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Hibernia REIT plc (HBRN)
Announcement relating to publication of Scheme Document and Expected Timetable
27-Apr-2022 / 18:25 GMT/BST
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NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OR REGULATIONS OF THAT JURISDICTION

 

            27 April 2022

Recommended Cash Offer for

 

Hibernia REIT plc

  by

Benedict Real Estate Bidco Limited

 

 (a subsidiary of one of Brookfield's real estate private funds)

 

to be implemented by way of a scheme of arrangement under Chapter 1 of Part 9 of the Companies Act 2014

 

 

Announcement relating to publication of Scheme Document and Expected Timetable 

 

On 25 March 2022 Hibernia REIT plc ("Hibernia REIT" or the "Company") and Benedict Real Estate Bidco Limited ("Bidco") announced a recommended acquisition of the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Hibernia REIT by Bidco (the "Acquisition") to be implemented by way of a scheme of arrangement under Chapter 1 of Part 9 of the Companies Act 2014 (the "Scheme").

Under the terms of the Acquisition, Hibernia REIT Shareholders will be entitled to receive:

for each Hibernia REIT Share €1.634 in cash,

which is comprised of the following components:

  • €1.60 per Hibernia REIT Share (the "Offer Price"); and

  • 3.4 cent dividend per Hibernia REIT Share (the "Dividend"),

in the case of the Offer Price, payable to all Hibernia REIT Shareholders on the register of members of Hibernia REIT at the Scheme Record Date, and in the case of the Dividend, payable to all Hibernia REIT Shareholders on the register of members of Hibernia REIT at the Dividend Record Date.

The Acquisition, including the Dividend, values the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Hibernia REIT at approximately €1.089 billion on a fully diluted basis.

 

 

Publication of Scheme Document

Hibernia REIT announces that it has today published a circular relating to the Scheme (the "Scheme Document") which it has also posted to shareholders of Hibernia REIT ("Hibernia REIT  Shareholders") together with the associated Forms of Proxy. The expected timetable of principal events in respect of the Acquisition is set out below.

The expected timetable also includes the relevant dates in relation to the Dividend.

The Scheme requires approval by Hibernia REIT Shareholders at the Scheme Meeting to be held at Hibernia REIT's office at 1WML, Windmill Lane, Dublin, D02 F206, Ireland   commencing at 11.15 a.m. on 20 May 2022. In addition to approval at the Scheme Meeting, implementation of the Scheme requires various approvals by Hibernia REIT Shareholders at an EGM to be held at the same location commencing at 11.30 a.m. on 20 May 2022 or, if later, immediately after the conclusion or adjournment of the Scheme Meeting.

While both the Scheme Meeting and the EGM will be physical meetings, Hibernia REIT plans to have a facility to allow those Hibernia REIT Shareholders who are registered for that purpose in advance to listen to the business of the relevant meeting and/or to raise eligible questions or points.  The registration process and details for such facilities will be provided on the Company's website, www.hiberniareit.com. This facility will allow Hibernia REIT Shareholders to listen to the business of the relevant meeting and/or raise questions or points only. Hibernia REIT Shareholders participating via this facility will not be able to be counted in the quorum for the relevant meeting or to vote.

If the Scheme becomes effective, it will be binding on all Scheme Shareholders, irrespective of whether or not they attended or voted at the Scheme Meeting or the EGM (and, if they attended and voted, whether or not they voted in favour).

Hibernia REIT Shareholders should carefully read the Scheme Document in its entirety before making a decision with respect to the Scheme.

 

Expected Timetable of Principal Events

  • The following timetable is based on Hibernia REIT's and Bidco's current expected dates for the implementation of the Acquisition and the Scheme and is subject to change. If any of the dates and/or times in this expected timetable change, the revised dates and/or times will be notified to Hibernia REIT Shareholders by announcement through a Regulatory Information Service, with such announcement being made available on Hibernia REIT's website at www.hiberniareit.com.

  • Event

  • Time

  • Date

  • Publication of the Scheme Document

  •  

  • 27 April 2022

  • Voting Record Time (1)

  • 6.00 p.m.

