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RNS Number : 5269V
Loxam SAS
31 January 2017
 

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

For immediate release

 

31 January 2017

 

CASH OFFER

FOR

LAVENDON GROUP PLC ("LAVENDON" OR THE "COMPANY")

BY

LOXAM SAS ("LOXAM" OR THE "OFFEROR")

AMENDMENT OF COMMITMENT LETTER AND BRIDGE FACILITY TERM SHEET

 

On 14 December 2016, Loxam entered into a commitment letter and bridge facility term sheet under the terms of which Deutsche Bank, as mandated lead arranger, underwriter, and bookrunner, committed to make available to Loxam a term loan and a revolving credit facility in connection with the financing of the Cash Consideration payable to Lavendon Shareholders pursuant to the Transaction (the "Commitment Letter and Bridge Facility").

On 28 December Loxam announced that the Commitment Letter and Bridge Facility, a summary of which was included in paragraph 8.3 of Section V (Additional Information) of the Offer Document, had been amended for a second time, so as to increase the facilities available to Loxam to €795 million.

On 30 December 2016, Loxam announced that the Commitment Letter and Bridge Facility had been further amended and restated to facilitate the syndication of the financing arrangements to new lenders.

On 18 January 2017, Loxam announced that the Commitment Letter and Bridge Facility had been amended and restated for a second time to increase the revolving facility commitments available to Loxam in connection with the Acquisition from €15 million to €80 million, to permit a waiver of the acceptance condition to which the Offer is subject down from 75 per cent. to 50 per cent. plus one share and to implement a number of changes ancillary to the foregoing.

Today, Loxam announces that the Commitment Letter and Bridge Facility have been further amended to extend the longstop date for entry into the bridge facility long-form documentation from 31 January 2017 to 10 February 2017. However, the material terms of the Commitment Letter and Bridge Facility (including facility size) remain unchanged.

Copies of the amendment document will be available on Loxam's website at www.loxamgroup.com.

Capitalised terms used but not defined in this announcement shall have the meaning given to them in, or incorporated by reference into, the announcement of the third increased recommended cash offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Lavendon by Loxam dated 18 January 2017.

 

Enquiries:

 

Loxam SAS

Tel:          +33 1 58 44 01 91

Gérard Déprez, President


Patrick Bourmaud, Chief Finance Officer




Rothschild

Tel:     +44 (0)20 7280 5000

(Financial Adviser to Loxam)


Ravi Gupta


Laurent Baril


Niall McBride


 


Deutsche Bank

Tel:     +44 (0)20 7545 8000

(Financial Adviser to Loxam)


Richard Sheppard


Chris Raff


Neil Collingridge (Corporate broker)


Jimmy Bastock (Corporate broker)




Brunswick


(PR Adviser to Loxam)


London

Tel:     +44 (0) 20 7404 5959

Jonathan Glass


Mike Smith


Paris

Tel:           +33 1 53 96 83 83

Agnes Catineau


Tristan Bourassin


 


Important Notices

N.M. Rothschild & Sons Limited ("Rothschild"), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting exclusively for Loxam and no one else in connection with the Third Increased Recommended Offer and will not be responsible to anyone other than Loxam for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this announcement, in connection with the Third Increased Recommended Offer or any other matter referred to herein.

Deutsche Bank AG ("Deutsche Bank") is authorised under German Banking Law (competent authority: the European Central Bank). Deutsche Bank 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. Deutsche Bank is acting as financial adviser to Loxam and no one else in connection with the contents of this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Loxam for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in connection with the contents of this announcement or any other matter referred to herein.

Further Information

This announcement is for information purposes only. It is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, an offer or invitation or the solicitation of any offer to sell or purchase any securities or the solicitation of any offer to otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of any securities, or the solicitation of any vote or approval of an offer to buy securities in any jurisdiction, pursuant to the Third Increased Recommended Offer or otherwise. The Third Increased Recommended Offer will be made solely by means of the Revised Offer Document and, in respect of Lavendon Shares held in certificated form, the Form of Acceptance, which will contain the full terms and conditions of the Third Increased Recommended Offer, including details of how the Third Increased Recommended Offer may be accepted. Any decision in respect of, or other response to, the Third Increased Recommended Offer should be made only on the basis of the information contained in those documents. Lavendon Shareholders are advised to read the formal documentation in relation to the Third Increased Recommended Offer carefully once it has been despatched.

