AEG AEGCB 201805180016A
Potential combination of Aveng and Murray & Roberts Limited and update on Capital Markets Transaction
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number: 1944/018119/06)
Share code: AEG
Share ISIN: ZAE000194940
JSE 2019 Convertible Bond Code: AEGCB
JSE 2019 Convertible Bond ISIN: ZAE000194940
("Aveng", "the Company" or “the Group”)
DETAILED CAUTIONARY ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE POTENTIAL COMBINATION OF
AVENG AND MURRAY & ROBERTS LIMITED (“MURRAY & ROBERTS”) AND UPDATE ON
CAPITAL MARKETS TRANSACTION
Shareholders are referred to the announcement released on SENS on Thursday 26 April 2018 (“Capital
Markets Transaction Announcement”), in which Aveng announced its intention to early redeem the R2
billion, 7.25% senior unsecured convertible registered bonds due 24 July 2019 still in issue (the “Existing
Convertible Bonds”) partly in cash and partly through the issue of new Aveng shares (“Early Bond
Redemption”). In the Capital Markets Transaction Announcement, Aveng also announced its intention to
launch a fully renounceable rights offer to qualifying shareholders (the “Proposed Rights Offer”) with the
intention to raise cash to fund internal capital requirements (“Retained Cash”) and, to the extent that
excess cash is raised, to fund the cash portion of the Early Bond Redemption. To the extent that the
proceeds of the Proposed Rights Offer are insufficient to early redeem all of the Existing Convertible
Bonds in cash, it was (and remains) Aveng's intention to settle the balance of the Early Bond Redemption
through the issue of new Aveng shares (“Aveng Shares”) to the existing convertible bondholders
(“Existing Convertible Bondholders”) or through a combination of new Aveng Shares and a new debt
instrument. The Early Bond Redemption and the Proposed Rights Offer are collectively referred to as the
“Capital Markets Transaction”.
Shareholders are advised that subsequent to the announcement of the Capital Markets Transaction,
following consultation with Aveng shareholders and bondholders, the boards of directors for Aveng and
Murray & Roberts reached in principle agreement regarding the proposed terms of a potential
combination of Aveng and Murray & Roberts ("M&R Transaction"). Shareholders are referred to the
announcement released today by Murray & Roberts regarding the M&R Transaction.
Shareholders are advised that no formal offer has yet been made by Murray & Roberts. The making of a
formal offer by Murray & Roberts is subject to the fulfillment and/or waiver of a number of pre-conditions.
There is no certainty at this stage that the M&R Transaction will be completed
Aveng intends to proceed with the Capital Markets Transaction and wishes to provide shareholders with
additional, updated information in relation to the Capital Markets Transaction as set out in paragraph 3
below. However, in light of the M&R Transaction, Aveng proposes to raise up to R500 million through the
Proposed Rights Offer in order to fund the Retained Cash and detail of which is contained in paragraph
3.2. Murray & Roberts has indicated that it is supportive of Aveng proceeding to implement the Proposed
Rights Offer, irrespective of whether the M&R Transaction proceeds or not.
Aveng has had initial engagement with its stakeholders, including shareholders, bondholders and bank
funders, on the M&R Transaction as well as the Capital Markets Transaction.
2 M&R Transaction
2.1 Key commercial terms of the M&R Transaction
Subject to the fulfilment or waiver of the pre-conditions set out in paragraph 2.3 below (“Pre-
conditions”), Murray & Roberts proposes to make an all share offer (“Potential Share Offer”) to
acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Aveng (“Potential Offer Shares”).
