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Amundi announces the launch of a €1.4 billion rights offering in connection with its contemplated acquisition of Pioneer Investments

Paris, France, 3/14/17,  by Amundi

Subscription ratio: 1 new share for 5 existing shares

Subscription price: €42.50 per new share

Rights trading period: from March 15, 2017 to March 29, 2017

Subscription period: from March 17, 2017 to March 31, 2017

Paris, March 14, 2017

Amundi announces the launch today of an approximately €1.4 billion capital increase through the distribution of preferential subscription rights to its existing shareholders (the “Rights Offering”). The principle of the Rights Offering was made public on December 12, 2016 when Amundi announced the contemplated acquisition of Pioneer Investments, the asset management arm of the UniCredit group.

The Rights Offering will enable Amundi to finance a portion of the acquisition price for the Pioneer Investments acquisition, which amounts to €3,545 million before price adjustments. The remainder of the acquisition price will be financed through a combination of approximately €1.5 billion of Amundi’s existing resources (making use of its excess capital), and approximately €600 million aggregate principal amount of senior and subordinated debt of Amundi.  

Undertakings of Crédit Agricole SA  

Crédit Agricole SA, which currently holds 73.86% of Amundi’s share capital, has agreed to exercise a sufficient number of preferential subscription rights to allow the Crédit Agricole group[1] to attain a target shareholding of approximately 70% of Amundi’s shares after completion of the Rights Offering. Crédit Agricole SA will subscribe for approximately 13,571,507 new shares corresponding to 40.40% of the Rights Offering for a total subscription amount of 576,789,047.50 euros.[2] Crédit Agricole SA will sell its remaining preferential subscription rights.

The Rights Offering is fully and unconditionally underwritten (garantie de bonne fin) by Crédit Agricole SA.

As of the date of the visa on the French prospectus described below, Crédit Agricole SA also agreed to a lock-up that expires 180 calendar days after the closing date of the Rights Offering, subject to certain exceptions.  

Main terms of the Rights Offering

The Rights Offering will involve the issuance of rights to subscribe for a total of 33,585,093 new shares. 

Each share held of record at the close of trading on March 14, 2017 will entitle the holder to receive preferential subscription rights which will be detached from such shares on March 15, 2017. Existing shares will trade ex-rights from March 15, 2017.

Each Amundi shareholder will receive one preferential subscription right for each share it holds. Five preferential subscription rights will entitle holders to subscribe for one new share pursuant to the basic subscription privilege thereunder (à titre irréductible).

The subscription price for the new shares has been set at €42.50 per share (nominal value of €2.50 and issue premium of €40.00). No fractional shares will be issued.

When submitting subscription orders for the minimum number of shares to which the rights they are exercising entitle them (à titre irréductible), shareholders or transferees of preferential subscription rights will be entitled to submit subscription requests, subject to reduction (à titre réductible) for additional shares.  Any new shares that are not subscribed for pursuant to the exercise of basic subscription privileges (à titre irréductible) will be allocated to rights holders that have requested additional shares, subject to reduction in the event of oversubscription.

The subscription price represents a discount of 22.66% to the closing price of Amundi’s shares on March 10, 2017 and a discount of 19.62% to the theoretical ex-rights price of Amundi’s shares.

The Rights Offering will be open to the public in France only. A placement agency agreement (Contrat de direction) has been entered into between Amundi, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Goldman Sachs International, who are acting as Joint Global Coordinators, Joint Bookrunners and Joint Lead Managers for the Rights Offering, BNP Paribas, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch, J.P. Morgan Securities plc, Mediobanca Banca di Credito Finanziario S.p.A., Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc, Société Générale and UniCredit Bank AG, Milan Branch, who are acting as Joint Bookrunners for the Rights Offering, and ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Banco Santander, S.A., ING Bank N.V., ODDO et Cie and SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited who are acting as Co-Lead Managers for the Rights Offering. 

Lock-up undertakings of Amundi

As of the date of the visa on the French prospectus described below, Amundi agreed to a lock up that expires 180 calendar days after the closing date of the Rights Offering, subject to certain exceptions.  

Indicative timetable of the Rights Offering

Preferential subscription rights will be detached from the shares on March 15, 2017 and will be listed and traded on Euronext Paris under the ISIN code FR0013241809 until March 29, 2017 included. It will not be possible to buy or sell preferential subscription rights after the close of trading on March 29, 2017. The subscription period for the new shares will run from March 17, 2017 to and including March 31, 2017 as of the close of trading.  Preferential subscription rights not exercised before the end of the subscription period, i.e. before the close of trading on March 31, 2017, shall become null and void.

Settlement and delivery and beginning of trading on Euronext Paris (Segment A) of the new shares will take place on April 10, 2017. The new shares will carry dividend rights and their holders will be entitled to any dividends declared by Amundi on or after the date of the issuance. The new shares will be, as from their issuance date, fully fungible with Amundi’s existing shares and will be traded under the same ISIN code as Amundi’s existing shares (ISIN Code FR0004125920).

Information available to the public

A French language prospectus including (i) the registration document (document de référence) of Amundi registered with the French Autorité des marchés financiers (“AMF”) on March 13, 2017 under n° R.17-006 and a securities notes (note d’opération) (which includes the summary of the prospectus) filed with the AMF and which received visa n° 17-095 dated March 13, 2017 is available free of charge from Amundi (91-93 Boulevard Pasteur, 75015 Paris) as well as on the websites of the AMF (www.amf-france.org) and the company (http://about.amundi.com). Amundi draws the public’s attention to the risk factors included in Chapter 2 “Corporate Governance” and Chapter 5 “Risk Management and Capital Adequacy” of the registration document, and in Chapter 2 “Risk Factors” and in Section 10.5 “Information related to Pioneer Acquisition” of the securities note.

 

[1]      Including SACAM Développement and Crédit Agricole Immobilier.

[2]      Estimated based on an assumed number of shares to be subscribed for by Crédit Agricole Immobilier, which plans to sell a portion of its rights and use the proceeds thereof exclusively to finance the exercise of its remaining rights. 

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Amundi is Europe’s largest asset manager by assets under management and ranks in the top 10[1] globally. It manages more than 1.470 trillion[2] euros of assets across six main investment hubs[3]. Amundi offers its clients in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas a wealth of market expertise and a full range of capabilities across the active, passive and real assets investment universes. Clients also have access to a complete set of services and tools. Headquartered in Paris, and listed since November 2015, Amundi is the 1st asset manager in Europe by market capitalization[4].

 

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Footnotes

 

  1. ^ [1] Source IPE “Top 400 asset managers” published in June 2018 and based on AUM as of end December 2017
  2. ^ [2] Amundi figures as of September 30, 2018
  3. ^ [3] Investment hubs: Boston, Dublin, London, Milan, Paris and Tokyo
  4. ^ [4] Based on market capitalization as of September 30, 2018

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