A group of Alberto Culver Co. shareholders said Monday they had reached a settlement modifying terms of the company’s $3.7 billion cash acquisition by Unilever.
According to the plaintiffs, Alberto Culver has agreed to eliminate the “matching rights” provision granted to Unilever, allowing it to match any competing offers received, and to reduce the breakup fee attached to the deal to $100 million from $125 million. Competing bidders would be privy to the same information given to Unilever. The shareholder vote on the deal was pushed back to Dec. 17 from Dec. 13.
A spokesman for Alberto Culver didn’t respond to requests for comment, and documents from the Delaware Chancery Court weren’t available. The settlement remains subject to court approval.
Alberto Culver and Unilever announced the agreement on Sept. 27.
The shareholder group is led by Oklahoma Firefighters; the city of Riviera Beach, Fla.; Laborers Local 235, and KBC Asset Management.
“This settlement removes the barriers to any potential acquirer who wants to put forth a superior bid,” said Stuart Grant, partner at Grant & Eisenhofer, which jointly represented the investors with Bernstein Litowitz.
Unilever agreed to pay $37.50 a share for Alberto Culver. Shares closed at $31.41 on the Friday before the deal was unveiled and jumped to 5 cents above the accepted offer price on the day the acquisition was revealed. They closed at $37.22 Monday, up 2 cents.
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)
Breaking News: @hedislimane joins @celine as its new artistic, creative and image director. One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Slimane is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week. It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation – and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade – as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 – all the while maintaining a close relationship with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
“Personally I believe the Eighties have been the richest and more vivacious period for international fashion,” Giorgio Armani said when asked what his favorite decade of fashion is. It was a moment of disruption and experimentation and only thinking back to the first years of that decade is always an emotion for me, for what they have meant to me and my work.” The influence is clear in @giorgioarmani spring 2018 collection, pictured here, which was full of bright colors and unexpected prints. Read more about which decades designers loved most on WWD.com #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)