CVC to Acquire Samsonite Corporation in $1.7 Billion All-Cash Transaction

Samsonite Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: SAMC) , one of the world's largest designers, manufacturers, distributors and marketers of luggage, casual bags, business cases and travel-related products today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by funds managed and advised by CVC Capital Partners ("CVC"), a leading global private equity firm. The all-cash transaction is valued at approximately $1.7 billion, including the assumption of debt.
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MANSFIELD, Mass., -- Samsonite Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: SAMC) , one of the world's largest designers, manufacturers, distributors and marketers of luggage, casual bags, business cases and travel-related products today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by funds managed and advised by CVC Capital Partners ("CVC"), a leading global private equity firm. The all-cash transaction is valued at approximately $1.7 billion, including the assumption of debt.

Under the terms of the agreement, CVC will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Samsonite for $1.49 per share in cash.

The transaction was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Samsonite.

Entities controlled by Ares Management LLC, Bain Capital Partners, LLC and Teachers' Private Capital, the private investment arm of Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, ("Principal Shareholders") who collectively own approximately 85% of Samsonite's common stock, have agreed to approve the transaction and have entered into a written consent and voting agreement with CVC in this regard. The written consent and voting agreement provides, among other things, that the Principal Shareholders will deliver written consents approving the merger.

The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2007 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory review in the US and Europe. CVC has received certain funds debt financing commitments from third-party financing sources and, accordingly, closing is not subject to the receipt of financing.

Marcello Bottoli, CEO of Samsonite, said: "We believe that this transaction delivers excellent value to all our shareholders. I am excited to continue our successful journey to create the world's leading travel lifestyle brand together with CVC Capital Partners."

A representative for the Principal Shareholders commented: "Ares Management LLC, Bain Capital and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan would like to thank Marcello Bottoli, the rest of the management team and the employees of Samsonite for their significant efforts during our ownership period in transforming the company into the world's leading premium, global travel brand. We wish Samsonite and its new owners continued success."

Hardy McLain and Luigi Lanari of CVC stated, "CVC Capital Partners is delighted to have reached agreement to acquire Samsonite, the world's leading travel lifestyle brand. We look forward to working with Marcello Bottoli and his team to realise the full potential of the brand. China and India present particularly interesting opportunities for growth."

Merrill Lynch International acted as financial advisor and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP acted as legal advisor to Samsonite in connection with the transaction. Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal advisor to the Principal Shareholders in connection with the transaction. UBS and Lehman Brothers Inc. acted as financial advisors and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and SJ Berwin LLP acted as legal advisors to CVC.

This press release and the related Agreement and Plan of Merger will be filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the requirements of US Securities Laws. In connection with the proposed transaction, Samsonite intends to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including a proxy statement on Schedule 14A. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF SAMSONITE ARE URGED TO READ THESE MATERIALS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SAMSONITE, CVC CAPITAL PARTNERS AND THE TRANSACTION. The proxy statement and other relevant materials (when they become available) and any other documents filed by Samsonite with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Investors and security holders are urged to read the proxy statement and the other relevant materials when they become available before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed transaction.

Samsonite and its executive officers and directors may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Samsonite's stockholders with respect to the proposed acquisition. Information about Samsonite's executive officers and directors and their ownership of Samsonite common stock is set forth in the proxy statement, which was filed with the SEC on June 26, 2007. Investors and security holders may obtain more detailed information regarding the direct and indirect interests of Samsonite and its respective executive officers and directors in the proposed acquisition by reading the preliminary and definitive proxy statements regarding the proposed acquisition, which will be filed by Samsonite with the SEC.

CVC Capital Partners and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders of Samsonite in connection with the transaction described herein. Information regarding the special interests of these directors and executive officers will be included in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus to be circulated in connection with the transaction.

About Samsonite
Samsonite is one of the world's largest manufacturers and distributors of luggage and markets luggage, casual bags, business cases and travel-related products under brands such as SAMSONITE(R) Black Label, LAMBERTSON TRUEX(R), SAMSONITE(R), AMERICAN TOURISTER(R), LACOSTE(R) and TIMBERLAND(R).


About CVC Capital Partners
CVC Capital Partners ("CVC") is a leading global private equity and investment advisory firm founded in 1981, with a network of 18 Offices and 160 employees throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. CVC is currently investing from CVC Fund IV, CVC Asia II and CVC Tandem Fund with an aggregate of $15bn in equity capital. The CVC team's local knowledge and extensive contacts underpin a 25-year proven track record of investment success. CVC has the ability to bring an enormous amount of cross-border resource together quickly to focus on winning transactions. The current European portfolio totals 36 investments and includes: Formula One, the world's leading motorsport rights management business; AA/Saga, a leading affinity brand business; Cortefiel, one of the largest specialised clothing retailers in Spain; Debenhams, Britain's leading department store group; and Seat Pagine Gialle, the leading directories business in Italy. The current Asian portfolio totals 10 investments and includes PBL Media, Australia's largest diversified media group (including Channel Nine and NineMSN) and DCA, Australia's leading healthcare company.


About Ares Management
Ares Management is a private alternative investment firm with approximately $15 billion of committed capital under management. Founded in 1997, Ares Management specializes in managing assets in both the private equity and leveraged finance markets. Ares Management's private equity activities are conducted through the Ares Corporate Opportunities Funds ("ACOF"). ACOF's retail and consumer product portfolio companies include General Nutrition Centers, Inc., Maidenform Brands, Inc., National Bedding Co. (Serta) and Orchard Supply Hardware Stores Corp. Ares Management's leveraged finance activities in the U.S. and Europe are conducted through its capital market group and its management of Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:ARCC) , a publicly traded business development corporation. The firm has over 170 employees and offices in Los Angeles, New York and London.


About Bain Capital Partners
Bain Capital is a global private investment firm and manages various capital funds including private equity, high-yield investments, mezzanine capital and public equity with approximately $50 billion in assets under management. Since its inception in 1984, Bain Capital has made private equity investments and add-on acquisitions in over 240 companies around the world, including such leading retailers and consumer companies as Toys "R" Us, Michaels, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Burlington Coat Factory, Dunkin' Brands, Dollarama and Staples. Headquartered in Boston, Bain Capital has offices in London, New York, Munich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo.


About Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
With more than $16 billion in assets, Teachers' Private Capital is one of North America's largest private investors, providing equity and mezzanine debt capital for large and mid-sized companies, venture capital for developing industries, and financing for a growing portfolio of infrastructure and timberland assets worldwide. It has completed a number of major retail and consumer product transactions, including General Nutrition Centers, Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation, Easton-Bell Sports, National Bedding Co. (Serta) and Doane Pet Care. Other notable private investments include Yellow Pages Group, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and Alliance Laundry Holdings. The CDN$106 billion Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is the largest single-profession pension plan in Canada. It is an independent corporation responsible for investing the fund and administering the pensions of Ontario's 271,000 active and retired teachers.


Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current beliefs and expectations. The forward-looking statements in this release are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances and involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the company's operations, markets, products, services, prices and other factors as discussed in the Samsonite's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Significant risks and uncertainties may relate to, but are not limited to, financial, economic, competitive, environmental, political, legal, regulatory and technological factors. In addition, the completion of any transactions described in this release is subject to a number of uncertainties and to negotiation and execution of definitive agreements among the parties and closing will be subject to approvals and other customary conditions. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that such transactions will be completed or that the company's expectations will be realized. The company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by applicable laws.

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