Der französische Konzern PPR, der für Gucci, Puma, Yves Saint Laurent und Alexander McQueen verantwortlich ist, hat für 607,5 Millionen US-Dollar (410 Millionen Euro) die US-Company Volcom gekauft.
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PARIS, FRANCE, and COSTA MESA, CA – PPR (FR 0000121485, PRTP.PA, PPFP) and Volcom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VLCM) today jointly announced that they have signed a definitive merger agreement whereby a new wholly owned subsidiary of PPR will make a cash tender offer to acquire 100% of the shares of Volcom for a price of $24.50 share, for a total equity value of $607.5 million and an enterprise value of $516.1 million. The acquisition represents an important transaction for PPR in its Sport & Lifestyle Group, providing PPR with a leading active apparel brand with a heritage in skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing.
The Volcom Board of Directors has unanimously recommended that Volcom shareholders accept and tender their shares into the offer, which represents a 37% premium over the three-month average trading price of Volcom shares. The offer is subject to customary conditions, including tender of a majority of the outstanding shares into the offer (on a fully diluted basis), and applicable regulatory approvals. Certain Volcom directors and officers, who collectively own 14.4% of the outstanding shares, have agreed to tender all of their shares in the tender offer. The transaction is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2011.
Volcom is arguably one of the most desirable global action sports brands with an authentic legacy rooted in surf, skate, and snow sports“ said François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and Chief executive officer of PPR. „We admire Volcom’s brand management capabilities and the unique voice in which it speaks to its customers, expressed in high-quality, fashion-forward, innovative apparel and accessories. Volcom is complementary to Puma and we are convinced that its integration into our Sport & Lifestyle Group will speed up its development.“
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Richard Woolcott, Volcom’s Chairman and Chief executive officer, said, „PPR is the perfect partner to help take the Volcom and Electric brands to the next level of success. For more than 20 years we have worked to inspire a movement that provokes freedom of thought and expression, and celebrated this spirit through our athletes, worldwide events, rock tours, feature films and, of course, our apparel. PPR, with its expertise gained through both Puma and its Luxury Group, could bring international market knowledge, sourcing capabilities and other operational expertise in areas such as product development and retailing to help the company grow Volcom globally, while preserving the elements that make the brands authentic.“
Peter J. Solomon Company acted as financial advisor, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz acted as legal advisors to PPR. Wells Fargo Securities, LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to the Board of Directors of Volcom, and Latham & Watkins LLP acted as legal advisor to Volcom.
Conference call details
PPR will host a conference call to discuss the proposed transaction at 3:00 p.m. CET today.
Conference call dial-in:
From France +33 (0) 1 70 99 42 86
From the UK +44 (0) 20 7138 0843
From the US +1 212 444 0896
Access code: 4088419
From France +33 (0) 1 74 20 28 00
From the UK +44 (0) 20 7111 1244
From the US +1 347 366 9565
Access code for the replay: 4088419# (available until May 22, 2011)
Volcom’s Pending Q1 Financial Results and Conference Call
Volcom will release its 2011 first quarter financial results as planned tomorrow at approximately 4:00 p.m. ET, immediately following the closing of regular stock market trading hours. However, given today’s news, the company will not host a conference call to review the results as previously announced.
About Volcom, Inc.
Volcom is an innovative designer, marketer and distributor of premium quality young mens and womens clothing, accessories and related products. The Volcom brand, symbolized by The Stone , is athlete-driven, creative and forward thinking. Volcom has consistently followed its motto of „youth against establishment,“ and the brand is inspired by the energy of youth culture. Volcom and Electric branded
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products are sold throughout the United States and internationally. Volcom’s news announcements and SEC filings are available through the company’s website at www.volcom.com.
PPR nurtures a group of high-growth global brands distributed in more than 120 countries. Through its Consumer and Luxury brands, PPR generated revenue of €14.6 billion in 2010, and had approximately 60,000 employees at December 31, 2010. The PPR share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, PRTP.PA, PPFP). To explore the PPR brand universe, please visit www.ppr.com: the Luxury group (Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Boucheron, Sergio Rossi, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney), Puma, Fnac and Redcats (La Redoute, The Sportsman’s Guide, The Golf Warehouse …).
Notice to Investors
This announcement is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell securities. The tender offer for the outstanding shares of Volcom common stock described in this press release has not yet commenced. At the time the planned offer is commenced an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of PPR will file a tender offer statement on Schedule TO with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Volcom will file a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 with respect to the planned offer. The tender offer statement (including an offer to purchase, a related letter of transmittal and other offer documents) and the solicitation/recommendation statement will contain important information that should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer. Those materials will be made available to Volcom security holders at no expense to them. In addition, all of those materials (and all other offer documents filed with the SEC) will be available at no charge on the SEC’s Web site: www.sec.gov.
Note on Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements either contained in or incorporated by reference into this document and oral statements made from time to time by representatives of the company are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainty. Future events regarding the proposed transactions and Volcom’s actual results could differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the combined companies‘ plans following, and the expected completion of, the proposed acquisition. These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and the timing of events to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements and generally include statements that are predictive in nature and depend upon or refer to future events or conditions. Risks and uncertainties include the ability of Volcom to complete the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, including the parties‘ abilities to satisfy the conditions to the consummation of the proposed acquisition; the possibility of any termination of the merger agreement; the timing of the tender offer and the subsequent merger; uncertainties as to how many of Volcom’s stockholders will tender their shares of common stock in the tender offer; the possibility that various other conditions to the consummation of the tender offer or the subsequent merger may not be satisfied or waived,
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including that a governmental entity may prohibit, delay or refuse to grant approval for the consummation of the acquisition; other uncertainties pertaining to the business of Volcom; further softening of the retail environment, sales of our products by key retailers, changes in fashion trends and consumer preferences, general economic conditions, including the continuing global economic uncertainty, the impact of sourcing costs, and additional factors detailed in Volcom’s public filings with the SEC from time to time, including Volcom’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its subsequently filed SEC reports, each as filed with the SEC, in each case, which contains and identifies important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to unduly rely on these forward-looking statements. Volcom expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements except as required by law.