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Monday 01 July, 2019

RPC Group PLC

SCHEME OF ARRANGEMENT BECOMES EFFECTIVE

RNS Number : 9778D
RPC Group PLC
01 July 2019
 

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY, IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1 July 2019

RECOMMENDED CASH ACQUISITION

of

RPC GROUP PLC

by

BERRY GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS LIMITED

an indirect whollyowned subsidiary of Berry Global Group, Inc. ("Berry")
to be effected by means of a Scheme of Arrangement
under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006

 

ANNOUNCEMENT IN RESPECT OF RPC GROUP PLC SCHEME OF ARRANGEMENT

SCHEME OF ARRANGEMENT BECOMES EFFECTIVE

On 8 March 2019, the boards of RPC Group Plc ("RPC" or the "Company") and Berry Global International Holdings Limited ("Berry Bidco") announced that they had reached agreement on the terms of a recommended cash acquisition by Berry Bidco of RPC's entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital (the "Acquisition") at a price of 793 pence in cash for each RPC Share, to be effected by way of a Court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006 (the "Scheme"). The scheme circular in relation to the Acquisition was posted to RPC Shareholders on 26 March 2019 (the "Scheme Document").

On 28 June 2019, RPC announced that the High Court of Justice in England and Wales had sanctioned the Scheme at the Court Sanction Hearing.

RPC and Berry 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 RPC is now owned by Berry Bidco.

A Scheme Shareholder on the register of members of RPC at the Scheme Record Time, being 6.00 p.m. (London time) on 28 June 2019, will be entitled to receive 793 pence in cash for each Scheme Share held. Settlement of the consideration to which any Scheme Shareholder is entitled will be effected (i) by way of the despatch of cheques or, in certain circumstances, by electronic bank transfer or (ii) the crediting of CREST accounts (for Scheme Shareholders holding Scheme Shares in certificated form and in uncertificated form respectively) as soon as practicable and in any event not later than 14 days after the Effective Date, as set out in the Scheme Document.

Following an application by RPC, the UK Listing Authority has cancelled the listing of RPC Shares on the premium segment of the Official List and the London Stock Exchange has cancelled the trading of RPC Shares on the London Stock Exchange's main market for listed securities, in each case with effect from 8.00 a.m. (London  time) today, 1 July 2019.

As the Scheme has now become effective, RPC announces that each of Jamie Pike, Pim Vervaat, Simon Kesterton, Lynn Drummond, Ros Rivaz, Kevin Thompson and Godwin Wong have tendered their resignations and will step down from the RPC Board as of today's date.

Full details of the Acquisition are set out in the Scheme Document. Capitalised terms used but not otherwise defined in this announcement (the "Announcement") have the meanings given to them in the Scheme Document.

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Takeover Code, a copy of this Announcement will be available on the website of RPC at www.rpc-group.com/corporate/investors and Berry's website at http://ir.berryglobal.com by no later than 12.00 p.m. (London time) on the Business Day following this Announcement.

Enquiries

RPC Group Plc                                                                                           +44 (0) 1933 410064

Nick Giles, Company Secretary

Andrew Collins, Investor Relations Manager

 

Rothschild & Co (Joint Lead Financial Adviser                                     +44 (0) 20 7280 5000
and Rule 3 Adviser to RPC)

Robert Leitão

David Weinberg

Mohammed Moolla

 

Credit Suisse (Joint Lead Financial Adviser to RPC)                             +44 (0) 20 7888 8888

Cathal Deasy

Joe Hannon

Karl Montfort

 

Evercore (Joint Lead Financial Adviser to RPC)                                       +44 (0) 20 7653 6000

Anthony Laubi

 

Jefferies (Corporate Broker and Financial Adviser to RPC)                    +44 (0) 20 7029 8000

Christopher Binks

Shaun Anadkat

 

Deutsche Bank (Corporate Broker and Financial Adviser to RPC)          +44 (0) 20 7545 8000

Charles Wilkinson

Richard Sheppard

 

FTI Consulting (PR Adviser to RPC)                                                           +44 (0) 20 3727 1340

Richard Mountain

Nick Hasell

 

Berry Global Group, Inc.                                                                              +1 812 306 2964

Dustin M. Stilwell

 

Goldman Sachs International (Joint Lead Financial Adviser to Berry)    +44 (0)207 774 1000 /

Mark Sorrell                                                                                                      +1 212 902 1000

Colin Convey

Owain Evans

Jimmy Bastock (Corporate Broking)

 

Wells Fargo Securities (Joint Lead Financial Adviser to Berry)             +44 (0)207 149 8100 /

Sam Small                                                                                                       +1 704 410 1147

Paul Wren

Chris Tucker

Brandon Coffey

 

J.P. Morgan Securities (Financial Adviser to Berry)                                +44 (0)207 742 4000

James Deal

 

Notice related to financial advisers

N M Rothschild & Sons Limited ("Rothschild & Co"), which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for RPC and for no one else in connection with the subject matter of this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than RPC for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in connection with the subject matter of this Announcement.

