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Monday 25 November, 2019

Wincanton PLC

Decision not to make an offer

RNS Number : 5791U
Wincanton PLC
25 November 2019
 

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THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

25 November 2019                                                                                                                                         


Wincanton plc ("Wincanton" or the "Company")

Decision not to make an offer for Eddie Stobart Logistics plc ("Eddie Stobart")

 

The Board of Wincanton announces that it has decided not to make an offer for Eddie Stobart.

Wincanton originally announced on 18 October 2019 that it was conducting a due diligence exercise on Eddie Stobart and its assets. That announcement required the Company to announce a firm intention to make an offer, or to announce that it did not intend to make an offer, by 5.00pm on 15 November 2019 (the "PUSU Deadline"). In the absence of receiving the requisite information to conduct sufficient due diligence by 15 November 2019 the PUSU Deadline was extended to 5.00pm on 27 November 2019.

Wincanton commenced the due diligence process on the basis of a strategic rationale that a business combination could create significant value for all stakeholders. Wincanton has performed a significant amount of work but has yet to receive full disclosure of the information requested to enable it to complete its due diligence exercise. Further, there is still no visibility on when Eddie Stobart's auditor's review may be complete.

The recent disclosures by Eddie Stobart have confirmed a material reduction in EBIT, poor cash collection and higher net debt. Even with the incremental synergies which would be available to a trade buyer such as Wincanton, the Board cannot see how concerns with regards to Eddie Stobart's financial performance and ongoing liquidity can be sufficiently overcome to enhance Wincanton's shareholder value through a combination of the businesses. As a result, the Board has decided that it would not be acting in the best interests of Wincanton shareholders to proceed with an offer for Eddie Stobart.

Wincanton Chairman Dr Martin Read said "Wincanton will continue to explore acquisition opportunities to complement its organic growth but we owe it to our shareholders and other stakeholders not to take disproportionate risks in the development of the business".

This is a statement to which Rule 2.8 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Code") applies.

Under note 2 on Rule 2.8 of the Code, Wincanton reserves the right to set aside the restrictions in Rule 2.8 in the following circumstances:

(i)   with the agreement of the Board of Eddie Stobart;

(ii)  if a third party announces a firm intention to make an offer for Eddie Stobart;

(iii) if Eddie Stobart announces a "whitewash" proposal (see Note 1 on the Notes on Dispensations from Rule 9 of the Code) or a reverse takeover (as defined in the Code); and

(iv) if there has been a material change of circumstances (as determined by the Takeover Panel).

The person responsible for making this announcement on behalf of Wincanton is Lyn Colloff, Interim Group Company Secretary.

 

Enquiries:

 

Wincanton

+44 (0) 12 4971 0000

Tim Lawlor, Chief Financial Officer

 

LEI Number: 213800Z5WTW8QKOHWQ82

 


                                                                                         

UBS Investment Bank (Financial adviser to Wincanton plc)

 

+44 (0) 20 7567 8000

Adrian Beidas

Arnould Fremy

Sandip Dhillon

 


Numis Securities (Corporate Broker to Wincanton plc)

+44 (0) 20 7260 1000

Mark Lander

George Price

 

 

 

HSBC (Corporate Broker to Wincanton plc)

 

+ 44 (0) 20 7991 8888

Mark Dickenson

Adam Miller




Buchanan (Financial PR)

+ 44 (0) 20 7466 5000

Richard Oldworth

Victoria Hayns

 


General information

This announcement is not intended to, and does not, constitute, represent 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 whether pursuant to this announcement or otherwise.

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom may be restricted by law or regulation and therefore persons into whose possession this announcement comes should inform themselves about, and observe, such restrictions. Any failure to comply with such restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws or regulations of any such jurisdiction.

Rule 26.1 disclosure

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code, a copy of this announcement will be made available at www.wincanton.co.uk/investors/ukpossibleoffer (subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in restricted jurisdictions) by no later than 12 noon (London time) on 26 November 2019 (being the business day following the date of this announcement). The content of any website referred to in this announcement is not incorporated into, and does not form part of, this announcement.

You may request a hard copy of this announcement by contacting the Company Secretary of Wincanton during business hours on 01249 710733 or by submitting a request in writing to the Company Secretary of Wincanton at Wincanton, Methuen Park, Chippenham, SN14 0WT. You may also request that all future documents, announcements and information to be sent to you in relation to the offer should be in hard copy form. You will not receive a hard copy of this announcement unless you so request.

Other information

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 and subject to regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and limited regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority in the UK.  UBS AG London Branch is acting as financial adviser to Wincanton 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 other person as its client, nor will it be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any other matter referred to herein.

Numis Securities Limited ("Numis"), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting as corporate broker exclusively for Wincanton 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 in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Wincanton for providing the protections afforded to clients of Numis, nor for providing advice in relation to any matter referred to herein.

HSBC Bank plc ("HSBC") is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.  HSBC is acting as corporate broker to Wincanton and no one else and none of HSBC, its affiliates, and its or their respective directors, officers, employees and agents will regard any other person as its client, nor will it be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any other matter referred to herein.


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