Reservoir Holdings to List on NASDAQ Through Merger with Roth CH Acquisition II Co. (ROCC)
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Reservoir Holdings, Inc. (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), a leading independent music company, and Roth CH Acquisition Co. II (NASDAQ: ROCC) (“Roth CH II” or “ROCC”), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company with $115 million in trust, announced today the signing of a definitive agreement for a business combination that will result in Reservoir becoming a public company. Upon closing of the transaction, the combined company will be renamed “Reservoir Media, Inc.” and is expected to remain listed on the NASDAQ under the new ticker symbol “RSVR.”
In connection with the merger announcement, the companies executed definitive agreements with institutional investors, including funds managed by Caledonia, for a common stock PIPE of $150 million at $10.00 per share.
Upon closing of the transaction, founder and CEO Golnar Khosrowshahi will continue to lead the combined company. Reservoir will be the first independent music company to go public in the United States and also the first female founded and led music company to be publicly traded in the United States.
Founded in 2007, Reservoir is an award-winning independent music company. The Company’s music publishing business represented Reservoir’s primary focus from its inception until its large-scale step toward building its recorded music business in 2019 with the acquisition of Chrysalis Records. With a catalog of hit songs and a roster populated by leading talent, the Company is well positioned to benefit from the tremendous growth in streaming and new digital platforms for music and more broadly, audio consumption.
Reservoir’s music publishing catalog consists of more than 130,000 copyrights and is diverse across genre, geography, and time period with titles dating as far back as 1900, and hundreds of #1 releases worldwide. The catalog includes evergreen compositions such as “It’s Your Thing” by The Isley Brothers, “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash, “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver, and “Señorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.
The Company’s music publishing catalog is complemented by its frontline creative business, a collection of songwriters and artists retained and fronted by Reservoir. Notable roster signings include Ben Harper, Migos’ Offset and Takeoff, 2 Chainz, Danja, James Fauntleroy, and Ali Tamposi. Reservoir has invested and deployed over $100 million in its frontline creative signings.
The Company’s recorded music business consists of more than 26,000 sound recordings. Like its music publishing catalog, Reservoir’s recorded music catalog is diverse across genre, geography, and time period.
The Company’s management business consists of over 60 clients who have received global recognition, and critical and commercial acclaim.
In total, Reservoir’s celebrated catalog includes over 100 Grammys, Oscars, and Tony awards, 16 Songwriter Hall of Fame inductees, and countless other global awards and recognition, while the Company holds a regular Top 10 U.S. Market Share according to Billboard’s Publishers Quarterly, was twice named Publisher of the Year by Music Business Worldwide’s The A&R Awards, and won Independent Publisher of the Year at the 2020 Music Week Awards.
While Reservoir has demonstrated a track record of organic growth of more than double that of industry average, M&A has been a key driver of its scale. The Company has deployed more than $400 million in catalog acquisitions since inception. As the Company has scaled, the majority of catalog acquisitions have required little-to-no additional operating expenses and have been highly accretive. Reservoir expects to continue to follow its disciplined acquisition strategy.
Golnar Khosrowshahi commented, “From day one, our mission has always been to be the best independent music company in the industry. Today we have taken an important step forward in Reservoir’s evolution to fully realize that vision through our partnership with Roth CH II. Our dedication to our songwriters and artists and their music is at the heart of everything that we do, and this path to growth supports our promise to service our clients, enhance value, and build a quality catalog. I am immensely proud of what we have built alongside President & COO Rell Lafargue, and our incredible team whose excellent skills, high-touch client service, and outstanding track record is unmatched.”
Partners of Roth Capital and Craig-Hallum, sponsors of Roth CH II stated, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Reservoir and its exceptional leadership team. Reservoir has built an outstanding collection of hit songs and soundtracks in both its music publishing and masters businesses, and has a unique and differentiated value enhancement model that drives highly attractive returns. We are excited about Reservoir’s strong cash flow generating capabilities in a growing industry with significant tailwinds. The portfolio is fully diversified in all genres of music with some of the most iconic hits of the past hundred years. We look forward to Reservoir pursuing future organic growth and acquisitions in this exciting sector under consolidation.”