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 RPC and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this Announcement and will not be responsible to any person other than RPC 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.

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

Jefferies International Limited ("Jefferies"), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting for RPC and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this Announcement. In connection with such matters, Jefferies will not regard any other person as their client, nor and will not be responsible to anyone other person than RPC for providing the protections afforded to clients of Jefferies or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this Announcement or any other matter referred to herein. Neither Jefferies nor any of its subsidiaries, affiliates or branches owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct, indirect, consequential, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Jefferies in connection with this Announcement, any statement contained herein or otherwise.

Deutsche Bank AG is authorised under German Banking Law (competent authority: European Central Bank) and, in the United Kingdom, by the Prudential Regulation Authority. It is subject to supervision by the European Central Bank and by BaFin, Germany's Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, and is subject to limited regulation in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority and Financial Conduct Authority. Neither Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch ("Deutsche Bank") nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates will be responsible to any person other than RPC for providing any of the protections afforded to clients of Deutsche Bank nor for providing advice in relation to any matters referred to in this Announcement. Neither Deutsche Bank 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 Deutsche Bank in connection with this Announcement, any statement contained herein, or otherwise. Deutsche Bank is acting as financial adviser and corporate broker to RPC and no other person in connection with the contents of this Announcement.

Goldman Sachs International, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority in the UK, is acting exclusively for Berry and no one else in connection with the Acquisition and will not be responsible to anyone other than Berry for providing the protections afforded to clients of Goldman Sachs International nor for providing advice in relation to the Acquisition or any other matters referred to in this Announcement.

Wells Fargo Securities, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company, which is authorised by the Securities and Exchange Commission and regulated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Securities and Exchange Commission in the USA, is acting exclusively for Berry and no one else in connection with the Acquisition and will not be responsible to anyone other than Berry for providing the protections afforded its client nor for providing advice in relation to the Acquisition or any other matters referred to in this Announcement.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC ("J.P. Morgan Securities") is authorized by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and regulated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  J.P. Morgan Securities is acting exclusively as financial adviser to Berry and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this Announcement and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the matters set out in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Berry for providing the protections afforded to its client, nor for providing advice in relation to the contents of this Announcement or any other matter referred to herein.

Further information

This Announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to and does not constitute or form part of, any offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, 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 by RPC in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. 

The Acquisition will be implemented solely by means of the Scheme Document (or if the Acquisition is implemented by way of a Takeover Offer, the offer document), which contains the full terms of the Acquisition.

Each RPC Shareholder is urged to consult their independent professional adviser immediately regarding the tax consequences of the Acquisition applicable to them.

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

Overseas jurisdictions

The release, publication or distribution of this Announcement in, into or from jurisdictions other than the UK may be restricted by law and therefore any persons who are subject to the law of any jurisdiction other than the UK should inform themselves about, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory requirements. In particular, the ability of persons who are not resident in the UK to vote their RPC Shares at the Court Meeting and/or the General Meeting, or to appoint another person as proxy to vote at the Court Meeting and/or the General Meeting on their behalf, may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are located.

Any failure to comply with applicable restrictions or requirements may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the companies and persons involved in the Acquisition disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person.

This Announcement has been prepared for the purposes of complying with English law, including 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 of jurisdictions outside of England.

Copies of this Announcement and formal documentation relating to the Acquisition will not be, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in, into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction or any jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws of that jurisdiction and persons receiving such documents (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not mail or otherwise forward, distribute or send them in, into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction. Doing so may render invalid any related purported vote in respect of the Acquisition. If the Acquisition is implemented by way of a Takeover Offer (unless otherwise permitted by applicable law or regulation), the Takeover Offer may not be made, directly or indirectly, in or into or by use of the mails or any other means or instrumentality (including, without limitation, facsimile, email or other electronic transmission, telex or telephone) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or any facility of a national, state or other securities exchange of any Restricted Jurisdiction and the Takeover Offer will not be capable of acceptance by any such use, means, instrumentality or facilities or from within any Restricted Jurisdiction.

Further details in relation to RPC Shareholders who are resident in, ordinarily resident in, or citizens of, jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom are contained in the Scheme Document.

