Saint-Ouen, France (Urban Transport News): Alstom SA on 16th September 2020 announced that it has signed the sale and purchase agreement with Bombardier Inc and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) for the acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.
“The acquisition of Bombardier Transportation represents a transformational change for Alstom. It will enable the Group to accelerate on its strategic roadmap and strengthen its leadership in the context of a dynamic market, at a time where sustainable transportation is at the heart of the global agenda," said in the official statement.
Commenting on the revised deal, Henri Poupart-Lafarge Chairman and CEO of Alstom, said:
Bombardier Transportation will bring to Alstom a complementary geographical presence to broaden Alstom’s commercial reach in key growth markets, strong product complementarities in rolling stock, strategic scale in services and signaling, industrial capacity in key countries, a leading portfolio offering and additional R&D capabilities to invest in green and smart innovation. Alstom will also welcome new talent and expertise, with the arrival of Bombardier Transportation employees.
According to the Alstom, the terms of the agreement have been adapted to the current situation and a €300m reduction in the price range has been agreed with Bombardier Inc and CDPQ. Excluding any further downward adjustments linked to the net cash protection mechanism, the price range for the acquisition of 100% stacks of Bombardier Transportation shares will be therefore €5.5bn to €5.9bn.
Alstom considers that the proceeds are likely to amount up to €5.3bn, based on estimated potential post-closing adjustment and obligations linked to the net cash protection mechanism2, compared to the €5.8bn – €6.2bn range communicated on February 17th,2020. However, the financing structure remains the same as communicated previously, in particular the size and terms of the rights issue and the reserved capital increases of CDPQ and Bombardier Inc. As announced last February, pursuant to the new terms of the acquisition, CDPQ will become the largest shareholder of Alstom with approximately 18% of the share capital and voting rights.
Alstom is convinced of the strong strategic rationale for the acquisition and is confident in its ability to recover Bombardier Transportation’s commercial, operational and profitability potential. Alstom confirms its objectives to deliver €400m run-rate cost synergies in year 4 to 5 and to restore Bombardier Transportation margin towards the standard level in the medium term. The transaction is expected to be double-digit EPS accretive in year 2 post-closing and to preserve Alstom’s strong credit profile with a Baa2 rating.
Alstom’s Board of Directors approved these new terms and is confident in Alstom’s capacity to deliver strong value creation for all stakeholders through this acquisition.
"The closing of the transaction is now expected for Q1 2021 subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, with an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting to be held on October 29th 2020," said in the statement.