  • 16 May 2022

  • Latest time for receipt of Forms of Proxy for the Scheme Meeting [YELLOW Form] (2) (3)

  • 11.15 a.m.

  • 18 May 2022

  • Latest time for receipt of Forms of Proxy for the Extraordinary General Meeting [PINK Form] (2) (3)

  • 11.30 a.m.

  • 18 May 2022

  • Dividend Ex Date

  •  

  • 19 May 2022

  • Dividend Record Date

  • 6.00 p.m.

  • 20 May 2022

  • Scheme Meeting

  • 11.15 a.m.

  • 20 May 2022

  • Extraordinary General Meeting (4)

  • 11.30 a.m.

  • 20 May 2022

  • Dividend Payment Date

  •  

  • 7 June 2022

 

  • Notes:   

1. The Voting Record Time in respect of the Scheme Meeting is 6.00 p.m. on 16 May 2022 or if the Scheme Meeting is adjourned, 6.00 p.m. on the day before the date that falls 72 hours before the time appointed for the adjourned meeting. Holdings as of the record date determine entitlement to attend, speak, ask questions and in respect of the number of ordinary shares registered in their name, vote at the meeting, or if relevant, any adjournment thereof. Changes in the register after that time and date will be disregarded in determining the right of any person to attend and/or vote at the meeting or any adjournment thereof.

The Voting Record Time in respect of the EGM is 6.00 p.m. on 16 May 2022 or if the EGM is adjourned, 6.00 p.m. on the day before the date that falls 72 hours before the time appointed for the adjourned meeting. Holdings as of the record date determine entitlement to attend, speak, ask questions and in respect of the number of ordinary shares registered in their name, vote at the meeting, or if relevant, any adjournment thereof. Changes in the register after that time and date will be disregarded in determining the right of any person to attend and/or vote at the meeting or any adjournment thereof.

2. All such persons who are eligible to exercise voting rights in connection with the Resolutions proposed for consideration at the Scheme Meeting and EGM are recommended to consult with their stockbroker or other intermediary at the earliest opportunity given that earlier deadlines for actions than those set out in the 'Expected Timetable of Principal Events' will be applied by relevant service providers.

3. Different deadlines and procedures for voting may apply in certain cases. This is particularly relevant if you hold your interest in ordinary shares in uncertificated form (i.e. via the Euroclear System, or in CDIs via the CREST system). While the relevant voting deadlines are expected to be confirmed by Euroclear Bank and EUI (or Broadridge} and notified by, or on behalf of each of them to EB Participants and CDI Holders respectively, the expected voting deadlines (based on the dates specified in the Expected Timetable of Principal Events) are as follows:

CDI Holders     6.59 p.m. on 16 May 2022

EB Participants in respect of Scheme Meeting  10.15 a.m. on 18 May 2022

EB Participants in respect of the EGM  10.30 a.m. on 18 May 2022

4. To commence at 11.30 a.m., or, if later, immediately after the conclusion or adjournment of the Scheme Meeting.

 

The following sequence or dates are provided by way of indicative guidance only, are subject to change and will depend, amongst other things, on the date on which certain Conditions to the Scheme are satisfied or, if capable of waiver, waived and on the date on which the High Court sanctions the Scheme and confirms the associated Reduction of Capital.

 

Hibernia REIT will give notice of all of these dates, when known, by issuing an announcement through a Regulatory Information Service, with such announcement being made available at Hibernia REIT's website at www.hiberniareit.com. Further updates or changes to other times or dates indicated below shall, at Hibernia REIT's discretion, be notified in the same way. Please also see note (5) below.

Scheme Court Hearing (application for the High Court to sanction the Scheme) and issuance of the Court Order (6)

As soon as practicable after the Scheme Meeting and EGM, which is expected to be during June 2022 ("D")

 

Expected last day of dealings

 

D + 2 Business Days

 

Scheme Record Time

 

6.00 p.m. on the Effective Date

 

Effective Date and Effective Time of the Scheme

 

D + 2 Business Days (7)

 

Cancellation of listings of Hibernia REIT Shares

 

D + 3 Business Days

Distribution of Consideration paid under Scheme (despatch of cheques or SEPA payments (in the case of certificated holders) and electronic transfer to Euroclear Bank (in the case of uncertificated holders)) by Escrow Agent (8)

 

within 14 days of the Effective Date

 

End Date (9)

 

 

25 September 2022

  • Notes:

5. These dates are indicative only and will depend on, among other things, the date upon which: (i) the conditions of the Scheme are satisfied or (if capable of waiver) waived; and (ii) the sanction of the Scheme by the High Court and the confirmation by the High Court of the Reduction of Capital necessary to implement the Scheme, the delivery of a copy of the Court Order and the minute required by Section 86 of the Act related to the Reduction of Capital to the Registrar of Companies and the registration of the Court Order and minute by the Registrar of Companies. The Acquisition is currently expected to be declared effective before the end of June 2022. All times shown in this Scheme Document are Dublin times unless otherwise stated.

6. Under the Escrow Agreement, Bidco is required to procure the payment of the Consideration into escrow 1 Business Day prior to the Scheme Court Hearing.

7. The Effective Date and Effective Time of the Scheme may alternatively occur on D + 3 Business Days. Hibernia REIT Shareholders will be notified of the Effective Date and Effective Time, once known, through an announcement on a Regulatory Information Service. If D + 3 Business Days is the timing of the Effective Date, all related dates under the Scheme timetable will also be adjusted.

8. Each of Hibernia REIT, the Brookfield Funds and Bidco have assumed certain obligations with respect to the mechanics for completion of the Acquisition, details of which are set out in the Escrow Agreement (as further set out in the Scheme Document).

9. This is the latest date by which the Scheme may become effective. However, the End Date may be extended to such later date as Hibernia REIT and Bidco may agree in writing (with the Panel's consent and as the High Court may approve (should such approval(s) be required)).

 

Except as otherwise defined herein, capitalised terms used but not defined in this announcement have the same meanings as given to them in the Scheme Document.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enquiries:

 

Credit Suisse (Joint Financial Adviser and Corporate Broker to Hibernia REIT)

 

Joe Hannon/James Green

Tel: +44 20 7888 8888

 

Goodbody (Joint Financial Adviser, Sole Rule 3 Adviser and Corporate Broker to Hibernia REIT)

 

John Flynn/David Kearney

Tel: +353 1 667 0420

 

 

Hibernia REIT press enquiries

 

Murray Consultants

 

Doug Keatinge

Tel: +353 86 037 4163

 

  • The Hibernia REIT Directors accept responsibility for the information contained in this announcement relating to Hibernia REIT, the Hibernia REIT Group and the Hibernia REIT Directors and members of their immediate families, related trusts and persons connected with them. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the Hibernia REIT Directors (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure such is the case), the information contained in this announcement for which they accept responsibility is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.

  • The Brookfield Responsible Persons and the Bidco Directors (whose names are set out in the Scheme Document) accept responsibility for the information contained in this announcement relating to Brookfield, Bidco, the Bidco Group, the Brookfield Responsible Persons, the Bidco Directors and members of their immediate families, related trusts and persons connected with them. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the Brookfield Responsible Persons and Bidco Directors (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case), the information contained in this announcement for which they accept responsibility is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.

 

  • Credit Suisse International ("Credit Suisse") which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority (the "PRA") and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") and the PRA in the United Kingdom, is acting as financial adviser exclusively for Hibernia REIT and no one else in connection with the Acquisition and will not be responsible to any person other than Hibernia REIT for providing the protections afforded to clients of Credit Suisse, nor for providing advice in relation to the content of this announcement or any matter referred to herein. Neither Credit Suisse 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 Credit Suisse in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein or otherwise.

  • Goodbody Stockbrokers UC ("Goodbody"), which in Ireland is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and in the UK is authorised and subject to limited regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting as financial adviser exclusively for Hibernia REIT and no one else in connection with the Acquisition and will not be responsible to any person other than Hibernia REIT for providing the protections afforded to clients of Goodbody, nor for providing advice in relation to the content of this announcement or any matter referred to herein.

