The Baltic Exchange Limited (Baltic Exchange) announces that, following agreement with the Singapore Exchange (SGX), it will now proceed with the solicitation of support from Baltic Exchange Shareholders for SGX’s offer to acquire the issued ordinary share capital for GBP 160.41 in cash per Baltic Share. This represents a total consideration of GBP 77.6 million. It is contemplated that the Baltic Shareholders will also receive from the Baltic Exchange a minimum of GBP 18.80 in cash per Baltic Share, as a final dividend, conditional upon the acquisition proceeding. This means that the total valuation of the Baltic Exchange is a minimum of GBP 86.7 million.
The Baltic Exchange will now consult its major shareholders to secure their support for SGX’s offer. Subject to receiving sufficient support, and to it receiving the endorsement of the Baltic Exchange Board, it is expected that a scheme of arrangement will then be circulated to shareholders and a General Meeting will be announced, for shareholders to vote on an offer from SGX.
A further update will be provided in due course.
Nomura International PLC and Norton Rose Fulbright LLP are acting as advisors to the Baltic Exchange.
About The Baltic Exchange Limited
The Baltic Exchange, founded in 1744, is an iconic name in global shipping and a successful, profitable business. Its diverse and international membership has grown to 650 companies; its information underpins the growing FFA market. The organisation has a strong balance sheet which includes a valuable property asset and an investment portfolio.