All-Cash Transaction Valued at Approximately $1.1 Billion
Aegion Board of Directors Recommends Voting “FOR” Approval of Amended Merger Agreement at Upcoming May 14 Stockholder Meeting
ST. LOUIS – April 14, 2021 – Aegion Corporation (NASDAQ: AEGN) today announced that it has entered into a second amendment to the definitive merger agreement with affiliates of New Mountain Capital, L.L.C. (“New Mountain”, and together with such affiliates “Buyer”), a leading growth-oriented investment firm headquartered in New York, to increase the consideration payable to holders of outstanding shares of Aegion common stock to $30.00 per share in cash from $27.00 per share in cash.
The revised transaction price represents a total enterprise value of $1.1 billion, including net debt. The revised per-share price represents a premium of 40% and 48% to Aegion’s closing share price and 30-day VWAP, respectively, as of February 12, 2021, the last trading day prior to announcing the definitive merger agreement with New Mountain.
Pursuant to the amendment, as consideration for the increased purchase price, the break-up fee payable by Aegion in certain circumstances has increased from $40 million to $50 million. The termination fee payable by Buyer to Aegion in certain circumstances has also increased from $70 million to $90 million.
In evaluating this amendment, in consultation with its outside legal and financial advisors, Aegion’s Board of Directors gave due consideration to a revised proposal received from an unsolicited third party (the “Third Party”) (the “Third-Party Proposal”) to acquire 100% of the shares of Aegion for $30.00 per share in cash. The Third-Party Proposal followed discussions and negotiations between the Third Party and management in the last few weeks following the disclosure on March 22, 2021 of the Board’s determination that an unsolicited proposal from the Third Party for $28.50 per share in cash could reasonably be expected to result in a “Superior Proposal.” In making its decision, the Board carefully assessed the relative benefits and risks of the revised proposals from both New Mountain and the Third Party. The Board determined that, based on the consideration payable to stockholders and the superior certainty and anticipated timing to close the transaction with New Mountain, Aegion’s entry into the amendment with New Mountain is in the best interests of Aegion’s stockholders.
Aegion Board Recommends Vote “FOR” New Mountain Agreement
Aegion’s Board of Directors recommends that Aegion stockholders vote to approve the amended New Mountain Merger Agreement and related proposals at the special meeting of Aegion stockholders scheduled for May 14, 2021. Stockholders of record as of March 31, 2021, are entitled to vote at that meeting.
Aegion stockholders who have questions about the merger or the special meeting, or who wish to obtain copies of the proxy statement, proxy cards or other documents relating to the special meeting, may contact Innisfree M&A Incorporated, Aegion’s proxy solicitor, by calling (877) 687-1874 toll-free if located in the U.S. or Canada, or +1 (412) 232-3651 if located elsewhere.
Centerview Partners LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Aegion, and Shearman & Sterling LLP is serving as legal counsel.
About Aegion Corporation (NASDAQ: AEGN)
Aegion combines innovative technologies with market-leading expertise to maintain, rehabilitate and strengthen infrastructure around the world. For 50 years, the Company has played a pioneering role in finding innovative solutions to rehabilitate aging infrastructure, primarily pipelines in the wastewater, water, energy, mining and refining industries. Aegion also maintains the efficient operation of refineries and other industrial facilities. Aegion is committed to Stronger. Safer. Infrastructure.®
More information about Aegion can be found at www.aegion.com.
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Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed merger between Merger Sub and the Company. In connection with the proposed transaction, the Company plans to file a proxy statement with the SEC. STOCKHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO AND ANY DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE THEREIN) AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION THAT THE COMPANY WILL FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND THE PARTIES TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Stockholders and investors will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement and other relevant materials (when they become available) and other documents filed by the Company at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies of the proxy statement (when they become available) and the filings that will be incorporated by reference therein may also be obtained, without charge, by contacting the Company’s Investor Relations at email@example.com or 1.800.325.1159.
Participants in Solicitation
The Company and its directors, executive officers and certain employees, may be deemed, under SEC rules, to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. Information regarding the Company’s directors and executive officers is available in its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 10, 2021. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC (when they become available). These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.
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