NEW FRONTIER MEDIA TO BE ACQUIRED BY LFP BROADCASTING FOR $2.02 PER SHARE IN CASH PLUS A CONTINGENT CASH PAYMENT RIGHT
BOULDER, COLORADO and LOS ANGELES, CA – October 15, 2012 – New Frontier Media, Inc. (NasdaqGS: NOOF), a leading provider of transactional television services and distributor of general motion picture entertainment, today announced that the Company has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by LFP Broadcasting, LLC, an affiliate of L.F.P., Inc., the company founded and headed up by Larry Flynt, for $2.02 per common share in cash up front, or approximately $33 million, plus a contingent cash payment right for each common share. The acquisition price represents approximately a 79% premium to New Frontier Media’s closing stock price on March 8, 2012, the day before New Frontier Media received a publicly-announced unsolicited acquisition proposal. The acquisition is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2012.
The announcement follows a comprehensive review of strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value undertaken by the special committee of independent members of New Frontier Media’s Board of Directors. Earlier this year, after receiving unsolicited expressions of interest, New Frontier Media formed a special committee and retained financial and legal advisors to evaluate strategic and financial alternatives. After a thorough assessment, the special committee unanimously recommended and the Board of Directors unanimously approved the agreement. The Board of Directors unanimously recommends that New Frontier Media’s shareholders tender their shares in the tender offer.
The New Frontier Media Board of Directors issued the following statement commenting on the announcement: “This announcement represents a very positive outcome for our shareholders, who will receive complete liquidity for their shares at a very significant premium. We also believe that this transaction with LFP Broadcasting creates a great opportunity for our organization, cable television partners and customers as two of the premier adult media broadcasting companies join forces.”
“The acquisition of New Frontier Media fits perfectly with our strategic plan for the growth of our company,” said LFP President Michael H. Klein. “The addition of these assets to our portfolio strengthens us significantly moving forward.”Under the terms of the agreement, an affiliate of LFP Broadcasting will commence a cash tender offer for all issued and outstanding shares of New Frontier Media common stock at $2.02 per share, without interest. New Frontier Media shareholders may also be entitled to receive additional contingent cash payments, not to exceed $0.06 per common share, tied to the extent to which New Frontier Media’s available cash balance at the closing of the tender offer, less unpaid transaction expenses, exceeds $11,514,000.
The merger agreement requires that the tender offer commence within 10 business days of October 15, 2012. The tender offer will expire at midnight Eastern Time on the 20th business day following and including the commencement date, unless extended in accordance with the terms of the merger agreement and the applicable rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The consummation of the tender offer is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions, including: (i) a majority of outstanding New Frontier Media shares on a fully diluted basis having been tendered into the offer and not validly withdrawn, (ii) there not having been a material adverse change with respect to New Frontier Media, (iii) New 2 Frontier Media having not less than $11,514,000 in cash, and (iv) other customary conditions. The tender offer is not subject to a financing condition.
The tender offer, if successful, will be followed by a second-step merger in which any shares of New Frontier Media not tendered into the offer will be converted into the right to receive the same per share consideration paid to New Frontier Media shareholders in the tender offer, subject to shareholders’ dissenters’ rights under Colorado law. As a result of the transaction, New Frontier Media’s common stock would no longer be publicly-owned or traded on the NASDAQ market. Further details will be provided in filings with the SEC.
Avondale Partners LLC is acting as exclusive financial advisor to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of New Frontier Media in connection with its review of strategic alternatives and the transaction and has rendered a fairness opinion to the Special Committee in connection with the transaction. Alston + Bird LLP is acting as legal advisor to the Special Committee. Holland & Hart LLP is acting as legal advisor to the Company.
Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP and Dinsmore & Shohl LLP are acting as legal advisors to LFP Broadcasting in connection with the transaction.
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