JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE: FNF), a leading provider of title insurance, mortgage services and diversified services, today announced the commencement of a tender offer through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Fred Merger Sub Inc., for all of the outstanding common stock of O'Charley's Inc. ("O'Charley's") (NASDAQ: CHUX) that FNF does not currently own for $9.85 per share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes. The tender offer is being made pursuant to an Offer to Purchase, dated February 27, 2012, and in connection with the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated February 5, 2012, among FNF, Fred Merger Sub Inc. and O'Charley's. The tender offer is scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on Monday, April 2, 2012, unless the tender offer is extended. The tender offer is conditioned on shares that, when combined with FNF's existing 9.5% ownership stake, represent more than a majority of the outstanding shares of O'Charley's (calculated on a fully-diluted basis, as defined in the Agreement and Plan of Merger) being validly tendered and not withdrawn, as well as other customary closing conditions, including the expiration of the HSR waiting period. Following the successful completion of the tender offer, FNF's indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Fred Merger Sub Inc., will merge with and into O'Charley's, and the outstanding O'Charley's shares not tendered in the tender offer will be converted into the right to receive the same $9.85 per share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, paid in the tender offer. Today, FNF will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO, containing the Offer to Purchase, form of Letter of Transmittal and related tender offer documents, setting forth in detail the terms and conditions of the tender offer. O'Charley's will file with the SEC a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 setting forth in detail, among other things, the recommendation of the O'Charley's Board of Directors that O'Charley's shareholders accept the tender offer and tender their shares to FNF pursuant to the tender offer. As previously disclosed, the O'Charley's Board of Directors has unanimously approved the transactions.
Shares of O'Charley's (Nasdaq:CHUX) have taken a tremendous swing upward. The stock is trading at $7.33 as of 1:41 p.m. ET, 20.4% above Friday's closing price of $6.09. Volume is at 187,411, 1.6 times the daily average of 116,000.