GTCR-backed Cision completes PR Newswire acquisition

UBM has closed its sale of PR Newswire, a distributor of press releases, to GTCR-backed Cision. The net cash proceeds of the deal was 490 million pounds (about $700 million). As previously reported by PE HUB, when the deal was originally announced, the estimated price of the transaction was $841 million.


LONDON, June 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ –UBM plc (LSE: UBM-LN) today announces that the sale of its PR Newswire business to Cision, a business controlled by GTCR Canyon Holdings (Cayman) L.P, (the “Transaction”) has completed. The total net cash proceeds of the Transaction are £490m, after adjustments for transaction expenses, debt-like items, tax and a £10m contribution to UBM’s pension scheme.

As previously announced, UBM will return £245 million of the proceeds to shareholders by means of a special dividend, with an associated 8 for 9 consolidation of UBM’s ordinary shares as approved by shareholders.

The special dividend of 55.3p per share will be payable on 8 July 2016 to shareholders on the register at 24 June 2016, with the shares trading ex-dividend from 27 June 2016. The associated share consolidation will take effect on 27 June 2016, following which UBM’s issued share capital will comprise 393,757,812 ordinary shares of 11.25 pence each.

Tim Cobbold, Chief Executive of UBM plc, said:
“The disposal of PR Newswire is a signifcant milestone in the implementation of our ‘Events First’ strategy. UBM is now focused on the attractive, high-growth and high-margin events sector and we continue in the pursuit of our ambition to become the world’s leading B2B Events business.

“The transaction allows us to make a significant return of capital to shareholders and, at the same time, retain funds to invest in high-quality, accretive, bolt-on acquisitions where we continue to see a good pipeline of opportunities, while maintaining appropriate financial discipline.”

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