Atos completes the sale of a 13.1% stake in Worldline
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- Sale of 23.9 million Worldline shares for ca. €1.5 billion representing ca. 13.1% of the Worldline share capital through a private placement by way of accelerated bookbuilt offering
- In case of exchange in full of the outstanding €500 million zero per cent. Atos bonds exchangeable into Worldline shares due 2024 (the “Bonds”), Atos will no longer hold any Worldline shares
Paris, February 4, 2020
Atos has completed the sale of ca. 23.9 million Worldline shares, for ca. 1.5 billion euros, through a placement to qualified investors by way of an accelerated bookbuilt offering (the “Placement”).
The sale price of the Placement determined in the accelerated bookbuilt offering to institutional investors was set at €61.50 per Worldline share, with settlement expected to occur on or around February 6, 2020.
Through this Placement, Atos pursues the reduction of its shareholding in Worldline, initiated in 2014 and continued during the year 2019. The Placement is a further milestone in the creation of two pure play global leaders in their respective industries. The transaction will also further contribute to the increased liquidity of the Worldline stock.
The relationship between the two groups will remain strong with the existing and unchanged industrial and commercial partnership created through the Atos-Worldline Alliance announced in January 2019.
Following the success of the Placement, Atos holds ca. 7.0 million Worldline shares, representing ca. 3.8% of the Worldline share capital, which are underlying the Bonds.
Atos reiterates that it approves and supports Worldline’s proposed combination with Ingenico. It will vote in favor of the resolutions necessary for the implementation of the transaction at the Worldline’s Shareholders’ Meeting, with all the Worldline shares it will hold at that time.
The lock-up entered into by Atos, SIX Group and Goldman Sachs International and J.P. Morgan Securities plc in the context of the equity placement completed in November 2019 (the “Current Lock-up”), will remain applicable, with respect to Atos, on the Worldline shares owned by Atos and underlying the Bonds.
In connection with this transaction, and subject to waiver from Goldman Sachs International and J.P. Morgan Securities plc and certain exceptions, SIX Group, which will remain as the largest shareholder of Worldline, has agreed to extend the Current Lock-up to April 24, 2020 included.
Bpifrance Participations has purchased 4.0 million Worldline shares in the Placement, representing c. 2.2% of Worldline’s share capital.
Atos plans to use the proceeds of the Placement to repay existing debt and for general corporate purposes.
Goldman Sachs International, J.P. Morgan Securities plc and Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft acted as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners of the Placement (together the “Joint Global Coordinators”).
Rothschild & Co. is acting as financial advisor to Atos in relation to the Placement.
Goldman Sachs International, J.P. Morgan Securities plc, Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A., BNP Paribas, Commerzbank, HSBC, Morgan Stanley & Co International plc, Natixis and Société Générale acted as Joint Bookrunners on the Placement.
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This press release is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities and the offer of Worldline shares (the “Shares”) by Atos does not constitute a public offering in any jurisdiction, including in France.
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The offer and sale of the securities referred to in this announcement has not been, nor will be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) and the securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent such registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. There will be no public offering of the securities in the United States in connection with this transaction.
The securities referred to in this announcement may only be sold pursuant to an available exemption from the prospectus requirements of applicable Canadian securities laws. The securities will only be offered and sold in Canada to purchasers that qualify as “accredited investors” and additionally also qualify as “permitted clients” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. In Canada, the securities are not being offered and may not be sold in the Province of Prince Edward Island, Yukon, the Northwest Territories or Nunavut.
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