Copenhagen, 28 February 2018
Further to the announcement of 12 February 2018, DK Telekommunikation ApS (the “Offeror”), a company controlled by a consortium of experienced, long-term investors including PFA, PKA, ATP and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (“MIRA”) (as described in more detail below, the “Consortium”), has today launched its fully-financed recommended voluntary public takeover offer to the shareholders of TDC A/S (“TDC”) to purchase the entire share capital in TDC (excluding any treasury shares) for cash consideration (the “Offer”).
In accordance with sections 4(2) and 21 of the Danish Takeover Order, the Offeror has today published its final offer document (the "Offer Document"). The full terms, conditions and essential elements of the Offer are contained within the Offer Document, which is attached to this announcement and is available for download via the Offeror's website www.dktelekommunikation.com and www.dk-telekommunikation.dk.
The Offer remains valid until 4 April 2018 as such period may or in certain situations shall be extended by the Offeror in accordance with the applicable law, rules and regulations and the Offer Document (the "Offer Period"). The final result of the Offer will be published within three days after the expiry of the Offer Period in accordance with section 21(3) of the Danish Takeover Order.
The Offeror believes the Offer represents an attractive price and premium to TDC shareholders under which they will, subject to certain conditions and restrictions, be offered a cash consideration of DKK 50.25 per share, adjusted for any dividends or distributions declared or paid to TDC shareholders prior to expiry of the Offer Period. This values TDC at approximately DKK 40.502 billion (based on 5,985,457, TDC shares being held as treasury shares as of 27 February 2018 according to information received from TDC).
The Offer represents:
The Offer will be conditional on the Offeror obtaining acceptances, or otherwise acquiring shares (excluding treasury shares), representing more than two-thirds of the share capital and voting rights of TDC. As announced on 12 February 2018, the Offer remains subject to the conditional merger agreement between TDC and Modern Times Group MTG AB not being approved (with the majority vote required in accordance with applicable law) by the general meeting of TDC at any point in time prior to completion of the Offer. The Offer is subject to customary regulatory approvals, permits and consents, including merger control clearance from the European Commission being obtained.
Underpinning digital Denmark’s future is the need for long-term investment in future-proof digital infrastructure that has the capacity to handle rapid technological development. Given its importance to all Danes and Danish companies, it is the Consortium’s ambition to substantially contribute to the growth of Denmark’s digital economy.
The Consortium’s strategic vision is for TDC to be a leading participant in the nationwide network development of fibre-to-the-home, 5G, coax and other suitable technologies, as it helps exceed the Danish Government’s target for universal broadband provision, such that all households have access to 1Gb/s broadband by the mid-2020s.
By further opening access to TDC’s nationwide network infrastructure for use by all other telecommunications brands and retailers, the Consortium’s vision will encourage and support innovation in the telecommunications sector, improve customer choice and available product offerings, improve retail competition as well as accelerate the expansion, quality and speed of the network.
To help facilitate, this the Consortium intends to operate separately-managed business units with dedicated management teams focused on developing, strengthening and managing TDC's telecommunications networks, customer business and its Norwegian business.
Material investment will be required to achieve the Consortium’s strategic vision and after having consulted with all major stakeholders, the aspiration is that TDC plays a major role in that investment.
Kristian Lund Pedersen
Chief Press Officer, PFA
Tel: (+45) 39 17 58 79 / (+61) 22 22 31
Thomas B. Knudsen
Head of Press, PKA
Tel: (+45) 26 18 45 73
Tel: (+45) 61 22 93 92
Partner, Geelmuyden Kiese
Tel: (+45) 27 63 07 55
Non-Danish media enquires:
Tel: +44 (0)20 3727 1039
The following timetable sets forth certain key dates relating to the Offer, provided that the Offer Period has not been extended in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Offer:
|7 Feb 2018||Announcement by TDC that the Board of Directors had received an initial approach from the Offeror.|
|12 Feb 2018||The Offeror and TDC entered into an announcement agreement.|
|12 Feb 2018||Announcement by the Offeror concerning its decision to make the Offer to the Shareholders.|
|12 Feb 2018||Company announcement No. 10/2018 by TDC with regards to the Offeror's announcement of its decision to make the Offer and TDC's board of directors' decision to recommend the TDC shareholders to accept the Offer.|
|28 Feb 2018||Publication of the Offer Document and commencement of the Offer Period.|
|19 Mar 2018||Last day for publication of the Board Recommendation.|
|4 Apr 2018
|Expected expiration of the Offer Period (subject to extension of the Offer Period and assuming no withdrawal by the Offeror in accordance with the terms of the Offer).|
|5 Apr 2018||Latest expected announcement of an extension, withdrawal or satisfaction of conditions to completion of the Offer and, in the case of satisfaction of the conditions to completion, the preliminary result thereof.|
|9 Apr 2018||Latest expected announcement of the final result of the Offer.|
|4 May 2018
|Latest expected day for settlement of the consideration due to accepting shareholders under the Offer (based on expiry of the Offer Period on 4 April 2018).|
|4 May 2018
|Latest date that the consideration due to accepting shareholders under the Offer is expected to be available on the accepting shareholders bank account.*|
Reference is also made to the information about the Offer Period and extensions hereof as described in the Offer Document.