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

Overseas Jurisdictions

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in, and the availability of the Third Increased Recommended Offer to persons who are residents, citizens or nationals of, jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom may be restricted by laws and/or regulations of those jurisdictions. Therefore any such persons should inform themselves about and observe any applicable legal or regulatory requirements in their jurisdiction. Any failure to comply with the applicable requirements may constitute a violation of the laws and/or regulations of any such jurisdiction. Further details in relation to overseas shareholders will be contained in the Revised Offer Document.

In particular, copies of this announcement and any formal documentation relating to the Third Increased Recommended Offer are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in or into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction and persons receiving such documents (including, without limitation, any agents, custodians, nominees and trustees) must not mail or otherwise forward, distribute or send them in or into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction. Unless otherwise determined by the Offeror or required by the City Code, and permitted by applicable law and regulation, the Third Increased Recommended Offer is not being, and will not be, made, directly or indirectly, in or into or from, or by the use of mail or any means or instrumentality (including, but not limited to, facsimile, e-mail or other electronic transmission, telex or telephone) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or of any facility of a national, state or other securities exchange of, any Restricted Jurisdiction, and the Third Increased Recommended Offer may not be capable of acceptance by any such use, means, instrumentality or facilities.

The receipt of cash pursuant to the Third Increased Recommended Offer by Lavendon Shareholders may be a taxable transaction under applicable national, state or local, as well as foreign and other, tax laws. Each Lavendon Shareholder is urged to consult its independent professional adviser regarding the tax consequences of accepting the Third Increased Recommended Offer.

This announcement has been prepared in compliance with English law, the rules of the London Stock Exchange and the City 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 and Wales.

Notice to US Investors

The Third Increased Recommended Offer is being made to holders of Lavendon Shares resident in the United States in reliance on, and in compliance with, Section 14(e) of the Exchange Act, and Regulation 14E thereunder. The Third Increased Recommended Offer is being made in the United States by Loxam and no one else.

The Third Increased Recommended Offer is being made for securities of a United Kingdom company and Lavendon Shareholders in the United States should be aware that this announcement, the Revised Offer Document and any other documents relating to the Third Increased Recommended Offer have been or will be prepared in accordance with the City Code and United Kingdom disclosure requirements as to format and style, all of which differ from those in the United States. Lavendon's financial statements, and all financial information that is included in this announcement or that may be included in the Revised Offer Document or any other documents relating to the Third Increased Recommended Offer, have been or will be prepared in accordance with United Kingdom generally accepted accounting principles and International Financial Reporting Standards and may not be comparable to financial statements of United States companies.

The Third Increased Recommended Offer will be made in the United States pursuant to applicable US tender offer rules and securities laws (or pursuant to exemptive relief therefrom granted by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC")) and otherwise in accordance with the requirements of the City Code, the Panel, the London Stock Exchange and the UK Financial Conduct Authority. Accordingly, the Third Increased Recommended Offer will be subject to disclosure and other procedural requirements, including with respect to withdrawal rights, offer timetable, settlement procedures and timing of payments that are different from those applicable under United States domestic tender offer procedures and law.

In particular, the payment and settlement procedure with respect to the Third Increased Recommended Offer will comply with the relevant United Kingdom rules, which differ from US payment and settlement procedures, particularly with regard to the date of payment of consideration.

To the extent permissible under applicable securities laws, Deutsche Bank AG and its affiliates may from time to time purchase, or enter into arrangements to purchase, Lavendon Shares either as principal or agent before and during the period when the Third Increased Recommended Offer remains open for acceptance. Pursuant to Rule 14e-5(b) of the Exchange Act, any affiliate of a financial adviser to the Loxam Group may from time to time make purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, Lavendon Shares outside of the United States, other than pursuant to the Third Increased Recommended Offer, before or during the period in which the Third Increased Recommended Offer is open for submission of tenders, so long as the acquisitions or arrangements comply with the provisions of the exemption provided under Rule 14e-5.  Pursuant to Rule 14e-5 of the Exchange Act, Loxam, its affiliates, nominees or brokers (acting as agents), and a financial adviser and its affiliates, may from time to time make purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, the Lavendon Shares, other than pursuant to the Third Increased Recommended Offer, before or during the period in which the Third Increased Recommended Offer is open for submission of tenders so long as those acquisitions or arrangements comply with the provisions of the exemption provided under Rule 14e-5 of the Exchange Act.  These purchases may occur either in the open market at prevailing prices or in private transactions at negotiated prices. Information about such purchases will be disclosed as and if required by applicable securities laws. In addition, in accordance with the City Code, normal United Kingdom market practice and Rule 14e-5(b) of the Exchange Act, Deutsche Bank will continue to act as exempt principal trader in Lavendon securities on the London Stock Exchange. These purchases and activities by the exempt principal trader which are required to be made public in the United Kingdom pursuant to the City 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.

