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Toronto private equity firm scores big on Mobilicity sale

Catalyst owns about 30 per cent of the first lien debt in Mobilicity, which is currently valued at approximately $70-million.

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Catalyst Capital Group Inc. has cut a deal with Rogers Communications Inc. to sell its debt holdings in Mobilicity at a "substantial profit," according to a source who spoke to The Globe and Mail on condition of anonymity because details of the deal are under a court seal.

Catalyst, a Toronto-based private equity firm run by Newton Glassman, is the single-biggest holder of Mobilicity's bonds.

Catalyst owns about 30 per cent of the first lien debt in Mobilicity, which is currently valued at approximately $70-million.

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Mobilicity's restructuring process began in September, 2013, and had dragged on as a result of a number of setbacks including uncertainty over whether another carrier would be allowed to purchase the company or its assets. Much of the friction arose from infighting between Catalyst Capital and the other bondholders.

The arduous process appears to be nearing a conclusion, with an Ontario court approving the sale of Mobilicity to Rogers.

An earlier version of this story said that the Catalyst agreement with Rogers is separate and distinct from the Rogers deal to buy Mobilicity. In fact the agreement is part of the same deal.

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Capital Markets Reporter

Niall McGee joined the Globe and Mail in 2014 as a capital markets reporter. Previously, he spent a decade at Business News Network (BNN) as a reporter and segment producer. In 2016, he won a National Newspaper Award (NNA) in business alongside veteran reporter Jacquie McNish for an investigative series into alleged insider trading at online gambling company Amaya Inc. More


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