The acquisition of Equiniti by Earth Private Holdings Ltd – a newly-formed company owned by funds managed or advised by Siris Capital Group, LLC, is now complete.
EQ and Bidco today announced that the Scheme has now become effective and the entire issued ordinary share capital of EQ is owned by Bidco.
EQ Shareholders on the register at the Scheme Record Time, being 6.30 p.m. on 9 December 2021, will receive 180 pence for each Scheme Share.
An application has been made to the Financial Conduct Authority and the London Stock Exchange in relation to the cancellation of EQ’s listing on the premium listing segment of the Official List and the trading of EQ Shares on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market, which is expected to take place by 8.00 a.m. on 13 December 2021.
Each of the EQ Non-Executive Directors has resigned as a director of EQ with effect from the Effective Date.
Leet’s recall that, in April this year, EQ received a revised cash offer for its entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital. It is intended that the acquisition will be effected by means of a scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006.
The acquisition was conditional, inter alia, on the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) approving or waiving any applications, filings and notices, as applicable, as may be required in connection with the acquisition. On November 5, 2021, EQ and Bidco announced that approval from the DFS was received.
Approval from the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) was received on 4 November 2021.