February 11, 2015 – TORONTO, ON - Smart Employee Benefits Inc. (“SEB”) (TSX VENTURE:SEB) is pleased to announce it has closed its investment in “SEB Benefits & HR Consulting Inc.” (“SEBCON”), which owns the consulting practices of Joseph Ricciuti, Paul Serafini, Julie Holden and Sandra Routledge (collectively, the “Operating Shareholders”). SEB has acquired 50% of the issued and outstanding shares of SEBCON with the Operating Shareholders owning the other 50%. SEBCON operates as a consulting company providing innovative services and solutions for corporate and government clients in the areas of Group and Health Benefits, Retirement Plans and Human Resources.
SEB acquired 50% of SEBCON. The terms of the transaction are as follows:
- $100,000 of SEB Shares (“SEB Shares”) allocated among the four Operating Shareholders. The SEB Shares were issued at $0.50 per share. The SEB Shares are subject to a contractual escrow over a 24 month period, released 25% every 6 months.
- 50,000 share purchase warrants to acquire SEB shares. The warrants are exercisable at $0.50 per SEB share for a term of 36 months and vest on the same terms as the SEB Shares stated above. The warrants were issued to three of the four Operating Shareholders.
- Business Infrastructure – SEB will provide, at no cost to SEBCON, office space, technology support and such other infrastructure support as may be required for a period of 36 months, subject to SEBCON achieving targeted financial results.
- Working Capital – SEB will provide agreed upon working capital loans during the first year of operation, including accounts receivable funding.
- Other – SEB will provide SEBCON other support including health benefits for employees, licensing and professional liability insurance.
STRATEGIC FIT WITH SEB:
SEBCON’s four Operating Shareholders collectively have over 100 years of experience in providing employee benefits and HR consulting services focused on: benefits program re-design, actuarial underwriting and risk management solutions, health and productivity, wellness and mental health strategies, absence and disability management, worker compensation & disability claims audits, HR and total rewards solutions. The Operating Shareholders have extensive client relationships and client references on a national basis, including federal government, provincial government, several of Canada’s largest municipalities and a number of Canada’s major corporations and associations. Additionally, the Operating shareholders have extensive public speaking experience and have published numerous articles on Employee Benefits topics. SEBCON will provide SEB’s benefits division with the industry knowledge and expertise along with references, to help organizations optimize their benefits and healthcare program management. This expertise and knowledge is a critical ingredient in providing full service and end-to-end benefit solutions for corporate and government clients.
John McKimm, President/CEO/CIO of SEB states: “We are very fortunate to have as part of our Benefits Division, industry thought leaders and practitioners such as Mr. Ricciuti, Ms. Holden, Mr. Serafini and Ms. Routledge. Their distinguished reputation in the industry is highly regarded and they bring depth, expertise and client relationships, which are expected to significantly enhance SEB’s capability to deliver full service benefit solutions to Canadian clients. They also understand the value of technology as a game changer in addressing many of the issues in the benefits industry in Canada today. They see the SEB technology solutions having the functionality to address these issues cost effectively and efficiently, where other industry solutions are significantly challenged. We have worked with Mr. Ricciuti and his colleagues for several months and are pleased to welcome them to the SEB Group.”
Joseph Ricciuti, President/CEO of SEBCON states: “We are attracted to SEB’s leading edge benefits and HR technology solutions. In today’s consumer driven benefits market place and changing HR environments, technology is what enables better decisions and the opportunity to access and analyze real time data to help make wise choices and enhance the value of the work experience. In my 35 years in the insurance and benefits industry, SEB’s combined administration and adjudication platform is beyond any system I have seen. The administration environment is modular but fully integrated and their rules capability allows all benefit types to be adjudicated in the same environment, unlike the distinct environment approach for each benefit type that characterizes the industry today. In addition, SEB has a fully automated “Health and Wellness” platform rich in specialized content and complete with a fully integrated rewards platform which provides detailed information to individuals and aggregated information to organizations. SEB’s recent acquisition of 50% of Banyan Health Systems further provides a number of Disability Management software solutions and expertise, including a rehabilitative and back to work infrastructure, on a national basis. The SEBCON team believes the SEB benefits, and health and wellness technology platforms are major competitive advantages in furthering the growth of our consulting practice. SEBCON is now in a very strong position to provide clients with the most comprehensive automated and customizable benefit solutions in the industry, all in one integrated technology environment; and this should bode well for the growth of our business.”
ABOUT SEB: SEB’s core expertise is managing specialized Big Data environments, of which healthcare is a major focus. SEB is a technology company providing, via a SaaS business model, software, solutions and services specializing in managing group benefit solutions and healthcare claims processing environments for corporate and government clients. Health Claims Processing alone is a $60.0 plus billion industry, of which over $37.0 billion is employee group benefit plans and over $25.0 billion is other healthcare benefit claims (e.g. workers’ compensation claims, travel benefits, various federal and provincial government programs, dental associations, drug associations, etc.).
In the employee group benefits industry, SEB operates as a Third Party Administrator/Payor and Insurance Brokerage utilizing its software platform to provide “totally hosted PCI compliant supply chain solutions” for managing the complete group benefits business processes between insurers, clients, brokers, consultants, technology service providers and healthcare service providers. In healthcare claims processing, SEB also operates as a systems integrator utilizing its technology platform together with other technologies to provide customized, fully integrated solutions for specialized environments (e.g. travel claims, student benefits, hospitals, unique government applications, etc.). The technology and expertise deployed in this area also allows SEB to provide other related supply chain, systems integration and human resource solutions and services to the same clients.
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