Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) is to acquire Liberty Expedia Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEXEA, LEXEB) in an all-stock transaction.
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Expedia Group to Acquire Liberty Expedia Holdings
Expedia Group is the world’s travel platform. Our purpose is to bring the world within reach. (PRNewsfoto/Expedia Group)
Apr 16, 2019, 08:00 ET
BELLEVUE, Wash. and ENGLEWOOD, Colo., April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) and Liberty Expedia Holdings, Inc. (“Liberty Expedia”) (NASDAQ: LEXEA, LEXEB) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Expedia Group has agreed to acquire Liberty Expedia in an all-stock transaction. Liberty Expedia’s principal asset is approximately 23.9 million shares of Expedia Group (consisting of 11.1 million shares of Expedia Group common stock and 12.8 million shares of Expedia Group Class B common stock).
Under the terms of the agreement, each holder of Liberty Expedia Series A common stock and Series B common stock (collectively, “Liberty Expedia common stock”) will receive 0.360 of a share of Expedia Group common stock. As a result of this transaction, Expedia Group expects to retire, on a net basis, approximately 3.1 million shares, and former holders of Liberty Expedia common stock are expected to own, in the aggregate, shares of Expedia Group common stock representing approximately 14% of the total number of outstanding shares of Expedia Group common stock and Class B common stock, based on approximately 140 million shares of Expedia Group common stock and approximately 5.7 million shares of Expedia Group Class B common stock currently expected to be outstanding at the closing of the transaction.
In connection with the acquisition, Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive of Expedia Group, is expected to exchange up to 5.7 million shares of Expedia Group common stock for an equal number of shares of Expedia Group Class B common stock (the “Diller Exchange”) and enter into a new governance agreement regarding his ownership interest in Expedia Group. As a result of the transaction, Mr. Diller will own approximately 29% of the voting power of the company, and Expedia Group will no longer be a controlled company under applicable Nasdaq rules. The new governance agreement will include rights to increase his holdings in Class B common stock, subject to certain restrictions and circumstances under which these additionally acquired shares of Class B common stock automatically convert into Expedia Group common stock, all as further described in Expedia Group’s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Boards of Directors of both companies approved the transaction, which is subject to the completion of the Diller Exchange and customary closing conditions, including approval by holders of a majority of the aggregate voting power of the Liberty Expedia common stock and the receipt of any applicable regulatory approvals. The transaction was unanimously recommended to the Expedia Group Board of Directors for approval by a special committee composed of independent, disinterested directors and advised by independent financial and legal advisors. The Board of Directors of Liberty Expedia has unanimously recommended that its stockholders vote in favor of the transaction. In addition, John C. Malone, the Chairman of the Board of Liberty Expedia, and his wife have agreed to vote shares beneficially owned by them, representing approximately 32% of the aggregate voting power of Liberty Expedia, in favor of the transaction. The companies expect the transaction to close in the summer of 2019, at which point all Liberty Expedia nominees to the Expedia Group Board of Directors would step down.
“This transaction marks an important milestone in the evolution of Expedia Group. It represents a strong benefit to our shareholders – simplifying and improving our corporate and governance structure and effecting a meaningful reduction in our share count,” said Mark Okerstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer, Expedia Group. “We thank Liberty for their great partnership over the years.”
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Expedia Group on this important transaction,” said Dr. Malone, Chairman of Liberty Expedia. “I have enjoyed being a part of the company’s evolution over the years, dating back to our initial involvement through IAC and growing into the global travel platform it is today. We look forward to continued progress with leadership from Barry Diller and Mark Okerstrom as they continue to evolve Expedia Group.”
“This road, frequently travelled since 1994, between me, John Malone, and Liberty Media, has produced much success, none of which could have been possible without Dr. Malone’s encouragement and support,” said Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive, Expedia Group. “While the formal partnership ends with this transaction, my gratitude to John and Liberty will never end for giving me the opportunity to begin the journey.”
