Fujitsu Services, one of Europe’s leading IT services companies, today announced that it has today filed an offer for the entire issued share capital of GFI Informatique. This filing follows the earlier announcement dated May 2, 2007.
The acquisition of GFI would create a leading IT services business in Europe, integrating the existing strengths of Fujitsu Services with GFI Informatique’s strong position established in systems integration business markets in France and Southern Europe. Customers of the two companies would also benefit from further business expansion and growth made possible by the acquisition.
Fujitsu Services intends to purchase GFI Informatique’s ordinary shares and warrants respectively at the prices of €8.50 per share, after payment of the proposed €0.20 dividend for fiscal year 2006, and €3.15 per warrant through the tender offer.
Today, Fujitsu Services' public tender offer is the only one proposed to all of GFI Informatique’s shareholders following the withdrawal of the Apax offer announced yesterday by GFI Informatique.
Fujitsu Services has held a number of discussions with Mr. Jacques Tordjman, Chairman and CEO of GFI Informatique as well as with certain executives and board members in order to explain the attractiveness of the industrial project for the company, its managers, employees and customers as well as the attractiveness of the offer price for its shareholders and warrant holders.
The prices in Fujitsu Services’ offer imply a significant premium of 19.5% over GFI Informatique’s closing share price of €7.11, adjusted for the proposed 2006 dividend of €0.20 per share, and of 21.6% over its adjusted 1 month weighted average price of €6.99, all as of April 27, 2007 (this date being the last day before GFI announced its initial decision to postpone its proposed extraordinary general meeting).
A draft offer document (projet de note d’information) setting out the terms of the offer is available on the AMF website (http://www.amf-france.org) and on the Fujitsu Services website (http://uk.fujitsu.com/formaloffer), and may be obtained free of charge at the head offices of FS Participation SAS (Fujitsu Services' subsidiary making the offer) and BNP Paribas.
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