If a firm offer is made, the proposed aggregate value that will be attributable to the Potential
Offer Shares at that time will be R1.0 billion (“Proposed Transaction Value”) assuming that
Aveng raises at least R300 million in new capital in the Proposed Rights Offer (“Minimum Rights
Offer Proceeds”). The Proposed Transaction Value will be reduced on a rand for rand basis by
any shortfall in the Minimum Rights Offer Proceeds. The final Proposed Transaction Value and
therefore final implied offer price per Aveng Share will be communicated at the time of making a
formal offer (if made) post completion of the Proposed Rights Offer and fulfilment of the Pre-
The final Proposed Transaction Value will be settled in new Murray & Roberts ordinary shares
to be issued at an issue price based on the prevailing 30 day volume weighted average price of
Murray & Roberts ordinary shares calculated on the last practicable date prior to the
implementation date of the Potential Share Offer.
In addition to the Potential Share Offer, Murray & Roberts proposes to early redeem the Existing
Convertible Bonds, at a par value of R2.0 billion plus accrued interest (“M&R Early Bond
Redemption”), calculated up to and including the date of settlement of the M&R Early Bond
Redemption, being the date of closing of the M&R Transaction.
The M&R Early Bond Redemption will be funded by Murray & Roberts from a combination of
new financing facilities of R1.8 billion (“New Facilities”) and available cash resources. Murray &
Roberts has procured a credit approved term sheet from two funding banks for the New
Facilities, which are subject to typical terms and conditions including executing final financing
2.2 Mechanism of the M&R Transaction
The Potential Share Offer, if made, will be implemented by way of a scheme of arrangement in
terms of section 114 of the Companies Act, requiring, amongst other things, that a special
resolution be passed by the requisite quorum of Aveng shareholders (“Scheme”). If the Scheme
is implemented, Murray & Roberts intends to delist Aveng.
The M&R Transaction is expected to constitute a Category 1 transaction for Murray & Roberts in
terms of the JSE Listings Requirements (“Listings Requirements”). In addition, an authority will
be required to place the requisite number of shares for the Potential Share Offer under the
control of the directors of Murray & Roberts. Prior to the implementation of the Scheme, the
M&R Transaction will therefore require the approval of Murray & Roberts’ shareholders in a
general meeting by way of ordinary resolution.
The M&R Early Bond Redemption will be implemented by amending the Existing Convertible
Bond terms and conditions in order to facilitate the early redemption of the Existing Convertible
Bonds. The terms of the redemption are subject to Existing Convertible Bondholder approval.
2.3 Pre-conditions to making a formal offer
The making of a formal offer by Murray & Roberts to Aveng is subject to the satisfactory
fulfilment or waiver of the following pre-conditions:
• Murray & Roberts shareholder approval in terms of section 126 of the Companies Act, as a
consequence of receipt by Murray & Roberts of an offer from ATON Gmbh (“ATON”) to
acquire all or a portion of the issued shares in Murray & Roberts that it does not already
own. ATON currently holds c.40% of the issued shares in Murray & Roberts;
• approval from the TRP in terms of section 126 of the Companies Act;
• satisfactory completion of reciprocal confirmatory due diligence by Murray & Roberts and
• completion of the Proposed Rights Offer in accordance with its terms;
• satisfactory terms of the Scheme confirmed; and
• execution of final financing agreements in relation to the New Facilities.
2.4 Firm offer
The Potential Share Offer and M&R Early Bond Redemption are inter-conditional. As detailed in
2.1, the final Proposed Transaction Value and accordingly the implied final offer price per Aveng
Share will be determined following the satisfactory completion of the confirmatory due diligence
and the completion of the Proposed Rights Offer. Murray & Roberts intends to submit a firm
offer post completion of the Proposed Rights Offer, subsequent to which a firm intention
announcement will be made by Aveng. The firm offer will be subject to the suspensive
conditions as set out in 2.5 below.
2.5 Suspensive conditions to the M&R Transaction
The M&R Transaction will be subject to the timeous fulfilment of the following suspensive
• a special resolution of the Aveng shareholders approving the Scheme;
• Murray & Roberts shareholders approving the Category 1 transaction, in terms of the
Listings Requirements and placing sufficient ordinary shares under the control of the
directors of Murray & Roberts;
• the approval of Existing Convertible Bondholders to amend the terms and conditions of the
Existing Convertible Bonds to facilitate the early redemption of the Existing Convertible
Bonds and to approve the terms of the redemption;
• approval of competition authorities in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and certain other
jurisdictions as required; and
• any other necessary statutory and/or regulatory and/or third party approval(s).
