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Gulf Marine Services PLC
21 May 2020
 

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THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

21 May 2020

 

Gulf Marine Services PLC

Increased level of shareholder support

The Board of Gulf Marine Services PLC ("GMS" or the "Company") confirms it has received, on 20 May 2020, a letter of intent from Haasco Limited ("Haasco"), covering 550,000 GMS shares (0.16 per cent. of GMS issued share capital) indicating that Haasco have no current intention to accept any offer of 10 pence per share (or $0.09 per share if higher).

As a result, GMS has now received letters from 15 GMS shareholders who collectively hold 52.24 per cent. of the Company's issued share capital, indicating that they have no current intention to accept any offer on the terms of the Seafox proposal.

 

A summary of the letters of intent and details of the relevant shareholders together with their shareholdings in GMS are set out in the Appendix of this announcement.

 

Enquiries:

 

GMS

Tim Summers, Executive Chairman

Stephen Kersley, Chief Financial Officer

Tony Hunter, Company Secretary

 


+44 (0) 207 603 1515

 

 

Evercore (Sole Financial Adviser to GMS)

David Waring

Edward Banks

 


+44 (0) 20 7653 6000

 

BofA Securities (Joint Corporate Broker to GMS)

Thomas Milner

Ben Winstanley

 


+44 (0) 20 7628 1000

Investec (Joint Corporate Broker to GMS)

Chris Sim

Henry Reast

 


+44 (0) 20 7597 5970

Brunswick (PR Adviser to GMS)

Patrick Handley - UK

Will Medvei - UK

Jade Mamarbachi - UAE

 


 +44 (0) 20 7404 5959

 +971 (0) 50 600 3829

 

Linklaters LLP has been retained as legal advisers to GMS.

 

As required under Rule 2.5 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers, GMS confirms this announcement is made without the consent of Seafox International Limited ("Seafox").  There can be no certainty that any offer will be made.

 

PUBLICATION ON WEBSITE

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code, a copy of this announcement will, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in restricted jurisdictions, be available at www.gmsuae.com/offer by no later than 12 noon (London time) on the business day following the date of this announcement.  For the avoidance of doubt, the content of the website referred to above is not incorporated into and does not form part of this announcement.

The person responsible for arranging for the release of this announcement on behalf of GMS is Tony Hunter, Company Secretary. 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

Evercore Partners International LLP ("Evercore"), which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, is acting exclusively as financial adviser to GMS and no one else in connection with the matters described in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than GMS for providing the protections afforded to clients of Evercore nor for providing advice in connection with the matters referred to herein.  Neither Evercore nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Evercore in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein, any offer or otherwise.  Apart from the responsibilities and liabilities, if any, which may be imposed on Evercore by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, or the regulatory regime established thereunder, or under the regulatory regime of any jurisdiction where exclusion of liability under the relevant regulatory regime would be illegal, void or unenforceable, neither Evercore nor any of its affiliates accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for the contents of this announcement, and no representation, express or implied, is made by it, or purported to be made on its behalf, in relation to the contents of this announcement, including its accuracy, completeness or verification of any other statement made or purported to be made by it, or on its behalf, in connection with GMS or the matters described in this document.  To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, Evercore and its affiliates accordingly disclaim all and any responsibility or liability whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise (save as referred to above) which they might otherwise have in respect of this announcement or any statement contained herein.

 

Merrill Lynch International ("BofA Securities"), which is authorised by the PRA and regulated by the FCA and the PRA in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively as corporate broker for GMS and for no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than GMS for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the matters referred to in this announcement. Neither BofA Securities, nor any of its affiliates, owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of BofA Securities in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein or otherwise.

 

Investec Bank plc ("Investec"), which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, is acting exclusively for GMS and no one else in relation to the Transaction and/or other matters set out in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than GMS for providing the protections afforded to the clients of Investec, or for providing advice in relation to this announcement, the contents of this announcement or any matter referred to herein. 

 

Neither Investec nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Investec in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein or otherwise.

 

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The information contained within this announcement is considered by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.  Upon the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information will be considered to be in the public domain.

ABOUT GMS

GMS, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, was founded in Abu Dhabi in 1977 and has become a world-leading provider of advanced self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESVs).  The fleet serves the oil, gas and renewable energy industries from its offices in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.  The Group's assets are capable of serving clients' requirements across the globe, including those in the Middle East, South East Asia, West Africa, North America, the Gulf of Mexico and Europe.

The GMS fleet of 13 SESVs is amongst the youngest in the industry, with an average age of eight years. The vessels support GMS's clients in a broad range of offshore oil and gas platform refurbishment and maintenance activities, well intervention work and offshore wind turbine maintenance work (which are opex-led activities), as well as offshore oil and gas platform installation and decommissioning and offshore wind turbine installation (which are capex-led activities).

The SESVs are categorised by size - K-Class (Small), S-Class (Mid) and E-Class (Large) - with these capable of operating in water depths of 45m to 80m depending on leg length.  The vessels are four-legged and are self-propelled, which means they do not require tugs or similar support vessels for moves between locations in the field; this makes them significantly more cost-effective and time-efficient than conventional offshore support vessels without self-propulsion. They have a large deck space, crane capacity and accommodation facilities (for up to 300 people) that can be adapted to the requirements of the Group's clients.

The Company's Legal Entity Identifier is 213800IGS2QE89SAJF77.

APPENDIX

 

SUMMARY OF LETTERS OF INTENT FROM SHAREHOLDERS
AND THEIR RESPECTIVE SHAREHOLDINGS

 

As of 20 May 2020, the Company has received letters of intent from the following shareholders:

 

Name of GMS Shareholder

Number of GMS shares which the shareholder holds

Percentage of GMS issued share capital

Aberforth Partners LLP*

69,831,569

19.92

Mazrui Investments LLC

44,327,944

12.65

Kasamar Holdings

34,378,680

9.81

Khaldoun Haj Hasan

(Ithmar Capital Partners)

10,000,000

2.85

Faisal Juma Khalfan Belhoul Alfalasi

(Ithmar Capital Partners)

9,583,000

 

2.73

Noster Capital LLP

3,550,000

1.01

Simon Collins

3,029,071

0.86

Duncan Anderson

2,013,853

0.57

Franklin Templeton Investments (ME) Ltd.

1,838,938

0.52

Gilberto Andara

1,531,868

0.44

Andrew Robertson

1,029,689

0.29

Mark Preston

621,376

0.18

John Petticrew

560,000

0.16

Haasco Limited

550,000

0.16

Gary Bentinck

247,198

0.07

TOTAL

183,093,186

52.24

*   The number of GMS shares as set out in the table above for Aberforth Partners LLP includes their interests in 23,449,440 GMS shares (6.69% of GMS issued share capital) as a result of the discretionary investment management powers it can exercise over the funds of its clients. GMS has been notified that The Wellcome Trust has the right to exercise the voting rights of such GMS shares.

 

The letters of intent given by the above GMS shareholders confirm that they have no current intention of accepting an offer of 10 pence per share (or $0.09 if higher) as set out in the Seafox's announcement dated 5 May 2020.

 

These letters of intent are not legally binding and do not constitute an irrevocable undertaking.

 

Copies of the letters of intent received from the above GMS shareholders are available at www.gmsuae.com/offer.

 


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