Winmark Corporation (Nasdaq: WINA) announced today the results of its self-tender offer to purchase up to 150,000 shares of its common stock for a price of $159.63 per share, which expired at 12:00 midnight EDT, on March 28, 2019.
Based on the final count by Equiniti Trust Company, the depositary for the tender offer, a total of 571,485 shares of the Company’s common stock were properly tendered and not properly withdrawn in the tender offer. Due to the tender offer being oversubscribed, the Company today accepted for payment, on a pro rata basis, 150,000 shares of its common stock at the purchase price of $159.63 per share, for an aggregate cost of approximately $23.9 million, excluding fees and expenses related to the tender offer. Based upon the count of shares tendered and shares accepted for payment, the proration factor for the tender offer was approximately 26.2 percent.
The number of shares purchased by the Company represents approximately 3.8 percent of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock as of March 28. The total amount of shares purchased in the tender offer includes 130,438 shares from John L. Morgan, the Companys Executive Chairman of the Board.
The depositary will promptly issue payment for the shares accepted for purchase in accordance with applicable law. Any shares validly tendered and not purchased due to proration or conditional tenders will be returned promptly to shareholders by the depositary in accordance with applicable law. All inquiries about the tender offer should be directed to D.F. King & Co., Inc. at (800) 330-5136 (toll free).
Winmark Corporation creates, supports and finances business. At December 29, 2018, there were 1,241 franchises in operation under the brands Plato’s Closet, Once Upon A Child, Play It Again Sports, Style Encore and Music Go Round. An additional 47 retail franchises have been awarded but are not open. In addition, at December 29, 2018, the Company had a lease portfolio of $39.0 million.
Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements
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Brett D. Heffes