Boskalis Says Funding in Place for Dockwise Acquisition
Boskalis states it has financing in place to make an all cash voluntary public offer for all ordinary shares of Dockwise.
With reference to the press release of 21 December 2012 in which Boskalis announced its decision to make an all cash voluntary public offer for all the issued and outstanding ordinary shares of Dockwise at a price of EUR 18.50 per share cum dividend (the Offer), Boskalis hereby confirms that it has the necessary funds available to finance the Offer.
The Offer values Dockwise at EUR 733 million with an enterprise value of approximately EUR 1.25 billion. Boskalis will finance the Offer and refinance existing facilities through a mix of existing cash resources, new senior debt facilities and an equity issuance. Boskalis confirms that it has taken reasonable measures to ensure that it will be able to finance the equity part of the Offer and that it has secured EUR 1.3 billion of committed financing arrangements with tenors of up to 5 years. The combination of the committed debt financing and the intended issue of new equity will be used to finance the Offer and for general corporate purposes.
The committed debt financing is subject to customary conditions and in line with current market practice. Boskalis has no reason to believe that these conditions will not be fulfilled on or prior to the settlement date.
Furthermore, in line with regulatory requirements, Boskalis will imminently submit a request for approval of its offer document to the Oslo Stock Exchange and the Netherlands Authority for the Financial markets. The Offer Document is expected to be published and the Offer is expected to commence in the week of the 21 January 2013.