An affiliate of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE:APO) (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo”) and CEC Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:CEC) (“CEC”) today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement (the “Merger Agreement”) whereby Apollo, a leading global alternative investment manager, will acquire CEC, the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment which operates 577 Chuck E. Cheese’s stores, for approximately $1.3 billion, including the assumption of the Company’s outstanding debt.
Apollo’s $54.00 per share all cash offer represents a premium of approximately 25% over CEC’s closing share price on January 7, 2014, the last trading day prior to media speculation regarding a possible transaction and a premium of approximately 36% over the twelve-month volume weighted average share price for the period ending January 7, 2014.
The announcement follows a thorough review of strategic alternatives undertaken by the CEC Board of Directors to maximize shareholder value. The transaction was unanimously approved by the CEC Board, which recommends that CEC shareholders tender their shares in the offer.
"We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Apollo, which maximizes value for all of our shareholders," said Richard M. Frank, Executive Chairman of CEC. "This transaction represents the successful conclusion of our extensive review of strategic alternatives."
“We are excited about this transaction with Apollo, as it recognizes the value of CEC’s global brand, strong cash flows and growth prospects while providing our shareholders with an immediate and substantial premium,” said Michael H. Magusiak, President and Chief Executive Officer of CEC. “Apollo brings significant industry expertise and financial resources, and we look forward to working with them to further grow CEC domestically and internationally.”
“This transaction with CEC gives us the opportunity to partner with the proven leader in family dining and entertainment,” said Scott Ross, Partner at Apollo Global Management. “Across the U.S., and increasingly around the world, the Chuck E. Cheese’s brand represents quality, safe and fun family entertainment."