2.6 Other terms
In the event that (i) the firm intention letter is not received; or (ii) the circular to Murray & Roberts
shareholders in respect of the Category 1 transaction is not posted in time for the general
meeting to vote on the Category 1 transaction by 30 August 2018 or such later date as agreed
between the parties, Aveng shall be entitled, at its sole discretion, to terminate the M&R
Transaction and any further negotiations between the parties.
3 Capital Markets Transaction
Shareholders are referred to the Capital Markets Transaction Announcement as well as the circular to
Aveng shareholders posted on Monday, 30 April 2018. Aveng wishes to provide shareholders with more
and updated information in relation to the Capital Markets Transaction as set out below:
3.1 Rationale for the Capital Markets Transaction
As at 31 December 2017, Aveng had gross debt of R3.25 billion including bank debt of R1.25
billion and the Existing Convertible Bonds of R2 billion. To date Aveng has utilised a further R350
million of bank debt and it is anticipated that Aveng will utilise a further R200 million bank debt
(such funding remains subject to bank approval), thus increasing total bank debt to an amount of
up to R1.8 billion. These current debt levels within the Group are considered to be unsustainable.
As such, deleveraging the Company to reduce the existing debt-burden will be critical to unlock
shareholder value. In particular, Aveng’s Existing Convertible Bonds and the interim liquidity
requirements are creating significant constraints on Aveng.
The Aveng board (the “Board”) has considered alternatives for the potential refinancing of the
Existing Convertible Bonds prior to their maturity. In addition to the difficult trading conditions the
Company has been facing, the Board believes that uncertainty as to the Group’s ability to
refinance the Existing Convertible Bonds has contributed to the decline in the Aveng Share price
over the recent months.
The Capital Markets Transaction will remove the refinance risk related to the Existing Convertible
Bonds, provide a solution to the interim liquidity requirements and assist in restructuring Aveng
Group’s balance sheet to a more appropriate and sustainable level.
3.2 Early Bond Redemption
Aveng remains of the view that the Early Bond Redemption is in the best interest of all
stakeholders should the M&R Transaction not be successful. As such Aveng is continuing with
the process to amend the Existing Convertible Bond terms and conditions as detailed in the
Capital Markets Transaction Announcement, to facilitate the Early Bond Redemption as soon as
practically possible should the M&R Transaction not be successful.
To enable the Early Bond Redemption, Aveng will convene a meeting of Existing Convertible
Bondholders to seek approval for the changes required to the terms and conditions to facilitate
the early redemption of the Existing Convertible Bonds (“Special Bondholder Meeting”). At the
Special Bondholder Meeting, approval of not less than 66.67% of a quorum of 75% of Existing
Convertible Bondholders is required to effect the amendments to the Existing Convertible Bond
terms and conditions. The foregoing amendments will also be subject to approval of the JSE.
A notice of the Special Bondholder Meeting and information relating to the amendments to the
terms and conditions of the Existing Convertible Bonds will be distributed to Existing Convertible
Bondholders in due course. The salient dates pertaining to the Special Bondholder Meeting will
be published on SENS and will be contained in the notice.
3.3 Proposed Rights Offer
As a result of the M&R Transaction and the M&R Early Bond Redemption, Aveng will only look
to raise an amount of up to R500 million through the Proposed Rights Offer. The proceeds of
the Proposed Rights Offer will be used to fund the Retained Cash as detailed in the Capital
Markets Transaction Announcement. The M&R Transaction is subject to various approvals and
implementation may take more than six months. As such, Aveng requires new capital to be
raised from the Proposed Rights Offer to ensure its interim liquidity requirements are met.
