Onex to surrender control in Celestica by converting MVS

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By CPE News

CPE News (3.14.2023) – Celestica Inc. (NYSE/TSX: CLS) has announced today that Onex Corporation (TSX: ONEX), its controlling shareholder, intends to convert its multiple voting shares (MVS) in Celestica then held to subordinate voting shares (SVS), on a one-for-one basis, in approximately six months.

Onex currently holds 18,600,193 MVS (100.0%) and 397,045 SVS with 81.9% voting power. Gerald W. Schwartz, Chairman & CEO of Onex personally owns 517,702 SVS and beneficially control all the MVS and SVS held by Onex, as Schwartz indirectly owns multiple voting shares of Onex carrying the right to elect a majority of the Onex board of directors.

As at February 21, 2023, Celestica had 102,884,648 SVS (which carry one vote per share and collectively represent 18.1% of the voting power) and 18,600,193 MVS (which carry 25 votes per share and collectively represent 81.9% of the voting power) issued and outstanding.

Upon conversion, Onex will see its ownership and voting power reduced to 15.3%.

Letko, Brosseau & Associates Inc., current holder of 12,805,785 SVS (12.4%) will increase its voting power to 10.5% for 2.3%.

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News Release

Onex Intends to Convert its Celestica MVS to SVS

TORONTO, March 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Celestica Inc. (NYSE: CLS) (TSX: CLS), a leader in design, manufacturing and supply chain solutions for the world’s most innovative companies, is announcing Onex’ stated intention to convert its multiple voting shares (MVS) in Celestica then held to subordinate voting shares (SVS), on a one-for-one basis, in approximately six months.

“Celestica and Onex have shared a productive relationship for over 25 years. The planned conversion of Onex’ MVS and the simplification of Celestica’s voting structure is the natural next step in the company’s evolution,” said Bobby Le Blanc, President of Onex.

“In 2022, Celestica posted its highest annual non-IFRS operating margin and highest non-IFRS adjusted EPS in the company’s history. Celestica is a much different company than it was just five years ago and we view this as the next logical phase in the company’s transformation,” said Rob Mionis, President and CEO, Celestica.

Celestica also announced it intends to file a Canadian base shelf prospectus.

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements related to Onex’ intentions with respect to Celestica’s securities, and Celestica’s intention to file a Canadian shelf prospectus. All forward-looking statements herein attributable to Onex are derived from the Statement on Schedule 13D/A filed by Gerald W. Schwartz with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 14, 2023. We are not aware of Onex’s material assumptions underlying such statements or what Onex believes to be the material risks of such statements ultimately proving to be incorrect. Accordingly, we do not assume any responsibility or liability for the verification, accuracy or completeness of such information nor for updating or withdrawing such information should circumstance change in the future. There can be no assurance that Onex will convert any or all of its holdings of MVS into SVS or sell any holdings of Celestica securities. For forward-looking statements herein attributable to Celestica, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws.

Forward-looking statements are provided to assist readers in understanding management’s current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements, including, among others, that Onex does not convert its then-held Celestica MVS into SVS in approximately 6 months, or at all. Material risks and uncertainties with respect to our business and securities are discussed in our public filings at and, including in our most recent MD&A, our most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with, and subsequent reports on Form 6-K furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and as applicable, the Canadian Securities Administrators.

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Non-IFRS Financial Measures

The non-IFRS financial measures mentioned in this press release are non-IFRS operating margin and non-IFRS adjusted EPS. See “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” in Item 5 of our latest Annual Report on Form 20-F (available at and for the definitions and rationale for the use of these non-IFRS financial measures, as well as a reconciliation of these non-IFRS financial measures to the most directly-comparable IFRS financial measures for 2022.