Onex Corporation to acquire Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.
For release 2007-09-28
All amounts are in Canadian dollars.
TORONTO, Ontario -- Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. ("Husky") and Onex Corporation ("Onex") announced today they have entered into a support agreement whereby Onex will offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Husky at a price of $8.18 cash per common share (the “Offer”). The total equity value of the transaction is approximately $960 million.
The $8.18 per share cash consideration represents a 38.6% premium over the closing price of the common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange on March 7, 2007, the last trading day prior to the announcement by Husky of the strategic review process. Husky’s stock closed trading on September 27, 2007 at $7.58.
The transaction will be carried out by way of a statutory plan of arrangement that is subject to court, shareholder and normal regulatory approvals. Husky expects to hold a meeting of shareholders to consider the proposal on or about Thursday, December 6, 2007, and if approved, to complete the sale by mid-December 2007.
Robert Schad, Husky’s controlling shareholder, and his spouse, Elizabeth Schad, have entered into an exclusive and irrevocable voting agreement which provides that they will vote 47,705,670 common shares owned by them in favor of the arrangement. They have also agreed to vote an additional 3,971,713 shares controlled by them in favor of the arrangement. In total, this represents 44.08% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Husky.
The Board of Directors of Husky has unanimously recommended that shareholders accept the Offer. Husky, with assistance from its financial advisor, Citi, conducted an extensive strategic review process involving bids received from numerous interested strategic and financial investors.
“When we began this process six months ago, my primary concern was to ensure that my stake in Husky would go to the right owner. Having concluded the review process, I am convinced that Onex is the right long-term home for Husky,” said Robert Schad, Chairman of the Board of Directors and founder of Husky. “They have shown a solid appreciation of Husky’s strategy and strengths, and bring expertise in a number of areas that will help take the Company to the next level.”
“Husky’s management team is excited about partnering with Onex to execute our strategic plan and continue to grow the business,” said John Galt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Husky. “I am confident in Husky’s long-term strategic direction and look forward to working with Onex in this next phase of our growth.”
“Husky is one of Canada’s premier manufacturers and a globally recognized industry leader,” said Anthony Munk, Managing Director, Onex Partners. “We are delighted to be partnering with Husky’s management team and look forward to building on its history of product innovation and technology leadership.”
Onex Corporation (www.Onex.com) makes private equity investments through the Onex Partners and ONCAP family of Funds. Through these Funds, which have third-party capital as well as Onex capital, Onex generates annual management fee income from third-party capital and is entitled to a carried interest on that capital. The third-party capital under management currently has a value of approximately $5 billion. Onex also has a Real Estate Fund. Onex’s operating companies generate annual revenues of $33 billion, have assets of $37 billion and employ 227,000 people worldwide. Onex shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the stock symbol OCX.
About Husky — Husky Injection Molding Systems (www.husky.ca) is a leading global supplier of injection molding equipment and services to the plastics industry. The company has more than 40 service and sales offices, supporting customers in over 100 countries. Husky's manufacturing facilities are located in Canada, the United States, Luxembourg and China.
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