The acquisition of Buddy’s Home Furnishings by Liberty Tax took place this summer propelled by strategic business moves for the company. In an effort to transform themselves from a tax service business to an investment company specializing in franchised and related businesses, Liberty Tax also intends to change its name to ‘Franchise Group Inc.’
With more than 330 stores nationwide, Buddy’s Home Furnishings is the third largest rent-to-own dealer in the United States. Almost 90% of their locations are franchisee operated. All outstanding shares of common stock will be $12 per share, as offered by Liberty Tax.
A special committee of independent directors of Liberty Tax unanimously approved the following terms of the transaction: New Holdco, a newly formed subsidiary of Liberty Tax, acquired all of the outstanding equity interests of Buddy’s; equity interests in New Holdco issued to former owners of Buddy’s implies an enterprise value of Buddy’s of approximately $122 million; the equity interests issued by New Holdco and the shares of Preferred Stock are exchangeable for shares of Common Stock; the tender offer for all outstanding shares of Common Stock is $12.00 per share, financed through a combination of debt and equity financing; The Buddy’s Loan was extended solely to Buddy’s and neither Liberty Tax, nor any of its subsidiaries that operate the existing Liberty Tax business, are obligors in respect of this loan.
Liberty Tax and Buddy’s will operate as stand-alone businesses with separate management teams.
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