ADA, OK – Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. (NYSE: PPD) announced today that it is evaluating strategic alternatives, including a possible sale of the Company and alternatives that do not involve a sale, to enhance shareholder value. The Board of Directors has established a special committee comprised of independent directors to lead the process. As part of the process, the special committee has been evaluating an offer received by the Company from a well-known private equity firm to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock in a merger at a price of $60.00 cash per share. Among other terms, the proposal allows for the offeror to pay a to-be-determined amount to the Company as the offeror’s sole recourse in the event that it is not able to obtain financing to complete the transaction. Counsel for the offeror has notified the Company that in the event of a public disclosure by the Company or its advisors of the offeror’s proposal, the proposal will be deemed withdrawn.
The special committee has not set a definitive timetable for completion of its evaluation of strategic alternatives and there can be no assurances that the process will result in any transaction being announced or completed. The Company does not intend to disclose any developments regarding the process unless and until the special committee has approved a specific course of action.
The special committee has retained Berenson & Company, LLC to act as its financial advisor and Mayer Brown LLP to act as its legal advisor.