HANGHAI, Aug. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Acorn International, Inc. (NYSE:ATV) ("Acorn" or the "Company"),a leading marketing and branding company inChina, today announced that the board of directors of the Company (the "Board") has received onAugust 17, 2020US time a preliminary non-binding proposal letter, datedAugust17,2020(the "Proposal"), from Mr.Robert W. Roche, Executive Chairman of the Company, to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the Company not already owned by the Buyer Vehicle (as defined below) atUS$15.22per American Depositary Share (the "ADS," each ADS representing twenty ordinary shares) orUS$0.761per ordinary share in cash, subject to certain conditions (the "Proposed Acquisition"). According to the Proposal, it is anticipated that the Buyer Vehicle or its shareholders will control approximately 75% of the outstanding shares of ordinary shares of the Company.
According tothe Proposal, Mr.Robert W. Rochewill form a transaction vehicle (the "Buyer Vehicle") for the purpose of pursuing the proposed transaction.It is currently expected that substantially all of the capital for the Proposed Acquisition would be borrowed from third parties in the form of debt funding.In that regard, the Buyer Vehicle has entered into an agreement with a third party lender pursuant to which, subject to certain terms and conditions, such lender will provide such proposed funds. The third party lender will require a timely opportunity to conduct customary legal, financial and accounting due diligence, and satisfactory completion of such due diligence is a condition to the lender providing the proposed funds.
The Special Committee of the Board will schedule a meeting to consider next steps with respect to the Proposal. No decisions have been made with respect to the Company's response to the Proposed Acquisition. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made, that any agreement with respect thereto will be reached or executed, or that this or any other transaction will be approved or consummated.