BBX Capital Corporation (NYSE: BBX; OTCQX: BBXTB) (“BBX Capital”) announced today that it intends to take Bluegreen Vacations Corporation (NYSE: BXG) (“Bluegreen”) private through a statutory short-form merger under Florida law. In the merger, a newly-formed subsidiary of Woodbridge Holdings Corporation (“Woodbridge”), a wholly owned subsidiary of BBX Capital, would merge with and into Bluegreen, with Bluegreen being the surviving company of the merger. As a result of the merger, each share of Bluegreen’s common stock outstanding at the effective time of the merger, other than shares beneficially owned by BBX Capital and shareholders who duly exercise and perfect appraisal rights in accordance with Florida law, will be converted into the right to receive $16.00 per share in cash.
BBX Capital currently beneficially owns approximately 90% of Bluegreen’s common stock. Under Florida law, the holder of more than 80% of the outstanding shares of Bluegreen’s common stock, may effect the merger without the approval of, or action by, the Board of Directors or any other shareholders of Bluegreen. Accordingly, the Board of Directors of Bluegreen has not acted to approve or disapprove the merger, and the shareholders of Bluegreen will not be asked to approve or disapprove the merger or be furnished a proxy in connection with the merger.
If the merger is completed, Bluegreen’s common stock will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange, will no longer be publicly traded, and will be deregistered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”).
The purpose of the merger is to take Bluegreen private. While Bluegreen went public in November 2017, the anticipated benefits of becoming a public company were not fully realized and the costs and management time associated with being a public company were significant. It was anticipated that there would be sufficient liquidity in the trading of Bluegreen’s common stock, but the concentration of public holders of Bluegreen’s common stock by a few large shareholders adversely impacted the liquidity of the stock.
In addition, because BBX Capital is a public company and will, indirectly through Woodbridge, own, among its other holdings, 100% of Bluegreen following the Merger, shareholders of Bluegreen may choose to purchase shares of BBX Capital’s Class A Common Stock and/or Class B Common Stock following the transaction if they desire to continue to have an economic interest with respect to Bluegreen’s business. BBX Capital’s Class A Common Stock is listed on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “BBX.” BBX Capital’s Class B Common Stock is traded on the OTCQX under the ticker symbol “BBXTB.”
It is expected that the merger will be effected 30 days after the Schedule 13E-3 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) relating to the merger (which is described in further detail below) is first mailed to Bluegreen’s shareholders, or as soon as practicable thereafter. The merger is not subject to any financing condition or any other conditions to completing the merger. However, neither BBX Capital nor Woodbridge is under any obligation to cause the merger to be completed, and they could decide to terminate the merger at any time before it becomes effective.
Certain additional information regarding the merger, including additional details regarding the terms of the merger, how the merger will affect Bluegreen’s shareholders, and the rights of Bluegreen’s shareholders with respect to the merger, including, without limitation, appraisal rights, will be contained in a Schedule 13E-3 to be filed with the SEC by BBX Capital (and certain other filers). Such Schedule 13E-3 and amendments thereto will be available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, a copy of the final Schedule 13E-3 will be mailed to Bluegreen’s shareholders at least 30 days prior to the effective date of the merger. Bluegreen’s shareholders should carefully review the entire Schedule 13E-3.
About BBX Capital Corporation: BBX Capital Corporation (NYSE: BBX) (OTCQX: BBXTB) is a Florida-based diversified holding company whose activities include its 90 percent ownership interest in Bluegreen Vacations Corporation (NYSE: BXG) as well as its real estate and middle market divisions. For additional information, please visit www.BBXCapital.com.
About Bluegreen Vacations Corporation Bluegreen Vacations Corporation (NYSE: BXG) is a leading vacation ownership company that markets and sells vacation ownership interests (VOIs) and manages resorts in top leisure and urban destinations. The Bluegreen Vacation Club is a flexible, points-based, deeded vacation ownership plan with approximately 216,000 owners, 69 Club and Club Associate Resorts and access to more than 11,000 other hotels and resorts through partnerships and exchange networks as of December 31, 2018. Bluegreen Vacations also offers a portfolio of comprehensive, fee-based resort management, financial, and sales and marketing services, to or on behalf of third parties. Bluegreen is approximately 90% owned by BBX Capital Corporation (NYSE: BBX) (OTCQX: BBXTB), a diversified holding company. For further information, visit www.BluegreenVacations.com.