JAKKS Pacific Announces Receipt of Additional Expression of Interest
As previously announced in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on August 9, 2019 announcing the Company’s successful conclusion of the Recapitalization (as defined therein) transaction with the Ad Hoc Group (as defined therein), Oasis (as defined therein) and Wells Fargo (as defined therein), the Company continued to engage in discussions with another party that previously made a non-binding proposal to acquire all of the shares of the Company’s common stock for an indicated price of $0.80 per share on a fully diluted basis. Also as previously announced in such Current Report, such discussions were in addition to the prior negotiations with Hong Kong Meisheng Cultural Company Limited (“Meisheng”) regarding its proposed purchase of newly issued shares of the Company’s common stock, and followed delays in achieving the necessary approvals for the Meisheng transaction, including approvals from Chinese regulatory authorities.
The Company and its advisors have engaged in discussions with the interested parties regarding the non-binding proposals and have furnished information to them in connection with due diligence activities. All such recent discussions are in their early stages and no agreements or understandings have been reached with respect to such proposals, and the indicated prices described above may also change in a final offer, if made.
Stephen Berman, CEO and co-founder of the Company, noted that “As I have said, the Recapitalization transaction allowed us to continue to pursue our business objectives with renewed vigor and resolve. We remain committed to executing our business plan in the months and years ahead. At the same time, however, the Company is exploring the alternative transactions described in this announcement.”
No assurance can be given that the ongoing discussions and negotiations described above will result in a consummation of a transaction with any of the parties identified above, or with any other party, and that even if a transaction is consummated, that its final terms will resemble the terms described above.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about JAKKS Pacific‘s business based partly on assumptions made by its management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those described above, changes in demand for JAKKS Pacific’s products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and difficulties with integrating acquired businesses.. The “forward-looking statements” contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and JAKKS undertakes no obligation to update any of them to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.
About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of toys and consumer products sold throughout the world, with its headquarters in Santa Monica, California. JAKKS Pacific’s popular proprietary brands include MorfBoard®, Perfectly Cute®, Squish-Dee-Lish™, TP Blaster®, Disguise®, Moose Mountain®, Funnoodle®, Maui®, Kids Only!®; a wide range of entertainment-inspired products featuring premier licensed properties; and C’est Moi®, a youth skincare and make-up brand. Through JAKKS Cares, the company’s commitment to philanthropy, JAKKS is helping to make a positive impact on the lives of children. Visit us at www.jakks.com and follow us on Instagram (@jakkstoys), Twitter (@jakkstoys) and Facebook (JAKKS Pacific).
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