Vince McMahon is planning to divest a large portion of his ownership in TKO. This action might suggest that McMahon is contemplating an exit from the business.
The plan involves selling 8.4 million of McMahon’s shares, a move disclosed in a Thursday statement by TKO. As of August, regulatory filings indicate McMahon’s ownership of over 28 million shares. The repercussions were evident as TKO’s stock experienced a 5% decline after the close of Thursday’s trading.
TKO Group Holdings issued the following press release:
TKO Announces Secondary Offering of 8,400,000 Shares of Class A Common Stock by a Selling Stockholder – 11/09/2023
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– TKO Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TKO) (“TKO” or the “Company”), a premium sports and entertainment company, today announced that one of its stockholders, Mr. Vincent K. McMahon (the “Selling Stockholder”), intends to offer for sale in an underwritten secondary offering 8,400,000 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock, par value $0.00001 (the “Class A Common Stock”), pursuant to the Company’s shelf registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), of which the Company intends to repurchase from the underwriter approximately $100.0 million of shares of our Class A Common Stock. The Selling Stockholder will receive all of the net proceeds from this offering. No shares are being sold by the Company. In connection with the offering, Ariel Emanuel, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and director, Mark Shapiro, the Company’s President, Chief Operating Officer and director, and certain other of the Company’s directors have indicated an interest in purchasing up to $1.0 million, $1.0 million and $850.0 thousand, respectively, of the Company’s Class A Common Stock offered in the offering at the public offering price.
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC will act as book-running manager for this offering. MUFG Securities Americas Inc. will act as co-manager for this offering.
A shelf registration statement on Form S-1 (including a prospectus) relating to the offering of Class A Common Stock has been declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement and an accompanying prospectus. You may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. When available, copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus related to the offering may also be obtained by contacting Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attn: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014.