Completion of Acquisition of Infrastructure Capital Holdings
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Foresight Group Holdings Limited ("Foresight", "Foresight Group", the "Group") today announces the timely completion of its acquisition of 100% of the issued share capital of Infrastructure Capital, previously announced on 12 July 2022, following receipt of regulatory approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board in Australia and satisfaction of certain change of control conditions.
The up-front consideration of A$105 million for the acquisition has been satisfied through the payment of A$52.5 million in cash and the issue of 7,937,879 new ordinary Foresight shares (the "Consideration Shares") to Infrastructure Capital's shareholders. The Consideration Shares equate in value to A$52.5 million (£29.9 million1) at a fixed share price of c.376p (the volume weighted average price over the 30 trading days ending on 11 July 2022). The Consideration Shares will (subject to certain customary good leaver exceptions) be subject to forfeiture if a seller ceases to be employed or contracted by Infrastructure Capital during the next 3 years, with 100% of a seller's Foresight shares being forfeited if this occurs prior to 30 September 2023, 66.66% from 30 September 2023 to 29 September 2024 and 33.33% from 30 September 2024 to 30 September 2025. The Consideration Shares are also subject to lock-up provisions, with one-third of the total Consideration Shares being released from lock-up each year for the next 3 years.
Application has been made for the admission of the Consideration Shares, which will rank pari passu in all respects with the Company's existing ordinary shares in issue, to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and to trading on the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange (together, "Admission"). Admission is expected to become effective and unconditional at 8am on 9 September 2022 with dealings in the Consideration Shares expected to commence on the same day.
Following Admission, the total number of ordinary shares of nil par value each with voting rights in issue will be 116,271,212.
Bernard Fairman, Executive Chairman of Foresight Group Holdings Limited, commented:
"I am delighted that the acquisition of Infrastructure Capital is now completed. It is a transformational deal for Foresight and one which will benefit all our stakeholders.
The acquisition is financially and strategically accretive, and significantly increases our geographic reach. Foresight Group AUM as at the 30 June 2022, when including the AUM of Infrastructure Capital, would increase by £3.0 billion to £12.4 billion2. We have been working closely with our new colleagues and look forward to benefiting from the exciting opportunities that this transaction will generate."
Foresight's next scheduled market announcement will be its half year FY23 trading update on 11 October 2022.
1. Converted from AUD to GBP at an exchange rate of 0.5687.
2. Based on Foresight Group unaudited AUM as at 30 June 2022 and Infrastructure Capital's unaudited AUM as at 30 June 2022 converted from AUD to GBP at an exchange rate of 0.5846 as at 7 September 2022.
For further information please contact:
Foresight Group Investors
Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Caroline Merrell / Toby Moore
+44 (0) 7966 966956
+44 (0) 7852 210329 / +44 (0) 7768 981763
About Foresight Group Holdings Limited
Foresight Group was founded in 1984 and is a leading listed infrastructure and private equity investment manager. With a long-established focus on ESG and sustainability-led strategies, it aims to provide attractive returns to its institutional and private investors from hard-to-access private markets. Foresight manages over 330 infrastructure assets with a focus on solar and onshore wind assets, bioenergy and waste, as well as renewable energy enabling projects, energy efficiency management solutions, social and core infrastructure projects and sustainable forestry assets. Its private equity team manages ten regionally focused investment funds across the UK and an SME impact fund supporting Irish SMEs. This team reviews over 2,500 business plans each year and currently supports more than 200 investments in SMEs. Foresight Capital Management manages four strategies across six investment vehicles with an AUM of over £1.6 billion.
Foresight operates from 13 offices across seven countries in Europe and Australia with AUM of £12.4 billion*. Foresight Group Holdings Limited listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange in February 2021. https://www.fsg-investors.com/
*Based on Foresight Group unaudited AUM as at 30 June 2022 and Infrastructure Capital's unaudited AUM as at 30 June 2022 converted from AUD to GBP at an exchange rate of 0.5846 as at 7 September 2022.
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