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CMA:Acceptance of Undertakings

Released 09:30 14-Feb-2020

RNS Number : 0465D
Ei Group plc
14 February 2020
 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ei Group plc
14 February 2020

Recommended Cash Acquisition

of

Ei Group plc

by

Stonegate Pub Company Bidco Limited

(a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stonegate Pub Company Limited)
to be effected by means of a scheme of arrangement
under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006

Acceptance of undertakings by the CMA and update on timetable of principal events

Ei Group plc ("EIG") notes today's announcement by the Competition and Markets Authority that it has accepted undertakings offered by Stonegate Pub Company Bidco Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stonegate Pub Company Limited ("Stonegate"), in lieu of referring the Acquisition for an in-depth Phase 2 investigation. As such, the CMA Condition to the Scheme (as detailed at paragraph 2(b) of Part 4 of the scheme document published by EIG on 15 August 2019 (the "Scheme Document")) has now been satisfied. The Financial Conduct Authority approved the acquisition of control by Stonegate on 29 October 2019 and, accordingly, the condition detailed at paragraph 3 of Part 4 of the Scheme Document has also been satisfied.  The Acquisition remains subject to certain other conditions set out in Part 4 of the Scheme Document including sanction of the Scheme by the Court. The expected date of the Court hearing to sanction the Scheme is set out below.

Next steps

The EIG Board therefore expects the remaining steps to complete the Acquisition to be taken on the following timetable:

Event

Expected time/date(1)

Court Hearing (to sanction the Scheme)

27 February 2020

Last day of dealings in, and for registration of transfers of, and disablement in CREST of, EIG Shares

28 February 2020

Scheme Record Time

6.00 p.m. on 28 February 2020

Suspension of listing and dealings in EIG Shares

7.30 a.m. on 2 March 2020

Effective Date of the Scheme

3 March 2020

De-listing and cancellation of admission to trading of EIG Shares

8.00 a.m. on 4 March 2020

Latest date for despatch of cheques or settlement through CREST in respect of the Cash Consideration

17 March 2020

(1) All references to times are to London times. These times and dates are indicative only and will depend on, among other things, the dates upon which: (i) the Court sanctions the Scheme; and (ii) the Court Order sanctioning the Scheme is delivered to the Registrar of Companies.

A further announcement will be made by EIG on 27 February 2020 to provide an update on the outcome of the Court Hearing.

Capitalised terms used but not otherwise defined in this announcement shall have the meaning given to them in the Scheme Document, a copy of which is available on the EIG website at www.eigroupplc.com/investors.

Enquiries

Ei Group plc
Simon Townsend, Chief Executive Officer
Neil Smith, Chief Financial Officer

 

Tel: +44 (0)121 272 5000

 

Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch (Lead Financial Adviser and Joint Corporate Broker to EIG)

Charles Wilkinson
Chris Raff
Gillan Wilson

Tel: +44 (0)20 7545 8000

 

Rothschild & Co (Joint Financial Adviser to EIG)

Alex Midgen

Edward Duckett

Sam Green

Tel: +44 (0)20 7280 5000

 

Numis Securities Limited (Joint Corporate Broker to EIG)

Luke Bordewich

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7260 1000

 

Tulchan Communications (PR Adviser to EIG)

Jessica Reid

Andrew Grant

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7353 4200

 

 

Important notices

Deutsche Bank AG is authorised under German Banking Law (competent authority: European Central Bank) and, in the United Kingdom, by the Prudential Regulation Authority (the "PRA"). 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 PRA and the Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA"). Details about the extent of its authorisation and regulation by the PRA, and regulation by the FCA, are available on request. Deutsche Bank, acting through its London branch ("Deutsche Bank"), is acting as joint corporate broker and financial adviser to EIG and no other person in connection with the contents of this announcement. Neither Deutsche Bank, nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates will be responsible to any person other than EIG 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, nor any of its or their respective directors, officers or employees 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.

N.M. Rothschild and Sons Limited ("Rothschild & Co"), which is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the United Kingdom, is acting as financial adviser to EIG and no one else in connection with the matters described in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than EIG for providing the protections afforded to clients of Rothschild & Co nor for providing advice in connection with any matter referred to herein. Neither Rothschild & Co nor any of its 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 Rothschild & Co in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein, the Acquisition or otherwise.

Numis Securities Limited ("Numis"), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting as joint corporate broker exclusively for EIG and no one else in connection with the Acquisition and the other matters referred to in this announcement and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to such matters and will not be responsible to anyone other than EIG for providing the protections afforded to clients of Numis, nor for providing advice in relation to the Acquisition or any other matters referred to in this announcement.

Cautionary note regarding 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.  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 hereof. Neither EIG, nor any of its associates, directors, officers or advisers, provide any representation, assurance or guarantee that the occurrence of the events expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements in this announcement (including information incorporated by reference into this announcement) will actually occur. EIG disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking or other statements contained herein, except as required by applicable law.

Dealing disclosure requirements

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in one 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 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 one 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(s), 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 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

This announcement and the documents required to be published pursuant to Rule 26 of the Code will be made available, subject to any applicable restrictions relating to persons resident in Restricted Jurisdictions, on EIG's website at www.eigroupplc.com and on Stonegate's website at www.stonegatepubs.com by no later than 12.00 noon on the Business Day following the date of publication of this announcement. For the avoidance of doubt, save as expressly referred to in this announcement, the contents of those websites are not incorporated into and do not form part of this announcement.

 


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