Additional information for US investors

The Acquisition is being made to acquire the securities of an English company by means of a scheme of arrangement provided for under English law. 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 Scheme will be subject to disclosure requirements and practices applicable in the UK to schemes of arrangement, which are different from the disclosure requirements of the US tender offer and proxy solicitation rules and the US Securities Act. The financial information included in this Announcement and the Scheme Document has been or will have been prepared in accordance with IFRS and thus may not be comparable to financial information of US companies or companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the US. If Berry Bidco exercises its right to implement the acquisition of RPC Shares by way of a Takeover Offer, such offer will be made in compliance with applicable US laws and regulations including under applicable United States state and local law, as well as foreign and other, tax laws.

The receipt of cash pursuant to the Acquisition by a US holder as consideration for the transfer of its RPC Shares pursuant to the Scheme will likely be a taxable transaction for US federal income tax purposes and under applicable US state and local tax laws. Each RPC Shareholder is urged to consult his independent professional adviser immediately regarding the tax consequences of the Acquisition applicable to them.

It may be difficult for US holders to enforce their rights and claims arising out of the US federal securities laws, since Berry Bidco and RPC are located primarily in a non-US jurisdiction, and some or all of their officers and directors may be residents of a non-US jurisdiction. US holders of RPC Shares may not be able to sue a non-US company or its officers or directors in a non-US court for violations of US securities laws. Further, it may be difficult to compel a non-US company and its affiliates to subject themselves to the jurisdiction and judgment of a US court.

In accordance with normal UK practice and pursuant to Rule 14e-5(b) of the US Exchange Act, Berry Bidco or its nominees, or its brokers (acting as agents), may from time to time make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, RPC Shares outside of the US, other than pursuant to the Acquisition, until the date on which the Acquisition and/or Scheme becomes effective, lapses or is otherwise withdrawn. These purchases may occur either in the open market at prevailing prices or in private transactions at negotiated prices. Any information about such purchases will be disclosed as required in the UK, will be reported to a Regulatory Information Service and (if required) will be available on the London Stock Exchange website at www.londonstockexchange.com.

Forward-looking statements

This Announcement and the Scheme Document contain statements about Berry Bidco and RPC that are or may be deemed to be forward looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this Announcement may be forward looking statements. Without limitation, any statements preceded or followed by or that include the words "targets", "plans", "believes", "expects", "aims", "intends", "will", "may", "anticipates", "estimates", "projects" or words or terms of similar substance or the negative thereof, are forward looking statements. Forward looking statements include statements relating to the following: (i) future capital expenditures, expenses, revenues, earnings, synergies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, dividend policy, losses and future prospects; (ii) business and management strategies and the expansion and growth of Berry Bidco's or RPC's operations and potential synergies resulting from the Acquisition; and (iii) the effects of government regulation on Berry Bidco's or RPC's business.

                                      

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, including: increased competition, the loss of or damage to one or more key customer relationships, changes to customer ordering patterns, delays in obtaining customer approvals for engineering or price level changes, the failure of one or more key suppliers, the outcome of business or industry restructuring, the outcome of any litigation, changes in economic conditions, currency fluctuations, changes in interest and tax rates, changes in raw material or energy market prices, changes in laws, regulations or regulatory policies, developments in legal or public policy doctrines, technological developments, the failure to retain key management, or the timing and success of future acquisition opportunities or major investment projects. 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 hereof. Berry Bidco disclaims any obligation to update any forward looking or other statements contained herein, except as required by applicable law.

No profit forecasts or profits estimates

No statement in this Announcement is intended as a profit forecast or profit estimate for any period and no statement in this Announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings or earnings per ordinary share for RPC for the current or future financial years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings or earnings per RPC Share, as appropriate.

Dealing disclosure requirements

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Takeover 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) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 p.m. (London time) on the 10th business day following the commencement of the Offer Period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 p.m. (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 Takeover 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. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) 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 be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.

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).

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 consult 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.

In accordance with the Takeover Code, normal United Kingdom market practice and Rule 14e-5(b) of the US Exchange Act, Barclays and its affiliates, Goldman Sachs International and J.P. Morgan Securities will continue to act as exempt principal trader in RPC securities on the London Stock Exchange. These purchases and activities by exempt principal traders which are required to be made public in the United Kingdom pursuant to the Takeover Code will be reported to a Regulatory Information Service and will be available on the London Stock Exchange website at www.londonstockexchange.com. This information will also be publicly disclosed in the United States to the extent that such information is made public in the United Kingdom.

Publication on website

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Takeover Code, a copy of this Announcement will be available (subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in Restricted Jurisdictions) on the website of RPC at www.rpc-group.com/corporate/investors and Berry's website at http://ir.berryglobal.com by no later than 12.00 p.m. (London time) on the Business Day following this Announcement. Save as expressly referred to in this Announcement, the contents of these websites are not incorporated into and do not form part of this Announcement.

 

 


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