KKR has made an investment in WMI Holdings Corp (formerly Washington Mutual). Under terms of the agreement, KKR has bought approximately $11 million of convertible preferred stock of WMI and has committed to acquire up to $150 million of subordinated 7.5% PIK notes. Blackstone Advisory Partners L.P. advised WMI on the transaction. Based in Seattle, WMI focuses on operating reinsurance business in runoff mode.
SEATTLE, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — WMI Holdings Corp. (OTC: WMIH) (“WMI” or the “Company”) today announced that KKR Management Holdings L.P. and KKR Fund Holdings L.P., subsidiaries of KKR & Co. L.P. (together with its affiliates, “KKR”), have finalized a strategic investment in the Company.
Michael Willingham, Chairman of the Company said, “We believe the investment in our Company by KKR will enhance value for all shareholders of WMI Holdings. KKR has a history of investing across a wide range of asset classes and we look forward to working with the KKR team as we execute on our acquisition strategy.”
Tagar Olson, Member and Head of KKR’s Financial Services team stated, “We are pleased to finalize this investment and look forward to working with the Company as it continues to grow and diversify its platform. As a long-term aligned capital partner to the Company, we believe that KKR is well-positioned to help build shareholder value.”
On January 30, 2014, KKR (i) purchased approximately $11 million face amount of convertible preferred stock of the Company convertible into shares of common stock of the Company for a conversion price of $1.10 per share, and (ii) committed to purchase up to $150 million aggregate principal amount of subordinated 7.5% PIK notes, which may be issued in one or more tranches over a three year period, each with a seven year term from the date of initial issuance (the “Subordinated Notes”), subject to certain terms and conditions. Substantially all of the proceeds from the Subordinated Notes, if and when issued, would be used by the Company to fund future acquisitions. In connection with the commitment, KKR has received five-year warrants to purchase approximately 61.4 million shares of the Company’s common stock, 30.7 million of which has an exercise price of $1.32 per share and 30.7 million of which has an exercise price of $1.43 per share. KKR also has the right for three years to participate up to 50% in equity offerings up to an aggregate of $1 billion by the Company subject to certain limitations, including a cap on ownership by KKR of 42.5% of the Company’s common equity.
Blackstone Advisory Partners L.P. acted as financial advisor to the Company in connection with the transaction. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Lane Powell PC are counsel to the Company. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is counsel to KKR.
About WMI Holdings
WMI Holdings Corp., formerly Washington Mutual, Inc., consists primarily of WM Mortgage Reinsurance Company, Inc. (“WMMRC”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company that is domiciled in Hawaii. The Company’s primary business is a legacy reinsurance business that is currently operated in runoff mode by WMMRC.
Founded in 1976 and led by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, KKR is a leading global investment firm with $90.2 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2013. With offices around the world, KKR manages assets through a variety of investment funds and accounts covering multiple asset classes. KKR seeks to create value by bringing operational expertise to its portfolio companies and through active oversight and monitoring of its investments. KKR complements its investment expertise and strengthens interactions with fund investors through its client relationships and capital markets platform. KKR & Co. L.P. is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: KKR) and “KKR”, as used in this release, includes its subsidiaries, their managed investment funds and accounts, and/or their affiliated investment vehicles, as appropriate.