JERICHO, N.Y., Jan. 13, 2012 // PRNewswire // -- Nathan's Famous, Inc. (NASDAQ: NATH) announced today the preliminary results of its previously announced modified Dutch Auction tender offer to purchase for cash up to 500,000 shares of its common stock, $0.01 par value, at a price per share of not less than $20.00 nor greater than $22.00 per share. The tender offer expired at 12:00 midnight, Eastern time, on January 12, 2012.
Based on the preliminary count by American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, the Depositary for the tender, approximately 666,486 shares of common stock were properly tendered and not withdrawn, at or below the final purchase price of $22.00 per share, including approximately 70,873 shares that were tendered through notice of guaranteed delivery. Pursuant to the terms of the tender offer Nathan's Famous has elected to purchase an additional 98,959 shares (within up to 2% of the outstanding shares of its common stock). Since the tender offer is oversubscribed, Nathan's Famous intends to purchase a pro-rated amount of common stock, after taking into account priority given to holders of less than 100 shares, as provided in the Offer to Purchase dated December 8, 2011, as amended, using a proration factor of approximately 89.87 % of shares from each tendering shareholder. All of such shares purchased in the tender offer will be purchased at the same price of $22.00 per share. As such, Nathan's Famous has accepted for purchase an aggregate of 598,959 shares of its common stock, at a purchase price of $22.00 per share, for a total cost of $13,177,098, excluding fees and expenses related to the tender.
Following consummation of the tender offer, Nathan's Famous expects to have approximately 4,349,005 shares of common stock outstanding.
The number of shares tendered and not withdrawn is preliminary and is subject to verification by the Depositary and to the proper delivery of all shares tendered and not properly withdrawn (including shares tendered pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures). The actual number of shares validly tendered and not withdrawn and the proration factor will be announced promptly following completion of the verification process. Promptly after such announcement, the Depositary will issue payment for the shares validly tendered and accepted under the tender offer.
Investor questions concerning the tender offer may be directed to the information agent, MacKenzie Partners, Inc., at 800-322-2885.
Nathan's Famous, Inc.'s products are currently distributed in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Cayman Islands and six foreign countries through its restaurant system, foodservice sales programs and product licensing activities. At December 25, 2011, the Nathan's restaurant system consisted of approximately 302 units, comprised of 297 franchised units and five company-owned units (including one seasonal unit). For additional information about Nathan's please visit our website at www.nathansfamous.com.
Except for historical information contained in this news release, the matters discussed are forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Words such as "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "intend", and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which are based on the current belief of the Company's management, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company's management. The risks and uncertainties to which forward-looking statements are subject include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company's ability to complete the tender offer, the price at which the Company purchases shares pursuant to the tender offer, the number of shares the Company is able to purchase pursuant to the tender offer and other risks and factors identified from time to time in the Company's filings with the SEC. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this press release. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update such forward-looking statements.
Ronald G. DeVos
Vice President - Finance and CFO
(516) 338-8500 ext. 229
SOURCE Nathan's Famous, Inc.