NN Group and Delta Lloyd believe that a combination of Delta Lloyd and the Dutch and Belgian activities of NN Group (the ‘Combined Company’) is compelling. The transaction will result in an overall stronger platform within the Benelux from which to provide enhanced customer propositions and generate shareholder return:
- Additional scale and capabilities will result in an improved customer proposition within the Dutch pension market;
- Doubling the size of the non-life insurance business will drive underwriting results and customer experience;
- The integration of two leading asset management businesses creates additional scale and expertise;
- Increased size and scale of the banking business, thereby improving the competitive offering to existing and new customers;
- Doubling the presence in Belgium, leading to a strong life insurance market share with a more diversified offering through additional channels.
The Combined Company will be better placed to capture opportunities that technological innovation brings and will provide increased possibilities for knowledge sharing, strengthening capabilities and talent development. It will bring a perspective of growth and lead to opportunities for employees of both companies and will facilitate continuous improvement in customer service and experience.
The Offer envisions the acquisition of Shares pursuant to a recommended public offer by NN Group.
The Offer Price represents:
- a premium of approximately 31% over the closing price of EUR 4.12 per Share on 4 October 2016, the last trading day before NN Group initially announced its intention to make an offer for Delta Lloyd;
- a premium of approximately 38% relative to the average closing price per Share during the last month prior to the initial announcement; and
- a premium of approximately 55% relative to the average closing price per Share of Delta Lloyd during the last three months prior to the initial announcement.
The Offer values 100% of the Shares at EUR 2.5 billion. NN Group will be able to pay the Offer consideration for an amount of EUR 1.4 billion with cash from its own available resources. For the remainder, NN Group has, subject to customary conditions, committed debt financing made available to it from reputable global financial institutions. The financial leverage ratio and fixed cost coverage ratios of the Combined Company are estimated in a range of 30% and 9x on a pro-forma basis at 30 September 2016.
Synergies and cash generation
The combination of Delta Lloyd and the Dutch and Belgian activities of NN Group will facilitate a drive for further efficiency, supporting the Combined Company’s cash generation capacity. NN Group will provide additional information on potential cost and capital synergies in due course, but is currently anticipating cost synergies of approximately EUR 150 million pre-tax by 2020. This is anticipated to occur in a range of areas including:
- Integration of operational and supporting activities in Life and Non-Life, including commercial migration
- Full integration of Bank & Asset Management
- Removal of overlap in centralised functions
- Reduction in project spend
With respect to capital, NN Group estimates the 3Q16 pro-forma Solvency II ratio of the combination to be at 189%, taking into account the reversal of the EUR 333 million deduction of the share buy-back and assuming the base case of senior debt issuance. Based on its due diligence, NN Group believes that there will be some initial capital synergies from the combination but also expects meaningful negative impacts from the alignment of actuarial assumptions under NN Group ownership. The combination of these is anticipated to result in the 3Q16 pro-forma Solvency II ratio declining from 189% to approximately 185%.
Over time, NN Group sees potential for further capital synergies, the transition of Delta Lloyd’s legal entities onto the NN Group Partial Internal Model, but also the removal of the longevity hedge benefit currently included in Delta Lloyd’s standard formula approach.
NN Group anticipates the transaction to generate a return on investment of around 10% and a double digit accretion in DPS for 2018 and onwards. The Combined Company will remain focussed on generating capital within its operating units and remitting this capital to the holding company where it will be subject to NN Group’s unchanged dividend policy.
Recommendation by Delta Lloyd’s Executive Board and Supervisory Board
On 2 October 2016, Delta Lloyd received a conditional approach from NN Group valued at EUR 5.30 which the Delta Lloyd Boards rejected. Consistent with their fiduciary responsibilities, the Boards of Delta Lloyd entered into talks with NN Group to assess whether a transaction would be feasible to create compelling value for shareholders and deliver benefits to other stakeholders. Delta Lloyd and NN Group management have been in discussion about the potential size of the consolidation benefits, both from a financial and capital perspective, from combining the two companies, which are substantial. A key point for Delta Lloyd was that the proposal needed to reflect an appropriate share of benefits of Dutch consolidation for Delta Lloyd shareholders since the Delta Lloyd Boards believe that consolidation will take place in the near future given regulatory developments and market headwinds.
