Rifco Announces Results of the Annual General and Special Meeting of Shareholders – Nominees of the Concerned Shareholders Elected to the Rifco Board of Directors


Red Deer, Alberta–(Newsfile Corp. – December 14, 2020) – Rifco Inc. (TSXV: RFC) (“Rifco” or the “Company“), is pleased to announce the results of its annual general and special meeting of the shareholders held earlier today (the “Meeting“) at which 73.07% of the issued and outstanding shares were represented. The board of directors was fixed at four and each of the nominees of the Rifco concerned shareholders were duly elected at the Meeting.

As a result, Tim Peterson, Jeffrey Newhouse, Jared Priestner, and Sean Aylward shall serve as directors of the Company until the next annual general meeting of shareholders or until they otherwise cease to hold office. Full details and backgrounds regarding each of the directors is included in the information circular of the concerned shareholders dated November 23, 2020, which was filed on SEDAR.

Jeffery Newhouse commented, “We are pleased to see that the efforts for board renewal are now complete, with overwhelming support from the Rifco shareholders. We have a lot of work ahead of us as we strive to make Rifco a leader in the alternative automotive finance and insurance industry. We look forward to accomplishing great things for Rifco in the future and thank all shareholders for their involvement, support and patience during this process.”

Speaking on behalf of the Concerned Shareholder group, newly elected director Tim Peterson, said, “We are impassioned with a renewed future for Rifco. We will work diligently together to plan the future course and are looking forward to the opportunity. We are elated to see the shareholders have democratically supported this change.”

In addition, shareholders of the Company also approved resolutions reappointing PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the auditors of the Company for the ensuing year and approving the Company’s stock option plan.

Mr. Newhouse also succeeds Mr. William (Bill) Graham, as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. “I would like to thank Bill for his more than 20 years of efforts and the hard work put into building and operating Rifco. I am honoured to succeed Bill in leading Rifco into its next chapter,” stated Mr. Newhouse.

About Rifco Inc.

Rifco Inc. is focused on being the best alternative auto finance company through its wholly owned subsidiary Rifco National Auto Finance Corporation. Our mission is to help deserving Canadians own automobiles.

Rifco seeks to create sustainable long-term competitive advantages through personalized partnerships with dealers, innovative products, the use of industry-leading data and analytics, and leading collections practices. Rifco’s corporate culture fosters employees that are highly engaged, innovative, and performance driven.

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SOURCE Rifco Inc.

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