Jun 12, 2008
Barloworld unveils R2,4bn empowerment dealBack
Africa|Aggregate|Barloworld|Education|Gandaganda Empowerment Trust|Ikamva Labantu|Industrial|Izingwe BAW Holdings|Jubada Akoo Family Trust|Sustainable|Y Akoo Family Trust|Zwavhudi Investment Holdings|Africa|South Africa|Automotive|Community Service Groups|Logistics|Service|Clive Thomson|Dumisa Ntsebeza|High Caliber R-103 FM Radio|Operations|Ricoh Caplio R40 Digital Camera
© Reuse this Diversified industrial and logistics company Barloworld on Thursday announced the details of its black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal to the value of R2,4-billion.
SBPs, of which there were seven, would hold R1,384-billion, or 5,88% of the issued ordinary share capital of Barloworld; employees, including black nonexecutive directors, would hold in aggregate 2,39%, or R562-million, of its shares; an educational trust would hold 0,78%, or R184-million stake; and community service groups (CSGs) would own 0,95%, or R224-million, of Barloworld's shares.
"With this transaction, Barloworld in South Africa will never be the same - they will be the better for it," said Barloworld chairperson Dumisa Ntsebeza.
Barloworld CEO Clive Thomson indicated that empowerment and transformation were one of the group's five key focus areas, and following the PPC and Freeworld Coatings unbundling, the group could forge ahead with its commitment to lead in the transformation and empowerment arena.
The transaction value was based on the 30-day volume weighted average share price of R103,87 an ordinary share in the share capital of Barloworld, which was calculated for the 30 trading days, ending on Friday, June 6, 2008.
In a note to shareholders, the company stated that the effective black ownership of Barloworld's South African operations after excluding mandated investments and offshore assets, was about 29%.
Upon first inspection, analysts at the presentation regarded the BEE deal as a "very well constructed transaction".
The funding structure and Barloworld facilitation of the deal would include a R1,504-billion term loan funding structure, where Barloworld provides SBPs and CSGs with ability to raise funding at a competitive credit margin; a R40,4-million equity contribution from strategic black partners (3% of investment); a R4,5-million equity contribution from community service groups (R1,5-million each); R504-million through a notional vendor facilitation structure - black managers trust and education trust; and a R245-million cash contribution through general staff trust and black nonexecutive directors trust.
In the case of the SBPs and black nonexecutive directors, all dividends paid within the first seven years would go towards loan repayments. The education trust would receive a 'trickle' dividend, which partially went towards loan repayment.
The SBPs in the BEE deal, which would acquire 5,44% of the company comprised the Gandaganda Empowerment Trust, the Y Akoo Family Trust and the Jubada Akoo Family Trust, Zwavhudi Investment Holdings, Ayavuna Women's Investment, Izingwe BAW Holdings, and Moty Capital Partners Consortium.
Barloworld said it was in negotiations with an additional SBP, with an existing relationship with Barloworld, for the acquisition of 0,44% of Barloworld's increased share capital. This seventh partner would likely come from the fleet side of the automotive division of Barloworld.
"I think we are in good hands, and I have got every confidence, that over the next seven years, that Barloworlds performance will be fantastic, and if Barloworlds' performance is fantastic then the share price will rise, and dividend flows will be good, and the transaction will be sustainable," Thomson emphasised.
The CSGs, which would own 0,95% of the company, were the DEC Investment Holding company, Ikamva Labantu, and the Shalamuka Foundation.
A number of parties expressed interest in participating in the deal, but Barloworld stated that it had a rigorous selection process based on the Department of Trade and Industry codes. Ability to add value to Barloworld, BEE credentials, broad-based black shareholding level, women shareholding level, and acess to equity funding were characteristics under scrutiny.
The company stated that it had developed a strategy to support the principles of broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE), which aimed at achieving a meaningful number of black directors and executives in Barloworld and its subsidiaries; a staff complement that reflected South Africa's diverse demographic profile; procurement policies that recognised BBBEE; and social development programmes that were primarily directed at developing and empowering previously disadvantaged communities.
Edited by: Mariaan Webb© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Updated 4 hours ago The cost of copper theft decreased to R13-million in November from R13.2-million in October, according to the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (Sacci) Copper Theft Barometer. "The November figure is 1.51% lower than a month ago and 36.8% higher than a year...
Updated 6 hours ago Ailing German engineering and services company Bilfinger SE has agreed to sell most of its construction division to Swiss building giant Implenia as it seeks to focus on more lucrative industrial services. Bilfinger – which has issued four profit warnings this year,...
Recent Research Reports
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
This Week's Magazine
South Africa remains an important manufacturing and export platform for Ford Motor Company, says executive chairperson Bill Ford. However, he adds that other countries on the continent are “becoming interesting”, and that the US carmaker is casting its net wider for...
Germany’s Max-Planck-Society (MPG) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPlfR) are investing €11-million (about R150-million) into South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array programme. The money will be used to design, build and install S-band radio...
Infrastructure spend in sub-Saharan Africa will grow from $70-billion in 2013 to $180-billion by 2025, says PwC capital projects and infrastructure Africa leader Jonathan Cawood. This is one of the findings of PwC’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure report on East...
Private-owned defence and aerospace manufacturer Paramount Group and the Ichikowitz Family Foundation unveiled its Anti-Poaching Skills and K9 Training Academy in Magaliesburg last month.
The inclusion of Bluetooth to provide sub-three meter accuracy and heightened functionality for users is one of the ways to change existing wireless networks into engagement networks. An engagement network differs from common wireless networks in that it enables the...