Throughout the process, the Delta Lloyd Executive Board and Supervisory Board met frequently to discuss the progress of the process and the key decisions in connection therein. The Delta Lloyd Executive Board and Supervisory Board received extensive financial and legal advice and there was regular contact with the Dutch Central Bank. The Delta Lloyd Boards gave careful consideration to all aspects - including strategic, financial, current trading, operational and social points of view - and consequences of the proposed transaction.
In the trading update regarding the first nine months of 2016, Delta Lloyd reported good progress on its management priorities of capital, performance and customers, alongside its Solvency II capital ratio of 156%. Since the end of the quarter, Solvency II is expected to have benefited from the closure of the duration gap and favourable market movements. Delta Lloyd expects its 4Q16 Solvency II ratio to be adversely affected by the LAC-DT review by DNB, the possible removal of the risk margin benefit of the longevity hedge and adverse longevity developments. Delta Lloyd will report its final assessment of these items at its full year results in February 2017.
In this context, the Delta Lloyd Boards have carefully considered the financial and stakeholder considerations of all options, including remaining standalone.
After due and careful consideration, both the Delta Lloyd Executive Board and the Supervisory Board are of the opinion that the Offer is in the best interest of Delta Lloyd and its stakeholders. As will be further set out in the Position Statement to be published in connection with the Offer, the Delta Lloyd Executive Board and Supervisory Board support the Offer, shall recommend to the shareholders of Delta Lloyd to accept the Offer and to tender their Shares pursuant to the Offer, and recommend voting in favour of all resolutions relating to the Offer and the Legal Merger that will be proposed at the EGM.
On 23 December 2016, Goldman Sachs issued a fairness opinion to the Delta Lloyd Executive Board and Supervisory Board, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch issued a fairness opinion to the Delta Lloyd Supervisory Board, in each case as to the fairness, as of such date, and based upon and subject to the factors and assumptions set forth in each fairness opinion, that the EUR 5.40 in cash to be paid pursuant to the Offer or the exchange ratio of NN Group shares to be issued in connection with the Legal Merger, as applicable, to the holders of Shares, collectively, is fair from a financial point of view to such holders.
The full text of such fairness opinions, each of which sets forth the assumptions made, procedures followed, matters considered and limitations on the review undertaken in connection with each such opinion, will be included in the Position Statement. The opinions of Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch are given to the Delta Lloyd Executive Board and Supervisory Board, respectively and not to the holders of Shares. As such, the fairness opinions do not contain a recommendation to the holders of Shares as to whether they should tender their Shares under the Offer (if and when made) or how they should vote or act with respect to the Legal Merger or any other matter.
NN Group and Delta Lloyd have agreed tocertain covenants in respect of corporate governance, post-closing legal merger,strategy, organisation, integration and employees for a duration of three yearsafter settlement (the ‘Non-Financial Covenants’).
After successful completion of the Offer,the Delta Lloyd Supervisory Board will be composed of three new members appointedby NN Group and two members of the current Delta Lloyd Supervisory Boardqualifying as independent within the Dutch Corporate Governance Code (the ‘ContinuingMembers’). The Continuing Members will continue to serve on the Delta LloydSupervisory Board, or, should the Delta Lloyd Supervisory Board no longerexist, be appointed to the NN Group Supervisory Board, for the duration of theNon-Financial Covenants.
NN Groupwill determine the composition of the Delta Lloyd Executive Board on or priorto launch of the Offer. The NN Group Executive Board and Management Board will notchange as a result of the transaction.
Post-closing legal merger
NN Group’s willingness to pay the OfferPrice and pursue the transaction is predicated on the acquisition of 100% ofthe Shares. NN Group and Delta Lloyd anticipate that full integration of theircompanies will deliver substantial operational, commercial, organisational,financial and tax benefits, which could not, or only partially, be achieved ifDelta Lloyd were to continue as standalone entity with minority shareholders.
If NN Group acquires at least 95% of theShares, it is intended that Delta Lloyd’s listings on Euronext Amsterdam andEuronext Brussels will be terminated as soon as possible. In addition, NN Groupwill commence statutory squeeze-out proceedings.
