EXOR Willing to Engage with PartnerRe Once Board Determines EXOR’s Offer to Be SuperiorMay 21, 2015
EXOR Confirms Clearly Superior Binding All-Cash $137.50 Per Share Offer for PartnerRe
EXOR S.p.A. (“EXOR”; EXO.IM), one of Europe’s leading listed investment companies and the largest shareholder of PartnerRe Ltd. (“PartnerRe”; NYSE:PRE), said today it is willing to negotiate in good faith to provide PartnerRe shareholders with improved closing certainty with regards to its binding all-cash $137.50 offer. EXOR is prepared to commence these discussions once the Board of PartnerRe declares that EXOR’s binding offer is reasonably likely to be a “Superior Proposal”, which is the process called for under the PartnerRe agreement with AXIS Capital Holdings Limited (“AXIS”; NYSE:AXS).
In the attached letter, sent today to the Board of Directors of PartnerRe, EXOR notes the following points on its all-cash binding offer:
• Continues to deliver a higher premium for PartnerRe shareholders. The EXOR binding offer of $137.50 per share delivers a premium of 10% to the implied per share value under the AXIS agreement of $125.17 using the closing price of AXIS shares as of May 5, 2015, the last trading day prior to published reports of takeover interest in AXIS.
• Has no substantive regulatory risks. EXOR sees no substantive regulatory risks to the EXOR binding offer. The Group has invested in the insurance and reinsurance industry over the past 100 years and currently owns, through EXOR or its portfolio companies, insurance businesses and other regulated financial service businesses in several jurisdictions.
• Remains committed to obtaining regulatory approvals and completing the transaction. EXOR has already spent vastly more than AXIS to show its commitment to completing this transaction, investing approximately $609 million in cash to become PartnerRe’s largest shareholder with 9.9% of the shares outstanding. Once the PartnerRe Board makes the proper determination, EXOR will negotiate in good faith to provide PartnerRe’s shareholders with increased closing certainty over and above that which was provided under the approved AXIS agreement.
EXOR urges the Board of PartnerRe to acknowledge its binding all-cash offer is reasonably likely to be a Superior Proposal. Failing that, EXOR asks the PartnerRe Board to announce a record date and a date for a shareholder meeting to allow shareholders to decide what is in their best interest.
Please find in the attached PDF a copy of the letter to the PartnerRe Board.
EXOR is one of Europe’s leading investment companies and is controlled by the Agnelli family. It is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange and has a market capitalization of approximately $12 billion and a net asset value of approximately $14 billion. For over a century EXOR has made successful investments, including more recently the acquisition of Chrysler by Fiat, creating the world’s seventh largest car producer (“FCA”) with a $20 billion market capitalization.
EXOR focuses on long-term investments in profitable global companies, primarily in Europe and the United States, that benefit from its strong permanent capital base. In addition to FCA, its principal investments include CNH Industrial, the fourth largest global capital goods company (with a $12 billion market capitalization), and Cushman & Wakefield, the world’s largest private commercial real estate services company.
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