CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bojangles’, Inc. (“Bojangles’” or the “Company”) (BOJA) announced that at a special meeting of stockholders held earlier today at Bojangles’ corporate offices, the Company’s stockholders voted to adopt the merger agreement pursuant to which the Company would be acquired by Durational Capital Management LP and The Jordan Company, L.P. in an all-cash transaction, which was first announced on November 6, 2018.
Approximately 33.4 million shares voted at the special meeting were voted in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement, representing over 88% of the outstanding shares of Bojangles’ common stock entitled to vote at the special meeting. The Company will file the final vote results with the Securities and Exchange Commission on a Form 8-K.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, Bojangles’ stockholders will be entitled to receive $16.10 per share in cash upon completion of the merger, which remains subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
The transaction is expected to close in the first fiscal quarter of 2019. Upon closing of the transaction, Bojangles’ common stock will cease trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, and Bojangles’ will continue to be operated as an independent, privately-held company and will remain based in Charlotte, N.C.
BofA Merrill Lynch acted as financial advisor and Shearman & Sterling LLP acted as legal counsel to Bojangles’ and its Board of Directors. Houlihan Lokey also acted as financial advisor to Bojangles’ and its Board of Directors.
Citigroup Global Markets Inc. served as financial advisor to the consortium and, together with KKR Capital Markets LLC, provided fully committed financing in support of the transaction. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Seyfarth Shaw LLP acted as legal counsel in connection with the transaction.
About Bojangles’, Inc.
Bojangles’, Inc. is a highly differentiated and growing restaurant operator and franchisor dedicated to serving customers high-quality, craveable food made from our Southern recipes, including breakfast served All Day, Every Day. Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, N.C., Bojangles’® serves menu items such as made-from-scratch biscuit breakfast sandwiches, delicious hand-breaded bone-in chicken, flavorful fixin’s (sides) and Legendary Iced Tea®. At December 30, 2018, Bojangles’ had 759 system-wide restaurants, of which 319 were company-operated and 440 were franchised restaurants, primarily located in the Southeastern United States. For more information, visit www.bojangles.com or follow Bojangles’ on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About Durational Capital Management LP
Based in New York, Durational Capital Management LP is an investment firm that invests in high quality consumer companies. Durational approaches its investments with a strategic mindset and focuses on driving long-term value creation through partnership with top tier management teams and actively supporting management to drive operational improvements. The firm was founded in 2017, and its investment professionals have extensive experience investing in the consumer sector. For more information, visit: www.durational.com.
About The Jordan Company, L.P.
The Jordan Company, founded in 1982, is a middle-market private equity firm that has managed funds with original capital commitments in excess of $11 billion since 1987 and a 36-year track record of investing in and contributing to the growth of many businesses across a wide range of industries including Industrials, Transportation & Logistics, Healthcare, Consumer, and Telecom, Technology & Utility. The senior investment team has been investing together for over 20 years and it is supported by the Operations Management Group, which was established in 1988 to initiate and support operational improvements in portfolio companies. Headquartered in New York, TJC also has an office in Chicago. For more information, visit: www.thejordancompany.com.
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