Special Committee of Alico, Inc. Engages Independent Financial and Legal
Advisors to Pursue Strategic and Financial Alternatives
FORT MYERS, Fla., March 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alico, Inc. ("Alico")
(Nasdaq:ALCO), an American agribusiness and land management company, today
announced that the Special Committee of its Board of Directors has engaged
Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. to act as its financial advisor and Greenberg
Traurig, P.A. to act as its legal counsel to assist and advise the Special
Committee with respect to pursuing potential strategic and financial
transaction alternatives, including merger, business combination and sale
transactions involving Alico.
As previously announced, Alico formed the Special Committee, composed entirely
of independent directors not affiliated with Alico's majority shareholder,
Atlantic Blue Group, Inc. ("Atlanticblue"), following Atlanticblue's
announcement of its intention, in light of recent changes in the U.S. federal
tax code, to pursue the sale of its entire equity position in Alico to a
strategic or financial buyer.
The Special Committee intends to work with its independent financial and legal
advisors to identify and evaluate all available strategic and financial
alternatives to maximize shareholder value and that are in the best interests
of Alico and its shareholders. Atlanticblue has informed Alico that it intends
to work cooperatively with the Special Committee with respect to this process.
There can be no assurance that any such transactions will be available or be
approved or recommended by the Special Committee, or that any agreement
providing for any such transaction will be entered into or consummated.
Alico, Inc. ("Alico") is an American agribusiness and land management company
built for today's world and known for its legacy of achievement and innovation
in citrus, sugar, cattle and resource conservation. We own approximately
130,400 acres of land in five Florida counties (Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee
and Polk.) Our principal lines of business are citrus groves, improved
farmland including sugar cane, cattle ranching and conservation, and related
support operations. We also receive royalties from rock mining and oil
production. Our mission is to create value for our customers, clients and
shareholders by managing existing lands to their optimal current income and
total returns, opportunistically acquiring new agricultural assets and
producing high quality agricultural products while exercising responsible
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements
are based on Alico's current expectations about future events and can be
identified by terms such as "plans," "expect," "may," "anticipate," "intend,"
"should be," "will be," "is likely to," "believes," and similar expressions
referring to future periods.
Alico believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements
are reasonable but cannot guarantee future results, level of activity,
performance or achievements. Actual results may differ materially from those
expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Therefore, Alico
cautions you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements.
Factors which may cause future outcomes to differ materially from those
foreseen in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:
changes in laws, regulation and rules; weather conditions that affect
production, transportation, storage, import and export of fresh product;
increased pressure from disease, insects and other pests; disruption of water
supplies or changes in water allocations; pricing and supply of raw materials
and products; market responses to industry volume pressures; pricing and
supply of energy; changes in interest rates; availability of financing for
land development activities; political changes and economic crises;
international conflict; acts of terrorism; labor disruptions; inability to pay
debt obligations; inability to engage in certain transactions due to
restrictive covenants in debt instruments; government restrictions on land
use; market and pricing risks due to concentrated ownership of stock; the
possibility that Alico will not pursue a strategic transaction; the
possibility that Atlantic Blue Group, Inc. will reject a transaction otherwise
supported by the Special Committee or the full Board of Directors; the
possibility that Atlantic Blue Group, Inc. would independently pursue a
strategic transaction without the cooperation of Alico; or that any such
strategic transaction will not be consummated. Other risks and uncertainties
include those that are described in Alico's SEC filings, which are available
on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. Alico undertakes no obligation to
subsequently update or revise the forward-looking statements made in this
press release, except as required by law.
CONTACT: Investor Contact:
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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