Duff & Phelps Corp : Duff & Phelps Corporation Announces Expiration of the "Go-Shop" Period
02/11/2013| 08:10am US/Eastern
Duff & Phelps Corporation (NYSE: DUF) (the "Company"), a leading
independent financial advisory and investment banking firm, announced
today that, following the expiration of the "go-shop" period provided
for in its previously announced merger agreement with a Consortium
comprising controlled affiliates of or funds managed by The Carlyle
Group, Stone Point Capital LLC, Pictet & Cie and Edmond de Rothschild
Group, the Company did not receive any alternative acquisition proposals
from third parties. The Company remains committed to the Consortium's
proposal to acquire the Company for $15.55 per share in cash in a
transaction valued at approximately $665.5 million.
Under the merger agreement, the Company and its representatives had the
right to solicit and negotiate alternative acquisition proposals from
third parties during a "go-shop" period that began on December 30, 2012
and expired at 11:59 p.m. EST on February 8, 2013. During the "go-shop"
period, Centerview Partners, the Company's financial advisor, with the
direction of the Transaction Committee of the Board of Directors,
comprised of independent Directors, undertook a broad solicitation
effort, contacting 27 potential acquirers believed to have potential
strategic or financial interest in an alternative transaction to the
transaction with the Consortium. These proactive contacts resulted in 5
parties negotiating and entering into confidentiality agreements with
the Company, although no alternative acquisition proposals from third
parties were received.
Starting at 12:00 a.m. on February 9, 2013, the Company became subject
to customary "no-shop" provisions that limit its ability to solicit
alternative acquisition proposals from third parties or to provide
confidential information to third parties, subject to a "fiduciary out"
provision that allows the Company to provide information and participate
in discussions with respect to certain unsolicited written acquisition
proposals and to terminate the merger agreement and enter into an
alternative acquisition agreement with respect to a superior proposal in
compliance with the terms of the merger agreement.
The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2013, subject
to customary closing conditions -- including receipt of stockholder and
regulatory approvals. The Federal Trade Commission granted early
termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust
Improvements Act of 1976 in connection with the merger as of January 25,
2013. Following completion of the transaction, the Company will become a
privately held company owned by the Consortium and its stock will no
longer trade on the New York Stock Exchange.
About Duff & Phelps
As a leading global financial advisory and investment banking firm, Duff
& Phelps balances analytical skills, deep market insight and
independence to help clients make sound decisions. The firm provides
expertise in the areas of valuation, transactions, financial
restructuring, alternative assets, disputes and taxation, with more than
1,000 employees serving clients from offices in North America, Europe
and Asia. Investment banking services in the United States are provided
by Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC; Pagemill Partners; and GCP Securities,
LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC. M&A advisory services in the United Kingdom and
Germany are provided by Duff & Phelps Securities Ltd. Duff & Phelps
Securities Ltd. is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services
Authority. For more information, visit www.duffandphelps.com.
Important Additional Information and Where to
In connection with the proposed transaction, the Company filed a
preliminary proxy statement and related materials with the Securities
and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). When completed, the Company intends
to file a definitive proxy statement with the SEC and mail it to its
stockholders. Stockholders of the Company are urged to read the
preliminary proxy statement and, when they become available, the
definitive proxy statement and the other relevant materials because they
contain or will contain important information about the Company, the
Consortium, the proposed transaction and related matters. STOCKHOLDERS
ARE URGED TO CAREFULLY READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT AND THE OTHER
RELEVANT MATERIALS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING
OR INVESTMENT DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED MERGER. The
definitive proxy statement and other relevant materials (when
available), and any and all documents filed by the Company with the SEC,
may also be obtained for free at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.
In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of
the documents filed with the SEC by the Company by directing a written
request to the Company, Attention Corporate Secretary, 55 East 52
Street, Floor 31, New York, NY 10055.
This announcement is neither a solicitation of proxies, an offer to
purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of the Company.
The Company, its executive officers and directors may be deemed to be
participants in the solicitation of proxies from the security holders of
the Company in connection with the proposed merger. Information about
those executive officers and directors of the Company and their
ownership of the Company's common stock is set forth in Company's proxy
statement for its 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed
with the SEC on March 5, 2012, and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for
the year ended December 31, 2011, which was filed with the SEC on
February 21, 2012. These documents may be obtained for free at the SEC's
website at www.sec.gov,
and from the Company by contacting Duff & Phelps Corporation, Attention
Corporate Secretary, 55 East 52 Street, Floor 31, New York, NY 10055.
Additional information regarding the interests of participants in the
solicitation of proxies in connection with the transaction is included
in the preliminary proxy statement filed with the SEC and will be
included in the definitive proxy statement that the Company intends to
file with the SEC.
This release may include predictions, estimates and other information
that might be considered forward-looking statements, including, without
limitation, statements relating to the completion of this transaction.
These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that
are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ
materially from those anticipated as a result of various factors,
including: (1) the Company may be unable to obtain stockholder approval
as required for the transaction; (2) conditions to the closing of the
transaction may not be satisfied; (3) the transaction may involve
unexpected costs, liabilities or delays; (4) the business of the Company
may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the transaction; (5)
the outcome of any legal proceedings related to the transaction; (6) the
Company may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or
competitive factors; (7) the occurrence of any event, change or other
circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the transaction
agreement; (8) the ability to recognize benefits of the transaction; (9)
risks that the transaction disrupts current plans and operations and the
potential difficulties in employee retention as a result of the
transaction; and (10) other risks to consummation of the transaction,
including the risk that the transaction will not be consummated within
the expected time period or at all. Additional factors that may affect
the future results of the Company are set forth in its filings with the
SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
December 31, 2011, which is available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these
forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date thereof.
Except as required by applicable law, the Company undertakes no
obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or
circumstances after the date thereof.
Duff & Phelps
Alex Wolfe, 212-871-9087
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