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Landcadia Holdings, Inc. *

Landcadia Holdings, Inc. *

Oct 19, 2020 by Roman Developer



Landcadia Holdings, Inc. proposes to acquire Waitr Incorporated (“Waitr”), the fast growing restaurant platform for online ordering and secondary on-demand food delivery, for $308 million in total consideration.  The net cash proceeds from this transaction in excess of those distributed to Waitr’s equity holders are expected to be used to fund Waitr’s continued growth in current and new markets and allow Waitr to pursue opportunistic acquisitions to grow its U.S. footprint.

The aggregate consideration for the Business Combination will be comprised of:

  • $300.0 million payable in the form of cash and shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $10.00 per share;
  • plus approximately $8.0 million payable in the form of Company stock options to be issued to holders of options to purchase Waitr shares that are unvested, outstanding and unexercised as of immediately prior to the effective time of the Business Combination.

The cash portion of the consideration will be an aggregate amount equal to the sum of (i) $50.0 million (the “Minimum Cash Consideration Amount”) plus (ii) the Additional Cash Amount (as defined in the Merger Agreement), if any, which together with the Minimum Cash Consideration Amount will not exceed a maximum of $75.0 million (the “Cash Consideration”). The remainder of $300.0 million less the Cash Consideration will be paid in the form of shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $10.00 per share (the “Stock Consideration”). In addition, all options to purchase Waitr shares that are unvested, outstanding and unexercised as of immediately prior to the Effective Time, valued at approximately $8.0 million, will be assumed by the Company.

Upon the closing of the proposed transaction, Tilman J. Fertitta, will serve as a director of the combined company, and in such capacity will be in a position to oversee the combined company’s growth and brand building. Chris Meaux, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Waitr, and the rest of the Waitr executive team will continue in their respective roles in the combined company. Mr. Meaux will also be appointed Chairman of the combined company’s board of directors.

  • Restaurant delivery market is under-penetrated and moving online
  • Leading position in current markets with a marketplace model and proven expansion strategy
  • Strong value proposition to customers and restaurants
  • Powered by a differentiated proprietary technology platform
  • High growth business model built in a capital efficient manner
  • Partnership with Landcadia is expected to accelerate growth and entrench competitive positioning


Landcadia transaction overview 10-3-18


Jefferies LLC is serving as financial and capital markets advisors to Landcadia, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. is serving as capital markets advisor to Landcadia. Wells Fargo Securities, LLC is serving as financial advisor to Waitr.



Executive Officers

Tilman J. Fertitta, 58
Co-Chairman and CEO

Since August 2010, Mr. Fertitta has been the sole shareholder, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fertitta Entertainment, Inc., which owns both the restaurant conglomerate Landry’s and the Golden Nugget Casinos and is recognized today as a global leader in the dining, hospitality, entertainment and gaming industries. Mr. Fertitta currently serves as Chairman of the Houston Children’s Charity, the Houston Police Foundation, and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Regents for the University of Houston. He also is on the Executive Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, one of the Nation’s largest charitable organizations. He also serves on the boards of the Texas Heart Institute and the Greater Houston Partnership.

Richard Handler, 54
Co-Chairman and President

Mr. Handler has served as a director and Chief Executive Officer of Leucadia since March 2013. He has been Chairman of Jefferies since February 2002 and Chief Executive Officer of Jefferies since January 2001. Mr. Handler has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Jefferies LLC, Jefferies’ principal operating subsidiary, since January 2001 and as President of Jefferies since May 2006. Mr. Handler was first elected to the board of directors of Jefferies in May 1998. He was Managing Director of High Yield Capital Markets at Jefferies from May 1993 until February 2000, after co-founding that group as an Executive Vice President in April 1990. He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Handler Family Foundation, a non-profit foundation working primarily with underprivileged youth.