Acceptance of the Offer must be received by Nordea Danmark, filial af Nordea Bank AB (publ), Sverige ("Nordea") through the shareholder's own account holding institution prior to the expiry of the Offer Period. Shareholders wishing to accept the Offer are requested to use the acceptance form attached to the Offer Document as “Appendix 1”. The shareholders may also be able to accept the Offer online via their account holding institution's web bank solution.
The shareholders are requested to note that acceptance of the Offer must be notified to the shareholder's own account holding institution in due time to allow the account holding institution to process and communicate the acceptance to Nordea who must have received such acceptance prior to the expiry of the Offer Period on 4 April 2018at 20:00 (CET) or by such date and time as the Offer Period may be extended to in accordance with section 9 of the Danish Takeover Order and as set forth in the Offer Document.
The deadline for notification of acceptance to the account holding institution will depend upon each shareholder's agreement with its account holding institution and the rules and procedures of the relevant account holding institution and may be earlier than the last day of the Offer Period.
About the Consortium
The Consortium consists of PFA Pension Forsikringsaktieselskab ("PFA"), PKA A/S ("PKA"), acting on behalf of PKA Pension Funds3, Arbejdsmarkedets Tillægspension ("ATP") and DKTUK Limited ("MIRACo"), an entity managed by Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets (Europe) Limited ("MIRAEL")4. The indirect ownership of DK Telekommunikation ApS will be split as follows: PFA (c. 16.7%), PKA (c. 16.7%), ATP (c. 16.7%) and MIRACo (50%).
PFA was founded in 1917 as an independent company by a number of labour organisations, with the sole purpose of ensuring a financially secure future for the employees and their families. Today, PFA is the largest commercial pension company in Denmark with DKK 600 billion (EUR 80 billion) under management. PFA has approximately 1.2 million individual customers from a wide range of the largest companies and organisations in Denmark. This means that PFA can keep costs low, it has access to attractive investment options and it is able to attract some of the best investment partners in the world.
PKA is one of the largest pension service providers for labor market pension funds in Denmark. Their more than 300,000 members work primarily in the public sector. PKA invests approximately DKK 275 billion (EUR 36.6 billion) on behalf of their members. PKA has a special focus on long term infrastructure investments and has invested approximately DKK 20 billion (EUR 2.7 billion) in Danish and foreign infrastructure. By the year 2020 PKA has an ambition to have invested DKK 40 billion (EUR 5.5 billion) in infrastructure.
ATP is an independent self-governing regulated pension fund established under its own act in 1964 with a view to ensuring a larger basic pension for large portions of the Danish population as a supplement to the state retirement pension. ATP is funded by mandatory contributions, and ATP manages assets of more than DKK 700 billion (EUR 94 billion).
The Offeror has appointed Barclays Bank PLC, acting through its Investment Bank ("Barclays") and Nordea as financial advisers and Plesner Advokatpartnerselskab, Baker McKenzie and Clifford Chance as legal advisers in connection with the Offer.
This announcement is prepared in a Danish and an English version. In case of any inconsistencies, the Danish version shall prevail.
This announcement does not constitute an offer or invitation to purchase any securities in TDC or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, pursuant to the Offer or otherwise. The Offer is being made solely by means of the Offer Document, which contains the full terms and conditions of the Offer, including details of how the Offer may be accepted. Shareholders in TDC are advised to read the Offer Document and the related documents as they contain important information.
The Offer is not being made, and the TDC shares will not be accepted for purchase from or on behalf of persons, in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities or other laws or regulations of such jurisdiction or would require any registration, approval or filing with any regulatory authority not expressly contemplated by the Offer Document (the "Restricted Jurisdictions"). Persons obtaining this announcement or the Offer Document and/or into whose possession the Offer Document comes are required to take due note and observe all such restrictions and obtain any necessary authorisations, approvals or consents. Neither the Offeror nor any of its advisors accepts any liability for any violation by any person of any such restriction. Any person (including, without limitation, custodians, nominees and trustees) who intends to forward this announcement or the Offer Document or any related document to any jurisdiction outside Denmark should inform themselves of the laws of the relevant jurisdiction and should also carefully read the Offer Document, before taking any action. The distribution of this announcement and the Offer Document in jurisdictions other than Denmark may be restricted by law, and, therefore, persons who come into possession of this announcement and the Offer Document should inform themselves about and observe such restrictions. Any failure to comply with any such restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws and regulations of any such jurisdiction.