Reservoir Investment Highlights
- Large market opportunity with strong secular industry tailwinds driven by the global adoption of paid streaming music subscription services and growth in areas like in-home fitness
- Diverse catalogs of music compositions and sound recordings, de-risked by long-term royalty copyright ownership
- Business model strengthened by value enhancement initiatives that have enabled the Company to grow organically at more than double the rate of the industry
- An active songwriter roster nurtured by the frontline creative team has achieved regular top ten market share within the contemporary music marketplace
- Proven M&A platform and large pipeline of catalog acquisition opportunities in an industry ripe for consolidation
- Highly attractive economic model with predictable, significant free cash flow generation
The transaction will be funded by a combination of Roth CH II’s cash held in its trust account (after any redemptions by its public stockholders in connection with the closing), a full equity roll-over from existing Reservoir ownership, and proceeds from a private placement of $150 million of common stock at $10.00 per share led by Caledonia and other institutional investors that will close concurrently with the business combination.
The transaction implies a pro forma enterprise valuation for the combined company of approximately $788 million at closing. The pro forma implied equity value of the combined company is $740 million at $10.00 per share, assuming no redemptions by the public stockholders of ROCC. Following the transaction and after payment of transaction expenses, Reservoir is expected to receive approximately $246 million of cash – inclusive of the $150 million PIPE and assuming no redemptions from the approximately $115 million of cash held in Roth CH II’s trust account.
The board of directors of Reservoir and ROCC have unanimously approved the transaction. The transaction will require the approval of the stockholders of ROCC and is subject to other customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021.
The combined company will continue to be led by Golnar Khosrowshahi, Founder & CEO, and an executive leadership team including Rell Lafargue, President & COO, and Jim Heindlmeyer, CFO.
Roth Capital Partners, LLC and Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC are acting as placement agents for the PIPE transaction. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is acting as financial advisor to Reservoir. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is acting as legal advisor to Reservoir and Loeb & Loeb LLP is acting as legal advisor to Roth CH II.
Roth CH II and Reservoir management have made available a presentation and joint audio webinar to discuss the proposed transaction. To view the presentation and listen to the audio, please visit Roth CH II’s website at: https://rocc.rothch.com/.
Reservoir is an independent music company based in New York City and with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, London, and Abu Dhabi. Founded as a family-owned music publisher in 2007, the company has grown to represent over 130,000 copyrights and 26,000 master recordings with titles dating as far back as 1900, and hundreds of #1 releases worldwide. Reservoir holds a regular Top 10 U.S. Market Share according to Billboard’s Publishers Quarterly, was twice named Publisher of the Year by Music Business Worldwide’s The A&R Awards, and won Independent Publisher of the Year at the 2020 Music Week Awards.
Its publishing catalog includes historic pieces written and performed by greats like Billy Strayhorn, Hoagy Carmichael, and John Denver; the contemporary-classic catalogs of Sheryl Crow and Phantogram; and current award-winning hits performed by the likes of Lady Gaga, Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, and more. The company’s roster of active writers and producers includes the award-winning James Fauntleroy, Ali Tamposi, and Danja, plus popular performing artists 2 Chainz, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and Migos’ Offset and Takeoff.
Reservoir’s collection of film music includes rights to scores created by award-winning composer-producer Hans Zimmer, as heard in the motion pictures The Lion King, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Gladiator, The Dark Knight Trilogy, and over 150 other titles.
The company also represents a multitude of recorded music through Chrysalis Records and Philly Groove Records and manages artists through its ventures with Blue Raincoat Artists and Big Life Management. For more information, visit www.reservoir-media.com.
About Roth CH Acquisition II Co.
Roth CH Acquisition II Co. is a blank check company incorporated for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. Roth CH is jointly managed by Roth Capital Partners and Craig-Hallum Capital Group. Its initial public offering occurred on December 10, 2020 raising approximately $115 million. For more information, visit www.rothch.com.
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