21 August 2023
GAM responds to letter from Rock Investments SAS
On 17 August 2023 Rock Investments SAS (“Rock”) wrote to the GAM Board proposing short-term bridge financing from Rock to be made available should the Liontrust Asset Management Plc public exchange offer (“Liontrust Offer”) for the entire share capital of GAM Holding AG (“GAM”) be declared unsuccessful. GAM has written to Rock setting out its response and the key points in that letter are set out below.
Rock have stated that they plan to propose, at an extraordinary general meeting to be held in the future, a CHF 25 million convertible bond which they state will replace their proposed bridge financing. In our assessment, the proposed convertible bond is insufficient to maintain GAM as a going concern.
The first tranche of the Liontrust loan facility is now fully drawn to fund GAM’s losses and UK pension payments during July and August 2023, amounting to CHF 10 million. The remaining CHF 15 million net proceeds from the proposed convertible bond, once the Liontrust loan facility is fully repaid, is insufficient for the following reasons:
- As stated in our 2023 half year results published on 3 August 2023, our underlying loss before tax was CHF 23.5 million for the six months ended 30 June 2023. On an annualized this is CHF 45-50 million, or approximately CHF 4 million per month.
- As disclosed in GAM’s 2022 annual report, GAM is obligated to pay approximately CHF 10 million per annum or approximately CHF 1 million per month to the GAM UK pension scheme to remediate the technical provisions deficit.
- The costs to restructure GAM will be significant. Liontrust has identified these costs to be approximately CHF 50 million based on an in-depth financial assessment reached after having conducted extensive open book due diligence over nine months. Liontrust can achieve significant cost savings due to the cost synergies available from bringing together the two investment management businesses.
In addition, as disclosed in GAM’s 2022 annual report, GAM’s balance sheet as of 31 December 2022 contains lease liabilities in-excess of CHF 40 million and the pension obligation referred to above runs for nearly another eight years and therefore represents a total future cash outflow of approximately CHF 80 million.
The level of capital injection required in the immediate foreseeable future exceeds CHF 100 million. Against this background, the proposed convertible bond is insufficient to maintain GAM as a going concern, in the short term let alone over the next 12 months as required by law and regulators. In addition, when such financing is implemented, it will either significantly dilute existing GAM shareholders if done through an external capital raise or significantly leverage the firm if done through external debt. In consideration of the above the GAM Board of Directors continue to strongly recommend the Liontrust Offer to GAM shareholders.
GAM requests that Rock acknowledge and accept the realities relating to GAM’s financial position, if the Liontrust Offer is declared unsuccessful. It is essential that Rock acknowledge and accept publicly that the level of funding needed to stabilise GAM is significantly higher than the net proceeds of the Rock proposed convertible bond (approximately net CHF 15 million) and is likely to be in-excess of CHF 100 million. Failing to do so is not reflective of GAM’s actual financial position and business performance and is misleading to GAM and its shareholders.
The Liontrust Offer is the only viable option in the interests of all stakeholders. Liontrust have done extensive due diligence and the enlarged business will have a strong balance sheet, a broader array of excellent investment products, a global distribution footprint and the capability to deliver synergies and growth, in which GAM shareholders can participate in the future. The Liontrust Offer also continues to be strongly supported by the senior portfolio managers of GAM, who believe that it is in the best interests of our clients. The GAM Board urges all GAM shareholders to tender their shares.
Shareholders can tender their shares into the Liontrust Offer until 23 August 2023 16:00 CEST.
|24 August 2023||Expected publication of interim results of main tender offer period of Liontrust|
|19 October 2023||Q3 2023 Interim Statement|
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GAM is an independent investment manager that is listed in Switzerland. Total assets under management were CHF 68 billion as at 30 June 2023, with Investment Management at CHF 21.9 billion and Fund Management Services at CHF 46.1 billion. GAM has global distribution with offices in 14 countries and is geographically diverse with clients in almost every continent. It has 3,500 clients globally, of which c. 2,700 are based in Europe. Headquartered in Zurich, GAM Investments was founded in 1983 and its registered office is at Hardstrasse 201 Zurich, 8037 Switzerland.
