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Tuesday 04 September, 2018

Harvey Nash Group

Publication of Scheme Document

RNS Number : 7377Z
Harvey Nash Group PLC
04 September 2018
 

4 September 2018

RECOMMENDED CASH ACQUISITION

of

Harvey Nash Group plc ("Harvey Nash")

by

The Power of Talent Ltd ("Bidco")

a newly incorporated entity indirectly owned and controlled by investment funds (the "DBAY Funds") controlled and managed by DBAY Advisors Limited ("DBAY")

Publication of Scheme Document

On 7 August 2018, the Independent Harvey Nash Directors and the Board of Bidco announced that they had reached agreement on the terms of a recommended cash offer to be made by Bidco for the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Harvey Nash, other than those shares owned by Bidco or, otherwise, directly or indirectly owned by the DBAY Funds (the "Acquisition"). The Acquisition is being implemented by means of a Court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006 (the "Scheme").

The board of Harvey Nash announces that it is today posting to Harvey Nash Shareholders a circular in relation to the Acquisition (the "Scheme Document"), setting out, amongst other things, the full terms and conditions of the Scheme, an explanatory statement pursuant to section 897 of the Companies Act 2006, an expected timetable of principal events, notices of the Court Meeting and General Meeting and details of the actions to be taken by Harvey Nash Shareholders, together with the Forms of Proxy for the Court Meeting and the General Meeting. Harvey Nash is also posting the Scheme Document to participants in the Harvey Nash Share Incentive Schemes, together with details of the proposals being made to such participants.

Notices of the Court Meeting and General Meeting

As further detailed in the Scheme Document, to become Effective the Scheme requires, amongst other things, that the required majority of Scheme Shareholders vote in favour of the Scheme at the Court Meeting and that the required majority of Harvey Nash Shareholders vote in favour of the Resolution to be proposed at the General Meeting.

Notices convening the Court Meeting and the General Meeting for 11.00 a.m. and 11.10 a.m. (or, if later, as soon as the Court Meeting has been concluded or adjourned) respectively on 2 October 2018 to be held at the offices of Travers Smith LLP, 10 Snow Hill, London EC1A 2AL, are set out in the Scheme Document. Forms of Proxy for use at such meetings are enclosed with the Scheme Document. If the Scheme is approved by the Scheme Shareholders, the Resolution is approved by Harvey Nash Shareholders, all other Conditions to the Acquisition are satisfied or (if capable of waiver) waived, the Court sanctions the Scheme and the Scheme becomes Effective in accordance with its terms, then under the anticipated timetable it is expected that dealings in Harvey Nash Shares will be suspended at 7.30 a.m. on 15 October 2018 and Harvey Nash Shares will subsequently cease to be admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange's AIM Market by 8.00 a.m. on 16 October 2018. Further details of the expected timetable of principal events are set out below and in the Scheme Document.

It is important that, for the Court Meeting, as many votes as possible are cast so that the Court may be satisfied that there is a fair and reasonable representation of Harvey Nash Shareholder opinion. Harvey Nash Shareholders are therefore strongly urged to submit their Forms of Proxy (or the electronic equivalent) (once received) as soon as possible in accordance with the instructions for so doing.

Capitalised terms used in this announcement (the "Announcement") shall, unless otherwise defined, have the same meanings as set out in the Scheme Document. Copies of this Announcement and the Scheme Document will be made available (subject to certain restrictions relating to persons in Restricted Jurisdictions) on Harvey Nash's website at www.harveynash.com up to and including the Effective Date. The contents of Harvey Nash's website are not incorporated into, and do not form part of, this Announcement.

Timetable

The current expected timetable of principal events for the implementation of the Scheme is set out in the Scheme Document and repeated below. If any of the key dates set out in the expected timetable change, an announcement will be made through a Regulatory Information Service.

EXPECTED TIMETABLE OF PRINCIPAL EVENTS

The following indicative timetable sets out expected dates for the implementation of the Scheme. All times shown in this document are London times unless otherwise stated.

Event

Time and/or date

 

Publication of the Scheme Document

4 September 2018

 

Latest time for receipt of Forms of Proxy for:


 

Court Meeting (BLUE form)

11.00 a.m. on 28 September 2018(1)

 

General Meeting (WHITE form)

11.10 a.m. on 28 September 2018 (1)

 

Voting Record Time for the Court Meeting and General Meeting

6.30 p.m. on 28 September 2018 (2)

 

Court Meeting

11.00 a.m. on 2 October 2018

 

General Meeting

11.10 a.m. on 2 October 2018 (3)

 



 

The following dates are indicative only, are based on Harvey Nash's current expectations and may be subject to change.  Harvey Nash will give adequate notice of any change to these dates by issuing an announcement through a Regulatory Information Service and by posting notice of these dates on its website at www.harveynash.comFurther changes to other times or dates indicated above shall be notified in the same way.  All Harvey Nash Shareholders have the right to attend the Scheme Court Hearing.(4)

Interim Dividend Record Date

Expected to be 6.00 p.m. on 5 October 2018

 

Scheme Court Hearing (to sanction the Scheme)

