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Friday, 22 December 2017

Euler Hermes: The Supervisory Board of Euler Hermes Group issues a favorable reasoned opinion regarding the proposed simplified cash tender offer initiated by Allianz SE

EULER HERMES    

Published: 07:45 CET 22-12-2017 /GlobeNewswire /Source: EULER HERMES / : ELE /ISIN: FR0004254035


         

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The Supervisory Board of Euler Hermes Group issues a favorable reasoned opinion

regarding the proposed simplified cash tender offer initiated by Allianz SE

 

 

 

PARIS -22 DECEMBER 2017 - The Supervisory Board met on December 21, 2017 to examine the proposed simplified cash tender offer for the shares of Euler Hermes Group initiated by Allianz.

 

The Supervisory Board reviewed in particular Allianz' draft offer document (projet de note d'information).

 

The proposed price of 122 euros per share represents a premium of +20.7% over the closing market price prior to the announcement, and of respectively +22.9%, +22.2% and +30.8% over the three, six and twelve-month volume weighted average share prices on the same date.

 

In the context of the offer, Euler Hermes Group has shared its last reforecast of the 2017 net income which amounts to € 312.6 million. This reforecast includes an exceptional tax benefit related to the expected reimbursement by the French State of €28 million of taxes paid on dividends in past years.

 

The Supervisory Board acknowledged that, among the intentions expressed by Allianz in its draft offer document (projet de note d'information), Allianz continues to support the strategy of Euler Hermes Group's management and does not anticipate any change, as a result of the offer, in the industrial and financial policy and main strategic orientations currently implemented by Euler Hermes Group, beyond ordinary course of business.

 

The Supervisory Board also took note of the findings of Finexsi, appointed as independent expert on November 26, 2017. Finexsi finds that "the price of €122.0 per share offered is fair from a financial point of view for the shareholders of Euler Hermes".

 

The ad hoc committee made up of independent members of the Supervisory Board met on two occasions with the independent expert to review his findings and have an exchange with him. Having completed its work, the ad hoc committee recommended for the Supervisory Board to issue a favorable opinion regarding the offer and to recommend the shareholders to tender their shares into the offer.

 

Taking into account in particular the fairness opinion issued by the independent expert with regard to the price of the offer, the Supervisory Board considered that the offer is in the interest of the company, of its shareholders to which it offers immediate and full liquidity under favorable price conditions, and of its employees, and, as a consequence, issued a favorable opinion regarding the offer.

 

The Supervisory Board decided, by a unanimous vote of its independent members, to recommend the shareholders to tender their shares into the offer.

 

The reasoned opinion of the Supervisory Board is reproduced in full in the draft response offer document (projet de note en réponse) filed with the French Financial Markets Authority (Autorité des marchés financiers) on December 21, 2017.

 


 

Disclaimer:

 

This press release is not an offer to purchase securities. The offer will be made only pursuant to the offer documentation which will contain the full terms and conditions of the offer. The offer documentation will be subject to review by the AMF and the offer will only be opened once the AMF has granted its clearance. Any decision in respect of the offer should be made only on the basis of the information contained in such offer documentation.

 

This press release was prepared for informational purpose only. The diffusion of this press release, the offer and its acceptance may be subject to specific regulations or restrictions in certain countries. The offer is not made for persons subject to such restrictions, neither directly nor indirectly, and may not be accepted in any way from a country where the offer would be subject to such restrictions. Consequently, persons in possession of this press release shall inquire about potential applicable local restrictions and comply with them.

 

Euler Hermes excludes all liability in the event of any breach of the applicable legal restrictions by any person.

 

 

 

 

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Euler Hermes Group

Jean-Baptiste Mounier +33 (0) 7 89 20 34 97                          jean-baptiste.mounier@eulerhermes.com

Euler Hermes is the global leader in trade credit insurance and a recognized specialist in the areas of bonding, guarantees and collections. With more than 100 years of experience, the company offers business-to-business (B2B) clients financial services to support cash and trade receivables management. Its proprietary intelligence network tracks and analyzes daily changes in corporate solvency among small, medium and multinational companies active in markets representing 92% of global GDP. Headquartered in Paris, the company is present in over 50 countries with 5,800+ employees. Euler Hermes is a subsidiary of Allianz, listed on Euronext Paris (ELE.PA) and rated AA- by Standard & Poor's and Dagong Europe. The company posted a consolidated turnover of €2.6 billion in 2016 and insured global business transactions for €883 billion in exposure at the end of 2016. Further information: www.eulerhermes.com, LinkedIn or Twitter @eulerhermes..

Cautionary note regarding forward-looking statements: The statements contained herein may include statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on management's current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. In addition to statements which are forward-looking by reason of context, the words "may", "will", "should", "expects", "plans", "intends", "anticipates", "believes", "estimates", "predicts", "potential", or "continue" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Actual results, performance or events may differ materially from those in such statements due to, without limitation, (i) general economic conditions, including in particular economic conditions in the Euler Hermes Group's core business and core markets, (ii) performance of financial markets, including emerging markets, and including market volatility, liquidity and credit events (iii) the frequency and severity of insured loss events, including from natural catastrophes and including the development of loss expenses, (iv) persistency levels, (v) the extent of credit defaults, (vi) interest rate levels, (vii) currency exchange rates including the Euro/U.S. Dollar exchange rate, (viii) changing levels of competition, (ix) changes in laws and regulations, including monetary convergence and the European Monetary Union, (x) changes in the policies of central banks and/or foreign governments, (xi) the impact of acquisitions, including related integration issues, (xii) reorganization measures, and (xiii) general competitive factors, in each case on a local, regional, national and/or global basis. Many of these factors may be more likely to occur, or more pronounced, as a result of terrorist activities and their consequences. The company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement



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