Investor Sues To Halt Takeover Of Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc.

Aug. 2, 2012

The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. announced that an investor filed a lawsuit in State Court for current stockholders of Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc. (PEET) against certain directors of Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc. in effort to stop the proposed takeover of Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc. by Joh. A. Benckiser at $73.50 per share.

Persons who purchased shares of Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc. (PEET) prior to July 23, 2012 and currently hold any of those PEET shares have certain options and are advised to contact the Shareholders Foundation, Inc. at [email protected] or call 858-779-1554.

On July 23, 2012, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc. (PEET) and Joh. A. Benckiser (JAB) announced that they have entered into an agreement under which JAB will acquire Peet's Coffee & Tea for $73.50 per PEET share in cash.

However, the plaintiff alleges that the $73.50 offer is unfair to PEET stockholders and undervalues the company. Indeed, at least one analyst has set the high target price for PEET shares at $95.00, thus well above the current offer. In addition, PEET shares traded as early as April 30, 2012 as high as $76.82, thus also above the current offer. Furthermore, in the open market PEET shares succeed the current offer and traded during July 30, 2012 as high as $75.85.

Furthermore, so the plaintiff, the defendants agreed to preclusive deal protection devices, such as a matching rights and a $30 million termination fee provision, that will prevent the company from considering or accepting a competing offer.

Those who currently are investors in Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc. (PEET) shares and purchased their shares before the announcement have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

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