TURIN, Italy--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EXOR S.p.A. (“EXOR”; EXO.IM), one of Europe’s leading listed investment companies and the largest shareholder of PartnerRe Ltd. (“PartnerRe”; NYSE:PRE) today announced it has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of PartnerRe for $137.50 per share in cash plus a $3.00 per share special dividend, for a total consideration of $140.50 per share, valuing PartnerRe at approximately $6.9 billion.
EXOR’s definitive agreement with PartnerRe follows the mutual decision of PartnerRe and AXIS Capital Holdings Limited (“AXIS”; NYSE: AXS) to terminate their amalgamation agreement and cancel the Special General Meeting planned for August 7, 2015.
Under the terms of the EXOR transaction, PartnerRe preferred shareholders will also receive the enhancements announced on July 20, 2015.
Mr. John Elkann, Chairman and CEO of EXOR, commented: “Today’s agreement is very positive for PartnerRe and EXOR. Under our stable and committed ownership, PartnerRe will continue to develop as a leading independent global reinsurer.
“EXOR looks forward to working with the Board of Directors and the management of PartnerRe to ensure a successful path forward. I would like to thank our fellow shareholders for their continuing support over recent months.”
The agreement includes a “go-shop” period during which the PartnerRe board is entitled to solicit and evaluate any competing offers to the EXOR transaction and enter into negotiations related to proposals received prior to September 14, 2015, in each case subject to customary restrictions.
The transaction requires the approval of PartnerRe shareholders at a special general meeting to be called as soon as reasonably practicable. It is expected to close not later than the first quarter of 2016 subject to obtaining the necessary shareholder approval, receipt of regulatory clearance and customary closing conditions. If certain transaction approvals are not received within 12 months following signing or if there are certain non-appealable legal prohibitions to closing, EXOR has committed to pay PartnerRe $225 million as a partial reimbursement of the termination fee paid by PartnerRe to AXIS.
EXOR is one of Europe’s leading investment companies and is controlled by the Agnelli family. It is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange and has a market capitalization of approximately $12 billion and a net asset value of approximately $15 billion. For over a century EXOR has made successful investments, including more recently the acquisition of Chrysler by Fiat, creating the world’s seventh largest car producer (“FCA”) with a $20 billion market capitalization.
EXOR focuses on long-term investments in profitable global companies, primarily in Europe and the United States, that benefit from its strong permanent capital base. In addition to FCA, its principal investments include CNH Industrial, the fourth largest global capital goods company (with a $12 billion market capitalization), and Cushman & Wakefield, the world’s largest private commercial real estate services company.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS
This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. This material relates to a proposed business combination transaction between EXOR and PartnerRe which may become the subject of a proxy statement filed by EXOR with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).
This material is not a substitute for the Proxy Statement that EXOR would file with the SEC or any other documents which EXOR may send to its or PartnerRe’s shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ALL OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. All such documents, if filed, would be available free of charge at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov) or by directing a request to EXOR through the investor contacts listed below.
PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION
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