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#1 Sue Smith

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 01:10 PM

Saban Capital Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:SCAC) (“Saban Capital Acquisition Corp.”), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, Panavision Inc. ("Panavision"), and Sim Video International Inc. ("Sim") announced today that the companies have entered into a definitive business combination agreement to create a premier global provider of end-to-end production and post-production services to the entertainment industry.  The combined company will be well positioned to capitalize on the continued growth of content production spending and enhance the scope of service offerings to its customers. 

 

Under the terms of the business combination agreement, Panavision and Sim will become wholly-owned subsidiaries of Saban Capital Acquisition Corp.  Immediately following the proposed transactions, Saban Capital Acquisition Corp. intends to change its name to Panavision Holdings Inc. (the “Company”) and is expected to continue to trade on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

 

Headquartered in Woodland Hills, California, Panavision is an iconic designer, manufacturer and provider of high precision optics and camera technology for the entertainment industry and a leading global provider of production-critical equipment and services.  Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Sim is a leading provider of production and post-production solutions with facilities in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Atlanta, New York and Toronto.

 

The transaction reflects a valuation for the combined entity of $622 million (inclusive of debt) or approximately 5.9x fiscal year 2018 estimated Adjusted EBITDA. The cash component of the purchase price to be paid to the equity holders of Panavision and Sim will be funded by Saban Capital Acquisition Corp.’s cash in trust, which is approximately $250 million, a $55 million private placement of common stock at $10.00 per share secured from a mix of premier institutional investors as well as an affiliate of Saban Sponsor LLC and newly raised debt financing.   

 

Upon the closing of the proposed transaction, Kim Snyder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Panavision will serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Bill Roberts, Chief Financial Officer of Panavision, will serve in that role for the combined company.

 

“We are excited to partner with Kim along with the Panavision and Sim teams to capitalize on the explosive growth in content spending,” commented Haim Saban, Chairman of Saban Capital Acquisition Corp.  He continued, “Advancements in technology and the emergence of streaming have fundamentally changed how consumers watch and discover content.  This is driving significant growth in the market for production and post-production services.  This secular trend creates a tremendous opportunity for Panavision to leverage its leading technology and pursue opportunistic acquisitions to grow in a manner that is agnostic to the content creator and distribution channel.”  

 

Adam Chesnoff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Acquisition Corp., commented, “This transaction creates a leading global platform ideally positioned to capitalize on the rapid growth in content production.  The combination of these two companies will create the foremost provider of end-to-end production and post-production services.  Combining this platform with Saban’s wide-ranging global media relationships, experience in production, and successful track record of creating value for its partners, will position the Company to accelerate growth and pursue complementary acquisitions.  We are excited about the potential.”   

 

“For nearly 65 years, Panavision has proudly served the entertainment industry providing cutting-edge equipment and exemplary service to support the creative vision of our customers,” says Kim Snyder, Chairman and CEO of the combined company.  “This acquisition will leverage the best of Panavision’s and Sim’s resources by providing comprehensive products and services to best address the ever-adapting needs of content creators globally.  These complementary companies subscribe to the same strategic vision: to support our customers as the category-defining provider of end-to-end production and post-production services.”

 

“Combining the talent and integrated services of Sim with two of the biggest names in the business, Panavision and Saban, will accelerate our strategic plan,” added James Haggarty, President and CEO of Sim.  “The resulting scale of the new combined enterprise will better serve our clients and help shape the content-creation landscape,” continued Haggarty.

 

The respective boards of directors of Saban Capital Acquisition Corp., Panavision and Sim have unanimously approved the proposed transactions.  Completion of the proposed transactions are subject to Saban Capital Acquisition Corp. stockholder approval, certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.  The parties expect that the proposed transactions will be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

 

For additional information on the proposed transaction, see Saban Capital Acquisition Corp.’s Current Report on Form 8-K, which will be filed promptly and can be obtained at the website of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) at www.sec.gov.

 

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC are serving as financial advisors, capital markets advisors and private placement agents and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Dentons Canada LLP are serving as legal advisors to Saban Capital Acquisition Corp.  Houlihan Lokey, Inc. is serving as financial advisor, Citi is serving as Capital Markets Advisor, and Kirkland & Ellis, LLP and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP are serving as legal advisors to Panavision.  Marckenz Group Capital Advisors is serving as financial advisor and Stikeman Elliott LLP is serving as legal advisor to Sim.

 


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#2 Macks Fiiod

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 02:43 PM

Hopefully this merger will lead them to having a better contact department. Saban is horrible at answering phone and email.


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#3 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 07:39 PM

The business language is quite trippy, inventive....or is it just heading towards overwrought nonsense..?...viz..

 

Haim Saban..."...This secular trend creates a tremendous opportunity ..........to grow in a manner that is agnostic to the content creator and distribution channel....”

 

What did it say in Lord of the Rings...you don't step out your front door Frodo, without a little Lakoff pocket book jamed in somewhere...


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#4 Mike Krumlauf

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Posted 15 September 2018 - 01:07 PM

Seems like they are not the only ones doing this. When i was working at VER in Chicago they were in the process if enterting Chapter 11 and merging with PRG. Most recent ive heard is that VER is out of chapter 11 and the merger is complete with PRG.


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#5 Keith Walters

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 02:23 AM

I seem to remember Ronald Perelman spouting much the same Gung-Ho financial-speak over 20 years ago.
In the end, after spending frightening amounts of his own money clearing absurd levels of Bond debt, Panavision was seized from him by the banks and he was left holding an empty bag.

“Advancements in technology and the emergence of streaming have fundamentally changed how consumers watch and discover content.  This is driving significant growth in the market for production and post-production services.  This secular trend creates a tremendous opportunity for Panavision to leverage its leading technology and pursue opportunistic acquisitions to grow in a manner that is agnostic to the content creator and distribution channel.”
Most of that is quite correct, but I don't think Panavision have any particular expertise in that area, that's the problem


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