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Marlin Business Services to Be Acquired by Funds Managed By HPS Investment Partners

April 19, 2021, 08:00 AM
Filed Under: Mergers & Acquisitions

Marlin Business Services Corp., a nationwide provider of capital solutions to small businesses, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement in which HPS Investment Partners LLC will, through its European Asset Value Funds, acquire all of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock in an all cash transaction for $23.50 per share, as potentially subject to downward adjustment discussed below, which represents a 65% premium over the closing price of Marlin’s common stock of $14.24 on April 16, 2021.

HPS is a leading global investment firm with $68 billion of assets under management as of March 2021. HPS manages various strategies across the capital structure including through its European Asset Value Funds equipment leasing platforms with approximately $4 billion of leases.

Jeffrey A. Hilzinger, Marlin’s President and CEO, said, “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with HPS for the sale of Marlin, which will deliver significant value to our shareholders.  After successfully executing the transformation of Marlin into a broad provider of credit products and services to small businesses over the last five years, and effectively navigating through the uncertainties of the pandemic, we believe that this transaction reflects Marlin’s intrinsic value and is the best opportunity to maximize shareholder value.  We look forward to partnering with HPS to continue serving our partners and small business customers by providing fast and flexible financing solutions to meet their needs.”

The Company’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved the transaction.  The closing of the transaction is subject to various customary closing conditions, including regulatory and shareholder approvals, as well as the condition that Marlin Business Bank effect a “de-banking” and cease operations as a bank.  Subject to satisfaction of all closing conditions, which there can be no assurances will occur, the Company believes the transaction would likely close in the first quarter of 2022.  In connection with the transaction, Red Mountain Capital Partners, and certain of its affiliates, have signed a Voting Agreement whereby Red Mountain Capital Partners has agreed to vote in favor of the transaction.  The aggregate consideration paid by certain funds managed by HPS to Marlin shareholders may be reduced if the total costs in connection with the de-banking of Marlin Business Bank exceed $8 million. At this time, the Company does not expect this provision to have a material impact on the consideration received.  Following the closing, Marlin will become a privately held company and shares of Marlin will no longer be listed on NASDAQ.

J.P. Morgan served as exclusive financial advisor and Mayer Brown served as legal counsel to the Company on the transaction.  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP served as legal counsel to HPS.

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