Vonovia SE: Vonovia announces a mandatory public cash offer to the shareholders in Hembla - offering a full and final price at an attractive premium (news with additional features)
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THE INFORMATION SET OUT HEREIN IS PUBLISHED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT AN OFFER ANNOUNCEMENT. THE FORMAL OFFER ANNOUNCEMENT PUBLISHED BY VONOVIA TODAY IS AVAILABLE AT https://en.vonovia-h.de.
- Following the acquisition of a majority stake in Hembla, Vonovia owns approximately 71.69% of the voting rights (approximately 64.21% of the share capital) in the Swedish residential company
- Vonovia intends to leave in place Hembla's existing dividend policy of paying no dividend to its shareholders in the coming years; instead investing in properties further as a long-term holder
- Vonovia offers SEK 215 in cash per B-share to all remaining shareholders in Hembla, resulting in a total value of approximately SEK 19.979 billion for all shares in Hembla
- Vonovia will not increase the price in the offer
- The highly complementary portfolios of Hembla and Victoria Park allow Vonovia to further expand its scalable platform services into the Swedish market
Bochum/Stockholm, 7 November 2019 - Residential company Vonovia SE ("Vonovia") has today announced a mandatory cash offer to the shareholders of Hembla AB (publ). Vonovia already owns approximately 71.69% of the voting rights (approximately 64.21% of the share capital) and offers SEK 215 in cash per B-share, the same price it recently paid for its majority stake to previous owner, The Blackstone Group. Together with Victoria Park, a Swedish residential company Vonovia acquired in 2018, the company is now one of the leaders in Sweden's residential market.
Vonovia currently intends to leave in place Hembla's existing dividend policy of paying no dividend to its shareholders in the coming years, since investments in the existing properties provide a good return. This is very much in line with Vonovia's business philosophy of being a long-term investor and holder of properties. It is not part of Vonovia's strategy to realize value through the future sale of buildings to distribute dividends. Instead, Vonovia intends to focus on expansion and further investment in Hembla's properties consistent with its commitment to the Swedish Market. Also, Vonovia will not increase the price in the offer. By this statement Vonovia cannot increase the price in the offer, in accordance with Nasdaq Stockholm's takeover rules.
The offer represents a premium of 11.5 percent compared to the closing price for Hembla's B-shares on Nasdaq Stockholm on 20 September 2019 (the last trading day before the transaction with Blackstone was announced), 15.6 percent compared to the volume weighted average share price for Hembla's B-shares on Nasdaq Stockholm in the last three months which ended on 20 September 2019, and -0.5 percent compared to the closing price for Hembla's B-shares on Nasdaq Stockholm on 6 November 2019. The total value for all shares in Hembla amounts to approximately SEK 19.979 billion.
"We offer all shareholders a full and final price at an attractive premium. As shown with Victoria Park, we understand how to create benefits out of a larger numbers of flats and will start implementing our strategy. Managing our portfolio in a socially responsible way that puts tenant satisfaction in the center of our business activities has also proven to be an attractive investment for our shareholders", said Rolf Buch, CEO of Vonovia.
Through its acquisition of Hembla and Victoria Park, Vonovia has become the largest residential company in Sweden and owns around 38,000 residential units in the country. The highly complementary portfolios of Hembla and Victoria Park provide Vonovia with a compelling exposure to Sweden's three largest cities Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. This allows Vonovia to further expand its scalable platform services into the Swedish market. Vonovia's goal to offer tenants attractive and high quality living is supported by its business model that helps to achieve benefits through scale: across its portfolio, Vonovia creates synergies and efficiencies. Vonovia makes long-term investments in the maintenance, energy efficiency modernization and senior-friendly conversion of its properties, and will work to ensure efficiencies are realized and that Hembla is enabled to make full use of the company's expertise, purchasing and financing power.
Hembla's CEO Svein Erik Lilleland said: "Hembla's vision is to create vibrant communities with a strong focus on the tenants. This translates into a strategy well in line with Vonovia's long-term commitment to deliver high quality living standards for tenants. I am convinced that we will be able to strengthen our long-term focus even further with Vonovia onboard. Over the past years, Vonovia has demonstrated a strong track record of creating benefits for both tenants and shareholders while becoming Europe's leading residential real estate company. We look forward to working together with Vonovia to continue along a successful path together."
The acceptance period for the offer is expected to commence on 11 November 2019 and end on 9 December 2019. Settlement is expected to commence around 16 December 2019. There are no conditions for completion of the offer.
This is not the formal announcement of the offer for Hembla AB. The formal announcement of the offer, which has been drawn up and made public in accordance with Swedish laws and regulations, is at https://en.vonovia-h.de.
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The Offer will not be made, directly or indirectly, in or into, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan or any other jurisdiction where such Offer would be prohibited by applicable law or regulation (the Restricted Territories) by use of mail or any other means or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce, or of any facility of a national securities exchange, in any of the Restricted Territories. This includes, but is not limited to facsimile transmission, electronic mail, telex, telephone, the internet and other forms of electronic transmission. It will not be possible to accept the Offer and shares may not be tendered in the Offer by any such use, means, instrumentality or facility of, or from within any of the Restricted Territories, or by persons located or resident in any of the Restricted Territories. Accordingly, this press release and any documentation related to the Offer are not being and should not be mailed or otherwise transmitted, distributed, forwarded or sent in or into any of the Restricted Territories or to any person located, resident, from or with a registered address in any of the Restricted Territories. Banks, brokers, dealers and other nominees holding shares for persons in any of the Restricted Territories must not forward this press release or any other document received in connection with the Offer to such persons.
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