TBC Corporation and Midas, Inc. (NYSE: MDS) today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement, pursuant to which TBC will acquire Midas through a cash tender offer at $11.50 per share. The all-cash transaction is valued at approximately $310 million, including the assumption of approximately $137 million in debt and pension liabilities. The $11.50 per share offer price represents a 75 percent premium over Midas’ closing price of $6.58 on August 11, 2011, when Midas announced it would conduct a strategic review process, and a 28 percent premium over the closing share price as of Monday, March 12, 2012. The proposed transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. In addition, Midas Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Feldman has signed a tender and voting agreement in support of the offer. TBC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lawrence Day commented, “With nearly 2,300 locations worldwide, Midas is a leader in automotive services and we are very excited to welcome such an iconic brand into our portfolio. By combining the strengths of Midas’ platform with our industry expertise and financial resources, we will build on their current momentum and take the company to the next level.” “We are pleased to announce this transaction, which is strategically compelling and provides significant value to our shareholders,” said Feldman. “The offer represents a significant and immediate premium for our shareholders and marks the culmination of a thorough strategic review process by our board of directors, which began last August. The combination of these two highly complementary businesses will provide significant opportunities for Midas to prosper in the future and will create enhanced opportunities for franchisees and strong benefits to customers.” Under the terms of the merger agreement, TBC will commence a cash tender offer no later than March 28, 2012. The closing of the transaction is expected to occur by the end of the second quarter, and is subject to customary terms and conditions, including regulatory clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. The merger agreement also provides for customary termination fees payable by Midas under certain circumstances and a provision under which Midas has agreed not to solicit any competing offers.
Shares of Midas (NYSE:MDS) have taken a tremendous swing upward. The stock is trading at $11.47 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, 27.6% above Monday's closing price of $8.99. Volume is at 6.8 million, 199 times the daily average of 34,200.