JAKKS Pacific Announces Completion of Recapitalization
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) (the “Company”) announced today that it had entered into multiple, binding definitive agreements (collectively, the “Recapitalization”) among Wells Fargo Bank, National Association (‘Wells Fargo”), Oasis Investments II Master Fund Ltd. (“Oasis”) and an ad hoc group of holders (the “Ad Hoc Group”) of the 4.875% convertible senior notes due 2020 (the “2020 Notes”) to recapitalize the Company’s balance sheet, including the extension to the Company of incremental liquidity and three-year extensions of substantially all of the Company’s outstanding debt obligations.
Stephen Berman, CEO and co-founder of the Company, thanked the various participants in the Recapitalization as well as all of the Company’s stakeholders for their strong support and patience: “We are pleased to have such great business partners, co-workers and friends supporting us in what has been an extended pathway to achieve the Recapitalization. With this transaction, we can pursue our business objectives, both near term and beyond, with new vigor and resolve. We are excited that we can now devote our full energy to those tasks.”
Andrew Axelrod, Managing Partner of Axar Capital, one of the members of the Ad Hoc Group, who will become a director of the Company in connection with the Recapitalization, congratulated the Company on the Recapitalization: “I am delighted to commend Mr. Berman and the entire management team on the execution of this transaction. We are looking forward to working with the Company on executing its business plan in the coming months and years ahead.”
As previously described in the Current Report on Form 8-K dated February 26, 2019, the Current Report on Form 8-K dated May 9, 2019 and the Current Report on Form 8-K dated June 24, 2019, the Special Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Special Committee”) engaged in discussions and negotiations with Meisheng, regarding a purchase by Meisheng of sufficient newly issued shares of the Company’s common stock such that Meisheng would own 51% of the Company’s outstanding shares, and with Oasis and the Ad Hoc Group concerning, among other things, the Meisheng proposal and extension of maturities of the Company’s convertible senior notes. Following delays in achieving the necessary approvals for the Meisheng transaction, including approvals from Chinese regulatory bodies, the Company determined that it was in its best interests to agree to and consummate the Recapitalization.