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Parent Company of SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Planning to Net $245 Million on IPO


Orlando, FL, USA (April 18, 2013) /PRNewswire/ — SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (“SeaWorld Entertainment”), a leading theme park and entertainment company, today announced the pricing of an initial public offering of 26,000,000 shares of its common stock at $27.00 per share.

SeaWorld Entertainment is offering 10,000,000 shares to be sold in the offering and selling stockholders affiliated with The Blackstone Group L.P. are offering an additional 16,000,000 shares to be sold in the offering. The selling stockholders have granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 3,900,000 shares at the initial public offering price. The shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on April 19, 2013, under the ticker symbol “SEAS,” and the offering is expected to close on April 24, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.

SeaWorld Entertainment will receive net proceeds of approximately $245.4 million after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by SeaWorld Entertainment. SeaWorld Entertainment will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of the shares sold by the selling stockholders. SeaWorld Entertainment intends to use a portion of the net proceeds from the offering to redeem $140.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 11% Senior Notes due 2016 issued by its subsidiary SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc., at a redemption price of 111.0% plus accrued and unpaid interest thereof, and to repay $37.0 million of its senior secured term loan B facility. In addition, SeaWorld Entertainment intends to use approximately $47 million of the net proceeds from the offering to make a one-time payment to an affiliate of The Blackstone Group, L.P., in connection with the termination of a management advisory agreement.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. and J.P. Morgan are acting as joint bookrunning managers and as representatives of the underwriters in the offering.  Citigroup, BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays and Wells Fargo Securities are also bookrunners in the offering. Blackstone Capital Markets, Lazard Capital Markets, Macquarie Capital, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Nomura, Drexel Hamilton, LLC and Ramirez & Co., Inc. are acting as co-managers in the offering.

A registration statement relating to shares of the common stock of SeaWorld Entertainment has been declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described above, nor shall there be any sale of such shares of common stock in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

The offering of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus, copies of which may be obtained from Goldman, Sachs & Co. at Prospectus Department, 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282 or by telephone at 866-471-2526 or by facsimile at 212-902-9316 or by email at [email protected]  J.P. Morgan at c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue,Edgewood, NY 11717 or by telephone at 866-803-9204, Citigroup at c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717 or by telephone at 800-831-9146 or by email at[email protected], BofA Merrill Lynch at 222 Broadway, New York, NY 10038, Attn: Prospectus Department or by email at [email protected], Barclays at c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717 or by telephone at 888-603-5847 or by email at [email protected] and Wells Fargo Securities at 375 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10152, Attn: Equity Syndication Department or by telephone at 800-326-5897 or by email at[email protected].

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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