Sotheby's Shareholders Approve Proposed Acquisition by Patrick Drahi

NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- At a special meeting held in New York today, Sotheby's (NYSE: BID) shareholders approved the proposed acquisition of the Company by BidFair USA, an entity wholly owned by Patrick Drahi. 

"The Board of Directors would like to thank Sotheby's shareholders for their vote of confidence in the merger," said Domenico De Sole, Chairman of Sotheby's Board of Directors.  "Mr. Drahi's offer delivers a significant premium to market for our shareholders, including our employee shareholders, and positions Sotheby's well for the future."

Tad Smith, Sotheby's CEO said, "This is an historic moment for Sotheby's and we are very pleased to have the validation of the company's shareholders.  Sotheby's is on track for another strong season with outstanding auctions set to be held in Hong Kong and Contemporary art sales that will inaugurate our newly-renovated space on Bond Street in London early next month."  

On June 17, 2019, Sotheby's announced that it had signed a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by BidFair USA, an entity wholly owned by media and telecom entrepreneur as well as art collector, Patrick Drahi. Under the terms of the agreement, which was approved by Sotheby's Board of Directors, shareholders, including employee shareholders, will receive $57.00 in cash per share of Sotheby's common stock in a transaction with an enterprise value of $3.7 billion.  

The closing of the merger remains subject to customary conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019. 

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, each as amended.  Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact.  Words such as "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "intends," "plans," "projects," or other similar expressions may identify such forward-looking statements. 

Actual results may differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements as a result of factors, risks and uncertainties over which we have no control.  These factors, risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: (i) conditions to the completion of the proposed acquisition may not be satisfied or the regulatory approvals required for the proposed acquisition may not be obtained on the terms expected or on the anticipated schedule; (ii) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement between the parties to the proposed acquisition; (iii) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the proposed acquisition on Sotheby's business relationships, operating results, and business generally; (iv) risks that the proposed acquisition disrupts Sotheby's current plans and operations and potential difficulties in Sotheby's employee retention as a result of the proposed acquisition; (v) risks related to diverting management's attention from our ongoing business operations; (vi) potential litigation that has been or may be instituted against Sotheby or its directors or officers related to the proposed acquisition or the merger agreement between the parties to the proposed acquisition; (vii) the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and other charges related to the proposed acquisition; and (ix) such other factors as are set forth in Sotheby's periodic public filings with the SEC, including but not limited to those described under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Forward Looking Statements" in its Forms 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 and in its other filings made with the SEC from time to time, which are available via the SEC's website at

Forward-looking statements reflect the views and assumptions of management as of the date of this communication with respect to future events.  Sotheby's does not undertake, and hereby disclaims, any obligation, unless required to do so by applicable securities laws, to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or other factors.  The inclusion of any statement in this release does not constitute an admission by Sotheby's or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statement are material.

About Sotheby's

Sotheby's has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby's became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby's presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby's BidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. Sotheby's offers collectors the resources of Sotheby's Financial Services, the world's only full-service art financing company, as well as the collection, artist, estate & foundation advisory services of its subsidiary, Art Agency, Partners. Sotheby's presents private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby's Global Fine Art Division, and three retail businesses: Sotheby's Wine, Sotheby's Diamonds, and Sotheby's Home, the online marketplace for interior design. Sotheby's has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).

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