Expected to be 11 October 2018

 

Last day of dealings in, and for registrations of transfers of, Harvey Nash Shares

12 October 2018

 

Scheme Record Time

6.00 p.m. on 12 October 2018

 

Dealings in Harvey Nash Shares suspended

7.30 a.m. on 15 October 2018

 

Effective Date of the Scheme

15 October 2018

 

Cancellation of admission of and dealings in Harvey Nash Shares

By 8.00 a.m. on 16 October 2018

 

Latest date for despatch of cheques and/or crediting of CREST accounts for cash consideration due under the Scheme

14 days after the Effective Date of the Scheme

 

Long Stop Date

31 December 2018(5)

 

 

Notes:

1.               If the BLUE Form of Proxy for the Court Meeting is not received by Equiniti by 11.00 a.m. on 28 September 2018 (or, in the case of an adjourned meeting, not less than 48 hours (excluding any part of a day that is not a working day) prior to the time and date set for the adjourned meeting), it may be handed to the Chairman at the Court Meeting at any time before the taking of the poll and still be valid.  However, the WHITE Form of Proxy for the General Meeting must be received by Equiniti by 11.10 a.m. on 28 September 2018 (or, in the case of an adjourned meeting, not less than 48 hours (excluding any part of a day that is not a working day) prior to the time and date set for the adjourned meeting) in order for it to be valid.

2.               If either the Court Meeting or the General Meeting is adjourned, the Voting Record Time for the adjourned meeting will be 6.30 p.m. on the day which is two Business Days before the date fixed for the adjourned meeting.

3.               The General Meeting will commence at 11.10 a.m. on 2 October 2018 or, if later, as soon thereafter as the Court Meeting has been concluded or adjourned.

4.               These dates are indicative only and will depend, amongst other things, on the date upon which (i) the Conditions are either satisfied or (if capable of waiver) waived; (ii) the Court sanctions the Scheme; (iii) the Scheme is delivered to the Registrar of Companies.

5.               This is the latest date by which the Scheme may become effective unless Harvey Nash and Bidco agree, with the consent of the Panel and (if required) the approval of the Court, a later date.

 

Enquiries:

Harvey Nash Group plc

+44 (0) 20 7333 0033

Albert Ellis, Chief Executive Officer

Mark Garratt, Chief Financial Officer



Rothschild & Co (Financial Adviser to Harvey Nash)

 


+44 (0) 20 7280 5000

Niall McBride

Neil Thwaites

Alexander Mitteregger


Panmure Gordon (Joint Financial Adviser and Corporate Broker to Harvey Nash)

+44 20 7886 2500

Ben Thorne

Erik Anderson

Andrew Potts


Hudson Sandler LLP (Financial PR Adviser to Harvey Nash)

Michael Sandler
Hattie O'Reilly

 

+44 (0) 20 7796 4133

 

 

Important notices

Rothschild & Co, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom is acting exclusively as financial adviser to Harvey Nash and no one else in connection with the subject matter of this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Harvey Nash for providing the protections afforded to clients of Rothschild & Co or for providing advice in connection with the subject matter of this Announcement.

Panmure Gordon, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom is acting exclusively as joint financial adviser and corporate broker to Harvey Nash and no one else in connection with the subject matter of this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Harvey Nash for providing the protections afforded to clients of Panmure Gordon or for providing advice in connection with the subject matter referred of this Announcement.

This Announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to, and does not, constitute or form part of any offer, invitation, inducement or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of or exercise rights in respect of any securities, or the solicitation of any vote or approval of an offer to buy securities in any jurisdiction, pursuant to the Acquisition or otherwise nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of any securities pursuant to the Acquisition in any jurisdiction in contravention of any applicable laws.

The Acquisition is intended to be implemented by way of a Scheme pursuant to the terms of the Scheme Document, which contains the full terms and conditions of the Acquisition, including details of how to vote in respect of the Scheme. Any decision, vote or other response in respect of the Acquisition should be made only on the basis of information contained in the Scheme Document.

This Announcement does not constitute a prospectus or prospectus-equivalent document.

This Announcement has been prepared for the purpose of complying with English law and the 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 of jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom.

Overseas jurisdictions

The release, publication or distribution of this Announcement in jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom and the ability of Harvey Nash Shareholders who are not resident in the United Kingdom to participate in the Acquisition may be restricted by laws and/or regulations of those jurisdictions. In particular, the ability of persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom to vote their Scheme Shares with respect to the Scheme at the Court Meeting or with respect to the Special Resolution at the Harvey Nash General Meeting, or to execute and deliver Forms of Proxy appointing another to vote at the Court Meeting and/or Harvey Nash General Meeting on their behalf, may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are located. Therefore, any persons who are subject to the laws and regulations of any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom or Harvey Nash Shareholders who are not resident in the United Kingdom should inform themselves about and observe any applicable requirements in their jurisdiction. Any failure to comply with the applicable requirements may constitute a violation of the laws and/or regulations of any such jurisdiction.

