Siebert Financial Corp (SIEB), Kennedy Cabot Enter Merger Agreement

September 2, 2016 9:06 AM EDT

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Siebert Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: SIEB) and Kennedy Cabot Acquisition, LLC are pleased to announce they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Kennedy Cabot Acquisition will acquire approximately 90% of the outstanding common stock of Siebert Financial Corp. from the Estate of Muriel F. Siebert. Siebert Financial is the owner of Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc., the broker-dealer founded in 1967 by the late Muriel F. “Mickie” Siebert, the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and the first woman to head a NYSE member firm.

Jane Macon, the Chairwoman of Siebert Financial said, “We look forward to a smooth transition and are pleased that the enduring vision and legacy established by Mickie Siebert nearly fifty years ago will continue into the future.”

Gloria E. Gebbia, the owner and managing member of Kennedy Cabot Acquisition said, “The team being assembled at Kennedy Cabot Acquisition has many years of experience in the brokerage industry including successfully acquiring and growing broker-dealers and bring a strong and experienced management team to Siebert Financial Corp.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Kennedy Cabot Acquisition will make a tender offer for the outstanding common stock of Siebert Financial not owned by the Estate. Holders of Siebert Financial shares may accept the tender offer and sell their shares or not tender their shares and remain shareholders of Siebert Financial. The closing of the sale and the tender offer is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2016, conditioned upon approval by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Prior to closing, Siebert Financial anticipates paying a dividend to all Siebert Financial shareholders in the amount of approximately $0.20 per share.

Siebert Financial’s principal activity is providing online and traditional discount brokerage and related services to retail investors through the broker-dealer, and serves as a registered investment advisor through its Siebert Investment Advisors business unit.

Siebert Financial considers the sale to Kennedy Cabot Acquisition to be the strongest strategic alternative to continue the company and maximize shareholder value in the wake of the 2013 passing of Muriel F. “Mickie” Siebert, Siebert Financial’s founder and former Chairwoman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Kennedy Cabot Acquisition plans to continue to build upon the strong existing foundation at Siebert Financial to further strengthen the customer experience. The acquisition agreement does not provide for the merger of Siebert Financial with or into Kennedy Cabot Acquisition.

Mrs. Gebbia added, “Speaking for myself and the other principals of Kennedy Cabot Acquisition, we are all very excited about the acquisition and embrace the opportunity not only to expand the business but also to build a world-class financial firm dedicated to serving client financial needs.”

Mrs. Gebbia and her family are the majority owners of StockCross Financial Services, Inc. The Gebbia family has been successfully involved with financial services companies since the early 1970's and during such time they built a broker-dealer into a national brand, which they sold to Toronto Dominion Bank in 1997. Mrs. Gebbia is also the President of the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies which raises funds for the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Through Mrs. Gebbia’s leadership since 1998 over $14 million has been raised for cancer research studies.

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