Collectors Universe to be acquired by investor group for approx. $700M
Collectors Universe (CLCT) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which an investor group led by entrepreneur and sports card collector Nat Turner, D1 Capital Partners L.P., and Cohen Private Ventures will acquire all of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock for $75.25 per share in cash.
Collectors Universe, Inc. provides authentication, grading, and related services to dealers, collectors, and retail buyers and sellers of coins, trading cards, event tickets, autographs, and historical and sports memorabilia in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Coins, Trading Cards and Autographs, and Other Collectibles. It also publishes magazines that provide market prices and information for various collectibles and high-value assets that are accessible on its websites.
The transaction represents a premium of approximately 30% over the Company’s 60-day volume-weighted average price ended on November 25, 2020, the last full trading day before today’s announcement.
The transaction, which was approved by the Collectors Universe Board of Directors, represents fully diluted equity value of approximately $700M, and is not subject to any financing contingency.
Joseph J. Orlando, President and CEO of Collectors Universe, will continue to lead Collectors Universe, which will retain its headquarters in Santa Ana, California.
The transaction will be completed through a cash tender offer for all of the outstanding common shares of Collectors Universe for $75.25 per share in cash, to be commenced as promptly as reasonably practicable, followed by a merger in which any remaining outstanding shares of Collectors Universe will be converted into the right to receive the same cash price per share paid in the tender offer.
The closing of the tender offer is subject to certain limited and customary conditions, including the tender by Collectors Universe shareholders of at least one share more than 50% of Collectors Universe’s issued and outstanding shares and expiration or early termination of the statutory waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.
The Collectors Universe Board of Directors recommends that all shareholders tender their shares in the offer.
The transaction is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2021.
Upon completion of the transaction, Collectors Universe will become a privately held company and its shares will no longer be listed on any public market.
CLCT last traded at $75.22, up $2.67.
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