Recommended all-share offer for Amec Foster Wheeler: Response to CMA Announcement
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2 August 2017
Recommended all-share offer by John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group” or “JWG”) for Amec Foster Wheeler plc (“Amec Foster Wheeler”)
Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") Phase 1 merger enquiry announcement
The CMA has today determined that the acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler by Wood Group gives rise to competition concerns in the supply of engineering and construction (E&C) services and operation and maintenance (O&M) services on the UK continental shelf.
Recognising the potential for today’s decision, Wood Group had previously made a proposal to the CMA of a remedy as outlined in the Wood Group Prospectus and the Amec Foster Wheeler scheme document, each dated 23 May 2017. The proposed remedy was in respect of assets and operations of Amec Foster Wheeler that represent the majority of Amec Foster Wheeler’s UK upstream oil and gas business located in the UK and serving UK customers (excluding its commissioning business, qedi).
Wood Group and the CMA have been working constructively to progress consideration of this remedy. Wood Group will now formally submit the remedy proposal to the CMA. The CMA will provisionally decide whether this remedy proposal is sufficient by 16 August 2017 at the latest, with its final decision due by 11 October 2017.
Both Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler consider that the proposed remedy is sufficient to address the CMA’s competition concerns and to obtain clearance. The M&A process for this remedy is already at an advanced stage. Amec Foster Wheeler commenced a formal marketing process in May, which has attracted interest and is progressing well. As a result, Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler continue to expect the Combination to complete in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Commenting on today’s announcement Robin Watson, Chief Executive of Wood Group said “Both sets of shareholders overwhelmingly supported the proposed combination and we continue to believe that the proposed remedy will be sufficient to obtain clearance from the CMA. We remain fully committed to completing the transaction in quarter four this year.”
Commenting on the CMA’s announcement, Jon Lewis, Chief Executive Officer at Amec Foster Wheeler said “Since the announcement of the remedy offer in May, Amec Foster Wheeler has made good progress marketing its UK upstream oil and gas business to a range of potential buyers and is continuing the divestment process. We remain committed to closing the transaction in quarter four this year.”
Andrew Rose, Head of Investor Relations Tel: +44 (0)12 2453 2716
Brunswick (Public Relations Adviser to Wood Group)
Patrick Handley Tel: +44 (0)20 7404 5959
J.P. Morgan Cazenove (financial adviser and corporate broker to Wood Group)
Michael Wentworth-Stanley / Dag Skattum Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
Richard Perelman / James Robinson
Credit Suisse (financial adviser and corporate broker to Wood Group)
Jonathan Grundy / John Hannaford Tel: +44 (0)20 7888 8888 James Peterkin / Joe Hannon
Amec Foster Wheeler plc
Media: Jonathan Refoy, Director of Corporate Affairs Tel: +44 (0)20 7429 7500
Investors: Rupert Green, Chief Corporate Development Officer
Goldman Sachs International (financial adviser to Amec Foster Wheeler)
Anthony Gutman / Nimesh Khiroya Tel: +44 (0) 7774 1000
Christopher Pilot / Celia Murray
BofA Merrill Lynch (financial adviser and corporate broker to Amec Foster Wheeler)
Simon Mackenzie Smith / Tim Waddell Tel: +44 (0)20 7628 1000
Geoff Iles / Rowland Phillips
Barclays (financial adviser and corporate broker to Amec Foster Wheeler)
Mark Astaire / Derek Shakespeare Tel: +44 (0)20 7623 2323
Important notice relating to financial advisers
J.P. Morgan Limited, which conducts its UK investment banking business as J.P. Morgan Cazenove (“J.P. Morgan Cazenove”), is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA. J.P. Morgan Cazenove is acting exclusively for JWG and no one else in connection with the Combination and the matters set out in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than JWG for providing the protections afforded to clients of J.P. Morgan Cazenove or its affiliates, or for providing advice in relation to the Combination or any other matters referred to in this announcement.
Credit Suisse International (“Credit Suisse”), which is authorised by the PRA and regulated by the FCA and PRA in the United Kingdom, is acting as financial adviser exclusively for JWG and no one else in connection with the Combination and the matters set out in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than JWG for providing the protections afforded to clients of Credit Suisse, nor for providing advice in relation to the Combination, the content of this announcement or any matter referred to herein. Neither Credit Suisse 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 Credit Suisse in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein or otherwise.
Each of Goldman Sachs International, Merrill Lynch International (“BofA Merrill Lynch”) and Barclays Bank PLC, acting through its Investment Bank (“Barclays”), who are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA and the Prudential Regulation Authority, are acting exclusively for Amec Foster Wheeler and no one else in connection with the matters referred to in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Amec Foster Wheeler for providing the protections afforded to the respective clients of Goldman Sachs International, BofA Merrill Lynch and Barclays, or for providing advice in connection with the contents of this announcement or any other matters referred to in this announcement.
Publication on website
A copy of this announcement and the documents required to be published by Rule 26 of the City Code will be made available on Wood Group’s website at www.woodgroup.com and Amec Foster Wheeler’s website at www.amecfw.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 into and do not form part of this announcement.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of Amec Foster Wheeler and JWG and certain plans and objectives of the combined group. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate only to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements often use words such as “anticipate”, “target”, “expect”, “estimate”, “intend”, “plan”, “goal”, “believe”, “hope”, “aims”, “continue”, “will”, “may”, “should”, “would”, “could”, or other words of similar meaning. These statements are based on assumptions and assessments made by Amec Foster Wheeler and/or JWG in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions, future developments and other factors it believes appropriate. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty, because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future and the factors described in the context of such forward-looking statements in this announcement could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although it is believed that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct and you are therefore cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as at the date of this announcement. Neither Amec Foster Wheeler nor JWG assumes any obligation to update or correct the information contained in this announcement (whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise), except as required by applicable law.
There are several factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements are changes in the global, political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory forces, future exchange and interest rates, changes in tax rates and future business combinations or dispositions.
Disclosure requirements of the Takeover Code (the “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, 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 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).
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. 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.