AMF Bowling Completes Merger
Fred Hipp, Former Chief Executive of California Pizza Kitchen, Will Lead AMF
AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc., announced today that the company has been acquired through a merger transaction with equity funding provided by Code Hennessy & Simmons, The Edgewater Funds, Merrill Lynch and other institutional investors.
Fred Hipp has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc. He joins AMF with thirty years in the hospitality industry, most recently as President and CEO of California Pizza Kitchen.
“AMF is a company with enormous potential that has been hindered by its financial structure over the past several years,” said Hipp. “We now have the resources and long-term commitment to begin investing in people and the strategies that will positively affect our customers’ perception of the AMF bowling experience.”
The merger transaction is valued at approximately $670 million, of which $250 million will be financed through the sale of certain real estate assets under a sale-leaseback facility. Debt financing consists of $135 million in term loans under a new senior secured credit facility, as well as a recently completed offering of $150 million in senior subordinated notes. Finally, a $135 million equity investment was made by the investor group.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, AMF shareholders will receive $25.00 in cash for each common share.
AMF Bowling Worldwide Inc. is the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers and is also a leader in the manufacturing and marketing of bowling and billiards products. Additional information about AMF is available on the Internet at www.amf.com.