Worldline [Euronext : WLN] and Ingenico [Euronext : ING] announce today that they have reached a key milestone in their proposed combination with the filing with the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) of a draft offer document and a draft reply document, relating to Worldline's tender offer for Ingenico securities with a view to creating the world's fourth largest player in payment services by bringing together approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries.
Upon closing of the transaction, the newly combined group would offer leading payment services to nearly one million merchants and 1,200 financial institutions and would be highly value-creating with significant run-rate synergies of approximately €250 million annually by 2024.
Gilles Grapinet, Worldline’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said:
“I am very happy of the decisive milestone reached today regarding our friendly acquisition project of Ingenico, at the date initially planned in the overall timetable set for the transaction. Indeed, thanks to the exemplary collaboration between the teams of our two groups, we have filed today with the AMF our draft offer document for Ingenico securities, which constitutes an essential step in the friendly public tender process.”
Nicolas Huss, Ingenico’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
“Today, we have achieved an important step in the creation of the new European World-Class leader in digital payments. As Gilles, I would like to thank all the teams for their exemplary collaboration in the combination process. We made Ingenico a proactive and trusted partner in the payment industry, reviving B&A and restoring its competitive edge while investing in Retail to accelerate its profitable growth.”
The proposed tender offer for the shares of Ingenico includes1: • a primary mixed offer: 11 Worldline shares and €160.50 for 7 Ingenico shares; • a secondary exchange offer: 56 Worldline shares for 29 Ingenico shares; • a secondary cash offer: €123,10 per Ingenico share.
Ingenico shareholders will be able to tender their shares to the primary mixed offer and/or one or both of the secondary offers. The Ingenico shares tendered to the primary mixed offer will be fully satisfied and the shares tendered to the secondary offers may be subject to a reduction mechanism to ensure that the tender offer will result in the total consideration being composed of proportions of Worldline shares and cash of 81% and 19% respectively2.
The draft offer also targets Ingenico's bonds convertible and/or exchangeable into new and/or existing shares (OCEANEs) maturing in 2022 in the form of an alternative mixed and cash offer: • mixed offer: 4 Worldline shares and €998 for 7 Ingenico OCEANEs; • cash offer: €179 for each Ingenico OCEANE.
The proposed tender offer for Ingenico shares includes a premium of 17% based on the closing prices of each of Worldline and Ingenico on January 31, 2020 immediately prior to the announcement, 24% based on the volume weighted average prices over the month prior to the announcement and 18% and 23% based on the volume weighted average prices over the three- and six-month periods prior to the announcement, respectively.
The independent expert appointed by board of directors of Ingenico, Ledouble, has concluded that the terms of the tender offer for the Ingenico shares and OCEANEs are fair for the shareholders and holders of Ingenico OCEANEs. The independent expert has also concluded, in addition, that the terms of the secondary cash offer with a price of 123.10 euros per Ingenico share, and of the cash offer with a price of 179 euros per Ingenico OCEANE, are fair in view of the squeeze-out that Worldline intends to implement under the conditions described in the draft offer document. After reviewing this report, the board of directors of Ingenico, held yesterday, issued a unanimous favourable reasoned opinion on the tender offer and considered that the tender offer is in the interest of Ingenico, its shareholders, the holders of Ingenico OCEANEs and its employees, and recommended that shareholders and holders of Ingenico OCEANEs tender their shares to the tender offer.
It is recalled that Bpifrance Participations has also undertaken to tender its Ingenico shares, representing 5.31% of Ingenico's capital, to the tender offer.
In accordance with Articles 231-16 and 231-26 of the AMF General Regulations, the main terms of Worldline's draft offer document and Ingenico's draft reply document, as well as the ways to consult them, have been included in a press release issued by each of Worldline and Ingenico. Worldline's draft offer document and Ingenico's reply offer document are available on the AMF website (www.amf-france.org), as well as on the websites of Worldline (www.fr.worldline.com) and Ingenico (www.ingenico.com).
The tender offer and the draft offer document remain subject to review by the AMF, which will assess their compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
All other regulatory clearances required for the opening of the offer pursuant to banking/financial and foreign investment regulations have already been obtained. The social process for the acquisition has been completed.
Once opened, the tender offer will only be subject to the following conditions precedent (Worldline reserves the right to waive the benefit of each of these conditions): clearance under merger control by the European Commission, Worldline obtaining a number of Ingenico shares representing at least 60% of Ingenico's share capital on a fully diluted basis3.
It is recalled that the Worldline shareholders' meeting of June 9, 2020 delegated to the board of directors of Worldline the authority to issue Worldline shares as consideration for the Ingenico shares and OCEANEs that would be tendered to the tender offer.