Campari takes action to prevent opportunistic behaviours in relation to the proposed registered office transfer
Campari confirms its strong commitment to complete the transfer of registered office to the Netherlandsand takes action to prevent opportunistic behaviours which may renderthe Transaction uneconomicfor the Company
Another Extraordinary Meeting of Shareholders convened by June 30, 2020 to permit the shareholders to vote on the revocation of the transfer of registered office, taking into account the withdrawal results, there by inhibiting the payment of the withdrawal price to the withdrawing shareholders whose shares will in any case remain non-negotiable pending the completion of the procedure
Milan, March 16 th, 2020- Further to the announcement of February 18th, 2020, despite the general macroeconomic environment and the financial markets are materially affected by the negative effectsarising from the Coronavirus pandemic, the Board of Directors of Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. (Campari or the Company) has confirmed its strong commitment to pursue the completion of the transfer of its registered office from Italy to the Netherlands (the Transaction) to be approved by the shareholders’ extraordinary meetingof March 27, 2020 (the March 27 EGM) and has resolved to take action to neutralize the potential negative impact deriving from the potential exercise of the withdrawal rights by shareholders not supporting the Transaction.
Considering that the material negative effectsrepresented by Coronavirus pandemic result in the stock price being materially below the withdrawal priceo f €8.376, some investors may be tempted to exercise their withdrawal rights purely in order totake opportunistic advantage from the current market conditions. Furthermore, irrespective of the aggregate amount of the actual withdrawals, their costfor the Company is likely to prove materially higher than what wasreasonably foreseeable. Consequently, the Board of Directors has determined that, whilst the completion of the Transaction is in the best interest of the Company, it is alsoin the best interest of the Company to give the shareholders the ex postright to cancel the Transaction once the expected cash outflow deriving from the actual withdrawals isknown and that also in the event that the actual withdrawals were not to exceed the maximum amount payable by the Company (€150 million,which has been setas a condition precedent to the Transaction, plus the amount of €76.5 million that, before the occurrence of the Coronavirus pandemic, the controlling shareholder Lagfin S.C.A., Société en Commandite par Actions, had committed to buy from withdrawing shareholders).
To this purposethe Board of Directors has resolved to convene an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting by June 30, 2020 (the New EGM)to approve, if the shareholders so decidetaking into account the actual withdrawal results,the revocation of the March 27 EGM resolution approving the Transaction(to the extentit is approved),thereby inhibiting the payment of the withdrawal price to the withdrawing shareholders, whose shares will anyhow remain blocked from the withdrawal exercise and up to the New EGM convened by June 30, 2020 (in case the Transaction is cancelled by the New EGM) or for a period of 180 days (in case the Transaction is not cancelled and the withdrawal procedure is completed).
The New EGM has been convened pursuant to article 2437-bis, paragraph 3,of the Italian civil code which provides that the withdrawals cease to be of any effect (including the right to receive the withdrawal price) if the resolution of the extraordinary meeting of shareholders triggering the withdrawal right (i.e., the March 27 EGM) is revoked .In accordance with the terms of the Transaction, also in the event that the Transaction is not cancelled by the New EGM of June 30, 2020, any payment of the consideration to the withdrawing shareholders remains conditional upon the Transaction becoming effective, which, in turn, is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions precedent (including, inter alia, the condition precedent linked to the maximum amount payable by the Companyfor the withdrawn sharesnot exceeding €150 million).
Shareholders are reminded that, in accordance with Italian mandatory provisions of law, the exercise of the withdrawal right is not revocableand that shares in relation to which the withdrawal right has been exercised are blocked (and hence not saleable nor negotiable)betweenthe date of exercise of the withdrawal right and the completion of the withdrawal procedure (or termination by the New EGM) which will not occur before the New EGM convened by June30,2020.
The Board of Directors expects shareholders to fully support the Transaction in the interest of the Companyand to express their vote solely on its merits and not relying on the payment of the withdrawal price.Considering the strong and solid strategic rationale of the Transaction, the Board of Directors has also determined that, in the event that the Transaction cannot be completed for any reason (including if the March 27 EGM’s proposed resolution approving the Transactionis revoked by the New EGM), it will submit it to the shareholders’ approval once again as soon as the market and stock price conditions will stabilize and cease to be affected by the current extraordinary circumstances.
Additional information on the Transaction and the New EGM are available in the ‘Questions & Answers’ document which will be made availableon the corporate website of the Company (www.camparigroup.com). The notice of the New EGMand the complete proposals by the Board, if any,willbe made available in accordance with the applicable provisions of law.