Disclosure requirements of the Takeover Rules

Under the provisions of Rule 8.3 of the Takeover Rules, if any person is, or becomes, "interested" (directly or indirectly) in, 1 per cent. or more of any class of "relevant securities" of Hibernia REIT, all "dealings" by such person in any "relevant securities" of Hibernia REIT (including by means of an option in respect of, or a derivative referenced to, any such "relevant securities") must be publicly disclosed by not later than 3:30 pm (Irish time) on the "business day" in Dublin following the date of the relevant transaction.  This requirement will continue until the date on which the "offer period" ends.  If two or more persons co-operate on the basis of any agreement, either express or tacit, either oral or written, to acquire  an "interest" in "relevant securities" of Hibernia REIT, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3 of the Takeover Rules.

Under the provisions of Rule 8.1 of the Takeover Rules, all "dealings" in "relevant securities" of Hibernia REIT by Bidco, or by any party Acting in Concert with either of them, must also be disclosed by no later than 12 noon (Irish time) on the "business day" in Dublin following the date of the relevant transaction.

A disclosure table, giving details of the companies in whose "relevant securities" "dealings" should be disclosed, can be found on the Irish Takeover Panel's website at www.irishtakeoverpanel.ie.

"Interests in securities" arise, in summary, when a person has long economic exposure, whether conditional or absolute, to changes in the price of securities. In particular, a person will be treated as having an "interest" by virtue of the ownership or control of securities, or by virtue of any option in respect of, or derivative referenced to, securities.

Terms in quotation marks are defined in the Takeover Rules, which can also be found on the Irish Takeover Panel's website. If you are in any doubt as to whether or not you are required to disclose a dealing under Rule 8, please consult the Irish Takeover Panel's website at www.irishtakeoverpanel.ie or contact the Irish Takeover Panel on telephone number +353 1 678 9020.

General

This announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to, and does not, constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of, any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to the Acquisition or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. The Acquisition will be made solely through the Scheme Document (or, if the Acquisition is implemented by way of a Takeover Offer, the offer document), which will contain the full terms and conditions of the Acquisition, including details of how to vote in respect of the Acquisition. Any acceptance or other response to the Acquisition should be made only on the basis of the information in the Scheme Document (or, if the Acquisition is implemented by way of a Takeover Offer, the offer document).

Overseas Shareholders

The availability of the Acquisition to Hibernia REIT Shareholders who are not resident in and citizens of Ireland or the United Kingdom may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are located or of which they are citizens. Persons who are not resident in Ireland or the United Kingdom should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory requirements of their jurisdictions. In particular, the ability of persons who are not resident in Ireland or the United Kingdom to vote their Hibernia REIT Shares with respect to the Scheme at the Court Meeting, or to appoint another person as proxy to vote at the Court Meeting on their behalf, may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are located. Any failure to comply with the applicable restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the companies and persons involved in the Acquisition disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person. Further details in relation to Overseas Shareholders will be contained in the Scheme Document.

Unless otherwise determined by Bidco or required by the Takeover Rules, and permitted by applicable law and regulation, the Acquisition will not be made available, directly or indirectly, in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction and no person may vote in favour of the Scheme by any such use, means, instrumentality or from within a Restricted Jurisdiction or any other jurisdiction if to do so would constitute a violation of the laws of that jurisdiction. Copies of this announcement and any formal documentation relating to the Acquisition are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in or into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction and persons receiving such documents (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not mail or otherwise forward, distribute or send it in or into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction. Doing so may render invalid any related purported vote in respect of the Acquisition. If the Acquisition is implemented by way of a Takeover Offer (unless otherwise permitted by applicable law and regulation), the Takeover Offer may not be made directly or indirectly, in or into, or by the use of mails or any means or instrumentality (including, but not limited to, facsimile, e-mail or other electronic transmission, telex or telephone) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or of any facility of a national, state or other securities exchange of any Restricted Jurisdiction and the Takeover Offer may not be capable of acceptance by any such use, means, instrumentality or facilities.

 


ISIN:

IE00BGHQ1986

Category Code:

MSCH

TIDM:

HBRN

LEI Code:

635400MHRA4QVVFTON18

OAM Categories:

3.1. Additional regulated information required to be disclosed under the laws of a Member State

Sequence No.:

158105

EQS News ID:

1337525


 

End of Announcement

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