Sydney, 9 Mar 2021
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and its managed funds (“MIRA”) and Aware Super Pty Ltd as trustee of Aware Super (“Aware Super”), together referred to as “the Consortium”, notes the announcement issued today by Vocus Group Ltd (“Vocus” or “the Company”) which confirms Vocus has entered into a Scheme Implementation Deed with the Consortium to acquire all of the Company’s issued securities at $A5.50 per share via a Scheme of Arrangement (the “Scheme”).
The Consortium’s all-cash offer represents an attractive premium and compelling value for all Vocus shareholders, and has been unanimously recommended by Vocus board members, who have indicated their intention to vote in favour of the proposed Scheme, subject to an independent expert concluding that the Scheme is in the best interests of Vocus shareholders and in the absence of a superior proposal.
The recommended cash offer of $A5.50 per share represents:
The Scheme is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
MIRA Head of Asia-Pacific Frank Kwok said: “We have worked closely with Vocus to develop a compelling proposition for its shareholders and we are pleased to have signed a Scheme Implementation Deed to put our proposal to the Company’s shareholders. We believe the proposal represents compelling and certain value delivering an all-cash consideration at an attractive premium.”
MIRA has extensive experience managing investments in digital infrastructure assets including data centres, fibre assets and telecommunication tower businesses across Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific.
Aware Super Head of Income and Real Assets Damien Webb said: “As an experienced infrastructure investor, Aware Super’s participation alongside MIRA supports the growing interest of our fund in digital infrastructure as an asset class. We believe the sector has significant growth potential and is aligned to our purpose of delivering strong, sustainable long-term returns to our members while supporting the community in which they live, work and retire.”
The Consortium also recognises the progress Vocus has made on its transformation journey under CEO Kevin Russell and his management team. The Consortium looks forward to contributing its experience and capability to support the management team on the next stage of the Company’s growth.
A full copy of Vocus Group’s announcement is obtainable from the Australian Stock Exchange. (www.asx.com.au).
Full details of the Scheme of Arrangement and an Independent Expert’s report will be set out in the Scheme Booklet which is intended to be sent to shareholders ahead of a general meeting of Vocus Group shareholders to vote on the Scheme.
The obligations of the parties in respect of the Scheme of Arrangement are conditional upon various matters including the recommendation of the Independent Expert and customary prescribed occurrences which are detailed in the Scheme Implementation Deed, which is attached to the Vocus Group announcement.
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