CGI Group, a global provider of IT and business process services is to acquire Logica. The deal has been agreed at 105 pence per ordinary share equivalent to a total purchase price of 1.7 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) plus the assumption of Logica’s net debt of 322 million pounds.
CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB), a leading global provider of IT and business process services, has announced a recommended cash acquisition of Logica for 105 pence (C$1.68) per ordinary share equivalent to a total purchase price of £1.7 billion (C$2.8 billion) plus the assumption of Logica’s net debt of £322 million (C$515 million) as of December 31, 2011.
The full announcement was issued earlier this morning via RNS and may be viewed here.
Transaction represents a 59.8% premium to Logica’s closing price on May 30, 2012 (the last business day before this announcement), a 49.6% premium to the average share price over the one month period to May 30, 2012 and a 32.8% premium to the average share price over the six month period to May 30, 2012.
Transaction implies an enterprise value multiple of approximately 6.6 times Logica’s EBITDA for the 12 months ended 31 December 2011.
The transaction is expected to deliver substantial financial benefits through the realisation of annual integration benefits of £125 million (C$200 million) by the end of the third financial year following completion. These benefits are expected to be realised at a one-off cost of £165 million (C$265 million) over three years. In addition, it is anticipated that further revenue opportunities will be available to the combined business through the enhanced offering of both geographic and product services to clients of both CGI and Logica.
The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive in the range of 25% to 30% to CGI’s earnings per share excluding acquisition-related and integration costs. The accretion rate is expected to increase throughout the three year integration period.
Logica’s Board of Directors has unanimously agreed to recommend the transaction to Logica’s shareholders.
Irrevocable undertakings have been received in support of the transaction in all circumstances from Logica’s directors and in certain circumstances from Logica’s largest shareholders. Total irrevocable undertakings received represent a total of 18.19% of Logica’s outstanding shares.
CGI will finance the acquisition within its disciplined financial framework. The consideration will be funded through a combination of:
46.7 million subscription receipts exchangeable into new Class A shares in CGI at C$21.41 by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec for C$1.0 billion;
Additional debt funding of £1.25 billion (C$2.0 billion) from Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, National Bank of Canada and The Toronto-Dominion Bank; and
Approximately C$650 million to be drawn from CGI’s existing credit facility.
Business rationale – CGI strongly believes this transaction will strengthen its capabilities across the five key attributes of a global leader in IT and business process services:
People and culture: an exceptional and talented team driven towards the common goal of client success and, as owners, benefiting from a performance-based culture.
Client proximity with blended global delivery: enhanced client intimacy and service delivery bringing the best capabilities and solutions to clients anywhere in the world, all the time.
End-to-end capabilities: enhanced global offering with expanded platforms and the ability to cover the entire customer services supply chain.
Operational excellence: proven methodologies and frameworks to ensure on-time, on-budget project delivery.
Mission critical intellectual property: expanded portfolio of opportunities for profitable revenue growth, improved revenue quality mix and over time, increased margins.
The combined company will have approximately 72,000 professionals in 43 countries and revenue of C$10.4 billion, offering clients across the world the best mix of business and technology expertise as well as an unmatched combination of local and global delivery options.
“This announcement is consistent with our profitable growth strategy and with our belief that the global consolidation of our industry is both necessary and inevitable. Logica is a leading business and technology service company with talented and committed employees and long-term client relationships,” said Michael E. Roach, President and CEO, CGI. “It further underscores our ongoing commitment to support our clients as they expand their businesses locally and globally. In addition to operational breadth and depth, the combined business will have critical mass and key blue chip client relationships. We warmly welcome Logica’s professionals and believe that the combined business will provide new and larger growth opportunities for employees and clients, as well as offering CGI shareholders the superior and industry leading returns we have delivered historically.”
“We believe Logica is the right acquisition, at the right price and at the right time to create one of the very few independent global end-to-end technology services providers,” added Mr. Roach.
The recommended cash acquisition of all the issued and to be issued ordinary shares of Logica will be effected by means of Court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement in the UK. The transaction will be subject, inter alia, to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions related to the approval by Logica shareholders and the Court of the scheme of arrangement, and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals. All relevant documentation will be made available on CGI’s website at www.cgi.com.
Details of the recommended acquisition will be sent to Logica shareholders shortly and in any event within 28 days of the date of this announcement. It is anticipated that the acquisition will completed by the end of September 2012.
Note: reference exchange rate assumed is £1:C$1.60.
Conference Call & Webcast
A conference call to discuss the proposed transaction will be held today, May 31, 2012 at 8:00 am EDT. Participants will include: Michael E. Roach, President and CEO, CGI; David Anderson, Chief Financial Officer, CGI; and, Lorne Gorber, Senior Vice-President, Global Communications and Investor Relations, CGI. To participate on the call, please dial 416 695 7806 / 888 789 9572 (North America) / 00 800 6578 9818 (international) and use the passcode 3564697. The conference call and supporting slides will be available live and for replay at http://www.cgi.com/investors.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI provides end-to-end services with approximately 31,000 professionals located in offices and centres of excellence in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. As at March 31, 2012, CGI’s annualized revenue was approximately C$4.3 billion and its order backlog was approximately C$13.1 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Website: www.cgi.com.
Logica is a business and technology service company, employing 41,000 people. It provides business consulting, systems integration and outsourcing to clients around the world, including many of Europe’s largest businesses. Logica creates value for clients by successfully integrating people, business and technology. It is committed to long term collaboration, applying insight to create innovative answers to clients’ business needs. Logica is listed on both the London Stock Exchange and Euronext (Amsterdam) (LSE: LOG; Euronext: LOG).
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