Even without knowing the full details, at the time it looked like the common shareholders were cornered into either accepting the deal or risk losing it all. In the past 3 trading sessions, over 47% of the float has exchanged hands! We haven’t a clue as to which institutions are selling and who the buyers are; perhaps a MassMutual proxy? In any case, this can definitely be classified as heavy institutional activity as the sheer numbers far exceed private holdings.
In a newly filed 8-K from 11/29/06, 65 pages, the company revealed a bit more. First and foremost, SCT has every intention of going through with this deal. In addition to a $30.5M ‘standby commitment fee’ (cancellation fee) there is an additional expense reimbursement clause for an additional $6.5M on top of the $1.5M already paid.
From the common shareholders point of view, the dilution is worse than 68.8%. The longer it takes to close the deal, the greater the dilution up to an annual non compounded rate of 7.5%. In addition, the agreement contains clauses that can further dilute the common shareholders stake, as is summed up in item 1.01 of the 8-K:
The Securities Purchase Agreement provides that, after the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Securities Purchase Agreement, the Company will indemnify the Investors for breaches of representations, warranties and covenants and the uncollectability of certain reinsurance recoverables, subject to certain limitations. Other than indemnification with respect to the Investors' out-of-pocket costs, the Company's indemnification obligations will be satisfied not through a cash payment but rather through adjustment of the conversion ratio of the Convertible Shares. (emphasis mine)
Shareholders should read the proxy statement when it becomes available. That is of course if you’re still holding on in the hope that a better unsolicited offer miraculously falls from heaven. G-d bless, you’ll need it.
SCT 1-yr chart: