Bermuda-based Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. announced that it has terminated its offer to acquire Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited; adding that “in connection with the termination of its acquisition offer, Endurance will not be pursuing its board size increase and scheme of arrangement proposals.”
Endurance Chairman and CEO John Charman commented: “We appreciate the support of those Aspen shareholders who voted for Endurance’s proposals. The votes of support for both of our proposals exceeded our stated thresholds. However, we believe the current Bermuda corporate governance laws, Aspen’s focus on defensive self-preservation tactics rather than value creation and the unwillingness of Aspen’s shareholders to take a stand, make it impractical at this time for Aspen shareholders to realize the compelling value of our offer, which as of the close of trading last Friday was equal to $49.60 per Aspen common share.”
“While the strategic and financial benefits of Endurance’s proposed transaction are plainly evident, our management and Board of Directors recognize the importance of being responsible custodians of our own shareholders’ capital. As we have for the past year, we will continue to focus on the successful execution of our business plan and the accretion of value for our shareholders,” Charman concluded.
The exchange offer was previously scheduled to expire on August 29, 2014. Endurance said it “has instructed the exchange agent for the exchange offer to promptly return all Aspen common shares to tendering shareholders.”
Source: Endurance Specialty Holdings