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Report: SeaWorld Makes $3.4 Billion Takeover Bid for Cedar Fair

Update: Cedar Fair confirms SeaWorld's proposal for review

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According to reports private equity firm Centerbridge Partners has built a 5% stake in Cedar Fair.

(WARNING: There might be a pay wall...)https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-02-11/centerbridge-is-said-to-build-stake-in-buyout-target-cedar-fair

(No pay wall...I think...) https://www.cinemablend.com/movies/the-seaworld-buy-out-of-cedar-fair-just-took-an-interesting-turn

I checked the SEC filings (as best as I could read them...) and Centerbridge has built the stake in the company, however they filled 13G forms which I think indicates that they do not intend to use their stake to influence Cedar Fair (At least in theory...). Cedar Fair has not commented on the stake. It looks like Centerbridge has previously been involved in hospitality through investments in Extended Stay America and Great Wolf Lodge.

To me this seems to me that Wall Street thinks that a bidding war is gonna break out for CF and the stock price is gonna rise to to reflect that (It's currently trading at about $61/share, up approx.. 22% for the year).

Cedar Fair's 4th quarter earnings call is on Wednesday (February 16, 2022), so my guess is that we will hear more then.

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Looks like it’s over.

https://s1.q4cdn.com/392447382/files/doc_news/SEAWORLD-ENTERTAINMENT-INC.-MAKES-STATEMENT-CONCERNING-CEDAR-FAIR-2022.pdf

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/seaworld-entertainment-inc-makes-statement-concerning-cedar-fair-301483201.html?fbclid=IwAR2SR8M6lnKTC9AG7H2BblMBIsGvMFRgBHxqMBAoIhNEkRIQEYh-k1mbECc

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In response to inquiries from various stakeholders, we confirm that our offer to acquire Cedar Fair was rejected.  Unfortunately, we do not see a path to a transaction.

 

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In my opinion, this was never a serious offer.  I think this was financial publicity for Sea World.  A chance for them to say "hey everyone, we've got lots of available capital and we're doing great! "

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