“We look forward to partnering with CEC’s exceptional management team, talented employees and franchise partners to support the continued growth of the Company," said Lance Milken, Partner at Apollo Global Management.
The transaction will be implemented through a cash tender offer at $54.00 per share. The transaction is conditioned upon, among other things, satisfaction of the minimum tender condition of more than 50 percent of the Company's common shares, the receipt of the Federal Trade Commission's approval under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, and other customary closing conditions. Under the terms of the agreement, the Company may solicit superior proposals from limited third parties until January 29, 2014. There can be no assurances that this process will result in a superior proposal, and the Company does not intend to discuss any developments with regard to this process unless the Company's Board of Directors makes a decision with respect to a potential superior proposal.
Goldman, Sachs & Co. is serving as financial advisor to the Company, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is serving as the Company’s legal advisor. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Morgan Stanley and UBS Securities LLC are serving as financial advisors to Apollo, and, together with Credit Suisse, provided debt financing commitments. Wachtell Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP are serving as Apollo’s legal advisors.
About CEC Entertainment, Inc.For more than 30 years, CEC Entertainment (NYSE: CEC) has served as the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment and the place Where a Kid can be a Kid®. The company and its franchisees operate a system of 577 Chuck E. Cheese’s stores located in 47 states and 10 foreign countries or territories. Currently, 522 locations in the United States and Canada are owned and operated by the company. CEC Entertainment, Inc. and its franchises have the common goal of creating lifelong memories for families through fun, food and play. Each Chuck E. Cheese’s features musical and comic robotic entertainment, games, rides and play areas, as well as a variety of dining options including pizza, sandwiches, wings, appetizers, a salad bar and desserts. Committed to providing a fun, safe environment, Chuck E. Cheese’s helps protect families through industry-leading programs such as Kid Check®.