Australia markets closed
  • ALL ORDS

    7,111.40
    +32.50 (+0.46%)
     
  • ASX 200

    6,824.70
    +24.30 (+0.36%)
     
  • AUD/USD

    0.7695
    -0.0017 (-0.23%)
     
  • OIL

    52.74
    -0.03 (-0.06%)
     
  • GOLD

    1,853.70
    -1.50 (-0.08%)
     
  • BTC-AUD

    41,481.43
    -474.96 (-1.13%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    645.61
    -31.29 (-4.62%)
     
  • AUD/EUR

    0.6339
    -0.0010 (-0.15%)
     
  • AUD/NZD

    1.0695
    -0.0017 (-0.16%)
     
  • NZX 50

    13,323.46
    -75.64 (-0.56%)
     
  • NASDAQ

    13,483.29
    +116.89 (+0.87%)
     
  • FTSE

    6,674.45
    +35.60 (+0.54%)
     
  • Dow Jones

    30,960.00
    -36.98 (-0.12%)
     
  • DAX

    13,785.83
    +141.88 (+1.04%)
     
  • Hang Seng

    29,391.26
    -767.75 (-2.55%)
     
  • NIKKEI 225

    28,546.18
    -276.11 (-0.96%)
     

ALSTOM SA: Alstom announces the large success of its share capital increase of approximately €2 billion

ALSTOM SA
·15-min read

Alstom announces the large success of its share capital increase of approximately €2 billion

Alstom achieves a decisive milestone in the acquisition of Bombardier Transportation with the completion of its capital increase. Following the receipt of all the required regulatory authorizations, the completion of the acquisition is now expected to take place on January 29th, 2021

December 3rd, 2020

Results of the share capital increase
The final gross proceeds of the share capital increase with shareholders’ preferential subscription rights (“the Capital Increase”) announced by Alstom on November 16th, 2020, amount to €2,008,302,622.50 (including issue premium), corresponding to the issuance of 68,078,055 shares with a par value of €7 at a unit subscription price of €29.50.

Following the subscription period, which ended on November 30th, 2020, total demand amounted to more than €3.4 billion. The transaction has been oversubscribed with a subscription rate of approximately 171.4%:

  • 66,237,621 new shares were subscribed on an irreducible basis (à titre irréductible), representing approximately 97.3% of the shares to be issued;

  • orders submitted on a reducible basis (à titre réductible) represented 50,441,328 new shares and will therefore only be partially allocated for a number of 1,840,434 new shares.


“We would like to deeply thank our shareholders as well as the retail and institutional investors who have joined us for their trust. It has resulted in the large success of the capital increase, a major operation for Alstom and notably by a high subscription level of the transaction, of 171%. With this €2 billion raising, alongside the capital increases of €2.6 billion and €500 million reserved to CDPQ and Bombardier, the new group will benefit from a strong financial structure, to further enhance its development. This decisive milestone has now been achieved, as the last authorizations necessary for the closing of the acquisition of Bombardier Transportation have been granted by competition authorities. The closing of the acquisition is now fast approaching and expected to take place on January 29th, 2021. We are delighted to open this new chapter of our history.” said Laurent Martinez, Alstom’s Chief Financial Officer

Next steps in the acquisition (the “Acquisition”) of Bombardier Transportation

All the regulatory approvals necessary for the completion of the Acquisition having been received, the completion of the Acquisition is now expected to take place on January 29th, 2021, less than one year after the announcement of the contemplated acquisition on February 17th, 2020.

Reminder of the reasons for the Capital Increase
The proceeds of the Capital Increase will be used to finance in part the Acquisition price, which is expected to amount to up to €5.3 billion1. The Capital Increase is part of the total equity financing of approximately €5 billion that also includes capital increases reserved to affiliates of CDPQ and Bombardier Inc., the completion of which is expected to take place on January 29th, 2021, in minimum amounts of €2.632 billion and €5003 million, respectively. A bond issue in an amount of approximately €400 million is also being contemplated.

Reminder of the main characteristics of the contemplated acquisition of Bombardier Transportation
The Acquisition announced on February 17th, 2020 will enable Alstom to accelerate its strategic roadmap by bringing together complementary commercial, products and industrial platforms and represents a key milestone in the strengthening of Alstom’s operational profile. With a significantly broader reach, a larger portfolio of solutions and enhanced innovation capabilities, Alstom will be in an ideal position to respond to the increasing demand for sustainable mobility.

With an objective to restore Bombardier Transportation’s margin to a standard level in the medium-term and to generate €400m synergies on annual run-rate basis by the fourth to fifth year post-closing4, the Acquisition should be strongly value-creative for the Group’s shareholders, with an expected double digit EPS accretion as from the second year post-closing5.

