Private Placement Anchored with Significant Investment from Steiner Leisure, OSW’s Largest Shareholder, and Management
OneSpaWorld Holdings Limited, the preeminent global provider of health and wellness services and products on-board cruise ships and in premium destination resorts around the world, announced a definitive agreement to sell $75 million in common equity and warrants to Steiner Leisure Limited and its affiliates and other investors, including certain funds advised by Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers LLC and members of OSW management and its Board of Directors. In 2015, an L Catterton-led investor group acquired the OneSpaWorld business when it closed on the take-private of SLL. L Catterton is the largest and most global consumer-focused private equity firm in the world and its experience in the consumer sector was instrumental in developing the platform for OneSpaWorld to emerge as a public company in March 2019 and as the undisputed leader in the operation of Health and Wellness centers at sea.
Leonard Fluxman, Executive Chairman of OneSpaWorld, commented, “We are pleased to execute this agreement with and invest alongside our long-standing partner, L Catterton. L Catterton recognizes the enduring value of the cruise industry’s track record of success and growth, the proven appeal of cruising to the global travel consumer, our uniquely-positioned business model and our unmatched global market share. I am excited to have L Catterton increase their role on the Board and enhance their partnership with me and our team. This investment substantially increases our financial strength and liquidity, and attests to investor confidence in our ability to weather this unprecedented crisis, rapidly rescale our operations, and resume our historical record of profitable growth. We are incredibly proud of our team’s resilience and dedication through this difficult time and their commitment to innovate new growth and value drivers as we emerge with even greater competitive strength.”
Glenn Fusfield, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “During this extraordinary period, we have focused first and foremost on ensuring the well-being of our staff, our associates and our business partners. We have taken prudently aggressive actions to conserve our liquidity by eliminating non-essential expenses, deferring payment of our previously announced dividend and suspending our dividend program. And, we have remained closely aligned with our cruise line partners by maintaining operational agility to rapidly scale and provide our outstanding service to our partners and their passengers when voyages resume. This investment will sustain our operations through even an extended period of cancelled voyages, fuel our continued innovation of service offerings and spa experiences and enable us to fully capitalize on our commanding market share position and growth opportunities when normal operations resume.”
Marc Magliacano, L Catterton Managing Partner and OSW Director, commented: “We are proud to have the opportunity to increase our investment and further our partnership with OneSpaWorld. The cruise industry has shown unabated resilience for over 40 years, and for each disruption experienced, the industry has responded by returning to even higher passenger levels within 24 months. We have worked with OSW’s outstanding team since 2015 and now have re-committed our resources to assist OSW during these challenging times. The five year L Catterton / OSW partnership has led to the Company becoming the undisputed global leader in the operations of Health and Wellness centers around the world. Indeed, OneSpaWorld has a unique set of capabilities and resources that enable it to provide consistent innovation and a superior guest experience while making an incredibly complex business model work seamlessly and effectively. We have tremendous confidence in the OneSpaWorld team and expect that their efforts to position the Company to capitalize on opportunities presented by this disruption will further grow their market share and deliver an even safer and more exceptional experience to cruise passengers and destination resort guests when cruising and broader vacationing resumes.”
- Issuance of approximately 18.8 million common shares for a total consideration of $75 million, reflecting a 5% premium to the 20-day volume weighted average price of OneSpaWorld shares through the market close on April 29, 2020;
- Issuance of five million warrants to purchase common shares of OSW at an exercise price of $5.75 per share. Unexercised warrants shall expire on the 5th anniversary of closing and are redeemable at the Company’s option when its shares trade to $14.50 per share;
- Steiner Leisure will expand its representation on the Company’s Board to three of the 10 directors; and
- The Steiner Leisure and OSW Management and Directors’ newly issued shares will be subject to lock-up for a period of 12-months from the closing
The issuance of the 18.8 million common shares and five million warrants was unanimously approved by a special committee of the board of directors and, subsequently, unanimously approved by the Board. The transaction is subject to shareholder approval. Each of the OSW Management and Directors who have made a commitment in the transaction have agreed to vote their existing shares in favor of the transaction. Further information will be provided in a preliminary proxy statement to be filed with the SEC.
Under the agreement, the $75 million invested in OneSpaWorld will be in the form of common shares and warrants of the Company. Proceeds from the investment will be used for general, corporate and working capital purposes and to pay transaction fees and expenses.
The special committee was advised by Nomura Securities International, Inc. as financial advisor and DLA Piper LLP (US) as legal counsel. Kirkland & Ellis served as legal counsel to SLL. Nomura Securities International, Inc. also acted as sole placement agent for the transaction. White & Case LLP served as legal counsel to Nomura Securities International, Inc.
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Following the completion of this investment, the Company expects to have the resources available to maintain limited operations for more than 24 months with monthly cash burn expected to approximate $2.5 million prior to $1.1 million in monthly debt service. With this capital raise, the Company expects to remain in compliance with its loan agreements for the foreseeable future.
The Company noted further that the investment provides additional resources to develop innovation in its service offerings and wellness experiences, as well as additional support to quickly allow OneSpaWorld to resume operations and fully capitalize on its market share position and growth opportunities, driven by the many advantages of its business model, when conditions warrant.
In light of the cruise industry’s response to the Global COVID-19 pandemic, and the cruise industry’s U.S. operations being subject to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) No Sail Order, which was extended on April 9, 2020 to continue until the earliest of (i) the expiration of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ declaration that COVID-19 constitutes a public health emergency, (ii) the date the Director of the CDC rescinds or modifies the No Sail Order or (iii) 100 days after the order appears on the Federal Register, which would be July 24, 2020, the Company has taken the following actions:
- Closed all spas on ships where voyages have been cancelled;
- Closed all U.S. and Caribbean-based destination resort spas and the majority of Asian-based destination resort spas;
- Repatriated 45% of all cruise ship personnel, eliminating all ongoing expenses related to these employees;
- Continue to work towards repatriating substantially all remaining cruise ship personnel as soon as is practical;
- Furloughed 96% of U.S. and Caribbean-based destination resort spa personnel and 37% of corporate personnel;
- Suspended its first quarter and full year 2020 guidance issued on February 26, 2020, noting that it continues to expect a meaningful negative impact from cancelled voyages and resort spa closures, but cannot provide a reasonable basis for guidance at this time;
- Eliminated all non-essential operating and capital expenditures; and
- Withdrew its dividend program until further notice and deferred payment of the dividend declared on February 26, 2020 until approved by the Board of Directors.
The offer and sale of the securities described herein is being made in a transaction not involving a public offering and has not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws. Accordingly, the securities may not be reoffered or resold in the United States absent registration with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. The Company has agreed to file a registration statement with the SEC covering the resale of the securities issued in connection with this transaction.