I am recommending a long position in the warrants of Liberty Acquisition Holdings ("Liberty"). This investment is a classic special situation asset conversion where the warrants are currently priced at a 51% gross spread. This spread can be locked in by shorting 0.45 shares of Promotora de Informaciones, S.A. ("Grupo Prisa") per 1 LIA/WS warrant.
The asset conversion is expected to occur by the end of October and implies an IRR of 678% over 74 days.
If the deal fails to go through, the warrants may prove worthless. Depending on requirements for liquidity, sensitivity to interim drawdowns, or minimum position sizing, the LIA common idea we've also submitted may provide the more attractive risk-adjusted return.
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Liberty is a special purpose acquisition company ("SPAC") formed on June 27, 2007.
With a $1 billion IPO, Liberty was the largest SPAC raised through the issuance of 103.5 million units. Each unit consisted of one share of common stock and one-half of one warrant.
The sponsors behind Liberty are Nicholas Berggruen of Berggruen Holdings and Martin Franklin of Jarden Corporation.
On March 5, 2010, Liberty announced a recapitalization of Grupo Prisa, a Spanish and Portuguese-language media company controlled by the Polanco family and with assets including news, entertainment, education and digital enterprises in Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Hispanic Latin America.
Grupo Prisa is highly leveraged with an equity market capitalization of $524 million (€408 million) and $6.907 billion (€5.377 billion). With LTM EBITDA of $732.5 million (€$570.2 million), the company is levered 9.4x times and trading at a 10.1x TEV/EBTIDA multiple.
Grupo Prisa's obvious motivation to transact is to delever its balance sheet. That deleveraging comes with significant dilution to existing Grupo Prisa shareholders. To ensure the deal votes go through so that Grupo Prisa can successfully delever and Liberty will not liquidate its trust account, the deal has been revised twice since March; once in May and most recently on August 4, 2010. The most recently revised deal terms include a spacmail offer for Liberty shareholders to 'cash out,' if they vote for the deal, at $10, an offer above the redemption value of $9.87 that shareholders who vote against the deal would receive. To fund the 'cashing out' by such shareholders, Liberty and Grupo Prisa announced on August 4th that they had raised $400 million and another $100 million on August 9th.
The following is a summary of the revised terms to the Liberty warrants:
Targeted at $2.15 per warrant
$1.04 in Cash
0.156 Prisa Ordinary Shares
0.036 Prisa NVCS
$1.04 in Cash
0.115 Prisa Ordinary Shares
0.055 Prisa NVCS
$0.90 in Cash
0.450 Prisa Ordinary Shares
Prisa share price
Closing of the Prisa recap around the end of October