New Frontier Media To Be Acquired By LFP Broadcasting For $2.02 Per Share In Cash Plus A Contingent Cash Payment Right
New Frontier Media (NASDAQ: NOOF) today announced that the Company has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by LFP Broadcasting, LLC, an affiliate of L.F.P., Inc., the company founded and headed up by Larry Flynt, for $2.02 per common share in cash up front, or approximately $33 million, plus a contingent cash payment right for each common share. The acquisition price represents approximately a 79% premium to New Frontier Media's closing stock price on March 8, 2012, the day before New Frontier Media received a publicly-announced unsolicited acquisition proposal. The acquisition is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2012.
The announcement follows a comprehensive review of strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value undertaken by the special committee of independent members of New Frontier Media's Board of Directors. Earlier this year, after receiving unsolicited expressions of interest, New Frontier Media formed a special committee and retained financial and legal advisors to evaluate strategic and financial alternatives. After a thorough assessment, the special committee unanimously recommended and the Board of Directors unanimously approved the agreement. The Board of Directors unanimously recommends that New Frontier Media's shareholders tender their shares in the tender offer.
The New Frontier Media Board of Directors issued the following statement commenting on the announcement: "This announcement represents a very positive outcome for our shareholders, who will receive complete liquidity for their shares at a very significant premium. We also believe that this transaction with LFP Broadcasting creates a great opportunity for our organization, cable television partners and customers as two of the premier adult media broadcasting companies join forces."
"The acquisition of New Frontier Media fits perfectly with our strategic plan for the growth of our company," said LFP President Michael H. Klein. "The addition of these assets to our portfolio strengthens us significantly moving forward."
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