Scout24 welcomes the takeover offer and the strategic partnership with Hellman & Friedman and Blackstone

  • Voluntary public takeover offer with a price of EUR 46 per Scout24 share in cash
  • Management Board and Supervisory Board welcome the offer
  • Investment agreement regarding strategic partnership signed

Berlin / Munich, 15 February 2019 – Today, Scout24 AG (“Scout24”), a leading operator of digital marketplaces specialising in real estate and automotive sectors in Germany and other selected European countries, and Pulver BidCo GmbH (“BidCo”), a holding company jointly controlled by funds advised by Hellman & Friedman LLC and affiliates of The Blackstone Group L.P., have signed an investment agreement forming a strategic partnership. BidCo has announced to pursue a voluntary public takeover offer for all Scout24 shares with a price of EUR 46.00 per Scout24 share in cash (“Takeover Offer”).

 

The Takeover Offer implies an equity value of Scout24 of approximately EUR 4.9 billion and an enterprise value of approximately EUR 5.7 billion. The offer price represents:

  • ca. 27.4% premium to the unaffected share price of EUR 36.1 on December 13, 2018
  • ca. 24.4% premium to the unaffected 3-month-volume-weighted average share price of EUR 37.0[1]

 

The Takeover Offer will be subject to a minimum acceptance threshold of 50% plus one share. Furthermore, the Takeover Offer will be subject to a market MAC (no decline of the DAX 30 by more than 27.5%) and other customary conditions, in particular merger control clearance.

Subject to the careful review of the offer document and their statutory fiduciary duties the Management Board and the Supervisory Board of Scout24 welcome and support the Takeover Offer and the strategic partnership given (i) the significant premium offered to shareholders and (ii) the favourable investment agreement signed today. Hellman & Friedman and Blackstone are value-add and trusted partners of Scout24 which share the long-term ambitions and strategy for the company with the Management Board. Both Scout24’s Management Board and Supervisory Board believe that the transaction is in the best interests of the company.

In compliance with their obligations under statutory law the Management Board and the Supervisory Board of Scout24 AG will release a reasoned statement regarding the Takeover Offer after receipt and review of the offer document. Furthermore, the members of the Management Board and the Supervisory Board, subject to applicable legal restrictions, have indicated that they will accept the Takeover Offer for shares in Scout24 AG held by them (if any).

Scout24 Chairman, Hans-Holger Albrecht, says: “We believe this is an attractive offer with a substantial premium, high transaction certainty and a strategic value-add for the company.” Commenting on the Takeover Offer, Tobias Hartmann, Scout24 CEO says: “Hellman & Friedman and Blackstone are known to Scout24 as trusted and long-term partners given their prior ownership and familiarity with the company. The terms of the offer represent an attractive opportunity for a highly strategic partnership that recognises the quality of the Scout24 platform, its employees, customers and partners. I am delighted about our joint long-term vision and ambition to turn Scout24 into a leading European digital player.”

The offer document (once available) and other information relating to the public takeover offer will be made available by BidCo on the following website: www.scout24-offer.com.

Morgan Stanley as financial advisor and Allen & Overy as legal advisor are advising the Management Board of Scout24. Citigroup as financial advisor and Gleiss Lutz as legal advisor are advising the Supervisory Board of Scout24.

 

About Scout24

With our leading digital marketplaces ImmobilienScout24 and AutoScout24 in Germany and Europe, we inspire people to make the best decisions when it comes to finding a property or a car. Scout24 bundles individual additional services, such as creditworthiness information, the brokerage of relocation services or construction and car financing, in the Scout24 Consumer Services business unit. More than 1,200 employees work on the success of our products and services. We focus on our users and create a networked offering for housing and mobility. Scout24 AG is a listed stock corporation and is traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN: DE000A12DM80, Ticker: G24). Scout24 has been listed in the MDAX since June 2018. Further information is available at www.scout24.com, on our Corporate Blog and Tech Blog or on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Media contact

Jan Flaskamp
Vice President Communications & Marketing
Fon +49 30 24 301-0721
E-Mail: mediarelations@scout24.com 

 

Investor Relations

Britta Schmidt
Vice President Investor Relations & Controlling
Fon +49 89 44456-3278
E-Mail: ir@scout24.com

 

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[1] The three months volume weighted average share price is calculated on the basis of daily Xetra closing share prices weighted by the daily trading volumes for the period ending on December 13, 2018.