If NN Group acquires less than 95% but atleast 67% of the Shares, NN Group will, subject to NN Group and Delta Lloydagreeing on a final structure prior to launch of the Offer, be entitled to pursueone or more legal mergers of Delta Lloyd into NN Group, or a subsidiary of NNGroup, whereby Delta Lloyd shareholders will ultimately receive listed sharesin NN Group (the ‘Legal Merger’). The exchange ratio pursuant to the LegalMerger is defined as the Offer Price divided by the NN Group share price on thelast day prior to the date of the execution of the Legal Merger. The LegalMerger will be subject to Delta Lloyd’s Extraordinary General Meeting (‘EGM’)approval and is to be held prior to closing of the tender offer period. The DeltaLloyd Executive Board and Supervisory Board have approved and consented to theLegal Merger and shall recommend the Delta Lloyd shareholders to vote in favourof the Legal Merger.
Strategy,integration and organisation
NN Group and Delta Lloyd intend tointegrate and align their operations in the Netherlands and Belgium to fullybenefit from their combined reach, scale and resources, in order to provide acompelling platform, maximise the potential of the two businesses and enhancetheir capabilities to service customers. The integration will be led by the NNGroup Management Board, determining the parameters for integration andsupervising the operational working groups. The integration process will beexecuted in a fair, balanced and timely manner, respecting the talents andstrengths of people in both organisations. In order to safeguard the process, atransition committee will be established to supervise, monitor and advise onthe fairness of the integration process.
The NN Group brands will be the brands forthe combined businesses. The brands OHRA and BeFrank shall be maintained. Thehead office of the Combined Company will be in The Hague. Delta Lloyd’slocation in Amsterdam shall be maintained for insurance activities for a periodof at least three years following settlement. The Combined Company shall striveto be a leader in the field of sustainability, inspired by Delta Lloyds’scurrent leadership in this field.
NN Group values the experience and expertiseof Delta Lloyd’s employees which will help further shape the future success ofthe Combined Company. NN Group will respect any and all existing rights andbenefits of employees of Delta Lloyd, including existing social plans, profitsharing schemes, covenants (including covenants with the Delta Lloyd workscouncil) and collective labour agreements (including the employee benefitsincluded in the terms thereof), as well as the terms of the individualemployment agreements between Delta Lloyd and its employees for the agreedduration of these arrangements and agreements or, if earlier, until new plansand/or agreements will be in place amending these rights.
Following settlement, the nomination,selection and appointment of staff for functions within the integrated combinedgroup will, subject to applicable law and regulation, be based on the ‘bestperson for the job’ principle, or, where not feasible or appropriate, on anon-discriminatory, fair and business-oriented transparent set of criteria.
Pre-Offerand Offer conditions
The commencement of the Offer is subject tothe satisfaction or waiver of pre-offer conditions customary for a transactionof this kind, including:
(i) no material breach of the MergerProtocol having occurred;
(ii) no revocation or amendment of therecommendation by the Delta Lloyd Executive Board and Supervisory Board;
(iii) no material adverse effect havingoccurred;
(iv) the Dutch Authority for the FinancialMarkets (‘AFM’) having approved and the Belgian Financial Services and MarketsAuthority (‘FSMA’) having acknowledged the offer memorandum;
(v) no public announcement of a CompetingOffer (as defined below) having been made;
(vi) the Stichting Continuïteit Delta Lloyd(the ‘Foundation’) not having exercised its call option to have protectivepreference shares issued to it;
(vii) no notification having been receivedfrom AFM stating that investment firms will not be allowed to cooperate withthe Offer; and
(viii) no order, stay judgment or decree having beenissued prohibiting the making of the Offer.
