brokers in real time, IOU Financial has become a trusted alternative to banks by underwriting over US$850 million in loans to fund small business growth since 2009. To learn more about IOU Financial's corporate history, financial products, or to join our broker network please visit www.IOUFinancial.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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SOURCE IOU Financial Inc.