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COMMERCE, Calif. and NEW YORK, June 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (SFS) (“Smart & Final”) and First Street Merger Sub, Inc. (the “Purchaser”), an entity controlled by funds (the “Apollo Funds”) managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (APO) (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo”), a leading global alternative investment manager, today announced the successful completion of the previously announced transaction whereby the Purchaser acquired all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Smart & Final.
The transaction was effected through a previously announced cash tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Smart & Final followed by a merger. The tender offer expired at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on June 17, 2019 and the Purchaser accepted all of the tendered shares for payment.
On June 20, 2019, the Purchaser made payment for the tendered shares and, concurrently therewith, Smart & Final merged with the Purchaser. As a result of the tender offer and the merger, Smart & Final became a privately-held, indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Apollo Funds and Smart & Final’s common stock ceased trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
Each outstanding share of common stock that was not validly tendered in the tender offer (other than shares held by Smart & Final, the Apollo Funds and their respective affiliates, or by stockholders of Smart & Final who have perfected their statutory rights of appraisal pursuant to Section 262 of the Delaware General Corporation Law) was cancelled and converted into the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the $6.50 price per share net to the holder thereof, subject to reduction for any applicable withholding taxes in respect thereof, without interest.
“As we turn the page to the next chapter in our almost 150-year history, we are excited to again work with Apollo to capitalize on our unique value proposition in this dynamic grocery marketplace,” said David Hirz, Smart & Final's president and chief executive officer. “We look forward to continued evolution in the Smart & Final and Smart Foodservice store banners, as we endeavor to provide the best shopping experience for our household and business customers across both in-store and digital sales channels.”
About Smart & Final
Smart & Final is a leading value-oriented food retailer headquartered near Los Angeles in Commerce, California. It operates 257 stores under its Smart & Final banner, which offer quality products in a variety of sizes, saving customers time and money without a membership fee. Its larger format stores, Smart & Final Extra! stores, combine the warehouse store with traditional grocery offerings like farm-fresh produce and natural and organic options, to provide a one-stop shop for all. Smart & Final also operates 67 stores located in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California under its Smart Foodservice banner, which sell foodservice offerings in a “no-frills” warehouse format primarily to business customers such as restaurants, caterers, and a wide range of other foodservice businesses. Founded in 1871, Smart & Final remains committed to giving back to its communities through employee volunteer opportunities and donations to local nonprofits.
Apollo is a leading global alternative investment manager with offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Bethesda, London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Delhi, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Apollo had assets under management of approximately $303 billion as of March 31, 2019 in private equity, credit and real assets funds invested across a core group of nine industries where Apollo has considerable knowledge and resources. For more information about Apollo, please visit www.apollo.com.
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For Smart & Final:
Addo Investor Relations
Smart & Final
Gary M. Stein
Head of Corporate Communications
Apollo Global Management, LLC
Investor Relations Manager
Apollo Global Management, LLC
Rubenstein Associates, Inc. for Apollo Global Management, LLC