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Toronto, Ontario – March 17, 2006: Aecon Group Inc. (“Aecon”) (TSX:ARE) announced today that it has completed the previously announced issuance of 4,500,000 common shares at a price of $6.25 per
common share for aggregate proceeds of $28,125,000. The common shares were offered for sale by a syndicate of underwriters led by National Bank Financial Inc. and GMP Securities L.P. and including Paradigm Capital Inc. and Raymond
Aecon has granted the underwriters an over-allotment option to purchase an additional 675,000 common shares at a price of $6.25 per share, exercisable at any time until 30 days following closing. If this over-allotment option is exercised
it will result in additional gross proceeds of $4.2 million.
The proceeds of the offering will be used to fund the incremental working capital required to take advantage of the strong market conditions existing in Aecon's Industrial and Civil and Utilities divisions, to fund Aecon's investment in
the Quito Airport concession, to secure meaningful additional surety capacity, and for general corporate and working capital purposes.
The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S.
Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the
registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale
would be unlawful.
Aecon is Canada's largest publicly traded construction and infrastructure development company. Aecon and its subsidiaries provide services to private and public sector clients throughout Canada and internationally. Aecon's shares are listed
for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘ARE'.