Inmarsat PLC

Scheme of Arrangement becomes Effective

RNS Number : 6967V
Inmarsat PLC
04 December 2019
 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4 December 2019

Recommended cash acquisition of

Inmarsat plc

by

Connect Bidco Limited

a newly incorporated entity owned by a consortium of (i) funds advised by Apax; (ii) funds advised by Warburg Pincus or its affiliates; (iii) Canada Pension Plan Investment Board; and (iv) Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board 

Scheme of Arrangement becomes Effective

On 25 March 2019, the boards of Inmarsat plc ("Inmarsat") and Connect Bidco Limited ("Bidco") announced that they had reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended cash acquisition of the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Inmarsat (the "Acquisition"). The Acquisition is being effected by means of a scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006 (the "Scheme") and is subject to the terms and conditions set out in the scheme document dated 18 April 2019 (the "Scheme Document").

On 3 December 2019, Inmarsat and Bidco announced that the Court had sanctioned the Scheme.

Inmarsat and Bidco are pleased to announce that, following the delivery of the Court Order to the Registrar of Companies today, the Scheme has now become Effective in accordance with its terms and the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Inmarsat is now owned by Bidco.

Consideration due to Scheme Shareholders

Settlement of the consideration to which any Scheme Shareholder is entitled will be effected by way of the despatch of cheques or the crediting of CREST accounts (for Scheme Shareholders holding Scheme Shares in certificated and in uncertificated form respectively). The latest date for the despatch of cheques to Scheme Shareholders and settlement through CREST is 18 December 2019, being 14 days after today, as set out in the Scheme Document.

Inmarsat Shareholders who have made a valid Currency Election will receive their Cash Consideration in Sterling at the Average Market Exchange Rate obtained by Bidco through one or more market transactions over the coming one or more Business Days. It is expected that Bidco will issue an announcement setting out the Average Market Exchange Rate once such market transactions have taken place. Inmarsat Shareholders who have not made a valid Currency Election will receive their Cash Consideration under the Scheme in US dollars.

Delisting and cancellation of trading of Inmarsat Shares

Applications have been made for the de-listing of Inmarsat Shares from the premium listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and the cancellation of the admission to trading of Inmarsat Shares on the London Stock Exchange's main market for listed securities, which are each expected to take place at 8.00 a.m. (London time) on 5 December 2019.

Full details of the Acquisition are set out in the Scheme Document. 

Capitalised terms used but not defined in this announcement have the meanings given to them in the Scheme Document.

Enquiries:

 

Inmarsat
Alison Horrocks

Jon Sinnatt

Rob Gurner

Rob Walker (Headland)

Stephen Malthouse (Headland)

 


+44 20 7728 1626

+44 20 7728 1935

+44 20 7728 1518

+44 20 3805 4805

+44 20 3805 4844

 

J.P. Morgan Cazenove (Financial Adviser to Inmarsat)

Hugo Baring

Charles Harman

Jonty Edwards
James Summer

 

 

 +44 20 7742 4000

PJT Partners (Financial Adviser to Inmarsat)

Simon Lyons

Scott Matlock

Jim Murray

Jonathan Hall

 

 

+44 20 3650 1100 / +1 212 364 7800

Credit Suisse (Financial Adviser to Inmarsat)

Cathal Deasy

Eric Federman

Antonia Rowan

Ben Deary

 

 

+44 20 7888 8888

Apax

Andrew Kenny

 

+44 20 7872 6371

 

James Madsen

Matthew Goodman

 

+44 20 7952 2000

 

Todd Fogarty

 

+1 212 521 4854

 

Warburg Pincus

Julie Foster

 

+44 20 7306 3816

 

Paul Durman

+44 20 7186 8890

 

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Steve McCool
Darryl Konynenbelt

 


+44 203 947 3002

+1 416 972 8389  

 

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board

Lori McLeod
Neil Maitland

 

 

+1 (416) 730-7207

 

