NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cadus Corporation (OTCMKTS:KDUS) (the “Company” or “Cadus”) today announced that it had entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with Starfire Holding Corporation (“Starfire”), an affiliate of Carl C. Icahn and an affiliate of the Company’s controlling stockholders, Barberry Corp. and High River Limited Partnership (collectively, “High River”), pursuant to which Starfire will acquire the Company. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, upon completion of the transaction, all outstanding shares of Cadus common stock not owned by High River or its affiliates will be converted into the right to receive $1.61 per share in cash, without interest.
The $1.61 per share price represents a premium of approximately 69% over Cadus’ closing stock price on September 19, 2017, the last trading day before High River’s announcement of their initial offer to acquire all shares of Cadus common stock not owned by them (the “Initial Offer”), and a premium of approximately 24% over the purchase price proposed in the Initial Offer of $1.30 per share.
As previously disclosed on October 27, 2017, the Company’s Board of Directors formed a special committee of independent directors (the “Special Committee”) to consider the Initial Offer, as well as any other offers that were made for the outstanding common stock of Cadus.
The Company’s Board of Directors, acting on the unanimous recommendation of the Special Committee, approved the Merger Agreement, and the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, and recommended that the Company’s stockholders adopt the Merger Agreement. The Special Committee, with the assistance of its independent financial and legal advisors, exclusively negotiated the terms of the Merger Agreement with High River.
The merger is subject to approval by the Company’s stockholders, including approval by the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Cadus common stock that are not beneficially owned by High River or their affiliates, as well as certain other customary closing conditions. The merger is not subject to a financing condition.
The Company will call a meeting of stockholders for the purpose of voting on the adoption of the Merger Agreement in due course. If the merger is completed, Cadus will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Starfire, and the Company’s common stock will be deregistered and will no longer be traded on the OTCQB Marketplace or any other public market.
Cadus is in the business of purchasing individual homes and individual residential lots, renovating or constructing on them, and reselling them. To date, the Company has primarily focused its real estate activities in Florida.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the merger, the Company plans to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and mail to its stockholders a proxy statement and other relevant materials. The proxy statement will contain important information about the Company, the acquiror, the proposed acquisition and related matters. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT CAREFULLY WHEN IT IS AVAILABLE AND THE OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS FILED BY THE COMPANY WITH THE SEC BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement and other relevant materials filed with the SEC by the Company through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov or by directing a written request to the Company’s legal counsel at Morrison Cohen LLP, Attention: Matthew Manuelian, 909 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10022, or by telephone at (212) 735-8654. In addition, investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC on the Company’s website at www.caduscorp.com.
Participants in the Solicitation
The Company and its directors, executive officers and other members of its management may be deemed to be “participants” in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s stockholders in connection with the merger. Investors and stockholders may obtain more detailed information regarding the direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, in the merger of persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of the Company’s stockholders in connection with the merger by reading the proxy statement and the other relevant materials filed with the SEC by the Company. Information about the Company’s directors and executive officers may also be found in the Company’s definitive proxy statement for its most recent annual meeting of stockholders, filed with the SEC on April 12, 2017. These documents will be available free of charge once available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by directing a request to the Company as provided above.
Any statements in this press release about future events, expectations, plans or prospects for the Company, or about the Company’s future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including statements containing the words “will,” “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimates” and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements. A number of important factors could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: (1) the conditions to the completion of the merger, including the required approval by the Company’s stockholders, may not be satisfied on the terms expected or on the anticipated schedule; (2) the parties’ ability to meet expectations regarding the timing and completion of the merger; (3) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement; (4) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the merger on our business relationships, operating results, and business generally; (5) risks that the proposed merger disrupts the Company’s current plans and operations; (6) risks related to diverting management’s attention from the Company’s ongoing business operations; (7) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the Company related to the merger or the Merger Agreement; (8) the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and other charges related to the merger; and (9) other factors discussed from time to time in our reports filed with the SEC, including the factors discussed in Item 1A of the Company’s 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed with the SEC on March 31, 2017 and subsequent SEC filings, which are available at http://www.sec.gov. The Company assumes no obligation to update the information in this press release, except as otherwise required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
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