Advent International and Centerbridge Partners consider renewed takeover offer
Advent International ("Advent") and Centerbridge Partners ("Centerbridge") informed Aareal Bank AG that the Atlantic BidCo GmbH has concluded talks with shareholders holding in total approximately 37 per cent of voting rights in the Company, with a view towards making a potential new takeover offer. These have committed to accept the offer for their shares or respectively to sell them to the bidder company separately from the offer. According to the information provided, this includes Petrus Advisers, Talomon, Teleios and Vesa. Based on the agreement entered into with said shareholders Atlantic BidCo GmbH is now considering a new offer to the shareholders of Aareal Bank. Atlantic BidCo GmbH endeavours that said shareholders will be part of this group of investors. Following a successful offer, these shareholders are set to participate partially and indirectly in Aareal Bank through the BidCo exclusively via non-voting rights.
In line with information provided by the financial investors, an offer price of € 33 per share is now being contemplated. This price is cumulative of the dividend proposal of €1.60 per share previously announced by Aareal Bank. Furthermore, the financial investors consider a minimum acceptance level of a maximum of 60 per cent for the potential takeover offer.
The strategic objectives and intentions are not set to change materially compared to the takeover offer published in December 2021.
To overcome the statutory one-year blocking period for a renewed bid, the bidder company requires approval from Aareal Bank's corporate bodies and committees as well as from the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority ("BaFin"). For this purpose, a new takeover offer must be in the best interests of the Bank and its stakeholders, which in turn requires that the success of such a takeover offer seems predominantly probable.
In accordance with their legal obligation, the corporate bodies and committees of Aareal Bank Group will now carefully examine the situation - including the prospective offer price as well as other possible conditions of the offer, such as the minimum acceptance level. Moreover, any approval is subject to the conclusion of an investment agreement supporting a possible new offer.
Considering the examination of facts now initiated, the Management Board and Supervisory Board will discuss whether the ordinary Annual General Meeting scheduled for 18 May, which would have had to be convened in the next few days, needs to be postponed.
At present, the Company cannot yet foresee whether or not a renewed takeover offer will in fact take place.