+44 203 7551 674
 

UBS Investment Bank (Lead Financial Adviser to Bidco and the Consortium)

Christian Lesueur

Jonathan Rowley

Jonathan Retter

 


 

+44 207 567 8000

Merrill Lynch International (Financial Adviser to Bidco and the Consortium)

Emmanuel Hibou

Geoffrey Iles

 


 

+44 20 7628 1000

Barclays (Financial Adviser to Bidco and the Consortium)

Osvaldo Ramos

Gaurav Gooptu

 


 

+44 20 7623 2323

Further information

This announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, an offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, subscribe for, otherwise acquire, sell or otherwise dispose of any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to the Acquisition or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. This announcement does not constitute a prospectus or a prospectus equivalent document.

The Acquisition is made solely pursuant to the terms of the Scheme Document, which, together with the Forms of Proxy, contains the full terms and conditions of the Scheme.

This announcement has been prepared for the purpose of complying with English law and the Takeover Code and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws and regulations of jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom.

The Acquisition is subject to the applicable requirements of the Takeover Code, the Panel, the London Stock Exchange ("LSE") and the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA").

Important notices about financial advisers

J.P. Morgan Securities plc, which conducts its UK investment banking business as J.P. Morgan Cazenove ("J.P. Morgan Cazenove"), is authorised in the United Kingdom by the PRA and regulated by the PRA and the FCA. J.P. Morgan Cazenove is acting as financial adviser exclusively for Inmarsat and no one else in connection with the Acquisition and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the Acquisition and will not be responsible to anyone other than Inmarsat for providing the protections afforded to clients of J.P. Morgan Cazenove or its affiliates, nor for providing advice in relation to the Acquisition or any other matter or arrangement referred to herein.

PJT Partners (UK) Limited ("PJT Partners") which is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the United Kingdom is acting exclusively for Inmarsat and no one else in connection with the matters described herein and will not be responsible to anyone other than Inmarsat for providing the protections afforded to clients of PJT Partners or for providing advice in connection with the matters described herein. Neither PJT Partners nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of PJT Partners in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein or otherwise.

Credit Suisse International ("Credit Suisse"), which is authorised by the PRA and regulated by the FCA and the PRA in the United Kingdom, is acting as financial adviser exclusively for Inmarsat and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this announcement and will not be responsible to any person other than Inmarsat for providing the protections afforded to clients of Credit Suisse, nor for providing advice in relation to the content of this announcement or any matter referred to herein. Neither Credit Suisse nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Credit Suisse in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein or otherwise.

UBS AG London Branch ("UBS") is authorised and regulated by the Financial Market Supervisory Authority in Switzerland. It is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority ("PRA") and subject to regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and limited regulation by the PRA in the United Kingdom. UBS is acting as financial adviser to Bidco and the Consortium and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this announcement. In connection with such matters, UBS, its affiliates, and its or their respective directors, officers, employees and agents will not regard any person other than Bidco and the Consortium as their client, nor will they be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to their clients or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any other matter referred to herein.

Merrill Lynch International, a subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation ("Merrill Lynch"), is acting exclusively for Bidco and the Consortium in connection with the matters referred to in this announcement and for no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than Bidco and the Consortium for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the matters described in this announcement.

Barclays Bank PLC, acting through its investment bank ("Barclays"), which is authorised by the PRA and regulated by the FCA and the PRA in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for Bidco and the Consortium and no one else in connection with the matters referred to in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Bidco and the Consortium for providing the protections afforded to clients of Barclays nor for providing advice in relation to the Acquisition or any other matter referred to in this announcement.

Publication on website

A copy of this announcement will be available on Inmarsat's website at https://investors.inmarsat.com/ and Bidco's website at http://inmarsatbidcoinfo.com by no later than 12 noon (London time) on the first Business Day following the date of this announcement.

Neither the contents of Inmarsat's website nor Bidco's website are incorporated into and or form part of this announcement.


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