Richard H. Liem, 62
Vice-President and CFO

Mr. Liem has been Treasurer and Vice President at Morton’s Restaurant Group, Inc. since February 1, 2012. Mr. Liem has been the Chief Financial Officer and Controller of Landry’s Restaurants Inc. since June 11, 2004 and serves as its Executive Vice President and Principal Accounting Officer. Mr. Liem serves as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Golden Nugget Inc. (formerly Poster Financial Group Inc.), a subsidiary of Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. He serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, Inc. Mr. Liem served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of Landry’s Restaurants Inc. and also served as its Senior Vice President of Finance from June 2004 to May 2007. He joined Landry’s Restaurants Inc. in 1999 as the Vice President of Accounting. Mr. Liem joined Landry’s Restaurants Inc. from Carrols Corporation, where he served as the Vice President of Financial Operations from 1994 to 1999. He served with the Audit Division of Price Waterhouse, L.L.P. from 1983 to 1994. He has been Director of McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, Inc. since January 3, 2012. He has been a director of Landry’s Restaurants Inc. since 2009. He serves as a director of Golden Nugget Inc. Mr. Liem is a Certified Public Accountant and was first licensed in Texas in 1989.

Steven L. Scheinthal, 54
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Mr. Scheinthal has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Landry’s, Inc. since its IPO in 1993 and as its Executive Vice President or Vice President of Administration, General Counsel and Secretary since September 1992. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Fertitta Entertainment, Inc. which is the holding company for Landry’s, Inc., the Golden Nugget Hotels and Casinos and other assets owned and controlled by Tilman J. Fertitta. He devotes a substantial amount of time on behalf of all Fertitta companies, including Landry’s and Golden Nugget, to acquisitions, financings, human resources, risk, benefit and litigation management, union, lease and contract negotiations, trademark oversight and licensing and is primarily responsible for compliance with all federal, state and local laws. He was also primarily responsible for Landry’s corporate governance and SEC compliance from its IPO and during the 17 plus years Landry’s operated as a public company. The foregoing experience provides the Company with valuable insight, skills and perspective. Prior to joining Landry’s, he was a partner in the law firm of Stumpf & Falgout in Houston, Texas. Mr. Scheinthal represented Landry’s, Inc. for approximately five years before becoming part of the organization. He has been licensed to practice law in the state of Texas since 1984.

Nicholas Daraviras, 42
Vice President, Acquisitions

Mr. Daraviras is a Managing Director of Leucadia National Corporation. Prior to 2014, Mr. Daraviras had been employed with Jefferies Capital Partners, LLC (“Jefferies Capital Partners”) or its predecessors since 1996. Mr. Daraviras has served on the board of Fiesta Restaurant Group since April 2011 and The Sheridan Group, Inc. since 2003. He also served on the boards of Edgen Group Inc., a global distributor of specialty steel products, or its predecessors from February 2005 until 2013, and Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. from 2009 until 2013. Mr. Daraviras serves on the Audit Committee of The Sheridan Group, Inc. and served on the Compensation Committee of Carrols Restaurant Group as well as the Compensation, Corporate Governance, and Nominating Committees of Edgen Group Inc. He also serves on several boards of directors of private portfolio companies of Jefferies Capital Partners and Leucadia.

Board of Directors

Mark Kelly, 52

Mark Kelly is an accomplished naval aviator, test pilot and astronaut. Since his retirement from the U.S. Navy in 2011, Mr. Kelly has been a consultant and entrepreneur. Since 2012, Mr. Kelly has been a consultant with SpaceX, a privately held company that designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. Since 2015, Mr. Kelly has been a director of Angel Med Flight, a private air ambulance company. Since 2014, Mr. Kelly has served on the board of advisors of General Fusion, a private company that is developing fusion power based on magnetized target fusion. In 2014, Mr. Kelly founded World View Enterprises, LLC, a private near-space exploration company. Mr. Kelly was employed by the U.S. Navy from 1986 until 2011. From 1996 until 2011, Mr. Kelly was on assignment from the U.S. Navy to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where he was an astronaut. Mr. Kelly has made four trips into space and has commanded both space shuttles Discovery and Endeavour. Mr. Kelly graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the Naval Post-Graduate School with degrees in marine and aeronautical engineering.