Frozen Food Express Industries Enters Into Merger Agreement To Be Acquired By Duff Brothers Capital Corporation For $2.10 Per Share In Cash
Under the terms of the merger agreement, FFE's stockholders will receive $2.10 in cash for each outstanding share of FFE common stock they own, representing a 23.5% premium over the closing price on July 12, 2013, the last full trading day before today's announcement, a 26.5% premium over the closing price on March 1, 2013, the last full trading day before the announcement that the Duffs had acquired approximately 5.84% of the outstanding shares of common stock of FFE and expressed an intent to discuss with FFE a negotiated acquisition and a 144.2% premium over the closing price on December 18, 2012, the last full trading day before the Duffs began open market purchases of FFE shares with a view towards accumulating a significant position.
The transaction is expected to close by late August or early September 2013.
In accordance with the terms of the merger agreement, Duff Brothers Capital Corporation will commence a tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of FEE not already owned by the Duffs or their affiliates. FFE's Board of Directors has unanimously recommended that the FFE shareholders tender their shares into the offer. Under the terms of the agreement, the transaction is conditioned upon satisfaction of the minimum tender condition of greater than two-thirds of the outstanding shares of FFE common stock when added to the shares then beneficially owned by Duff Brothers Capital Corporation and its affiliates and other customary closing conditions. Consummation of the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement is not subject to a financing condition and Duff Brothers Capital Corporation will pay the offer price from cash resources on hand.
Concurrent with the execution and delivery of the merger agreement, Stoney M. Stubbs, Jr., FFE's Chairman of the Board, Russell Stubbs, FFE's President and CEO, and John Hickerson, FFE's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, representing in the aggregate approximately 12.8% of the outstanding shares of FFE common stock have each entered into separate agreements with Duff Brothers Capital Corporation and Duff Brothers Subsidiary, Inc. pursuant to which each has agreed to tender the shares of common stock beneficially owned by them into the tender offer, as well as providing certain covenants and releases related to the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement.
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