ebster Financial Corporation (NYSE: WBS) today announced that, following receipt of regulatory approvals, Warburg Pincus, the global private equity firm, has completed its previously announced $115 million investment in Webster. In accord with the previously announced agreement, the investment includes a direct purchase of newly issued common stock at $10 per share, non-voting perpetual participating preferred stock, and warrants.
Warburg Pincus invested $40.2 million on July 27, 2009 and today invested the remaining $74.8 million in Webster to purchase 3 million shares of common stock; 44,570 shares of non-voting perpetual participating preferred stock that, following the receipt of shareholder approval, will convert into 4.5 million shares of common stock; 6.8 million seven-year A-Warrants, Series 2, which initially have a strike price of $10.00 per share, with the strike price increasing to $11.50 per share on October 15, 2011 and to $13.00 per share on October 15, 2013; and 4.3 million seven-year B-Warrants, Series 2 with a strike price of $2.50 per share which will only become exercisable and transferable if shareholder approval is not received by February 28, 2010. The B-Warrants, Series 2 will expire immediately upon receipt of shareholder approval.
Supplemental information regarding the $115 million investment from Warburg Pincus is available on our website at www.wbst.com.
About Webster Financial Corporation
Webster Financial Corporation is the holding company for Webster Bank, National Association. With $17.5 billion in assets, Webster provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, financial planning, trust and investment services through 181 banking offices, 492 ATMs, telephone banking and the Internet. Webster Bank owns the asset-based lending firm Webster Business Credit Corporation, the insurance premium finance company Budget Installment Corp., Center Capital Corporation, an equipment finance company headquartered in Farmington, Conn., and provides health savings account trustee and administrative services through HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank. Member FDIC and equal housing lender. For more information about Webster, including past press releases and the latest annual report, visit the Webster website at www.websterbank.com.
About Warburg Pincus
Warburg Pincus is a leading global private equity firm. The firm has more than $25 billion in assets under management. Its active portfolio of more than 100 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector and geography. Warburg Pincus is a growth investor and an experienced partner to management teams seeking to build durable companies with sustainable value. Warburg Pincus has a successful track record of long term investments in the banking sector particularly in periods of market dislocation going back to the 1980s. Historic bank sector investments include The Bowery Savings Bank, Mellon Bank, Dime Bancorp, TAC Banc-shares, HDFC, Kotak Mahindra and ICICI Bank. Founded in 1966, Warburg Pincus has raised 12 private equity funds which have invested more than $29 billion in approximately 600 companies in 30 countries. The firm is currently investing Warburg Pincus Private Equity X, L.P., a $15 billion fund, and has offices in Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai and Tokyo. For more information, please visit www.warburgpincus.com.