SWS Group Confirms Receipt of Unsolicited Acquisition Proposal from Esposito Global

Feb 18, 2014, 16:01 ET from SWS Group, Inc.

DALLAS, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of SWS Group, Inc. (NYSE: SWS) today confirmed that it received an unsolicited acquisition proposal from Esposito Global to acquire all the outstanding common shares of SWS Group for $8.00 per share in cash. 

As previously announced, on January 10, 2014, SWS Group received an unsolicited acquisition proposal from Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTH) to acquire the outstanding common stock that Hilltop does not already own for $7.00 per share in 50% cash and 50% Hilltop common stock.  On February 3, 2014, the Company announced that it had formed a Special Committee, comprised of independent directors not affiliated with Hilltop Holdings or Oak Hill Capital Partners, to review Hilltop's unsolicited acquisition proposal.

Consistent with its fiduciary duties and in consultation with its financial and legal advisors, the Special Committee will review both the Hilltop Holdings and Esposito Global proposals to determine the course of action that it believes is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders, and make a recommendation to the Company's Board of Directors.

There can be no assurance that a transaction with Esposito Global, Hilltop Holdings or any other party will be approved or consummated.  The Company does not intend to disclose developments regarding these matters unless and until a determination is made that disclosure is necessary or appropriate.

Sandler O'Neill + Partners, L.P. is serving as the Special Committee's independent financial advisor and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is serving as its independent legal advisor.

About SWS Group

SWS Group, Inc. is a Dallas-based holding company offering a broad range of investment and financial services through its subsidiaries. The Company's common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWS. SWS Group, Inc. subsidiaries include Southwest Securities, Inc., SWS Financial Services, Inc., and Southwest Securities, FSB.

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