Apollo to buy ClubCorp for $1.1 billion

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ClubCorp and affiliates of certain investment funds (the “Apollo funds”) managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo”), have entered an agreement pursuant to which the Apollo funds will acquire all of the outstanding shares of ClubCorp for $17.12 per share in cash, or approximately $1.1 billion. The all-cash transaction represents a premium of approximately 30.7 percent over ClubCorp’s closing stock price on July 7, 2017, according to the company.

“We are pleased to reach this agreement with the Apollo funds, which follows a comprehensive review of strategic alternatives by ClubCorp’s Board of Directors,” says John Beckert, chairman of the Board of ClubCorp, in a press release. “With the support of the Apollo funds, we are confident that ClubCorp will be able to continue building on its success by providing its members with unrivalled experiences at its clubs. This transaction represents the culmination of our review of strategic alternatives and achieves our goal of enhancing value for shareholders. The company looks forward to working closely with Apollo as it enters the next stage of its growth.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by ClubCorp shareholders, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year. Upon completion of the transaction, ClubCorp will be a privately held company, and ClubCorp’s common shares will no longer be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

The ClubCorp Board of Directors also declared a one-time quarterly dividend of $0.13 per share of common stock, according to the company. The dividend is expected to be paid on July 28, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 21, 2017.

The ClubCorp Board of Directors, acting with the recommendation of its Strategic Review Committee, unanimously approved the agreement with the Apollo funds. The Board, along with the Strategic Review Committee, the management team and independent financial and legal advisors, conducted a robust and thorough strategic review process, which included discussions with a wide array of potential counter parties regarding a range of possible transactions, according to the company.

“We are excited for our funds to be acquiring ClubCorp,” says David Sambur, senior partner at Apollo. “We look forward to working with ClubCorp’s outstanding management team and talented employees, who have built a best-in-class member-centric business that delivers exceptional experiences. We plan to leverage Apollo’s resources and expertise while working with ClubCorp’s dedicated team to continue to grow the business and provide the highest level of service and club offerings to members.”

Jefferies LLC and Wells Fargo Securities / Eastdil Secured are acting as financial advisors to the Company and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is acting as legal counsel, according to a press release.

Financing is being provided by Citigroup, Royal Bank of Canada, Barclays, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank. Citigroup is acting as lead financial advisor to Apollo, and other financial advisors include RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Barclays, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is acting as Apollo’s legal counsel.

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