Forward Looking Statements

This announcement contains statements about Loxam that are or may be forward looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this announcement may be forward looking statements. They are based on current expectations and projections about future events, and are therefore subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the 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, but are not limited to, statements relating to the following: (i) statements relating to the expected benefits of the acquisition to Loxam and/or the Wider Loxam Group; (ii) background to and reasons for the Third Increased Recommended Offer; (iii) expectations of the impact of the acquisition on revenue and earnings of Loxam and/or the Wider Loxam Group; (iv) future capital expenditures, expenses, revenues, earnings, synergies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, dividend policy, losses and future prospects; (v) business and management strategies and the expansion and growth of Loxam's and/or the Wider Loxam Group's operations and potential synergies resulting from the Third Increased Recommended Offer; and (vi) the effects of government regulation on Loxam's and/or the Loxam Group's business. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations.

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 risks relating to the successful combination of Lavendon with Loxam; higher than anticipated costs relating to the combination of Lavendon with Loxam or investment required in Lavendon to realise expected benefits and facts relating to Lavendon that may impact the timing or amount of benefit realised from the acquisition that are unknown to Loxam. 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. Each of Loxam, its respective members, directors, officers, employees, advisers and any person acting on behalf of one or more of them expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward looking or other statements contained herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as required by applicable law.

None of Loxam, its respective members, directors, officers, employees, advisers and any person acting on its behalf provides any representation, assurance or guarantee that the occurrence of the events expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements in this announcement will actually occur.

No forward-looking or other statements have been reviewed by the auditors of Loxam. All subsequent oral or written forward-looking statements attributable to any of Loxam, its respective members, directors, officers, advisers or employees or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statement above.

No Profit Forecasts or Estimates

Nothing contained in this announcement shall be deemed to be a profit forecast, projection or estimate for any period unless otherwise stated, and no statement in this announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings or earnings per Lavendon Share for the current or future financial years will necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings or earnings per Lavendon Share.

Dealing Disclosure Requirements of the City Code

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the City 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 City 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(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 p.m. (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 paper 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 of the City Code).

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 Takeover Panel's website at http://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. If you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure, you should contact the Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129.

Publication on Website and Availability of Hard Copies

A copy of this announcement will be made available, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in any Restricted Jurisdiction, on Loxam's website at www.loxamgroup.com promptly following publication of this announcement and in any event by no later than 12 noon (London time) on the Business Day following the date of this announcement until the end of the Offer Period. For the avoidance of doubt, the contents of that website are not incorporated into, and do not form part of, this announcement.

Lavendon Shareholders may request a hard copy of this announcement by contacting Equiniti Limited at Equiniti Limited, Corporate Actions, Aspect House, Spencer Road, Lancing, West Sussex BN9 6DA  during business hours on 0333 207 6523 or, if calling from outside the UK, on +44 121 415 0906. Calls are charged at the standard geographic rate and will vary by provider. Calls outside the United Kingdom will be charged at the applicable international rate. You may also request that all future documents, announcements and information to be sent to you in relation to the Original Offer or the Third Increased Recommended Offer should be in hard copy form.

Information Relating to Lavendon Shareholders

Please be aware that addresses, electronic addresses and certain other information provided by Lavendon Shareholders, persons with information rights and other relevant persons for the receipt of communication from the Company may be provided to the Offeror during the Offer Period as required under Section 4 of Appendix 4 of the City Code.

Rounding

Certain figures included in this announcement have been subjected to rounding adjustments. Accordingly, figures shown for the same category presented in different tables may vary slightly and figures shown as totals in certain tables may not be an arithmetic aggregation of the figures that precede them.

 


This information is provided by RNS
The company news service from the London Stock Exchange
 
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