Liontrust is an independent, specialist asset manager established in 1995, listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1999 and is a member of the FTSE 250. Headquartered on the Strand in London with additional offices in Edinburgh and Luxemburg, Liontrust had £30.5 billion in AuMA as at 16 June 2023. Liontrust seeks to enable investors to enjoy a better financial future through investing in a range of global equities, fixed income, sustainable investment and multi-asset portfolios and funds.
Legal Notice and Information
The information contained in this release is for informational purposes only and does not constitute, or form part of, an offer or invitation to purchase, sell, exchange or issue, or a solicitation of an offer to sell, purchase, exchange or subscribe for any registered shares or other securities of GAM Holding AG or Liontrust Asset Management Plc, nor shall it form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract therefor. This release is not part of the Offer Documentation (as defined below) relating to the exchange offer of Liontrust Asset Management Plc for all publicly held registered shares of GAM Holding AG (the "Offer"). Terms and conditions of the Offer have been and/or will be published in the Offer Documentation (as defined below) regarding the Offer. Shareholders of GAM Holding AG are urged to read the Offer Documentation (as defined below), which is and/or will be available at www.liontrust.co.uk/gam-acquisition.
Certain Offer Restrictions
The release, publication or distribution of the pre-announcement of the Offer, the offer prospectus relating to the Offer and any other materials relating to the Offer (the "Offer Documentation") and the making of the Offer may in certain jurisdictions (including, but not limited to, Japan) (the "Restricted Jurisdictions") be restricted by law, be considered unlawful or otherwise violate any applicable laws or regulations, or may require Liontrust Asset Management Plc or any of its direct and indirect subsidiaries to change or amend the terms or conditions of the Offer in any way, to make an additional filing with any governmental, regulatory or other authority or take additional action in relation to the Offer. Therefore, persons obtaining any Offer Documentation or into whose possession any Offer Documentation otherwise comes, are required to, and should inform themselves of and observe, all such restrictions. Neither GAM Holding AG nor Liontrust Asset Management Plc nor the receiving agent accept or assume any responsibility or liability for any violation by any person whomsoever of any such restriction. The Offer is not being and will not be made, directly or indirectly, in or into the Restricted Jurisdiction. It is not intended to extend the Offer to any such Restricted Jurisdictions. The Offer Documentation should not be sent or otherwise distributed in or into the Restricted Jurisdictions and the Offer cannot be accepted by any such use, means or instrumentality, in or from within the Restricted Jurisdictions. Accordingly, copies of the Offer Documentation are not being, and must not be, sent or otherwise distributed in or into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction or, in their capacities as such, to custodians, trustees or nominees holding shares for persons in any Restricted Jurisdictions, and persons receiving any such Offer Documentation (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not distribute or send them in, into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction. Any purported acceptance of the Offer resulting directly or indirectly from a violation of these restrictions will be invalid. No shares are being solicited in the Offer for purchase or sale from or to a resident of the Restricted Jurisdictions and, if sent in response by a resident of the Restricted Jurisdictions, Liontrust Asset Management Plc reserves the right to reject such acceptance. Such Offer Documentation must not be used for the purpose of soliciting the purchase or sale or exchange of any shares in GAM Holding AG (the "GAM Shares") or shares in Liontrust Asset Management Plc (the "Liontrust Shares") by any person or entity resident or incorporated in any Restricted Jurisdiction. Each person delivering an acceptance form in connection with the Offer will be required to certify that, unless and to the extent otherwise agreed with and authorized by Liontrust Asset Management Plc in accordance with applicable law and regulations: (i) such person has not received the Offer, the Offer Documentation, the acceptance form or any other document relating to the Offer in a Restricted Jurisdiction, nor has such person mailed, transmitted or otherwise distributed any such document in or into a Restricted Jurisdiction; (ii) such person has not utilized, directly or indirectly, the mails, or any means or instrumentality of commerce, or the facilities of any national securities exchange, of a Restricted Jurisdiction in connection with the Offer; (iii) such person is not and was not located in a Restricted Jurisdiction at the time such person accepted the terms of the Offer or at the time such person returned the acceptance form; and (iv) if such person is acting in a fiduciary, agency or other capacity as an intermediary, then either (a) such person has full investment discretion with respect to the securities covered by the acceptance form or (b) the person on whose behalf such person is acting was located outside the Restricted Jurisdictions at the time he or she instructed such person to accept the Offer.
