Professional Triathletes Organisation Approaches Wanda Sports Board Proposing to Discuss to Acquire IRONMAN Business
The Professional Triathletes Organisation today released the following letter sent to the Board of Directors of Wanda Sports Group Company Limited on 20th September 2019 proposing to enter into discussions to acquire its IRONMAN® business.
20TH September 2019
Board of Directors Wanda Sports Group Company Limited Wanda Plaza Tower B, 9th Floor 93 Jianguo Road Chaoyang District Beijing, China Attn: Mr. Hengming Yang–CEO
Andrew Messick Chief Executive Officer World Triathlon Corporation 3407 W. Martin Luther King Blvd, Suite 100 Tampa, FL 33607
Dear Members of the Board:
We are writing on behalf of the Professional Triathletes Organisation (the “PTO”) to make a proposal to enter into discussions for the acquisition by the PTO of all of the assets of the Wanda Sports Group Company Limited (“WSG”) related to its worldwide triathlon and mass participation business (the “WTC Triathlon-MP Business”).
The PTO is prepared to consider an all-cash transaction or one in which the existing shareholders of WSG are able to participate in the growth of the WTC Triathlon-MP Business that the PTO is uniquely positioned to deliver. Professional triathletes, age groupers and the triathlon community have for years watched the decline of our sport with dismay as the dedicated executives and passionate employees of the WTC Triathlon-MP Business have been hampered by an excessive debt load and pressures to deliver unrealistic short-term results to financial investors. There are reasons why world class professional sports like the NFL and MLB have debt limits imposed on ownership entities as excessive debt levels limit needed investment and often cause exploitive customer pricing and a decline in standards that sadly have been present, through no fault of the hard-working operating management, in the WTC Triathlon-MP Business for years. We believe the market has recognised this reality as the results of the WSG IPO have proved to be well below expectations.
We have appointed North Point Advisors as our financial advisor, and they have reviewed the public information filed in the WSG F-1 Registration Statement and subsequent 6-K filings. The PTO and North Point Advisors are prepared to begin discussions forthwith with your senior management and your financial advisors and sign any NDA related agreement required in order to commence certain confirmatory due diligence. In light of the significance of this proposal to your shareholders and the triathlon community, as well as the potential for selective disclosures, we will publicly release the text of this letter Monday morning.
We believe this proposal represents an opportunity to realise significant value for WSG shareholders and employees, and that the PTO can uniquely provide a healthy and growing environment for the WTC Triathlon-MP Business.
We hope that you and your Board share our enthusiasm, and we look forward to a prompt and favourable reply.
/s/ Charles Adamo Charles D. Adamo Chairman
/s/ Sam Renouf Sam Renouf Chief Executive Officer
/s/ Rachel Joyce Rachel Joyce Athlete Director
/s/ Dylan McNiece Dylan McNeice Athlete Director
cc: David Jacquin North Point Advisors 580 California Street, Suite 200 San Francisco, CA 94104
The Professional Triathletes Organisation is a not-for-profit entity representing the body of professional triathletes and seeks to showcase the passion, talents, determination, struggles and achievements of the dedicated professionals who strive to realise the highest levels of the sport and inspire all those who participate in triathlon, from seasoned age groupers to newbies.
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