Acquisition of White River Capital by Parthenon Capital May Not Be in the White River Shareholders’ Best Interests
Robbins Umeda LLP is investigating possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of the law by members of the board of directors of White River Capital, Inc. (NYSE: RVR) in connection with their efforts to sell the company to the private equity firm Parthenon Capital Partners.
On November 15, 2012, White River and Parthenon announced they had entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Parthenon will acquire White River through an all cash tender offer with a total value of $79.5 million. Parthenon shareholders will receive $21.93 per share. The merger agreement also provides for a termination fee of $3.975 million dollars, more than 5% of the value of the deal.
The Board of Directors’ Actions May Prevent White River Shareholders from Receiving the Maximum Value for Their Stock
Robbins Umeda LLP’s investigation focuses on whether the board of directors at White River is undertaking a fair process to obtain maximum value and adequately compensate its shareholders. The offer price is below the company’s stock closing price of $21.99 reached on November 12, 2012, and substantially below the $27.80 per share price the Company’s stock traded at less than a year ago. Further, the company’s financials have remained strong in the face of challenging economic conditions faced by the industry, leading Chief Financial Officer, Martin J. Szumski, to comment recently that the company has been successful in “generating strong economic growth” despite these conditions. Given these financials and the company’s historical stock price, the firm is examining the board of directors’ decision to sell White River now, rather than allow shareholders to continue to participate in the company’s continued success and future growth prospects.
White River shareholders have the option to file a class action lawsuit against the company to secure the best possible price for shareholders and the disclosure of material information so shareholders can vote on the transaction in an informed manner.
White River shareholders who would like more information about their rights and potential remedies can complete the form below and we will contact you directly. You can also contact attorney Darnell R. Donahue at (800) 350-6003.
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