No Support For Non-Binding Indicative Offer to Acquire STU

3 Oct 2018
NO SUPPORT FOR NON-BINDING INDICATIVE OFFER TO ACQUIRE STU

 

Steel & Tube’s Board advises no support for non-binding indicative offer from Fletcher Building to

acquire Steel & Tube

On 10 September 2018, Steel & Tube Holdings Limited (NZX: STU) received a non-binding, indicative

and confidential offer (NBIO) from Fletcher Building Limited to acquire the company.

 

Steel & Tube’s Board has carefully considered the NBIO and sought expert legal and commercial

advice. The Board does not support the indicative offer, for a number of reasons including:

 

• The NBIO of $1.70 per share significantly undervalues Steel & Tube’s Board’s view of the

company’s value.

• The proposed acquisition would need clearance under the Commerce Act, which would take

some time to work through due to Fletcher’s vertical presence and significant size in several

steel product markets.

 

Chair of Steel & Tube, Susan Paterson, said: “The fact that Fletchers has made this indicative offer

speaks to our reputation and the strength of our business. Obviously Fletchers sees a lot of value in

our business and its future potential as the benefits of our turn-around strategy start to become

clear… as do we.”

 

Steel & Tube recently reaffirmed its FY19 guidance of earnings before interest and tax of $25 million

on the back of the continuing positive progress being made under the company’s ‘Striving for

Excellence’ strategy. The company has a clear focus on growth and improving financial performance

as it positions itself as New Zealand’s leading supplier of steel products. While the market remains

highly competitive, Steel & Tube continues to win new customers, sign large contracts, increase

efficiencies and reduce costs.

 

Steel & Tube’s solid foundation has recently been strengthened with a successful capital raising. The

Board and Management are confident in the improving performance of the company, and remain

focused on providing high quality steel solutions and products and delivering value for employees,

customers and shareholders.

 

ENDS

 

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For further information please contact:

 

 

Mark Malpass Jackie Ellis
Steel & Tube CEO Media and Communications 
Tel: +64 27 777 0327 Tel: +64 27 246 2505 
Email: mark.malpass@steelandtube.co.nz Email: jackie@ellisandco.co.nz