Singapore’s SATS to raise millions to fund WFS deal


unshakableSingapore-based SATS announced it has received the necessary approvals from all jurisdictions for the acquisition of Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), and that it will undertake a renounceable, underwritten rights issue to raise gross proceeds of approximately S$798.8 million to partially fund the acquisition. Entitled shareholders will be allotted rights to subscribe for 323 rights shares for every 1,000 existing shares held as at the record date at the price of S$2.20 per rights share, representing a discount of 16% to TERP. The record date for the rights issue will be at 5.00 p.m. on 2 March 2023. The rights issue will commence when an offer information statement is lodged with the Monetary Authority of Singapore on or around 2 March 2023.

On 28 September 2022, SATS announced that it had signed a sale and purchase agreement to acquire the world’s leading air cargo company, WFS, for a total cost of approximately S$1,820 million. The approval of SATS’ shareholders for the acquisition was sought and obtained at the SATS’ extraordinary general meeting held on 18 January 2023. The acquisition received 96.8% approval from voting shareholders during the extraordinary general meeting.

SATS will fund the estimated total cost of the acquisition of approximately equivalent to S$1,820 million through:

• Net proceeds from the rights issue

• A three-year Euro denominated term loan equivalent to approximately S$700

million from SATS’ principal bankers

• Cash from the Company’s existing cash balance to fund the remainder of the

Venezio Investments Pte. Ltd, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek, has given an irrevocable undertaking to subscribe for its pro rata 39.68 percent entitlement to the rights issue. No commission or fee will be paid to Temasek or Venezio in connection with the irrevocable undertaking.

The remaining 60.32 percent of the rights issue will be underwritten by the banks. DBS is the Lead Financial Adviser for the rights issue, and together with BofA and Citi, are the Joint Financial Advisers and Underwriters. OCBC and UOB are Co-Lead Managers for the rights issue.

SATS believes the funding plan provides a prudent and balanced mix of sources and presents shareholders with an optimal value proposition for the WFS acquisition. The Group believes that it will be able to deleverage and meet its debt commitments with the potential free cash flows that will be generated from the combined business.

With all of the regulatory conditions for the transaction having been satisfied, SATS’ proposed acquisition of WFS is expected to close on 3 April 2023 and will create a pre-eminent global air cargo handling platform. It will allow SATS to gain leading positions in strategic hubs connecting key trade lanes across North America and Europe, complementing its operations in Asia Pacific. Acquiring WFS will also enable SATS to expand its capabilities to meet growing demand from customers wanting to transport higher-value goods, including pharmaceutical products, vaccines and specialised cargo, on a global scale.

Kerry Mok, CEO of SATS, said, “WFS will provide SATS with an industry-leading platform from which we can drive future growth and secure greater earnings resilience. The renounceable rights issue allows all shareholders the opportunity to participate in SATS’ long-term growth.”


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