Yongye International, Inc. Announces Amended Going Private Proposal Approved By Stockholders
BEIJING, June 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Yongye International, Inc. (NASDAQ: YONG) ("Yongye" or the "Company"), a leading developer, manufacturer, and distributor of crop nutrient products in the People's Republic of China, today announced that, at the special meeting of stockholders of the Company (the "Special Meeting") held today, the Company's stockholders voted in favor of the proposal to approve the agreement and plan of merger, dated as of September 23, 2013, as amended on April 9, 2014 (as so amended, the "Amended Merger Agreement"), among the Company, Full Alliance International Limited, a British Virgin Islands company ("Holdco"), Yongye International Limited ("Parent"), a Cayman Islands exempted company with limited liability wholly-owned by Holdco, and Yongye International Merger Sub Limited, a Nevada corporation wholly-owned by Parent ("Merger Sub"), providing for the merger of Merger Sub with and into the Company (the "Merger"), with the Company surviving the Merger as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent.
The Amended Merger Agreement was approved by (i) 39,714,685 shares of Company common stock and Company Series A Convertible Preferred Shares ("Company preferred stock"), voting together as a single class (representing approximately 69.44% of the outstanding shares of Company common stock and Company preferred stock), (ii) 6,505,113 shares of Company preferred stock (representing 100% of the outstanding shares of Company preferred stock), and (iii) 20,838,825 shares of Company common stock (other than shares (a) owned by the Company or any subsidiary of the Company or (b) owned by Holdco, Mr. Zishen Wu, MSPEA Agriculture Holding Limited ("MSPEA"), and Prosper Sino Development Limited ("Prosper Sino") that will be contributed to Parent pursuant to a contribution agreement, dated September 23, 2013, as amended on November 25, 2013, among Parent, Holdco, Mr. Zishen Wu, Prosper Sino and MSPEA ((a) and (b) collectively, the "Excluded Shares")) that were present in person or by proxy and voting for or against approval of the Amended Merger Agreement at the Special Meeting (representing approximately 84.52% of the outstanding shares of Company common stock (other than the Excluded Shares) that were present in person or by proxy and voting for or against approval of the Amended Merger Agreement at the Special Meeting), satisfying the voting requirements to approve the Amended Merger Agreement.
The parties currently expect to complete the Merger as soon as possible, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions set forth in the Amended Merger Agreement. If completed, the Merger would result in the Company becoming a privately held company and its common stock would no longer be listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.
About Yongye International, Inc.
Yongye International, Inc. is a leading crop nutrient company headquartered in Beijing, with its production facilities located in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China. Yongye's principal product is a liquid crop nutrient, from which the Company derived substantially all of the sales in 2013. The Company also produces powder animal nutrient product which is mainly used for dairy cows. Both products are sold under the trade name "Shengmingsu," which means "life essential" in Chinese. The Company's patented formula utilizes fulvic acid as the primary compound base and is combined with various micro and macro nutrients that are essential for the health of the crops. The Company sells its products primarily to provincial level distributors, who sell to the end-users either directly or indirectly through county-level and village-level distributors. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.yongyeintl.com.
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