E.ON today launched its voluntary public takeover offer (PTO) for shares in innogy SE (ISIN: DE000A2AADD2) following approval of the offer document by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht, “BaFin”).
The PTO is being made following the agreement between E.ON and RWE of March 12, 2018, under which E.ON will acquire RWE’s 76.8 percent stake in innogy via a far reaching exchange of assets and businesses.
Johannes Teyssen, CEO of E.ON said: “Following the acquisition of innogy, E.ON will be the first formerly integrated utility to focus entirely on meeting the demands of its customers across Europe. The transaction will strengthen our entrepreneurial core and create enormous potential for our customers, shareholders and for our employees. With the first unavoidable job cuts, we are acutely conscious of our responsibility towards employees of both companies. We will treat each employee equally fairly and of course we will handle this period of change socially responsibly and in close alignment with our long established social partners in time-honored fashion.”
The acceptance period for the PTO begins today and ends at midnight (CEST) on July 6, 2018. Tenders of innogy shares must be made in accordance with the procedures described in the offer document.
The total offer value of €40.00 per share announced at the time of the publication of the intention to launch a PTO, i.e., on March 12, 2018, included the anticipated dividend of innogy SE for the fiscal year 2017. This represented a premium of 28 percent to innogy’s last share price unaffected by general takeover speculation on February 22, 2018, and a 23 percent premium to the three-month volume-weighted average trading price (VWAP) as of March 12, 2018, the date on which the transaction agreement was announced.
As anticipated in the announcement, the total offer value has now been adjusted for the dividend for fiscal year 2017 of €1.60 per share which was resolved by innogy’s Annual General Meeting on April 24, 2018. Therefore, the adjusted total offer value is €38.40 (€40.00 less €1.60) per innogy share which consists of an offer price of €36.76 per share plus an assumed dividend of €1.64 per share for the fiscal year 2018.
If the takeover offer completes prior to the date on which innogy’s Annual General Meeting resolves on the dividend for the fiscal year 2018 or if the dividend for the fiscal year 2018 is less than €1.64 per share, E.ON will increase the offer price such that the total value of €38.40 per share remains unchanged for the shareholders of innogy.
Marc Spieker, CFO of E.ON: “We are offering innogy shareholders an attractive premium and thus, present them the opportunity to participate in the value creation of this transaction. The transaction will strengthen E.ON’s profitability and significantly increase the potential for future growth.”
Until completion of the transaction, tendered innogy shares will be tradable under the separate ISIN DE000A2LQ2L3. The takeover offer is expected to close not before mid-2019, subject to certain closing conditions, including approval by the relevant antitrust and regulatory authorities.
The offer document, together with additional information, is available from today on the website www.energyfortomorrow.de and copies available for distribution free of charge are held by BNP Paribas Securities Services S.C.A., Zweigniederlassung Frankfurt, Europa-Allee 12, 60327 Frankfurt am Main (requests by fax to +49 69 1520 5277 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org). innogy shareholders may direct their questions by e-mail to email@example.com or by phone on +49 30 610820730.
As a leading energy company, the newly created E.ON will have a clear focus on intelligent networks and customer solutions, ideally positioned to become an innovative force behind the energy transition in Europe. E.ON expects significant synergies as a result of this transaction, amounting to €600 to €800 million annually by 2022.
This announcement is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares in innogy SE (“innogy Shares”). The terms and further provisions regarding the takeover offer by E.ON Verwaltungs SE to the shareholders of innogy SE (the “Takeover Offer”) are set forth in the offer document whose publication has been approved by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht) on 26 April 2018. Investors and innogy Shareholders are strongly recommended to read the offer document and all announcements and documents published in connection with the Takeover Offer, since they contain important information.
To the extent permissible under applicable law or regulation, and in accordance with German market practice, E.ON Verwaltungs SE or brokers acting on its behalf may from time to time make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, directly or indirectly, innogy Shares or any securities that are immediately convertible into, exchangeable for, or exercisable for, innogy Shares, other than pursuant to the Takeover Offer, before, during or after the period in which the offer remains open for acceptance. 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 by law or regulation in Germany or other relevant jurisdictions or by the provisions of the offer document.
This announcement may contain statements about E.ON Group or innogy that are or may be “forward-looking statements”. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements that typically contain words such as “anticipate”, “target”, “expect”, “estimate”, “intend”, “plan”, “believe”, “hope”, “aims”, “continue”, “will”, “may”, “should”, “would”, “could”, or other words of similar meaning. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. E.ON Group cautions you that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of the occurrence of such future events or of future performance and that in particular the actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, the development of the industry in which E.ON Group and innogy operate and the outcome or impact of the proposed acquisition on E.ON Group and/or innogy may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in this announcement. Any forward-looking statements speak only as at the date of this announcement. Except as required by applicable law, E.ON Group does not undertake any obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.