Atos to sell its entire stake in Worldline
Paris, France – June 13, 2022
Atos intends to sell its entire stake in Worldline of ca. 7.0 million shares representing ca. 2.5% of Worldline’s share capital. The sale will be carried out by way of an accelerated book building to institutional investors commencing immediately (the “Placement”).
Atos will concomitantly enter into a derivative transaction with Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE to hedge its residual exposure to Worldline’s shares related to the outstanding exchangeable bonds due 2024 which were issued in 2019. Goldman Sachs Europe Bank SE as counterparty for the derivative will hedge its short position in connection therewith by purchasing Worldline shares in the Placement, through the placing of an order in the order book.
Following completion of the Placement, Atos will no longer be a shareholder of Worldline.
Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE is acting as sole bookrunner for the Placement and counterparty for the derivative. Rothschild & Co is acting as financial advisor.
The final terms of the Placement are expected to be announced on June 14, 2022 at the latest. Settlement of the Placement is expected to take place on or around June 16, 2022.
Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 111,000 employees and annual revenue of c. € 11 billion. European number one in cybersecurity, cloud and high-performance computing, the Group provides tailored end-to-end solutions for all industries in 71 countries. A pioneer in decarbonization services and products, Atos is committed to a secure and decarbonized digital for its clients. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on Euronext Paris and included in the CAC 40 ESG and Next 20 indexes.
The purpose of Atos is to help design the future of the information space. Its expertise and services support the development of knowledge, education and research in a multicultural approach and contribute to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Across the world, the Group enables its customers and employees, and members of societies at large to live, work and develop sustainably, in a safe and secure information space.
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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 the Worldline shares does not constitute a public offering other than to qualified investors in any jurisdiction, including in France.
This communication is for distribution in the United Kingdom only to (i) investment professionals falling within article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the "Order") or (ii) high net worth entities and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated, falling within article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons").
The offer and sale of the securities referred to in this announcement has not been, nor will be, registered under the United States 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.
Any investment decision to buy shares in Worldline must be made solely on the basis of publicly available information regarding Worldline. Such information is not the responsibility of Atos.