Final terms of Mitie’s acquisition of Interserve FM reduces price by £81m

Mitie has renegotiated the terms of its proposed acquisition of Interserve’s facility management business which values dropped the value of the transaction by around £81 million.

Final terms of Mitie's acquisition of Interserve FM reduces price by £81m

The outsourcing contractor signed a £271m conditional share purchase agreement in June to acquire the entire issued share capital of Interserve FM for £120m in cash and a 23.4% shareholding in Mitie to be held by or on behalf of Interserve’s shareholders.

However today the firm announced it had signed an agreement to amend the terms of the sale and purchase agreement so that it will acquire Interserve Facilities Management on a cash free and debt free basis for consideration of £120m in cash and approximately 248m shares in Mitie, valuing the transaction at approximately £190m based on Friday’s closing share price. 

Mitie said it expects to publish a circular seeking shareholder approval for the acquisition of Interserve Facilities Management later today. The shareholder vote is expected to be held at a general meeting of Mitie on November 23.

Phil Bentley, chief executive of Mitie, said: “Reassuringly both Mitie and Interserve Facilities Management have traded better than expected during the COVID crisis. 

“However, Mitie, in particular, has been successful at renewing strategic contracts and winning new business during this period. Recognising this momentum, we have renegotiated the terms of the Interserve Facilities Management transaction, reducing the vendor’s consideration shares by 31% (110 million shares) to 248m shares (17.5% of the Enlarged Group), valuing the current consideration at £190m. Mitie’s existing shareholders will therefore hold a greater proportion (82.5%) of the Enlarged Group and enjoy a greater share of the benefits of the transaction.

“As we stated in June, the acquisition of Interserve Facilities Management accelerates the delivery of our technology-led strategy, expanding our scale and footprint to create the UK’s largest facilities management company. The combination of these two businesses will transform our competitive positioning, unlock significant growth opportunities for both our business and our 77,500 colleagues and strengthen our financial profile, better balancing our public and private sector divisions and driving greater returns from the investments we have made in technology, systems and customer service over the past three years.

“In short, we will achieve significantly more together than we could as two separate companies. This deal will create improved service for our customers, better opportunities for our people and, with the revised terms, accelerate value creation for our shareholders.”

The proposed acquisition is currently subject to an investigation by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA).

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