Apollo Funds (APO), Diamond Resorts (DRII) Close Merger
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Diamond Resorts International, Inc. (NYSE: DRII) and affiliates of certain funds (the “Apollo Funds”) managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo”) (NYSE: APO), announced the successful completion of the previously announced transaction amongst the parties, whereby affiliates of the Apollo Funds acquired all of the outstanding common stock of Diamond Resorts. The acquisition was effected through a previously announced $30.25 per share cash tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Diamond Resorts followed by a merger.
The tender offer, which was made pursuant to the agreement and plan of merger entered into by Diamond Resorts and affiliates of the Apollo Funds on June 29, 2016 (the “Merger Agreement”), expired at 5:00 P.M. (New York City time) on September 1, 2016. A total of 56,675,355 shares of common stock of Diamond Resorts (excluding 4,523,247 shares tendered by guaranteed delivery), representing approximately 81.26% of the outstanding shares, were tendered into and not withdrawn from the tender offer. According to the terms of the tender offer, all such shares (and any additional shares tendered by guaranteed delivery unless actual delivery does not occur) have been irrevocably accepted for payment, which occurred today.
On September 2, 2016, concurrently with payment for the tendered shares, in accordance with the Merger Agreement and Section 251(h) of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, the acquisition was completed by merging Diamond Resorts with an affiliate of the Apollo Funds. In connection with the merger, all shares not validly tendered in the tender offer (subject to certain exceptions, including shares for which appraisal rights were validly demanded) were cancelled and converted into the right to receive $30.25 per share. As a result, Diamond Resorts became a privately-held company and Diamond Resort’s common stock ceased trading on the New York Stock Exchange, effective today, and will be delisted.
David Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Resorts, said, “We have gained a valuable and innovative partner through Apollo as they are one of the global leaders in private equity with nearly three decades of experience in acquiring and successfully growing companies. With Apollo’s expertise and support, we are confident that we will be able to continue building on our current success and remain focused on delivering operational excellence, unparalleled hospitality and unforgettable vacation experiences.”
“We are excited about the completed acquisition of Diamond Resorts, which is an amazing business with a sterling industry reputation,” said David Sambur, Partner at Apollo. “We look forward to working together with the management team to grow and strengthen Diamond Resorts’ business.”
Centerview Partners served as exclusive financial advisor to the Strategic Review Committee. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP served as legal advisor to the Strategic Review Committee. DLA Piper LLP served as special counsel and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP served as antitrust counsel to the Company. Barclays and RBC Capital Markets, LLC served as M&A advisors to Apollo and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP served as legal advisor to Apollo. PSP Investments Credit USA LLC, Barclays, Royal Bank of Canada and Jefferies Finance LLC provided debt financing.
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