SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Todd Shipyards Corporation (NYSE: TOD) (“Todd”) today announced that Todd’s option to extend the “go shop” period during which Todd was permitted to solicit acquisition proposals from alternative purchasers (the “Go Shop Period”), has expired and that Todd has not exercised its option to extend the Go Shop Period.
On December 30, 2010, and Vigor Industrial LLC (“Vigor”), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Nautical Miles, Inc. (“Purchaser”), initiated a cash tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Todd for $22.27 per share without interest and less any applicable withholding and transfer taxes. The tender offer is being made pursuant to an offer to purchase and related letter of transmittal, each dated December 30, 2010, and a merger agreement dated December 22, 2010 among Todd, Vigor, and Purchaser (the “Merger Agreement”). Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, after completion of the tender offer and the satisfaction and waiver of all conditions, Purchaser will merge with and into Todd, with Todd continuing as the surviving corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vigor. In certain cases, the parties have agreed to proceed with a one-step merger transaction if the tender offer is not completed.
Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, Todd was permitted to extend the Go Shop Period by up to 14 calendar days by providing written notice to Vigor of such extension not later than January 24, 2011. Todd has no further opportunities to extend the length of the Go Shop Period, which will expire at 11:59 p.m. New York City time on January 28, 2011.
Currently the tender offer will expire at 12:00 midnight New York City time on January 28, 2011, unless extended in accordance with the merger agreement. The closing of the tender offer remains subject to certain conditions described in the tender offer statement on Schedule TO filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 30, 2010.
About Todd Shipyards Corporation
Todd, a Delaware corporation, through its subsidiaries, performs a substantial amount of repair and maintenance work on commercial and federal government vessels and provides new construction and industrial fabrication services for a wide variety of customers. Its customers include the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Washington State Ferry system, NOAA, the Alaska Marine Highway System, and various other commercial and governmental customers. Todd has operated a shipyard in Seattle, Washington since 1916 and also operates a shipyard and facilities in Everett and Bremerton, Washington.
About Vigor Industrial LLC
Vigor, an Oregon limited liability company, through its subsidiaries, operates businesses providing ship repair and conversion, barge building, industrial coating, machining, industrial real estate, and fabrication services. Vigor performs ship repair work through Vigor Marine LLC and Cascade General, located at the Portland Shipyard in Portland, Oregon, Washington Marine Repair, located at Port Angeles, Washington, and Vigor Marine Tacoma, located in the Port of Tacoma, Washington. The company also performs ship repair work at locations in San Diego, California, Everett, Washington and Bremerton, Washington. US Barge LLC, a wholly owned Vigor Industrial subsidiary, constructs barges at the Portland Shipyard.
Statements in this release that relate to future results and events are forward-looking statements based on Todd’s and Vigor’s current expectations, respectively. Actual results and events in future periods may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements because of a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including the expected benefits and costs of the transaction; management plans relating to the transaction; the expected timing of the completion of the transaction; the ability to complete the transaction; any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations, including the execution of integration plans; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that expected benefits may not materialize as expected; that the transaction may not be timely completed, if at all; that, prior to the completion of the transaction, Todd’s business may experience disruptions due to transaction-related uncertainty or other factors making it more difficult to maintain relationships with employees, customers, other business partners or governmental entities and other risks that are described in Todd’s Securities and Exchange Commission reports, including but not limited to the risks described in Todd’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended March 28, 2010. Todd assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.
Important Information about the Tender Offer
This press release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. The solicitation and the offer to buy shares of Todd common stock is being made pursuant to an offer to purchase and related materials that Purchaser and Vigor have filed on Schedule TO with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Todd has also filed solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 with respect to the tender offer with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The tender offer statement (including an offer to purchase, a related letter of transmittal and other offer documents) and the solicitation/recommendation statement contain important information that should be read carefully and considered before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer. These materials have been sent free of charge to all stockholders of Todd. In addition, all of these materials (and all other materials filed by Todd with the Securities and Exchange Commission) are available at no charge from the Securities and Exchange Commission through its website at www.sec.gov. Free copies of the offer to purchase, the related letter of transmittal and certain other offering documents are also available from Phoenix Advisory Partners, the information agent for the tender offer, by calling (800) 576-4314. Investors and security holders may also obtain free copies of the documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Todd by contacting Michael Marsh, Secretary of Todd, telephone number (206) 442-8501.
Additional Information about the Merger and Where to Find It
In connection with the potential one-step merger, Todd will file a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Additionally, Todd will file other relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the proposed acquisition of Todd by Vigor pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement. The materials to be filed by Todd with the Securities and Exchange Commission may be obtained free of charge at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s web site at www.sec.gov. Investors and stockholders also will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement from Todd by contacting Hilary Pickerel with Todd Investor Relations, telephone number (206) 623-1635, ext. 106. Investors and security holders of Todd 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 merger because they will contain important information about the merger and the parties to the merger.
Todd and its respective directors, executive officers and other members of their management and employees, under the Securities and Exchange Commission rules, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies of Todd stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Investors and security holders may obtain more detailed information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of certain of Todd’s executive officers and directors in the solicitation by reading Todd’s proxy statement for its 2010 annual meeting of stockholders, the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 28, 2010, and the proxy statement and other relevant materials that may be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the merger when and if they become available. Information concerning the interests of Todd’s participants in the solicitation, which may, in some cases, be different than those of Todd’s stockholders generally, will be set forth in the proxy statement relating to the merger when it becomes available. Additional information regarding Todd’s directors and executive officers is also included in Todd’s proxy statement for its 2010 annual meeting of stockholders and is included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 28, 2010.