Indicative timetable of the Capital Increase
Settlement and delivery of the new shares and beginning of trading on the regulated market of Euronext Paris will take place on December 7th, 2020. The new shares, which will entitle their holders to any dividends declared by Alstom as from the date of issuance, will be, as from their issuance date, fully fungible with Alstom’s existing shares and will be traded under the same trading line and ISIN code as Alstom’s existing shares (ISIN code FR0010220475).

The Capital Increase was underwritten by a syndicate of banks including BofA Securities, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, HSBC and Société Générale acting as Joint Global Coordinators, Lead Managers and Joint Bookrunners, Goldman Sachs, Natixis and Santander acting as Joint Bookrunners and BBVA, Commerzbank and Unicredit acting as Co-Bookrunners.

Bouygues subscription
Pursuant to its commitment, Bouygues participated in the Capital Increase in a “tail swallow” transaction (“operation blanche”). Bouygues subscribed to 1.65 million new ordinary shares financed by the sale of 16.45 million of its preferential subscription rights implemented on November 16th, 2020. Following the settlement and delivery of the Capital Increase, Bouygues will hold approximately 8%6 of Alstom’s share capital.

Impact of the Capital Increase on the allocation of the share capital

Following the settlement and delivery of the Capital Increase, Alstom’s share capital will amount to €2,065,034,363 comprised of 295,004,909 shares with a nominal value of €7 each.

Based on public information available to date, the allocation of the share capital of the Company following the share Capital Increase is detailed in the below table, which does not take into account the capital increases reserved for affiliates of CDPQ and Bombardier Inc.:

Shareholders

Number of ordinary shares

% of share capital

Number of voting rights

% of voting rights

Bouygues

23,583,441

7.99%

45,521,667

14.28%

Public and employees (1)

271,421,468

92.01%

273,291,233

85.72%

TOTAL

295,004,909

100.00%

318,812,900

100.00%

(1) Shares held by employees or former employees of the Alstom Group

Lock-up agreements
Alstom has agreed to a lock-up period starting on the signing date of the underwriting agreement and ending 180 calendar days after the settlement and delivery date of the Capital Increase, subject to certain exceptions.

Bouygues has agreed to a lock-up period ending 90 calendar days after the settlement and delivery date of the Capital Increase (i.e., until and including March 7th, 2021), subject to certain exceptions.

Availability of the Prospectus
The prospectus (“the Prospectus”) including (i) the 2019/20 universal registration document (document d’enregistrement universel) of Alstom filed with the AMF on June 2nd, 2020 under number D.20-0508, (ii) the first amendment to the 2019/20 universal registration document filed with the AMF on October 7th, 2020 under number D.20-0508-A01, (iii) the second amendment to the 2019/20 universal registration document filed with the AMF on November 13th, 2020 under number D.20-0508-A02 and (iv) a securities note (note d’opération) (including the summary of the prospectus) which was filed with the AMF and received approval under number 20-555 dated November 13th, 2020 is available on the website of the AMF (www.amf-france.org) and the website of the company (www.alstom.com). Copies of the Prospectus are available free of charge at the Company’s registered office (48, rue Albert Dhalenne, 93400 Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine).

About Alstom

Leading the way to greener and smarter mobility worldwide, Alstom develops and markets integrated systems that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Alstom offers a complete range of equipment and services, from high-speed trains, metros, trams and e-buses to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Alstom recorded sales of €8.2 billion and booked orders of €9.9 billion in the 2019/20 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 38,900 people.

Contacts

Press:
Coralie COLLET - Tel.: +33 (1) 57 06 18 81
coralie.collet@alstomgroup.com



Samuel MILLER - Tel.: +33 (1) 57 06 67 74
Samuel.miller@alstomgroup.com

Investor relations:
Julie MOREL - Tel.: +33 (6) 67 61 88 58
Julie.morel@alstomgroup.com



Claire LEPELLETIER - Tel.: +33 (6) 76 64 33 06
claire.lepelletier@alstomgroup.com


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This press release includes "forward-looking statements". All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release, including, without limitation, those regarding Alstom’s financial position, business strategy, plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Alstom, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions regarding Alstom’s present and future business strategies and the environment in which Alstom will operate in the future. Additional factors could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially.

The contents of this press release have been prepared by and are the sole responsibility of Alstom.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy, and there has not been any sale of ordinary shares in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

The distribution of this document may, in certain jurisdictions, be restricted by local legislations. Persons into whose possession this document comes are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such potential local restrictions.

This press release is an advertisement and not a prospectus within the meaning of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and of the Council of June 14, 2017 (as amended the “Prospectus Regulation”). Potential investors are advised to read the prospectus before making an investment decision in order to fully understand the potential risks and rewards associated with the decision to invest in the securities. The approval of the prospectus by the AMF should not be understood as an endorsement of the securities offered or admitted to trading on a regulated market.

