Woodland Hills, Calif.-based Zenith National Insurance Corp. announced it has commenced a consent solicitation relating to the 8.55 percent Capital Securities of Zenith National Insurance Capital Trust I, which holds as its sole assets the 8.55 percent Subordinated Deferrable Interest Debentures due 2028 Zenith.
As of May 14, 2010, there was $75 million in aggregate liquidation amount of capital securities issued and outstanding, $16.5 million in aggregate liquidation amount of which was held by the company and its affiliates. In accordance with the Declaration of Trust, capital securities that are owned by the company or its affiliates will not be entitled to consent and will be treated for the purposes of this consent solicitation as if they were not outstanding. Therefore, for purposes of providing and calculating consents in connection with the consent solicitation, $58.5 million in aggregate liquidation amount of capital securities shall be deemed outstanding and eligible to provide consent.
On Feb. 17, 2010, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltdand Zenith National Insurance Corp. entered into a merger agreement pursuant to which Fairfax will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Zenith’s common stock, which Fairfax does not currently own, for $38 per share in cash. At a special meeting on April 29, 2010, Zenith’s stockholders voted in favor of Zenith’s acquisition by Fairfax. The transaction is subject to the approval by the California Department of Insurance and the satisfaction or waiver of other customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2010.
Zenith is seeking to obtain the consent of the holders of the capital securities, to permit an amendment to the reporting covenants of the indenture governing the debentures. The proposed amendments would allow Zenith to provide annual audited, consolidated financial statements for Zenith and its subsidiaries; and quarterly unaudited financial statements prepared in a consistent manner. The foregoing financial statements would be provided to holders of the capital securities in lieu of the reports Zenith currently files with the Securities and Exchange Commission and which are provided to holders of the capital securities under the existing indenture. If the acquisition of Zenith by Fairfax closes, Zenith will become an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Fairfax and Zenith intends to suspend its reporting obligations under the Securities Exchange Act and, following the successful completion of the consent solicitation, will cease filing reports with the SEC. If the requisite consents are not obtained or the other conditions to the consent solicitation are not satisfied or waived, including the merger with Fairfax, Zenith will continue to provide the reports that are required to be delivered under the existing indenture to holders of the capital securities.
The consent solicitation requires consents from holders of at least a majority in aggregate liquidation amount outstanding of the capital securities and will expire at 5 p.m. EST on May 26, 2010, unless earlier terminated or extended.
Subject to the terms and conditions of the consent solicitation, Zenith will make a cash payment of $2 per $1,000 liquidation amount of capital securities for which the holder has validly delivered (and not validly revoked) a consent prior to the expiration time. Zenith will not be obligated to make any payments if the requisite consents are not obtained prior to the expiration time or the other conditions to the consent solicitation are not satisfied or waived, including the completion of the merger with Fairfax.
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