Vodafone puts up for CWW | FT Alphaville

Vodafone puts up for CWW

To the tune of 38p a share (the shares closed 2p lower at 32p on Friday):

Ÿ        Vodafone Europe B.V. (“Vodafone”) and Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc (“CWW” or the “Company”) are pleased to announce that they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended cash offer pursuant to which Vodafone will acquire the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of CWW. It is intended that the Offer will be effected by way of a Court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act.

Ÿ        Under the terms of the Offer, CWW Shareholders will be entitled to receive 38 pence in cash for each CWW Share held, representing a premium of approximately:

–         92 per cent. to the Closing Price of 19.8 pence per CWW Share on 10 February 2012 (being the last Business Day prior to the commencement of the Offer Period); and

–         107 per cent. to the average Closing Price of 18.4 pence per CWW Share for the three months ended 10 February 2012.

Ÿ        The Offer values the entire issued ordinary share capital of CWW at approximately £1,044 million. The Offer price of 38 pence per CWW Share is final and will not be increased. Vodafone reserves its right to increase the Offer if a third party announces a possible offer or offer for CWW.

The full RNS statement is here.