If and when made, the consummation of the Offer will besubject to the satisfaction or waiver of the following Offer conditions:
(i) minimum acceptance level of at least95% of the Shares, which will be reduced to 67% in the event that the DeltaLloyd shareholders have adopted the legal merger resolution at the EGM (ifproposed), provided however that NN Group may waive the minimum acceptancecondition without the consent of Delta Lloyd if the acceptance level is 67% and above;
(ii) antitrust clearance having beenobtained;
(iii) declarations of no-objection from theDutch Central Bank, the National Bank of Belgium and the European Central Bank havingbeen obtained;
(iv) no material breach of the MergerProtocol having occurred;
(v) no revocation or amendment of therecommendation by the Delta Lloyd Executive Board and Supervisory Board;
(vi) no material adverse effect havingoccurred;
(vii) no public announcement of a CompetingOffer (as defined below) having been made;
(viii) the Foundation not having exercisedits call option to have protective preference shares issued to it and havingagreed to terminate the call option agreement subject to the Offer beingdeclared unconditional;
(ix) no notification having been receivedfrom AFM stating that investment firms will not be allowed to cooperate withthe Offer; and
(x) no order, stay judgment or decree having beenissued prohibiting the making of the Offer.
On termination of the Merger Protocol by NN Group onaccount of a material breach of the Merger Protocol by Delta Lloyd or aCompeting Offer having been made, Delta Lloyd will forfeit a EUR 25 milliontermination fee to NN Group.
If the Merger Protocol is terminated by Delta Lloyd (i)on account of a material breach of the Merger Protocol by NN Group, (ii)because all conditions are satisfied or waived and NN Group fails to launch ordeclare the Offer unconditional, as the case may be or (iii) because the declarationsof no-objection from the Dutch Central Bank, the National Bank of Belgium andthe European Central Bank are not obtained, NN Group will forfeit a EUR 25million reverse termination fee to Delta Lloyd.
If the Merger Protocol is terminated because antitrustclearance is not obtained NN Group will forfeit a EUR 67.5 million reversetermination fee to Delta Lloyd.
NN Group and Delta Lloyd may terminate the MergerProtocol in the event a bona fide third-party offeror makes an offer which, inthe reasonable opinion of the Boards, is a more beneficial offer than the Offer,exceeds the Offer Price by 7% and is launched or is committed to be launchedwithin four weeks (a ‘Competing Offer’). In the event of a Competing Offer, NNGroup will be given the opportunity to match such offer, in which case theMerger Protocol may not be terminated by Delta Lloyd. Any additional subsequentcompeting offer will have a 5% offer threshold and matching right for NN Group.As part of the agreement, Delta Lloyd has entered into customary undertakingsnot to solicit third party offers.
NN Group andDelta Lloyd will seek to obtain all necessary approvals and antitrustclearances as soon as possible. The required advice of the NN Group and DeltaLloyd works councils and consultation with the unions will be commencedimmediately (to the extent not already in progress). Both parties are confidentthat NN Group will secure all antitrust and regulatory approvals within thetimetable applicable to the Offer.
NN Group expectsto submit a request for review and approval of its offer memorandum with AFM nolater than 28 December 2016 and to publish the offer memorandum shortly afterapproval, in accordance with the applicable statutory timeline.
DeltaLloyd will hold an EGM at least six business days prior to the closing of the tenderoffer period in accordance with Section 18 Paragraph 1 of the Decree to informthe shareholders about the Offer and to adopt certain resolutions that areconditions to the consummation of the Offer. Based on the required steps andsubject to the necessary approvals, NN Group and Delta Lloyd anticipate thatthe Offer will close in the second quarter of 2017.
In connection with the transaction, NN Group’sExecutive and Supervisory Board financial advisors are J.P. Morgan Limited(lead), ING Bank N.V., and Morgan Stanley, and its legal counsel is FreshfieldsBruckhaus Deringer. On behalf of Delta Lloyd, Goldman Sachs International isacting as financial advisor to the Executive Board, Bank of America MerrillLynch is acting as financial advisor to the Supervisory Board, and Allen &Overy is acting as legal counsel.
To the extent permissible under applicable lawor regulation, NN Group and its affiliates or brokers (acting as agents for NNGroup or its affiliates, as applicable) may from time to time after the datehereof, and other than pursuant to the intended offer, directly or indirectlypurchase, or arrange to purchase, ordinary shares in the capital of DeltaLloyd, that are the subject of the intended offer. To the extent informationabout such purchases or arrangements to purchase is made public in theNetherlands, such information will be disclosed by means of a press release toinform shareholders of such information, which will be made available on the websiteof NN Group. In addition, financial advisors to NN Group may also engage inordinary course trading activities in securities of Delta Lloyd, which mayinclude purchases or arrangements to purchase such securities