Network Related Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Orange said it will acquire shares of Business & Decision not held today directly or indirectly by Orange.
Orange said it has received approval on 26 June, from the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF) for the offer, which opens today and will close on 19 July, 2018.
This offer follows the acquisition on 5 June, 2018 of a 59.1% stake in Business & Decision from the Bensabat family (majority shareholders) at a price of 7.70 euros per share.
Prior to the launch of the offer, Orange owns directly or indirectly 62.7% of Business & Decision shares1 and 59.8% of its voting rights. In addition, Orange has a call option on the remaining 4.88% stake held by the Bensabat family.
Orange said in a statement that “If, at the end of the offer, the minority shareholders hold no more than 5% of the capital or the voting rights of Business & Decision, Orange will request a squeeze-out at the tender offer price of 7.93 euros per share.”
“For Business & Decision, integrating the Orange Group will enable the teams and customers to benefit from the full range of Orange Business Services’s expertise as an operator and integrator in the areas of the Internet of Things, cloud computing, cyber security and applications as well as from the international scope of its commercial network, which works daily to accompany multinational customers around the globe. Based on an independent expert’s report, the Board of Directors of Business & Decision accepted on 5 June, 2018 that the price of 7.93 euros per share proposed by Network Related Services represented a fair value of the company and unanimously recommended to shareholders of Business & Decision to bring their shares to the offer initiated by Network Related Services,” said Thierry Bonhomme, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Business & Decision.
Orange disclosed that since 6 June 2018, Network Related Services has acquired 283,203 shares (3.6% of the total capital) at a price of 7.93 euros.