Notice to Shareholders in the United States of America
The Offer is subject to the laws of Denmark. The Offer relates to the securities of a Danish company and is subject to the disclosure requirements applicable under Danish law, which may be different in material aspects from those applicable in the United States of America.
The Offer is being made in the United States of America pursuant to Section 14(e) of, and Regulation 14E promulgated under, the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), subject to the exemptions provided by Rule 14d-1(d) under the Exchange Act and otherwise in accordance with the requirements of Danish law. The Offer is not subject to Section 14(d)(1) of, or Regulation 14D promulgated under, the Exchange Act. TDC is not subject to the periodic reporting requirements under the Exchange Act, and is not required to, and does not, file any reports with the United States of America Securities and Exchange Commission thereunder.
The Offer is being made to TDC's shareholders resident in the United States of America on the same terms and conditions as those made to all other shareholders of TDC to whom an offer is made. Any information documents, including this announcement and the Offer Document, are being (or will be) disseminated to United States of America shareholders on a basis comparable to the method that such documents are provided to TDC's other shareholders.
Residents of the United States of America must be aware that this announcement, the Offer Document and any other documents regarding the Offer have been or will be prepared in accordance with Danish standards as to contents and style, which standards may differ from US standards. In addition, the procedures for the tender of securities and settlement of the consideration due to each TDC shareholder who accepts the Offer will be carried out in accordance with the rules applicable in Denmark, which may differ in material aspects from the rules and procedures applicable to a tender offer for the securities of a domestic US company, in particular with respect to withdrawal rights, offer timetable, settlement procedures and the payment date of the securities.
It may be difficult for TDC's shareholders to enforce their rights and any claim they may have arising under the US federal securities laws, since the Offeror and TDC are located in non-US jurisdictions, and some or all of their respective officers and directors may be residents of non-United States of America jurisdictions. TDC's shareholders may not be able to sue the Offeror or TDC and/or their respective officers or directors in a non-US court for violations of the US securities laws. Further, it may be difficult to compel the Offeror and TDC and their respective affiliates to subject themselves to a United States of America court's judgment.
In accordance with normal Danish practice and pursuant to Rule 14e-5(b) of the Exchange Act, the Offeror or its nominees, or its brokers (acting as agents or in a similar capacity), may from time to time make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, TDC shares outside the United States of America, other than pursuant to the Offer, before or during the period in which the Offer is launched and then remains open for acceptance. These purchases may occur either in the open market at prevailing prices or in private transactions at negotiated prices. Any information about such purchases will be announced through Nasdaq Copenhagen A/S and relevant electronic media if, and to the extent, such announcement is required under applicable Danish law, rules or regulations. In the ordinary course of business, each of Barclays and Nordea and their respective affiliates may make or hold a broad array of investments including serving as counterparties to certain derivative and hedging arrangements and actively trade debt and equity financial instruments (or related derivative financial instruments) and other types of financial instruments (including bank loans) for their own account and for the accounts of their customers, and such investment and financial instrument activities may involve securities and/or instruments of TDC.
Apart from the responsibilities and liabilities, if any, which may be imposed by Danish law or under the regulatory regime of any other jurisdiction where exclusion of responsibility or liability under the relevant regulatory regime would be illegal, void or unenforceable, neither Barclays nor Nordea, as financial advisors to the Offeror, or in any other capacity(nor any of their respective subsidiaries, branches or affiliates) accept any responsibility whatsoever for the contents of this announcement, the Offer Document including its accuracy, correctness or for any other statement made or purported to be made by it, or on its behalf in connection with the Offer. Save for the aforementioned responsibilities and liabilities, if any, which may be imposed under law, Barclays and Nordea accordingly disclaim any and all liability, whether arising in tort, contract, or otherwise (save as referred to above), which they might otherwise have in respect of such document or any such statement.
Barclays, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, is acting exclusively for the Offeror and no one else in connection with the Offer and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Offeror for providing the protections afforded to clients of Barclays nor for 9 providing advice in relation to the Offer or any other matter referred to in this announcement or the Offer Document.
Nordea, which is acting exclusively for the Offeror and no one else in connection with the Offer, will not be responsible to anyone other than the Offeror for providing the protections afforded to clients of Nordea nor for providing advice in relation to the Offer or any other matter referred to in the Offer Document nor for providing advice to any such other person in relation to the Offer or any other matter referred to in this announcement or the Offer Document.
For the avoidance of doubt, Nordea is not registered as a broker or dealer in the United States of America and will not be engaging in direct communications relating to the Offer with investors located within the United States of America (whether on a reverse-inquiry basis or otherwise).
* Payment to shareholders who do not have a Danish bank account may take longer.