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Clarke Inc. Announces increased investment in Royal Host Inc.

October 22, 2013

HALIFAX, Oct. 22, 2013 /CNW/ – Clarke Inc. (“Clarke”) (TSX: CKI
CKI.DB.A) announces that it has acquired $113,000 principal amount of
the Royal Host Inc. (“Royal Host”) 5.90% convertible debentures
maturing June 2014 (“Series D Debentures”) at a price of $909 per
$1,000 of principal, convertible into 18,255 common shares, and $6,000
principal amount of the 7.50% convertible debentures maturing September
30, 2018 (“Series C Debentures”) at a price of $900 per $1,000 of
principal amount, convertible into 1,714 common shares. On an as
converted basis, such securities represent 0.12% of the common shares.

Clarke owns the following securities of Royal Host: 6,109,768 common
shares, $3,431,000 principal amount of the 6.00% convertible debentures
maturing October 31, 2015 (“Series B Debentures”), convertible into
720,798 common shares, $5,594,000 principal amount of the Series C
Debentures, convertible into 1,598,286 common shares, and $6,577,000
principal amount of the Series D Debentures, convertible into 1,062,520
common shares. On an as converted basis, such securities represent
48.03% of the common shares.

The purchase of the Royal Host debentures by Clarke was made for
investment purposes. Clarke may, from time to time, acquire additional
debentures of Royal Host, dispose of some or all of the existing or
additional debentures of Royal Host, or continue to hold the debentures
of Royal Host in the normal course of Clarke’s investment activities.

About Clarke

Halifax-based Clarke Inc. invests in undervalued businesses and
participates actively where necessary to enhance performance and
increase return. Clarke’s securities trade on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (CKI, CKI.DB.A); for more information about Clarke Inc.,
please visit our website at www.clarkeinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain or refer to certain forward-looking
statements relating, but not limited to, Clarke’s expectations,
intentions, plans and beliefs with respect to Clarke. Often, but not
always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of
words such as “plans”, “expects”, “does not expect”, “is expected”,
“budget”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does
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negative variations, of such words and phrases, or state that certain
actions, events or results, “may”, “could”, “would”, “should”, “might”
or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. These forward-looking
statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the
trading price of the Company’s securities not fully reflecting the
value of the Company’s business.

Forward-looking statements rely on certain underlying assumptions that,
if not realized, can result in such forward-looking statements not
being achieved. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown
risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual
results of Clarke to be materially different from the historical
results or from any future results expressed or implied by such
forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties include, among
others, the Company’s investment strategy, legal and regulatory risks,
general market risk, potential lack of diversification in the Company’s
investments, and interest rates and foreign currency fluctuations. Although Clarke has attempted to identify important factors that could
cause actual actions, events or results or cause actions, events or
results not to be estimated or intended, there can be no assurance that
forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate as actual results
and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in
such statements. Other than as required by applicable Canadian
securities laws, Clarke does not update or revise any such
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the
date of this document or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated
events. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on
forward-looking statements.

SOURCE Clarke Inc.

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