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Houlihan Lokey to Commence Tender Offer to Acquire GCA Corporation

August 03, 2021, 07:41 AM
Filed Under: Industry News
Related: Houlihan Lokey

Houlihan Lokey and GCA Corporation have entered into a definitive agreement, dated as of August 3, 2021 (local time in Tokyo), under which Houlihan Lokey will commence a tender offer to acquire GCA for a total cash purchase price of approximately ¥65 billion, or approximately $591 million, based on an assumed exchange rate of ¥110 per $1.
Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the Houlihan Lokey Board of Directors and the GCA Board of Directors, Houlihan Lokey will commence a tender offer in Tokyo on August 4, 2021 to acquire all outstanding shares of GCA for ¥1,380 ($12.55) per share in cash, in addition to all stock options of GCA (priced to net out applicable exercise prices). The purchase price represents a 31.3% premium to the closing stock price on August 2, 2021 of ¥1,051 per share and a 40.3% premium to the three-month simple average price.

“The acquisition of GCA will create one of the largest technology advisors in the world, one that more closely matches the size and importance of this sector in today’s global economy. In addition, this combination would significantly expand our presence in Europe and Asia and establish Houlihan Lokey as one of the most geographically diversified investment banking firms among our peer group,” said Scott Beiser, CEO of Houlihan Lokey. “GCA’s corporate culture, business philosophy, and client focus, all closely resemble Houlihan Lokey’s, and we believe our combined organizations will enable us to more effectively serve our clients and position our firm for the future as we continue to grow our suite of products and services around the world.”

"The opportunity to become part of Houlihan Lokey is a hugely exciting step for GCA and a major milestone on our strong growth journey. The two firms combined will form one of the largest independent global M&A advisory firms, and the scale of our global platform will create fantastic opportunities both for our clients and our teams. We feel that GCA and Houlihan Lokey complement each other perfectly in terms of our culture/philosophy of ‘For Clients’ Best Interest’ and our sector and geographic coverage,” said Aki Watanabe, founder and Representative Director of GCA Corporation.

The closing of the tender offer is subject to receiving certain regulatory approvals, and the tender to Houlihan Lokey of shares representing at least two-thirds of GCA’s fully diluted outstanding common stock. The tender offer is expected to close on October 4, 2021. Following the successful completion of the tender offer, it is expected that Houlihan Lokey will acquire all shares not tendered through a second-step at the same price. The transaction is expected to be financed with cash on Houlihan Lokey’s balance sheet.

Upon the completion of the transaction including the second-step, GCA will become a privately held company and shares of TSE:2174 common stock will no longer be listed on any public market.

A brief summary of GCA, the transaction and transaction rationale is included in a presentation on the Houlihan Lokey Investor Relations Website and can be accessed through this link here.

Houlihan Lokey retained Daiwa Securities Co., Ltd. as its financial advisor and tender offer agent for the transaction and Latham & Watkins LLP as its legal advisor. GCA retained Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities and Plutus Consulting as its financial advisors for the transaction and Morrison & Foerster as its legal advisor.

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