Roland C. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wendy's/Arby's Group, said: "I am delighted to announce the completion of this merger, which creates a world-class company with the strength, scale and expertise necessary to thrive in a competitive restaurant environment. As one company, we are well-positioned to deliver long-term value to our stockholders through enhanced operational efficiencies, improved product offerings, shared services and strong human capital. We have worked together diligently to close this transaction over the past several months, and will push forward with that same intensity."
Under the merger agreement, Wendy's shareholders received 4.25 shares of Triarc's Class A common stock for each common share of Wendy's. In addition, each outstanding share of Triarc Class B common stock, Series 1, was converted into one share of Triarc Class A common stock, resulting in a post-merger company with a single class of common stock. Commencing on Tuesday, September 30, 2008, the combined company will trade under the symbol "WEN"on the New York Stock Exchange. In addition, the company will unveil a new corporate web site at www.wendysarbys.com concurrently with the opening of the stock market on that date.