Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. issued Monday the following statement regarding the revised proposal made by Avis Budget Group on Sept. 23, 2010:
"Our Board of Directors, in consultation with our financial and legal advisors, has reviewed and considered carefully Avis Budget's revised proposal. While the proposal offers our shareholders the potential opportunity to receive greater consideration for their shares than the amount payable under the current terms of our agreed merger with Hertz, Avis Budget has not demonstrated to our satisfaction that its proposed transaction can be completed in a timely manner and that it would adequately protect our shareholders in the event that Avis Budget is unable to obtain the required regulatory approvals.
"Accordingly, our Board continues to recommend that Dollar Thrifty shareholders vote to approve the Hertz merger at the special shareholder meeting to be held on Sept. 30, 2010."
As previously announced, Hertz and Dollar Thrifty executed a definitive merger agreement on April 25, 2010, which agreement was amended on Sept.10, 2010, under which Hertz will acquire Dollar Thrifty for $43.60 per share in cash, inclusive of a special cash dividend to be paid immediately prior to the transaction closing, and 0.6366 shares of Hertz common stock. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, regulatory approvals, approval by Dollar Thrifty shareholders and payment of the special dividend.
A special meeting of Dollar Thrifty shareholders to vote on the Hertz merger agreement has been scheduled for Sept. 30, 2010. Shareholders of record as of Aug. 13, 2010 are entitled to vote at that meeting. Dollar Thrifty shareholders who have questions about the merger or the special meeting, or who wish to obtain copies of the proxy statement/prospectus, proxy cards or other documents relating to the special meeting, may contact GeorgesonInc., Dollar Thrifty's proxy solicitor, at 1-866-767-8986 (toll free) or (212) 806-6859 (international).
Dollar Thrifty is being advised by J.P.Morgan and Goldman, Sachs & Co. and the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.