Guinness Nigeria Plc (‘’Guinness Nigeria’’ or the ‘’Company’’) has notified The Nigerian Stock Exchange that Diageo Plc (“Diageo”), acting through its wholly owned subsidiary Guinness Overseas Limited (“Guinness Overseas”), has approached the Board of Directors of the Company with an intention to make an offer to increase Diageo’s equity stake in the Company from 54.3% up to a maximum of 70% and to maintain the Company’s listing on The Nigerian Stock Exchange.
If Diageo decides to proceed with the proposed transaction, it is intended that, subject to regulatory approval, Guinness Overseas will launch a partial tender offer for up to 236,176,604 Ordinary Shares of 50 kobo each in Guinness Nigeria at a price not higher than N175.00 per share in cash, giving all shareholders the opportunity to elect to sell some or all of their shares in the Company. At the maximum offer price, the proposed offer would represent a premium of 36% to the 30-day volume weighted average share price and 40% to the Company’s closing share price on 8th September, 2015.
Guinness Overseas may also seek to acquire shares in the market at a price not higher than the offer price of N175.00 per share. Diageo would encourage those shareholders that wish to divest their holdings in Guinness Nigeria to make contact with Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers Limited.
The Company however noted that this announcement is of Guinness Overseas’ intention and does not constitute the announcement of an offer itself and creates no obligation on Guinness Overseas or Diageo to make an offer. Accordingly, the Company advises Guinness Nigeria’s shareholders that there can be no certainty that any offer will be made, nor as to the price or terms of any offer that may be made. Further developments will be communicated to shareholders in due course.
The proposed partial tender offer will be subject to requisite regulatory approvals, including those of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The formal offer documentation will be posted to shareholders as soon as these approvals are obtained.