Prior to executing the transaction agreements, the parties terminated the proxy swap arrangements that had been in place since Liberty Expedia’s 2016 split-off from then-Liberty Interactive Corporation. As a result, Mr. Diller may again exercise his right to vote Liberty Expedia’s shares of Expedia Group stock pursuant to his legacy proxy, and Mr. Diller no longer holds a proxy over shares of Liberty Expedia common stock beneficially owned by Dr. Malone. Although the proxy swap arrangements have terminated, Liberty Expedia is not required to register as an investment company or avail itself of any related safe harbors because of its pending acquisition by Expedia Group.
About Expedia Group
Expedia Group (NASDAQ: EXPE) is the world’s travel platform. We help knock down the barriers to travel, making it easier, more enjoyable, more attainable and more accessible. We are here to bring the world within reach for customers and partners around the globe. We leverage our platform and technology capabilities across an extensive portfolio of businesses and brands to orchestrate the movement of people and the delivery of travel experiences on both a local and global basis. Our family of travel brands includes: Brand Expedia®, Hotels.com®, Expedia® Partner Solutions, Egencia®, trivago®, HomeAway®, VRBO®, Orbitz®, Travelocity®, Wotif®, lastminute.com.au®, ebookers®, CheapTickets®, Hotwire®, Classic Vacations®, Expedia Group™ Media Solutions, CarRentals.com™, Expedia Local Expert®, Expedia® CruiseShipCenters®, SilverRail™, ALICE® and Traveldoo®. For more information, visit www.expediagroup.com.
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About Liberty Expedia Holdings, Inc.
Liberty Expedia Holdings, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: LEXEA, LEXEB) principal assets consist of its interest in Expedia Group and its subsidiary Vitalize, LLC (referred to as “Bodybuilding.com”). Expedia is an online travel company, empowering business and leisure travelers with the tools and information they need to efficiently research, plan, book and experience travel. Bodybuilding is primarily an Internet retailer of dietary supplements, sports nutrition products, and other health and wellness products.
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All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and are based on information available at that time. Neither Liberty Expedia nor the Expedia Group assumes any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements were made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events except as required by federal securities laws. As forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, caution should be exercised against placing undue reliance on such statements.
In connection with the proposed transaction, Expedia Group will file a registration statement on Form S-4, which will include a document that serves as a prospectus of Expedia Group and a proxy statement of Liberty Expedia (the “proxy statement/prospectus”), and each party will file other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC. The proposed transaction involving Liberty Expedia and the Expedia Group will be submitted to Liberty Expedia’s stockholders for their consideration. This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY AND Liberty Expedia ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS REGARDING THE COMBINATION AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS, WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. A definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be sent to Liberty Expedia stockholders. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus free of charge from the SEC’s website or from Expedia Group or Liberty Expedia. The documents filed by Expedia Group with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at Expedia Group’s website at www.expediagroup.com or at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These documents may also be obtained free of charge from Expedia Group by contacting Expedia Group’s Investor Relations department at (425) 679-3759. The documents filed by Liberty Expedia with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at Liberty Expedia’s website at www.libertyexpedia.com or at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These documents may also be obtained free of charge from Liberty Expedia by requesting them by mail at Liberty Expedia Holdings, Inc., 12300 Liberty Boulevard, Englewood, Colorado 80112, Attention: Investor Relations, Telephone (844) 795-9468.
Participants in the Solicitation
Expedia Group and Liberty Expedia and their respective directors and executive officers and other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. Information about Expedia Group’s directors and executive officers is available in Expedia Group’s proxy statement dated April 30, 2018, for its 2018 annual meeting of stockholders, and its Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on June 22, 2018 and March 21, 2019. Information about Liberty Expedia’s directors and executive officers is available in Liberty Expedia’s proxy statement dated April 27, 2018, for its 2018 annual meeting of stockholders. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction when they become available. Investors should read the proxy statement/prospectus carefully when it becomes available before making any voting or investment decisions. You may obtain free copies of these documents from Expedia Group or Liberty Expedia as indicated above.
No Offer or Solicitation
This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.