Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO), a global Internet media company, today announced that the Company intends to execute the shareholder approved reverse/forward stock split during the second or third week of November, subject to receiving an updated fairness opinion from an independent financial advisor and final approval by the Special Committee of its Board of Directors. As previously disclosed on June 11, 2013, Travelzoo had formed a Special Committee of its Board of Directors, consisting of three independent directors, to evaluate a reverse/forward stock split transaction, which has since been approved by shareholders at the Company’s annual shareholder meeting. The proposed reverse/forward stock split transaction consists of a 1-for-25 reverse stock split of the Company's outstanding common stock, followed immediately by a 25-for-1 forward stock split (collectively referred to as the “reverse/forward split”). A description of the terms and conditions of the reverse/forward split was set forth in Travelzoo’s definitive Proxy Statement for the 2013 annual shareholders meeting filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on July 25, 2013. On September 12, 2013, at the Company’s annual shareholders meeting, Travelzoo shareholders voted in favor of the reverse/forward split, with the transaction receiving the votes of both (A) a majority of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock and (B) a majority of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock that are not held or controlled, directly or indirectly, by directors or officers of the Company, including, without limitation, the shares held by Azzurro Capital Inc., our principal stockholder. If approved, the reverse/forward stock split is intended to substantially reduce Travelzoo’s shareholder account administration costs. To the extent the reverse/forward split is executed, approximately 655,000 of the Company’s outstanding shares will be fractionalized. Shareholders holding less than 25 shares of common stock immediately prior to the reverse split will not receive fractional shares in the reverse stock split, but will instead have their shares converted into the right to receive a cash payment in exchange for and in proportion to the fractional share interests resulting from the reverse stock split.
To fund the cash payment, the fractional share interests will be aggregated by the Company’s transfer agent who will sell aggregated shares in the open market following the execution date. The Company intends to impose certain trading restrictions to the transfer agent in order to reduce the impact of the open market sale onto the Company’s stock price.The Special Committee engaged Duff & Phelps, LLC as financial advisors to review the fairness of the transaction. The Special Committee will only approve the transaction after receiving an opinion from a financial advisor regarding the fairness of the transaction from a financial point of view to the Company's shareholders whose positions, individually considered, consist of fewer than 25 shares, of the per-share consideration to be received by such shareholders in the reverse/forward split. The Special Committee has received legal counsel from Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP in connection with their review of the proposed transaction. In addition, the Company received legal counsel from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Bryan Cave LLP in connection with the proposed transaction. Shareholders who held less than 25 shares immediately prior to the reverse stock split will receive a cash payment based on and equal to their resulting fractional interest times the price of a share equal to the higher of (a) the trailing ten day average trading price of the Company’s common stock immediately preceding the consummation date of the reverse/forward split or (b) the average aggregate sales price received in the sale on the open market of the shares resulting from aggregation of the fractionalized interests. Shareholders that held 25 or more shares of common stock immediately before the reverse/forward split will not receive a cash payment, but continue to hold the same number of shares after completion of the reverse/forward split as they held immediately prior. The Company anticipates no changes in the total number of outstanding shares of common stock as a result of the reverse/forward split.
This press release is only a disclosure and description of the intended transaction and is not an offer to sell or acquire any shares of common stock. The Company has included further disclosure of this transaction in its definitive proxy statement previously filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.About Travelzoo Travelzoo Inc. is a global Internet media company. With more than 26 million subscribers in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific and 25 offices worldwide, Travelzoo® publishes deals from more than 2,000 travel and entertainment companies. Travelzoo's deal experts review offers to find the best deals and confirm their true value. In Asia Pacific, Travelzoo is independently owned and operated by Travelzoo (Asia) Ltd. and Travelzoo Japan K.K. under a license agreement with Travelzoo Inc. Certain statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, expectations, prospects and intentions, markets in which we participate and other statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts. When used in this press release, the words “expect”, “predict”, “project”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “intend”, “plan”, “seek” and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including changes in our plans, objectives, expectations, prospects and intentions and other factors discussed in our filings with the SEC. We cannot guarantee any future levels of activity, performance or achievements. Travelzoo undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release. Travelzoo and Top 20 are registered trademarks of Travelzoo. All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.