With respect to the member states of the European Economic Area (other than France) and the United Kingdom (each a “Relevant State”), no action has been undertaken or will be undertaken to make an offer to the public of the securities referred to herein requiring a publication of a prospectus in any Relevant State. As a result, the securities may not and have not been offered in any Relevant State except in accordance with the exemptions set forth in Article 1 (4) of the Prospectus Regulation or under any other circumstances which do not require the publication by Alstom of a prospectus pursuant to Article 3 of the Prospectus Regulation and/or to applicable regulations of that Relevant State.

The distribution of this press release has not been made, and has not been approved, by an “authorised person” within the meaning of Article 21(1) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. As a consequence, this press release is only being distributed to, and is only directed at, persons in the United Kingdom that (i) are “investment professionals” falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as amended, the “Order”), (ii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) (“high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, etc.”) of the Order, or (iii) are persons to whom an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity (within the meaning of Article 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) in connection with the issue or sale of any securities may otherwise lawfully be communicated or caused to be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as “Relevant Persons”). Any investment or investment activity to which this document relates is available only to Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with Relevant Persons. Any person who is not a Relevant Person should not act or rely on this document or any of its contents.

This press release may not be published, distributed or transmitted in the United States (including its territories and dependencies).

This press release does not constitute or form part of any offer of securities for sale or any solicitation to purchase or to subscribe for securities or any solicitation of sale of securities in the United States. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) or the law of any State or other jurisdiction of the United States, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the Securities Act or pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Alstom does not intend to register all or any portion of the Securities in the United States under the Securities Act or to conduct a public offering of the Securities in the United States.

This announcement is not, and under no circumstances is it to be construed as, a prospectus, offering memorandum, advertisement or an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities referred to herein in Canada. Any offering in Canada has been made on a private placement basis only to purchasers purchasing, or deemed to be purchasing, as principal that are accredited investors, as defined in National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions or subsection 73.3(1) of the Securities Act (Ontario), and are permitted clients, as defined in National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations.

This announcement may not be published, forwarded or distributed, directly or indirectly, in the United States of America, Australia or Japan.

Alstom, as well as BofA Securities Europe SA (“BofASE”), Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, HSBC, Société Générale, Goldman Sachs, Natixis, Santander, BBVA, Commerzbank et Unicredit (together, the “Underwriters”) and any of their respective affiliates expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

The Underwriters are acting exclusively for Alstom and no one else in connection with the offer of new shares and will not regard any other person as their respective clients and will not be responsible to anyone other than Alstom for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients in connection with any offer of new shares of Alstom or otherwise, nor for providing any advice in relation to the offer of new shares, the content of this press release or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein.

In connection with the offering of ordinary shares of Alstom, the Underwriters and any of their affiliates may take up a portion of the ordinary shares as a principal position and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell, offer to sell for their own accounts such shares and other securities of the Alstom or related investments in connection with the offer of ordinary shares of Alstom or otherwise. Accordingly, references in the Prospectus to the new ordinary shares being issued, offered, subscribed, acquired, placed or otherwise dealt in should be read as including any issue or offer to, or subscription, acquisition, placing or dealing by the Underwriters and any of their affiliates acting in such capacity. In addition, the Underwriters and any of their affiliates may enter into financing arrangements (including swaps, warrants or contracts for differences) with investors in connection with which they may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of shares. The Underwriters do not intend to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligations to do so.

None of the Underwriters or any of their respective directors, officers, employees, advisers or agents accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for or makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information in this press release (or whether any information has been omitted from this press release) or any other information relating to Alstom, its subsidiaries or associated companies, whether written, oral or in a visual or electronic form, and howsoever transmitted or made available or for any loss howsoever arising from any use of this announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith.


1 Revised price range of €5.5bn – €5.9bn. Preliminary contractual purchase price estimated at €5.3bn, after taking into account estimated potential post-closing adjustments and obligations linked to Bombardier Transportation’s net cash protection mechanism. The final purchase price amount will be determined on the basis of Bombardier Transportation’s accounting books as of December 31, 2020 and the transaction completion date and of the mechanisms set forth in the share purchase agreement.
2 Total amount subscribed through a reserved capital increase (i) by set-off of CDPQ and its affiliates’ claim in connection with the Bombardier Transportation purchase price, for an amount between €1.93 billion and €2.08 billion, depending on the final amount of the Acquisition Price, (ii) increased by an amount in cash of €700 million, pursuant to the terms provided for in the investment agreement entered into with CDPQ and its affiliates.
3 Amount which may be increased to a maximum of €650 million, pursuant to the terms of the investment agreement entered into with Bombardier UK Holding.
4 Post-closing of the Acquisition.
5 After cost synergies and implementation costs, and before amortization of the purchase price allocation (PPA).
6 This percentage does not take into account the capital increases reserved for affiliates of CDPQ and Bombardier Inc., respectively.


Attachment