SeaWorld says offer to buy Cedar Fair rejected

FILE PHOTO: Visitors attend the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California
FILE PHOTO: Visitors attend the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014 REUTERS/Mike Blake

February 16, 2022

(Reuters) -SeaWorld Entertainment Inc said on Tuesday its offer to acquire amusement park operator Cedar Fair LP has been rejected and that it does not see a path to a transaction.

Cedar Fair declined to comment.

Reuters reported this month that SeaWorld, a Florida-based theme park and entertainment company, had offered to buy Cedar Fair for $3.4 billion in cash, according to a person familiar with the matter.

At the time the Sandusky, Ohio-based company confirmed it had received an unsolicited proposal but did not disclose the offer price.

Cedar Fair, which has a market value of $3.5 billion, owns and operates 13 properties, including amusement parks, water parks and resort facilities. The company’s parks have about 28 million guests annually, according to its website.

In 2019, it rejected a takeover offer of $4 billion, or about $70 per share, from larger peer Six Flags Entertainment Corp.

(Reporting by Anirudh Saligrama and Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips and Edwina Gibbs)

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