Vivo Energy, Engen Holdings firm up transaction deal

Mr. Chammas

Mr. Chammas

Vivo Energy has reached an agreement with Engen Holdings Limited to restructure the acquisition of Engen International Holdings (Mauritius) Limited (EIHL) by Vivo Energy’s subsidiary, Vivo Energy Investments B.V.

The restructured transaction is now unconditional besides the customary closing conditions including material adverse change clauses.

All required regulatory and competition authorities’ approvals have been received for the transfer of Engen’s international operations in nine Sub Saharan countries, a statement jointly issued by the two companies said.

It said the restructure allows for completion of the transaction, first announced on  December 4, 2017, to proceed in respect of all countries other than the Democratic Republic of Congo, it said.

Completion has been scheduled for 1st March 2019.

The statement said the restructured transaction will add operations in eight new countries and over 225 Engen-branded service stations to Vivo Energy’s network, taking its total presence to over 2,000 service stations, across 23 African markets.

It said new markets for Vivo Energy are Gabon, Malawi, Mozambique, Reunion, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Engen’s Kenya operations (where Vivo Energy already operates) is the ninth country included in the transaction.

The statement said as per the agreement on 4 December 2017 and as a result of the restructure of the transaction, consideration in respect of the transfer of EIHL is US$203.9 million, comprising an issue by Vivo Energy of 63.2 million new shares valued at Vivo Energy’s IPO Offer Price of 165 pence per share and US$62.1 million in cash, resulting in EHL holding a circa 5.0 per cent shareholding in Vivo Energy.

It said the cash element of the consideration will be funded by a draw-down on Vivo Energy’s multi-currency facility, established in May 2018.

The statement said Engen continues its discussions with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo regarding the transfer of the subsidiary holding Engen’s DRC-related interests.

It said Vivo Energy continues to evaluate the potential acquisition and negotiations with Engen are ongoing.

The statement said for the year ended 31 December 2017, unaudited management adjusted EBITDA for the nine entities that will transfer on March 1, 2019 was approximately US$33 million, of which US$26 million is attributable, with attributable net cash on hand of approximately US$48 million.

The statement said Vivo Energy will provide updated guidance for the nine Engen countries to the market, reflecting the changes to the transaction, with the 2018 full year results announcement in March 2019, following completion of the transaction.

Engen Holdings (Pty) Limited retains its interest in Engen Petroleum Limited (its South Africa business and refinery) and Engen’s businesses in Mauritius, Botswana, Ghana, Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho, which are not part of the transaction.

The statement quoted Christian Chammas, CEO of Vivo Energy as saying: “Today’s announcement opens an important new chapter for Vivo Energy and we look forward to welcoming around 350 new employees, adding eight new countries to our network, and increasing our target market by nearly 150 million people to around 35 per cent of the African population.

“Importantly, our existing business remains on track to achieve our full year guidance and we continue to invest in and grow our existing operations.”

“We have an opportunity to replicate this successful business model to drive growth and profitability in our new markets and look forward to updating the market in the new year on the scale of the opportunity ahead of us.”

“We must seize this in order to deliver value for our shareholders, and move closer to achieving our goal of becoming Africa’s most respected energy business.”

It also quoted Yusa Hassan, Managing Director and CEO of Engen saying: “Engen is pleased with this transaction, which will enable the parties to proceed to completion on 1 March 2019”.

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