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INDIANOPOLIS -- Marsh Supermarkets Inc. on Friday said it has begun to mail the definitive proxy materials in connection with the shareholder vote on the $11.125-per-share acquisition of the company by MSH Supermarkets Holding Corp., an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc.
Shareholders of record as of July 26 will be entitled to vote at the special meeting on Sept. 22. All of Marsh's directors and executive officers have informed the company that they plan to vote in favor of the deal, the company said. As of the record date, Marsh's directors and executive officers owned 20 percent of the outstanding Class A common shares and 10.3 percent of the outstanding Class B common shares. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of September.
Marsh's board unanimously approved the MSH Supermarkets transaction and recommends that all Marsh shareholders vote "FOR'" the approval of the merger agreement and the merger. Marsh said the shareholders' vote is very important regardless of the number of shares of common stock they own. Whether or not shareholders are able to attend the special meeting in person, they should complete, sign and date the proxy card and return it in the prepaid and addressed envelope as soon as possible or submit a proxy through the Internet or by telephone as described on the proxy card accompanying the definitive proxy statement.
The MSH Supermarkets acquisition has no financing contingency, and is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of Marsh shareholders.
The company operates 68 Marsh supermarkets, 38 LoBill Foods stores, eight O'Malia Food Markets, 154 Village Pantry convenience stores, and two Arthur's Fresh Market stores in Indiana and western Ohio. The company also operates Crystal Food Services, Primo Banquet Catering and Conference Centers, Floral Fashions, and McNamara Florist.