founder and CEO Denis Ladegaillerie has shaped a consortium with funding funds EQT and TCV as a part of a wider effort to amass full possession of the French music firm and take it non-public. The triad introduced their intentions on Monday (Feb. 12), and the Imagine board of administrators unanimously voted to welcome the proposal to assessment.
All advised, the bid values Imagine’s whole share capital at 1.523 billion euros (USD $1.64 billion) primarily based on 101,547 million shares excellent.
Earlier than they’ll take Imagine non-public, Ladegaillerie, EQT and TCV first should purchase shares owned by historic shareholders TCV Luxco BD S.à r.l., XAnge and Ventech, which mixed quantity to 59.46% of the share capital. After this already agreed-upon transaction, Ladegaillerie would then contribute a portion of his firm shares, representing an extra 11.7%, to the bidding conglomerate, in addition to promote his remaining portion of 1.29%. A further 3% has been obtained from different shareholders, bringing this group’s share of the corporate to roughly 75%.
As soon as these acquisitions are accredited by regulators, the conglomerate would then make a young provide for all Imagine excellent shares at a suggestion worth of 15 euros per share, representing a 21% premium over the past closing worth earlier than the proposed buyout was introduced (12.4 euros on Feb. 9). If authorized situations are met on the finish of the provide, the corporate will then request the implementation of a squeeze-out process.
Completion of the acquisitions of the blocks of shares is anticipated to happen throughout the second quarter of 2024, and the submitting of the next tender provide can be despatched to the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), which regulates the inventory market in, quickly after.
The French digital music firm, which owns TuneCore, started buying and selling on the Paris Euronext trade in June 2021.
Imagine’s board has appointed an impartial knowledgeable, Ledouble, to attract up an opinion on the provide, and assigned three board members to help with that effort and work up their very own suggestions for shareholders and staff.
In ready feedback, Ladegaillerie stated Imagine has “systematically outperformed its targets, delivering its IPO plan two years forward of schedule” however “the power of its operational efficiency has not been mirrored within the share worth evolution.”
He added, “Imagine has a big alternative forward to consolidate the impartial music market and create the primary world main impartial, on the service of artists in any respect levels of their profession. In attaining this ambition, I’m glad to proceed benefiting from the energetic help of TCV who has accompanied Imagine since 2014 and to be partnering with Europe-based EQT who has a fantastic observe document in supporting excessive development corporations.”
Imagine has appointed Citigroup World Markets Europe AG and Gide Loyrette Nouel as monetary and authorized advisers to help the corporate and the three-member committee of their analysis of the provide.