Public Offer for OSRAM expected to close in the second quarter 2020 subject to receipt of the required remaining regulatory clearances
Rights Issue proceeding pursuant to the terms set out in the prospectus published on 13 March 2020
Reconfirmed expectations for first quarter 2020; performance underpinned by resilient cash flow profile and adjustable cost base
Premstaetten, Austria (19 March 2020) — ams AG (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high performance sensor solutions, provides a further update on its acquisition of OSRAM Licht AG ("OSRAM") in the context of its all-cash takeover offer ("Public Offer") and the EUR 1.65 billion ordinary capital increase to partially finance the transaction ("Rights Issue").
ams confirms that it expects the Public Offer to close in the second quarter 2020. The only remaining closing condition relates to the receipt of the required regulatory approvals. In the meantime, ams has increased its direct shareholding in OSRAM to 23.4% funded from existing cash resources, which further demonstrates the commitment to closing the Public Offer and realizing the combination of ams and OSRAM.
The Rights Issue is proceeding pursuant to the terms set out in the prospectus published on 13 March 2020. The Rights Issue is fully underwritten by a syndicate consisting of the same banks that have also underwritten a fully committed acquisition bridge facility of up to EUR 4.4 billion; this syndicate comprises of UBS, HSBC, BofA Securities, Citigroup, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and Erste Group. ams has thus secured all necessary funding for completing the Public Offer.
Through its ongoing contact with investors since launch, ams has received positive feedback from a number of large existing shareholders who seek to exercise their subscription rights, as well as other investors who are looking to participate in the Rights Issue. Supported by the 99.6% shareholder vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting in January 2020, the Rights Issue will facilitate a long-term, sustainable capital structure commensurate with the combined business profile of ams and OSRAM post-closing.
ams benefits from a resilient cash flow profile and adjustable cost base. This, in combination with a strong liquidity position, ensures flexibility to address any immediate disruptions caused by
Covid-19. In line with the press release of 6 March 2020, ams reconfirms its financial expectations for the first quarter 2020 with revenues of USD 480-520 million and an adjusted operating (EBIT) margin of 19-21% while ams continues to actively monitor the impact of Covid-19 on its business operations.
"We are more convinced than ever of the compelling strategic logic and value creation potential of combining ams and OSRAM based on our ongoing interactions with OSRAM to prepare for post merger integration," says Alexander Everke, CEO of ams. "This logic is unaffected by the current capital market and end market environment attributable to Covid-19. We continue to receive positive feedback from our shareholders regarding the strategic rationale and the capital increase."
This announcement constitutes neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation to buy securities. Any public offer is made solely by means of, and on the basis of, a securities prospectus (including any amendments thereto, if any) approved by the Austrian Financial Market Authority (Finanzmarktaufsichtsbehörde, “FMA”) and published in Austria. An investment decision regarding any publicly offered securities of ams AG (“ams”) should only be made on the basis of the securities prospectus. The securities prospectus is available free of charge from ams during usual business hours, or on the ams website.
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The shares of ams have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 ("Securities Act") and may not be offered or sold within the United States of America except pursuant to an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. There will be no public offering of shares in the United States of America.
This announcement constitutes neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation to buy securities and does not constitute a prospectus according to Articles 35 et seqq. of the Swiss Financial Services Act (“FinSA”) or Articles 652a and 1156 of the Swiss Code of Obligations (as such articles were in effect immediately prior to the entry into effect of FinSA) or Article 27 et seqq. of the SIX Swiss Exchange Listing Rules. The offer is made solely by means of, and on the basis of, the prospectus which is available free of charge, inter alia, from ams during regular business hours, or on the ams website. An investment decision regarding the publicly offered securities of ams should only be made on the basis of the prospectus.
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