The Acquisition will not be made, directly or indirectly, in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws of that jurisdiction and no person may vote in favour of the Acquisition by any use, means, instrumentality or form within a Restricted Jurisdiction or any other jurisdiction if to do so would constitute a violation of the laws of that jurisdiction. Accordingly, copies of this Announcement and any formal documentation relating to the Acquisition are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in or into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction and persons receiving such documents (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not mail or otherwise forward, distribute or send them in or into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction.

Further details in relation to Harvey Nash Shareholders in overseas jurisdictions are contained in the Scheme Document.

Notice to US investors

Harvey Nash Shareholders in the United States should note that the Acquisition relates to the securities of a company organised under the laws of England and Wales and is proposed to be effected by means of a scheme of arrangement under the laws of England and Wales. This Announcement, the Scheme Document and certain other documents relating to the Acquisition have been or will be prepared in accordance with English law, the Code and UK disclosure requirements, format and style, all of which differ from those in the United States. A transaction effected by means of a scheme of arrangement is not subject to the tender offer rules or the proxy solicitation rules under the US Exchange Act. Accordingly, the Acquisition is subject to the disclosure requirements of and practices applicable in the United Kingdom to schemes of arrangement, which differ from the disclosure requirements of the United States tender offer and proxy solicitation rules.

Harvey Nash's financial statements, and all financial information that is included in this Announcement or that may be included in the Scheme Document, or any other documents relating to the Acquisition, have been or will be prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and may not be comparable to financial statements of companies in the United States or other companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with US generally accepted accounting principles.

Forward Looking Statements

This Announcement contains certain statements about Bidco and Harvey Nash that are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements" which are prospective in nature. All statements other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and projections about future events and are therefore subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from the future results, performance or events expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "is subject to", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", "believes", "targets", "aims", "projects", "goal", "objective", "outlook", "risks", "seeks" or words or terms of similar substance or the negative thereof, as well as variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "should", "would", "might", "probably" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations.

Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect expected results and are based on certain key assumptions. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in any forward-looking statements. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this Announcement. Any forward-looking statements made in this Announcement on behalf of Bidco or Harvey Nash are made as of the date of this Announcement based on the opinions and estimates of directors of Bidco and Harvey Nash, respectively. Each of Bidco and Harvey Nash and their respective members, directors, officers, employees, advisers and any person acting on behalf of one or more of them, expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking or other statements contained in this Announcement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Neither Bidco, Harvey Nash nor their respective members, directors, officers or employees, advisers or any person acting on their behalf, provides any representation, assurance or guarantee that the occurrence of the events expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements in this Announcement will actually occur.

No forward-looking or other statements have been reviewed by the auditors of Bidco or Harvey Nash. All subsequent oral or written forward-looking statements attributable to Bidco, Harvey Nash or to any of their respective members, directors, officers, advisers or employees or any person acting on their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above.

No profit forecasts or estimates

Nothing in this Announcement is intended or shall be deemed to be a forecast, projection or estimate of the future financial performance of Bidco or Harvey Nash for any period and no statement in this Announcement should be interpreted to mean that cash flow from operations, earnings, or earnings per share or income of those persons (where relevant) for the current or future financial years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published cash flow from operations, earnings, earnings per share or income of those persons (as appropriate).

Disclosure requirements of the Code

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1 per cent. or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the offer period and, if later, following the Announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s). An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) of the Code applies must be made by no later than 3:30 pm (London time) on the 10th Business Day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3:30 pm (London time) on the 10th Business Day following the Announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a securities exchange offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1 per cent. or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror, save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8 of the Code. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) of the Code applies must be made by no later than 3:30 pm (London time) on the Business Day following the date of the relevant dealing.

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of an offeree company or a securities exchange offeror, they will normally be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3 of the Code.

Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4 of the Code).

Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk, including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. You should contact the Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129 if you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure.

Publication on website and availability of hard copies

A copy of this Announcement and the display documents required to be published pursuant to Rule 26 of the Code will be made available, free of charge and subject to certain restrictions relating to persons in Restricted Jurisdictions, on Harvey Nash's website at www.harveynash.com by no later than 12 noon (London time) on the Business Day following the date of this Announcement. For the avoidance of doubt, neither the contents of such website nor the content of any website accessible from hyperlinks on such website is incorporated into, and do not form part of, this Announcement.

Any person who is required to be sent a copy of this Announcement under the Code, and who has not received a hard copy of it, may request a hard copy of this Announcement (and any information incorporated by reference in this Announcement) by submitting a request in writing to Equiniti Limited, Aspect House, Spencer Road, Lancing, West Sussex, BN99 6DA or by calling the helpline on 0371 384 2809 or +44 121 415 0089 (if calling from outside the UK). Calls are charged at the standard geographic rate and will vary by provider. Calls outside the United Kingdom will be charged at the applicable international rate. The helpline is open between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays in England and Wales. Please note that the Equiniti helpline cannot provide any financial, legal or tax advice and calls may be recorded and monitored for security and training purposes.

Save as otherwise referred to above, a hard copy of this Announcement will not be sent unless requested. Any such person may also request that all future documents, announcements and information in relation to the Acquisition should be sent to them in hard copy form.


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