The Proposed Rights Offer will be conditional on shareholder approval to amend Aveng’s
Memorandum of Incorporation to inter alia increase the authorized share capital of Aveng to
facilitate the Proposed Rights Offer. Additionally, shareholder approval will be required to grant
directors authority to issue Aveng Shares representing more than 30% of the issued share
capital of Aveng. The general meeting in order to pass the requisite resolutions will be held on
29 May 2018, the notice of which was sent to Aveng shareholders on Monday, 30 April 2018.
3.4 Bond Settlement
To the extent the M&R Transaction is successful, the Existing Convertible Bonds will be
redeemed by the M&R Early Bond Redemption.
To the extent that the M&R Transaction is not successful, Aveng remains committed to early
redeem the outstanding Existing Convertible Bonds as soon as practically possible. The
amended terms and conditions of the Existing Convertible Bonds will allow for the early
redemption of the outstanding Existing Convertible Bonds, which redemption is to be settled in
cash or by the issue of new Aveng Shares or both. In the event that the M&R Transaction is not
successful, Aveng will consider the viability of raising new cash from either the issue of new
equity or a new debt instrument to settle all or a portion of the outstanding Existing Convertible
Bonds. To the extent this is not viable, the outstanding Existing Convertible Bonds will be settled
in the issue of new Aveng Shares. In this event, Aveng will allot and issue such Aveng Shares
to the Existing Convertible Bondholders as a specific issue of shares for cash in accordance
with the applicable requirements of the Listings Requirements and the provisions of the
Companies Act (“Specific Issue”). The Specific Issue will be conditional on approval from
The terms of the redemption, which will be subject to Existing Convertible Bondholder approval,
will be finalized at such a time as Aveng is notified that the M&R Transaction is not successful.
4 Indicative timing
An indicative timeline for the implementation of the M&R Transaction and Proposed Rights Offer, is set
out below, which timeline is subject to engagements with the TRP regarding the M&R Transaction and
Murray & Roberts obtaining shareholder approval in terms of section 126 of the Companies Act.
• General meeting of Aveng shareholders to pass the requisite resolutions to implement the Proposed
Rights Offer to be held on Tuesday, 29 May 2018, as detailed in the circular posted to shareholders
on Monday, 30 April 2018;
• The terms of the Proposed Rights Offer will be finalised shortly after the receipt of the shareholder
approvals referred to above;
• Murray & Roberts intend to make a firm offer after the completion of the Proposed Rights Offer;
• Murray & Roberts will post the circular in relation to the Category 1 transaction, including notice of
general meeting after making the firm offer;
• Aveng shareholder meeting to approve the Scheme to be held in mid-August 2018; and
• Murray & Roberts shareholder meeting to approve the Category 1 transaction, in terms of the JSE
Listings Requirements to be held by no later than 30 August 2018 or such later date as agreed
between Aveng and Murray & Roberts.
To the extent the M&R Transaction is not successful, Aveng will announce further details with respect to
the timing of the Early Bond Redemption at such time.
5 Guidance for Aveng Shareholders, cautionary announcement and renewal of cautionary
The boards of directors of Murray & Roberts and Aveng have agreed to enter into formal negotiations with
regards to the M&R Transaction which negotiations, if successfully concluded, may have a material effect
on the price of both companies’ securities. Accordingly, shareholders of Aveng are advised to exercise
caution when dealing in their securities until further details pertaining to the M&R Transaction are
announced. Furthermore, the Capital Markets Transaction is still ongoing and accordingly shareholders of
Aveng are advised to continue exercising caution when dealing in their securities until further details
pertaining to the Capital Markets Transaction are announced.
6 Responsibility statement
The boards of directors of Aveng accept responsibility for the information contained in this announcement
and certify that, to the best of their knowledge and belief, the information contained in this announcement
is true and nothing has been omitted which is likely to affect the importance of the information.
UBS South Africa Proprietary Limited
Financial advisor and transaction sponsor for the Capital Markets Transaction
Rand Merchant Bank (A division of FirstRand Bank Limited)
Absa Bank Limited, acting through its corporate and investment banking division
18 May 2018
Group Executive: Strategy & Investor Relations
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