Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (“Fiesta” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:FRGI), the owner, operator, and franchisor of the Pollo Tropical® and Taco Cabana® fast-casual restaurant brands, today announced the launch of a public offering of up to $100 million of common stock (the "Public Offering"). All of the shares will be offered by Fiesta. The underwriters have also been granted a 30 day option by Fiesta and certain executive officers of the Company, as selling stockholders, to purchase up to an additional 15 percent of the shares of common stock to be offered in the Public Offering, of which 26,664 shares of common stock are currently issued and outstanding and are held by such executive officers. The Company will not receive any of the net proceeds from the sale of shares of common stock, if any, by the selling stockholders. The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Public Offering and revolving credit borrowings under a proposed new senior secured revolving credit facility, which the Company anticipates entering into following the closing of the Public Offering, to (i) repurchase all of its outstanding 8.875% Senior Secured Second Lien Notes due 2016 (the "Notes") tendered pursuant to a tender offer commenced today and to be completed after the Public Offering (or through a redemption of the notes not tendered in the tender offer), (ii) repay any outstanding borrowings under its existing credit facility, if any, (iii) pay related fees and expenses of the Public Offering and the transactions above and (iv) for general corporate purposes. The consummation of the Public Offering is not subject to or conditioned upon the consummation by the Company of the tender offer or the Company entering into the new senior secured revolving credit facility. In the event that the Company is unable to enter into the new senior secured revolving credit facility and subsequently repurchase the outstanding Notes pursuant to the tender offer, the Company intends to use the net proceeds of this offering in accordance with the terms of the indenture governing the Notes to repurchase a portion of the principal amount of the Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but not including, the date of redemption.
Jefferies LLC, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, and Raymond James & Associates, Inc. are serving as joint book-running managers for the Public Offering. Stephens Inc. is serving as co-manager for the Public Offering.A shelf registration statement (including a preliminary prospectus) relating to these securities was filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and declared effective by the SEC on November 12, 2013. A copy of the preliminary prospectus to the Public Offering may be obtained by contacting Equity Syndicate Prospectus Department, Jefferies LLC, 520 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10022, by email at Prospectus_Department@Jefferies.com, or by telephone at (877) 547-6340; or Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Attention: Equity Syndicate Department, 375 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10152, by email to email@example.com, or by telephone at (800) 326-5897; or Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Attention: Equity Syndicate, 880 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, Florida 33716 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (800) 248-8863; or Stephens Inc., 111 Center Street, Little Rock, AR 72201, by e-mail request to email@example.com, or by telephone at (501) 377-2130. Before you invest, you should read these documents and other documents filed by the Company with the SEC for more complete information. You may obtain these documents free of charge by visiting the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase or a solicitation of consents with respect to any securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. About Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. owns, operates and franchises the Pollo Tropical® and Taco Cabana® restaurant brands with 310 restaurants in the U.S and internationally as of September 29, 2013. The brands specialize in the operation of fast-casual, ethnic restaurants that offer distinct and unique flavors with broad appeal at a compelling value. Both brands feature made-from-scratch cooking, fresh salsa bars, and drive-thru service and catering. For more information about Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., visit the corporate website at www.frgi.com. Forward-Looking Statements Except for the historical information contained in this news release, the matters addressed are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, written, oral or otherwise made, represent Fiesta's expectation or belief concerning future events. Without limiting the foregoing, these statements are often identified by the words “may,” “might,” “believes,” “thinks,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects”, “intends” or similar expressions. In addition, expressions of Fiesta's strategies, intentions or plans, are also forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect management's current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements as there are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond Fiesta's control. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties as included in Fiesta's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.