Denver and Utrecht, Netherlands – Liberty Global plc (“Liberty Global”) and Ziggo N.V. (“Ziggo”) have announced that they have reached a conditional agreement (the “Merger Protocol”) on a recommended offer (the “Offer”) pursuant to which Liberty Global will acquire Ziggo in a stock and cash transaction valuing Ziggo at approximately €10.0 billion ($13.7 billion).
In addition, Liberty Global also announced that its Board of Directors has approved a stock dividend of one Liberty Global Class C ordinary share on each outstanding Class A, Class B and Class C ordinary share as of the record date for the stock dividend. It is expected that this stock dividend will be issued on March 3, 2014.
Under the terms of the Offer and adjusting for completion of the stock dividend, Ziggo shareholders will receive €11.00 in cash, 0.2282 Liberty Global Class A ordinary shares and 0.5630 Liberty Global Class C ordinary shares (0.1674 prior to completion of the stock dividend) for each Ziggo share that they hold (the “Offer Price”). Based on Liberty Global’s Class A share price of $83.27 and Class C share price of $78.80 as of January 24, 2014, the Offer implies a price of approximately €34.53 per Ziggo ordinary share.
Based on the 10-day VWAP price, this offer represents a 38% premium to the closing share price of Ziggo of €25.85 on March 18, 2013, the day before the previous private equity shareholders executed an equity sale that preceded Liberty Global’s acquisition of its initial stake in Ziggo and a premium of 22% to the closing share price of Ziggo of €29.24 on October 15, 2013, the day before Ziggo announced it had received a preliminary proposal regarding a potential offer for the company by Liberty Global.
In addition, Ziggo has agreed not to pay or declare any (interim) dividend or to make any distribution in kind until completion of the transaction.