MoneyGram to be acquired for $1.8 billion
MoneyGram International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MGI) and private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (MDP) today announced a definitive agreement under which funds affiliated with MDP will acquire all outstanding shares of MoneyGram for $11.00 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.8 billion.
The purchase price represents a meaningful premium of approximately 50% to MoneyGram’s unaffected closing stock price on December 14, 2021, the last trading day prior to media speculation regarding a possible transaction.
Under the terms of the agreement, which was unanimously approved by the MoneyGram Board of Directors, MoneyGram shareholders will receive $11.00 in cash for each share of MoneyGram common stock they own. In addition, upon the closing of the transaction MDP will be refinancing the Company’s outstanding debt, which was $799 million as of December 31, 2021.
Committed debt financing for the transaction has been provided by Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Barclays. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by MoneyGram shareholders and receipt of regulatory approvals, including required approvals in various jurisdictions related to money transmitter licenses.
Upon completion of the transaction, MoneyGram will become a private company and MoneyGram shares will no longer be listed on any public market.
The agreement includes a 30-day “go-shop” period expiring on March 16, 2022. During this period, the MoneyGram Board and its advisors are permitted to actively initiate, solicit, encourage and evaluate alternative acquisition proposals, and potentially enter into negotiations with any parties that may offer alternative acquisition proposals.
MoneyGram will have the right to terminate the MDP agreement to enter into a superior proposal subject to the terms and conditions of such agreement. There can be no assurance that this “go-shop” process will result in a superior proposal or that any other transaction will be approved or completed. MoneyGram does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the go-shop process unless and until its Board of Directors determines such disclosure is appropriate or is otherwise required.
Following the close of the transaction, it is expected that MoneyGram will continue to operate under the MoneyGram brand and be led by Alex Holmes and the Company’s existing leadership team. MoneyGram will maintain its headquarters in Dallas, Texas.