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Wincanton PLC
18 October 2019
 

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OR REGULATIONS OF SUCH JURISDICTION.

 

THIS IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF A POSSIBLE OFFER UNDER RULE 2.4 OF THE CITY CODE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS (THE "CODE"). THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF A FIRM INTENTION TO MAKE AN OFFER UNDER RULE 2.7 OF THE CODE AND THERE CAN BE NO CERTAINTY THAT AN OFFER WILL BE MADE, NOR AS TO THE TERMS ON WHICH ANY OFFER MIGHT BE MADE.

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

18 October 2019

 

Wincanton plc ("Wincanton")

 

Statement regarding a possible offer for Eddie Stobart Logistics plc ("Eddie Stobart")

 

The Board of Wincanton, the largest British third-party logistics company, announces that it is currently undertaking a diligence exercise on Eddie Stobart and its assets, in order to enable it to assess the potential merits of a combination. No proposal has been made by Wincanton to Eddie Stobart as to the terms of any potential offer, and there can be no certainty that any offer will be made to Eddie Stobart shareholders.

 

In accordance with Rule 2.6(a) of the Code, Wincanton is required, by not later than 5.00pm on 15 November 2019, being 28 days after today's date, to either announce a firm intention to make an offer for Eddie Stobart in accordance with Rule 2.7 of the Code or announce that it does not intend to make an offer for Eddie Stobart, in which case the announcement will be treated as a statement to which Rule 2.8 of the Code applies. This deadline can only be extended with the consent of the Takeover Panel in accordance with Rule 2.6(c) of the Code.

 

A further announcement will be made as appropriate.

 

The person responsible for making this announcement on behalf of Wincanton is Rajiv Sharma, Group Legal Director and Company Secretary.

 

Enquiries:

 

Wincanton

+44 (0) 12 4971 0000

Tim Lawlor, Chief Financial Officer

 

LEI Number: 213800Z5WTW8QKOHWQ82

 


                                                                                         

UBS Investment Bank (Financial adviser to Wincanton plc)

 

+44 (0) 20 7567 8000

Adrian Beidas

Arnould Fremy

Sandip Dhillon

 


Numis Securities (Corporate Broker to Wincanton plc)

+44 (0) 20 7260 1000

Mark Lander

George Price

 

 

 

HSBC (Corporate Broker to Wincanton plc)

 

+ 44 (0) 20 7991 8888

Mark Dickenson

Adam Miller




Buchanan (Financial PR)

+ 44 (0) 20 7466 5000

Richard Oldworth


General information

This announcement is not intended to, and does not, constitute, represent or form part of any offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of, any securities whether pursuant to this announcement or otherwise. This is an announcement under Rule 2.4 of the Code and does not constitute an announcement of a firm intention to make an offer under Rule 2.7 of the Code.

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom may be restricted by law or regulation and therefore persons into whose possession this announcement comes should inform themselves about, and observe, such restrictions. Any failure to comply with such restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws or regulations of any such jurisdiction.

Disclosure requirements of the Code

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1 per cent. or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the offer period and, if later, following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of: (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror. An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a securities exchange offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1 per cent. or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of: (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror, save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the business day following the date of the relevant dealing.

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of an offeree company or a securities exchange offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.

Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror, and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4).

Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk, including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. You should contact the Takeover Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0) 20 7638 0129 if you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure.

Rule 2.9 disclosure

In accordance with Rule 2.9 of the Code, Wincanton announces that, as at the date of this announcement, it has 124,543,670 ordinary shares of 10 pence each in issue and admitted to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. Each ordinary share carries the right to one vote. The Company does not hold any ordinary shares in treasury. The International Securities Identification Number for the ordinary shares is GB0030329360.

The above figure may be used by shareholders to determine the percentage of issued share capital they hold in Wincanton and if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, Wincanton under the FCA's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.

 

Rule 26.1 disclosure

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code, a copy of this announcement will be made available at www.wincanton.co.uk/investors/ukpossibleoffer (subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in restricted jurisdictions) by no later than 12 noon (London time) on 21 October 2019 (being the business day following the date of this announcement). The content of any website referred to in this announcement is not incorporated into, and does not form part of, this announcement.

You may request a hard copy of this announcement by contacting the Company Secretary of Wincanton during business hours on 01249 710733 or by submitting a request in writing to the Company Secretary of Wincanton at Wincanton, Methuen Park, Chippenham, SN14 0WT. You may also request that all future documents, announcements and information to be sent to you in relation to the offer should be in hard copy form. You will not receive a hard copy of this announcement unless you so request.

 

Other information

UBS AG London Branch ("UBS") is authorised and regulated by the Financial Market Supervisory Authority in Switzerland. It is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and subject to regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and limited regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority in the UK.  UBS AG London Branch is acting as financial adviser to Wincanton and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this announcement. In connection with such matters, UBS, its affiliates, and its or their respective directors, officers, employees and agents will not regard any other person as its client, nor will it be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any other matter referred to herein.

Numis Securities Limited ("Numis"), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting as corporate broker exclusively for Wincanton and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this announcement and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the matters in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Wincanton for providing the protections afforded to clients of Numis, nor for providing advice in relation to any matter referred to herein.

HSBC Bank plc ("HSBC") is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.  HSBC is acting as corporate broker to Wincanton and no one else and none of HSBC, its affiliates, and its or their respective directors, officers, employees and agents will regard any other person as its client, nor will it be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any other matter referred to herein.


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