Birch Hill’s Softchoice files for IPO

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By CPE News

CPE News (5/12/2021) – Softchoice Corporation, a portfolio company of Birch Hill Equity Partners, has filed a preliminary base PREP prospectus or a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of common shares from treasury and con-current secondary offering by Birch Hill.

The number of common shares to be sold and the price per share have not yet been determined.

Softchoice has applied to list its common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).

Toronto based Softchoice is a leading IT solutions provider in North America. It designs, procures, implements and manages complex multi-vendor IT environments which enable its customers’ digital transformations using a results-oriented engagement model that drives long-term relationships.

For the year ended December 31, 2020, Softchoice reported $836.8 million in net sales, $22.9 million in income from operations and $1.8 million in net income. For the three months ended March 31, 2021, the comparative figures were $233.2 million, $1.5 million and $2 million (loss) respectively.

Upon closing of the offering, Softchoice will continue to be controlled by Birch Hill.

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News Release

Softchoice Corporation, a Leading North American Technology Solutions Provider, Files Preliminary Prospectus for Initial Public Offering


TORONTO, ON – May 12, 2021 – Softchoice Corporation (“Softchoice” or the “Company”), a leading technology solutions provider in North America, announced today that it has filed, and obtained a receipt for, its preliminary base PREP prospectus (the “Preliminary Prospectus”) with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada for a proposed initial public offering (the “Offering”) of common shares of Softchoice (the “Common Shares”). The number of Common Shares to be sold and the price per Common Share have not yet been determined.

The Offering is being made through a syndicate of underwriters led by TD Securities Inc. and Goldman Sachs Canada Inc., as joint bookrunners, and including RBC Capital Markets, National Bank Financial Inc., CIBC Capital Markets, Scotiabank, BMO Capital Markets, Cormark Securities Inc., Laurentian Bank Securities Inc., ATB Capital Markets Inc., Raymond James Ltd. and INFOR Financial Inc.

Stikeman Elliott LLP is acting as legal counsel to Softchoice and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is acting as legal counsel to the underwriters.

The Preliminary Prospectus contains important information relating to the Offering, has been filed with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada and is still subject to completion or amendment. The Preliminary Prospectus is available under Softchoice’s profile on SEDAR at There will not be any sale or any acceptance of an offer to buy the Common Shares in any province or territory of Canada until a receipt for the final prospectus has been issued.

No securities regulatory authority has either approved or disapproved the contents of this news release. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of Softchoice in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

The Common Shares have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or the securities laws of any state of the United States (as such term is defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act) and may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in the United States, except to Qualified Institutional Buyers (as such term is defined in Rule 144A of the U.S. Securities Act) pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

About Softchoice

Softchoice is a technology company that equips organizations to be agile and innovative, and for their people to be engaged, connected and creative at work. That means moving them to the cloud, helping them build the workplace of tomorrow, and enabling them to make smarter decisions about their technology portfolio. By doing these things, we create success faster and in circumstances otherwise not possible. For more information, please visit


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