Subject to applicable securities laws and regulations, Liontrust Asset Management Plc intends to make available a "vendor placement" arrangement with respect to the Offer for holders of GAM Shares in the United States of America and any other jurisdictions where, in the sole discretion of Liontrust Asset Management Plc, an offer of securities to such persons would require filing of a registration statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") or another relevant regulatory body, or who are otherwise not eligible to participate in the Offer in accordance with applicable laws or regulations. Accordingly, Liontrust Asset Management Plc intends to structure the Offer in a manner whereby each such holder would receive average net cash proceeds from the sale of the Liontrust Shares that it would otherwise be entitled to receive in the Offer (such arrangement, a "Vendor Placement"), unless such holder makes such representations, warranties and confirmations as Liontrust Asset Management Plc may require, and Liontrust Asset Management Plc, in its sole discretion, determines that such holder may receive the Liontrust Shares without filing of a registration statement with the SEC or another relevant regulatory body. Any sale of shares in Liontrust Asset Management Plc pursuant to a Vendor Placement would occur outside of the United States of America and any Restricted Jurisdictions pursuant to a centralized sale process and would be subject to deduction of applicable fees and expenses.
2. United States of America
Shareholders of GAM Holding AG in the United States of America are advised that the GAM Shares are not listed on a U.S. securities exchange and that GAM Holding AG is not subject to the periodic reporting requirements of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), and is not required to, and does not, file any reports with the SEC thereunder.
The Liontrust Shares to be offered in exchange for GAM Shares pursuant to the Offer have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended ("U.S. Securities Act"), nor under any law of any state of the United States of America, and may not be offered, sold, resold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States of America, except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. The Offer Documentation does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in the United States of America. Liontrust Asset Management Plc will not register or make a public offer of its securities, or otherwise conduct the Offer, in the United States of America.
The securities referred to herein have not been and are not presently expected to be listed on any US securities exchange or quoted on any inter-dealer quotation system in the United States of America. None of GAM Holding AG or Liontrust Asset Management Plc presently intends to take any action to facilitate a market in such securities in the United States of America.
Neither the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, nor any U.S. state securities commission, has approved or disapproved of the securities to be offered in exchange for GAM Shares pursuant to the Offer or any related transaction or determined if the information contained herein or in any offering circular to be prepared in connection with the Offer is accurate or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense in the U.S.
As used herein, "United States of America", "U.S." or "US" means the United States of America, its territories and possessions (including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Wake Island and the Northern Mariana Islands), any state of the United States of America and the District of Columbia.
3. United Kingdom
The Offer is only being made within the United Kingdom pursuant to an exemption under Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (as amended and together with any applicable adopting or amending measures in the United Kingdom, the "UK Prospectus Regulation") from the requirement to publish a prospectus that has been approved by the UK Financial Conduct Authority and published in accordance with the UK Prospectus Regulation.
4. European Economic Area
The Offer is only being made within the European Economic Area ("EEA") pursuant to an exemption under Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (as amended and together with any applicable adopting or amending measures in any relevant member state of the EEA, the "Prospectus Regulation"), from the requirement to publish a prospectus that has been approved by the competent authority in that relevant member state and published in accordance with the Prospectus Regulation or, where appropriate, approved in another relevant member state and notified to the competent authority in that relevant member state, all in accordance with the Prospectus Regulation.
The Offer is not addressed to shareholders of GAM Holding AG whose place of residence, seat or habitual abode is in Japan, and such shareholders may not accept the offer.
Reference is made to the offer prospectus for the full offer restrictions.
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