Jun 12, 2008
Barloworld unveils R2,4bn empowerment dealBack
© 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.
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