The Blackstone Group said Tuesday that it has raised its offer for Dynegy to $5 a share, up from its previously agreed upon price of $4.50 a share. The New York PE firm said in a statement Tuesday that the $5 proposal is its “best and final offer.” The increase comes after two of Dynegy’s largest shareholders have criticized Blackstone’s bid as too low.
Blackstone Capital Partners V L.P. today announced its affiliate’s intention to increase the cash price per share under its previously announced merger agreement with Dynegy Inc. (NYSE: DYN) to $5.00 per share. This offer represents an 11.1% increase over the $4.50 per share cash price contemplated by the existing merger agreement and a 79.9% premium to Dynegy’s closing share price on August 12th, the day prior to the announcement of the transaction.
Blackstone has notified Dynegy’s Board of Directors that this proposed $5.00 per share cash price represents Blackstone’s best and final offer and remains subject to agreement to the terms of an amended merger agreement.
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WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION
In connection with the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of August 13, 2010, providing for the acquisition of Dynegy by Denali Parent Inc., an affiliate of BCP V, Dynegy filed a definitive proxy statement with the SEC on October 4, 2010 (the “Proxy Statement”) and commenced mailing the definitive proxy statement and form of proxy to the stockholders of Dynegy. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, DYNEGY’S STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT REGARDING THE TRANSACTION CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY BECAUSE IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Dynegy’s stockholders are able to obtain, without charge, a copy of the definitive proxy statement and other relevant documents filed with the SEC from the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. Dynegy’s stockholders are also able to obtain, without charge, a copy of the definitive proxy statement and other relevant documents by directing a request by mail or telephone to Dynegy Inc., Attn: Corporate Secretary, 1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 5800, Houston, Texas 77002, telephone: (713) 507-6400, or from the Dynegy’s website, http://www.dynegy.com.
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