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Thursday 12 September, 2019

Stonegate Pub Co.

Update on Debt Financing Arrangements

RNS Number : 0457M
Stonegate Pub Company
12 September 2019
 

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For immediate release 

12 September 2019

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

Update on Debt Financing Arrangements

On 18 July 2019, the Board of Ei Group plc (respectively the "EIG Board" and "EIG" or the "Company") and the Board of Stonegate Pub Company Bidco Limited ("Bidco"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stonegate Pub Company Limited ("Stonegate"), announced that they had reached agreement on the terms of a recommended all-cash acquisition by Bidco of the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of EIG (the "Acquisition"). The Acquisition is to be effected by means of a scheme of arrangement between EIG and the Scheme Shareholders under Part 26 of the Companies Act (the "Scheme"). Capitalised terms in this announcement, unless otherwise defined, have the same meanings given to them in the scheme circular published on 15 August 2019 (the "Scheme Document").

Bidco announces that on 11 September 2019, in addition to Barclays Bank PLC, Goldman Sachs Bank USA and Nomura International PLC as existing lenders, each of Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch and Lloyds Bank PLC agreed to become lenders under the Senior Term Loan Facility Agreement, Senior Bridge Facilities Agreement, Second Lien Bridge Facilities Agreement and Revolving Facility Agreement described in the Scheme Document by way of amendment and restatement agreements in respect of the Senior Term Loan Facility Agreement, Senior Bridge Facilities Agreement, Second Lien Bridge Facilities Agreement and Revolving Facility Agreement (the "Amended and Restated Financing Documents").

Copies of the Amended and Restated Financing Documents are available on EIG's website at www.eigroupplc.com and on Stonegate's website at www.stonegatepubs.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enquiries

Stonegate Pub Company Limited

Simon Longbottom

Ian Payne

Daniel Wilkinson

Tel: +44 (0) 1582 957160

 

 

Nomura International plc (Financial Adviser to Stonegate and Bidco)

Adrian Fisk

Henry Phillips

Christopher Fincken

Tel: +44 (0)20 7102 1000

 

Goldman Sachs International (Financial Adviser to Stonegate and Bidco)

Anthony Gutman

Nick Harper

James Brodie

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7774 1000

 

Barclays Bank PLC, acting through its Investment Bank (Financial Adviser to Stonegate and Bidco)

Derek Shakespeare

Andrew Richards

Neal West

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7623 2323

 

Tulchan Communications  (PR Adviser to Stonegate and TDR)

Jonathan Sibun

Suniti Chauhan

Will Smith

 

Instinctif Partners (PR Adviser to Stonegate)

Justine Warren
Andy Low                                                          

 

 

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7353 4200

 

 

 

 

 

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7457 2020

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is retained as legal adviser to Stonegate

 

IMPORTANT NOTICES

Nomura International plc, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority ("PRA") and regulated by the PRA and the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") in the United Kingdom, is acting as financial adviser to Bidco and Stonegate, and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this Announcement and Nomura International plc, its affiliates and its respective officers, employees, agents, representatives and/or associates will not regard any other person as their client, nor will they be responsible to anyone other than Bidco and Stonegate for providing the protections afforded to clients of Nomura International plc nor for giving advice in relation to any matter or arrangement referred to in this Announcement. Neither Nomura International plc nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or 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 Nomura International plc in connection with this Announcement or any matter referred to herein.

Goldman Sachs International, which is authorised by the PRA and regulated by the FCA and the PRA in the United Kingdom, is acting as financial adviser to Bidco and Stonegate and no one else in connection with the matters described in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Bidco and Stonegate for providing the protections afforded to clients of Goldman Sachs International, or for giving advice in connection with the matters described in this Announcement or any matter referred to herein. Neither Goldman Sachs International nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or 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 Goldman Sachs International in connection with this Announcement or any matter referred to herein.

Barclays Bank PLC, acting through its Investment Bank ("Barclays"), which is authorised by the PRA and regulated by the FCA and the PRA in the United Kingdom, is acting as financial adviser to Bidco and Stonegate and no one else in connection with the matters described in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Bidco and Stonegate for providing the protections afforded to clients of Barclays, or for giving advice in connection with the matters described in this Announcement or any matter referred to herein. Neither Barclays nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or 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 Barclays in connection with this Announcement or any matter referred to herein. In accordance with the Code, normal United Kingdom market practice and Rule 14e-5(b) of the Exchange Act, Barclays and its affiliates will continue to act as exempt principal trader in EIG securities on the London Stock Exchange. These purchases and activities by exempt principal traders which are required to be made public in the United Kingdom pursuant to the 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.

This announcement does not constitute an offer or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities pursuant to this announcement or the Scheme Document or otherwise in any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

This Announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to, and does not, constitute or form part of any offer, invitation or solicitation of an offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of, any securities, or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction, pursuant to the Acquisition or otherwise nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities of Merlin in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. The Acquisition will be made solely pursuant to the terms of the Scheme Document (or, if the Acquisition is implemented by way of a Takeover Offer, the offer document), which contains the full terms and conditions of the Acquisition, including details of how to vote in respect of the Acquisition.  Any decision in respect of the Scheme (or, if applicable, the Takeover Offer), or other response in relation to, the Acquisition should be made only on the basis of the information contained in the Scheme Document (or, if the Acquisition is implemented by way of a Takeover Offer, the offer document). 

 

Each EIG Shareholder is strongly advised to consult his independent professional adviser immediately regarding the tax consequences of the Acquisition applicable to him.

 

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

 

 

DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS OF CODE

 

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1% 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 1% 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 purposes 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 Takeover 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

 

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code, a copy of this Announcement and the documents required to be published by Rule 26 of the Code will be made available, subject to certain 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 noon (London time) on the Business Day following this Announcement. For the avoidance of doubt, the contents of those websites are not incorporated by reference and do not form part of this Announcement.


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