Vantiv, Worldpay announce recommended merger, to close in early 2018
The boards of directors of Vantiv and Worldpay Group announced that they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended merger of Worldpay with Vantiv and Vantiv UK Limited. Under the terms of the merger, which have been further detailed today in an announcement issued under Rule 2.7 of the UK Takeover Code, Worldpay shareholders will be entitled to receive GBP0.55 cash for each Worldpay share held and 0.0672 of a New Vantiv share. Worldpay shareholders will also be entitled to elect to vary these proportions under a mix and match facility. Vantiv and Worldpay shareholders are expected to own approximately 57% and 43%, respectively, of the combined company's shares upon closing. In addition, Worldpay shareholders will be entitled to receive an interim dividend of 0.8 pence per Worldpay share, and a special dividend of 4.2 pence per Worldpay share, which is conditional on completion of the merger. The transaction will create a company with an enterprise value of GBP 22.2 billion or $28.8B. It contemplates a premium of approximately 34% to Worldpay's six-month volume weighted average price, and ascribes Worldpay an enterprise value of approximately GBP 9.3 billion or $12B. Following completion of the merger, Cincinnati, Ohio, will become the combined company's global and corporate headquarters and London, UK, will become its international headquarters. The combined company will be named "Worldpay". The combined company will be led by Charles Drucker as Executive Chairman and Co-CEO. Reporting to Mr. Drucker will be Philip Jansen as Co-CEO, and Stephanie Ferris as CFO. Additional members of the combined company's executive team reporting to Mr. Drucker and Mr. Jansen will be announced at a later date. The board of the combined company will consist of five Worldpay directors and eight Vantiv directors. Sir Michael Rake will serve as lead director and Jeffrey Stiefler will continue to serve on the board of the combined company in a non-executive capacity. The merger is expected to close in early 2018, subject to customary closing conditions as well as regulatory approval and approval by shareholders of both Vantiv and Worldpay. New Vantiv shares will be authorized for primary listing on the New York Stock Exchange subject to official notice of issuance. In addition, Vantiv will seek a secondary standard listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange in relation to the New Vantiv shares following completion of the merger.