Mitel to be acquired by Searchlight Capital Partners affiliates for $2B in cash
Mitel (MITL) announced that it has signed a definitive arrangement agreement to be acquired by an investor group led by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2B, including Mitel’s net debt.
Under the terms of the agreement, to be completed pursuant to a plan of arrangement, upon completion Mitel shareholders will receive $11.15 per common share in cash.
This exceeds Mitel’s 52-week and last three-year-high price and represents a premium of approximately 24% to the 90-calendar-day volume-weighted average price of Mitel common shares through April 23, 2018.
Upon completion of the transaction, Mitel will become a privately held company, which is expected to provide the company with additional flexibility to accelerate its move-to-the-cloud strategy.
The Mitel Board of Directors has unanimously determined that the transaction is in the best interests of Mitel and fair to Mitel shareholders, and will recommend that Mitel shareholders approve the arrangement. The arrangement is not subject to a financing condition.
The transaction is expected to close during the second half of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of shareholder, regulatory and court approvals.
The arrangement agreement includes a 45-day “go-shop” period, which permits Mitel’s Board of Directors and advisors to actively solicit, evaluate and potentially enter into negotiations with parties that make alternative acquisition proposals through June 7, 2018.
There can be no assurance that this process will result in a superior offer.
Mitel does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the solicitation process unless and until the Board of Directors makes a determination requiring further disclosure. Jefferies LLC is serving as financial advisor to Mitel.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP are serving as legal advisors to Mitel. National Bank Financial Inc. is serving as independent financial advisor to the Mitel Board of Directors and provided a fairness opinion to the Mitel Board of Directors on a fixed fee basis.
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