CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 19, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Swisher Hygiene, Inc. ("Swisher Hygiene") (Nasdaq:SWSH) (TSX:SWI), a leading provider of essential hygiene and sanitation products and services, today announced that it has acquired the hygiene and chemical business of Wingspan Service Corporation ("Wingspan"), its sole remaining California franchisee.
Wingspan is one of the longest operating Swisher Hygiene franchisees, having been a part of the Swisher Hygiene system since 1996. Wingspan's franchise territory encompasses the greater San Francisco, Marin, Napa and Sacramento markets, extending from San Francisco to the Nevada border.
"We are excited to bring our Sacramento franchisee fully on board as we further expand our California presence," said Steven R. Berrard, chief executive officer of Swisher Hygiene. "I'd like to thank the Wingspan team for their loyalty to Swisher Hygiene over the last 15 years as they've helped establish the Swisher Hygiene brand in northern California."
Total consideration paid for by Swisher Hygiene in connection with the acquisition includes $750,000 in cash and the issuance of 220,834 shares of Swisher Hygiene common stock subject to certain restrictions, including acceptance by the Toronto Stock Exchange.
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Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Swisher Hygiene as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. The estimates and assumptions of Swisher Hygiene contained in this news release, which may prove to be incorrect, include but are not limited to, the various assumptions set forth herein as well as the accuracy of management's assessment of the effects of the successful completion and integration of the acquisitions. All of these assumptions have been derived from information currently available to Swisher Hygiene including information obtained by Swisher Hygiene from third-party sources. These assumptions may prove to be incorrect in whole or in part. All of the forward-looking statements made in this news release are qualified by the above cautionary statements and those made in the "Risk Factors" section of Swisher Hygiene's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available on , and with Canadian securities regulators available on Swisher Hygiene's SEDAR profile at , and Swisher Hygiene's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and with Canadian securities regulators available on Swisher Hygiene's SEDAR profile at . The forward-looking information set forth in this news release is subject to various assumptions, risks, uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking information.
Swisher Hygiene disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events and circumstances, except to the extent required by applicable law.
About Swisher Hygiene Inc.
Swisher Hygiene Inc. is a NASDAQ and TSX listed company that provides essential hygiene and sanitation solutions to customers throughout much of North America and internationally through its global network of 83 company-owned operations, 5 franchises and 10 master licensees operating in countries across Europe and Asia. These essential solutions include cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, foodservice and laundry products, restroom hygiene programs and a full range of related products and services. The company's most recent program enhancement is its introduction of solid waste management services to commercial and residential customers in selected markets. Together, this broad set of offerings is designed to promote superior cleanliness and sanitation in all commercial environments from door to dumpster, enhancing the safety, satisfaction and well-being of employees and patrons. Swisher Hygiene's customers include a wide range of commercial enterprises, with a particular emphasis on the foodservice, hospitality, retail, industrial and healthcare industries.
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