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AfriSam makes a revised proposal to PPC regarding the merger and Fairfax makes a partial offer to PPC shareholders

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AfriSam Group (Pty) Ltd (AfriSam) is pleased to announce that it submitted a revised merger proposal to PPC Limited (PPC) and that Fairfax Africa Investments Proprietary Limited (Fairfax) has made a Partial Offer to acquire ordinary shares in PPC representing a value of R2 billion held by PPC shareholders.

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The revised merger proposal includes a R4 billion recapitalisation of AfriSam by Fairfax Africa prior to the merger with PPC. The proposed merger ratio is based on a share exchange of 58 (PPC): 42 (AfriSam), and PPC’s equity value at R5.75 per share. The significant capital investment by Fairfax will settle almost all of AfriSam’s third-party debt and places the combined company in a strong financial position. The merger values PPC at a significant 62% premium based on pro forma earnings multiples applied to the two businesses. The investment in AfriSam is subject to the proposed merger becoming unconditional in all respects.

The Offer is made at R5.75 per PPC share for total cash consideration of R2 billion. The Offer represents an attractive 28% premium to PPC’s 30-day volume weighted average share price as at 30 August 2017, and provides substantial liquidity for those PPC shareholders who wish to exit a portion of their position.

“We are excited that Fairfax Africa sees the investment potential in the combined company as evidenced by its R4 billion investment committed to AfriSam and R2 billion Partial Offer to PPC shareholders.  Among other benefits, the investment by Fairfax Africa will greatly reduce the underlying debt of the merged entity which will have sufficient liquidity and capital to compete in its current markets and selectively target growth opportunities on the continent”, says Rob Wessels, acting CEO of AfriSam. 

“We believe the combined company will be well positioned to capitalise on higher growth in Africa, building on the foundation already laid by the two companies in countries including Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and the DRC, and, over time, will become a preeminent and leading African player in cement”, comments Wessels.

Michael Wilkerson, CEO of Fairfax Africa said “We are excited about this opportunity and we strongly support the underlying strategic rationale for the Merger, including the potential to create a black empowered national champion for South Africa, that is better positioned to compete in a challenging market environment.    We expect that the combined company will be able to achieve substantial cost savings from route-to-market efficiencies and G&A rationalisation, while maintaining or growing employment and transformation in South Africa.  These cost savings and efficiencies should benefit customers and consumers over the long-run”.

Prem Watsa, Chairman and CEO of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited said, “We strongly believe in this transaction and are encouraged by the potential it represents to work with PPC and AfriSam over the long-term to create a leading pan-African player in cement production and distribution.”

Consummation of the Merger is conditional upon: (i) finalization of the merger agreement and related documentation between PPC and AfriSam, (ii) the shareholders of PPC approving the Merger, (iii) the recapitalisation of AfriSam, including (a) the conversion of R3 billion (approximately US$231 million) of PIK Notes held by the PIC and Phembani into ordinary shares representing 40% of AfriSam’s equity capital and voting rights and (b) the completion of the R4 billion AfriSam Investment, proceeds of which would be used to reduce third-party debt of AfriSam immediately prior to consummation of the Merger (the “Recapitalisation”),  (iv) receipt of certain approvals from relevant regulatory authorities, and (v) other customary closing conditions.

 

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