CA Bancorp, a Toronto-based publicly-traded merchant bank, has entered into an acquisition agreement with CDJ Global Catalyst LLC. Under the terms of the agreement, CDJ will acquire all of the firm’s issued and outstanding common shares for C$3.2 per share, an increase from CDJ’s previous offer. CA Bancorp’s Board of Directors has unanimously determined the deal to be in “the best interests” of the firm and its shareholders. Over the years, CA Bancorp has invested in a range of Canadian companies, including existing portfolio investments Digital Payment Technologies Corp. and Salbro Bottle Group.
C.A. Bancorp Inc. (“CAB” or the “Company”) (TSX: BKP) and CDJ Global Catalyst LLC (“CDJ”) today announced that they have entered into a support agreement (the “Support Agreement”) under which CDJ has agreed, subject to customary conditions, to offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares (the “Shares”) of the Company for cash at a price of $3.20 per Share (the “Offer”), an increase from CDJ’s previously announced intention to make an offer at $3.15 per Share. The Offer will be made by CDJ, on behalf of accounts in respect of which it exercises discretion and control, by way of a take-over bid circular that will be mailed to the Company’s shareholders (the “Shareholders”) on or before January 21, 2013, subject to extension. CDJ, on behalf of managed accounts over which it has sole discretion, exercises control over 2,442,051 or 19.9% of the 12,269,280 issued and outstanding Shares.
The Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) has unanimously determined that the consideration per Share under the proposed transaction (the “Transaction”) is fair and the transactions contemplated in the Offer are in the best interests of the Company and the Shareholders and, accordingly, the Board has unanimously recommended that Shareholders tender their Shares to the Offer. The Company’s financial advisor, MPA Morrison Park Advisors Inc., has provided an opinion to the Board that the consideration payable under the Transaction is fair from a financial point of view to Shareholders (other than CDJ or any of its affiliates).
“When the Company began implementing the realization strategy in mid-2010, the board and management were committed to maximizing shareholder value over a two to three year period, while continuously evaluating alternatives that may deliver similar or superior value to the shareholders” said Paul Haggis, Chairman of the Board. “The transaction announced today represents the culmination of the realization strategy and we recommend that shareholders tender their shares to the Offer.”
“We are very pleased to have our bid supported by CAB’s Board of Directors. We intend to maintain CAB as a publicly traded entity, which will facilitate future growth and provide greater access to capital, which can then be deployed in new opportunistic investments” said Colin King, Managing Director of CDJ.
The consideration being offered to Shareholders under this Transaction represents a premium of approximately 9% to the closing price of the Company’s Shares on November 26, 2012, the day prior to the announcement by CDJ of its intention to make an all-cash offer to acquire the Shares. Furthermore, the Offer represents a price that is 96% of CAB’s net asset value per Share as reported by CAB on November 5, 2012.
As part of the Transaction, directors and officers of the Company who own Shares have entered into lock-up agreements to tender to the Offer, subject to the terms of such agreements, all of the Shares beneficially owned or controlled by them. In addition, CDJ has also received lock-up agreements from The K2 Principal Fund L.P., North Pole Capital Master Fund, a former director of the Company and a former officer of the Company in which each has agreed subject to the terms of such agreements to tender their Shares to the Offer. In aggregate, CDJ has received agreements to tender to the Offer for 3,603,567 Shares representing approximately 29.37% of the Company’s issued and outstanding Shares.
The Offer will be open for acceptance for a period of not less than 35 days and will be conditional upon, among other things, more than 50% of the Shares of the Company (on a fully-diluted basis and excluding those held or controlled by CDJ) being validly deposited under the Offer and not withdrawn. In addition, the Offer will also be subject to other customary conditions. The Support Agreement includes customary restrictions on the Company seeking alternatives to the Offer (subject to “fiduciary out” provisions in the event of an unsolicited superior proposal), and standard “deal protection” provisions include a termination fee and right to match in favour of CDJ. Pending completion of the Offer and subject to certain limitations outlined in the Support Agreement, the Company will continue to operate its business in the ordinary course consistent with past practice.
Shareholders should consult their own investment dealer, stockbroker, bank manager, accountant, lawyer or other professional advisor with respect to the Transaction, details of which will be contained in the take-over bid circular.
C.A. Bancorp is a publicly traded Canadian merchant bank and alternative asset manager that provides investors with access to a range of private equity and other alternative asset class investment opportunities. C.A. Bancorp has historically focused on investments in small- and middle-capitalization public and private companies, with emphasis on the industrials, real estate, infrastructure and financial services sectors. The Company is currently executing its Realization Strategy.
Steven Sharpe, Chief Executive Officer, C.A. Bancorp Inc.
Colin King, Managing Director, CDJ Global Catalyst LLC
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