VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 19, 2012) - Coast Wholesale Appliances Inc. (TSX:CWA) (Coast or the company) today announced a cash dividend of $0.035 per share for the month of September 2012. In addition, Coast announced that Harlow Burrows has resigned as a director of the company and that Jack Peck has been appointed to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.
Mr. Burrows was one of three founders of Coast in 1978 and is a former Chief Executive Officer of the company. He has served on Coast's Board since its conversion from a privately held business to a publicly traded entity in 2005. Mr. Burrows has chosen to retire from the Board in order to pursue personal interests. As a principal of CWAL Investments Ltd., he will remain a major shareholder of Coast.
Mr. Peck recently retired as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Coast. Prior to joining the company in 2005, he held senior financial management positions with both publicly-traded and large privately-held entities, including Gray Beverage Inc., Leading Brands Inc. and Surfwood Supply Ltd. A Chartered Accountant, Mr. Peck has over 30 years of financial and business operations experience.
"Harlow Burrows has been a strong and steady force behind the growth and success of Coast's business for nearly 35 years," said Patrick B. Dennett, Chairman of Coast's Board of Directors. "The Board and senior management of Coast join me in extending our best wishes and heartfelt appreciation to Harlow on his retirement from active involvement with the company."
"At the same time, we are very pleased to welcome Jack Peck as a director," continued Dennett. "In addition to his extensive track record with other organizations, he brings the benefit of hands-on experience with Coast and a close familiarity with both the financial and operational aspects of the company's business."
The September dividend is to be paid October 5, 2012 to shareholders of record on September 28, 2012. At current levels, Coast's monthly dividend equates to $0.42 per share on an annualized basis.
Coast is a leading independent supplier of major household appliances and accessories to developers and builders of multi-family and single-family housing, and to retail customers. Founded in 1978, Coast currently operates 16 stores, with 15 locations across the four western provinces and one store in the Greater Toronto Area.
This news release may include forward-looking statements, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance, or achievements or industry results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are identified by the use of terms and phrases such as "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "may", "plan", "will", and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions. Such statements may involve, but are not limited to, comments with respect to the payment and sustainability of Coast's dividends to shareholders, economic performance in Canada and Coast's sales expectations.
These forward-looking statements reflect current expectations of Coast's management regarding future events and operating performance as of the date of this news release. Forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not such results will be achieved. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: sensitivity to general economic conditions; changes in consumer confidence in the economy; maintenance of profitability and management of changes to the company's business; competition; increases to interest rates; reliance on suppliers and their ability to supply product for sale on a timely basis; changes in consumer preferences; changes in the mix of product sales; fluctuations in fuel and commodity pricing; usage of extended warranty programs and the costs to deliver these services; changes to planning and supply chain processes; lack of long-term supplier agreements; reliance on key personnel; and foreign exchange rates as they relate to imported products.
Although the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, Coast cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements reflect management's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to Coast. They speak only as of the date of this news release, and reflect current assumptions regarding future events and operating performance. These assumptions include, without limitation: slow economic growth through the balance of 2012 in both Western Canada and the GTA, Coast's current markets; continued fluctuations in exchange rates with the Canadian dollar trading near par with the US dollar; continued low interest rates through 2012; continuing cautious credit markets for Coast's major builder customers to obtain financing; weak consumer confidence due to the slow economic recovery; and no significant change to total housing starts recorded in 2012 compared to 2011. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and Coast assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, other than as required by law.