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DIEBOLD AND WINCOR NIXDORF TO COMBINE, CREATING PREMIER SELF-SERVICE COMPANY FOR FINANCIAL AND RETAIL MARKETS

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DIEBOLD AND WINCOR NIXDORF TO COMBINE, CREATING PREMIER SELF-SERVICE COMPANY FOR FINANCIAL AND RETAIL MARKETS

Companies have entered into a business combination agreement in which Diebold will launch a voluntary public tender offer for all of Wincor Nixdorf’s outstanding shares

  • Brings together leading global innovators in banking and retail technologies in rapidly transforming industries
  • Combined company will deliver fully integrated and transformative solutions in value-added services, branch automation and omnichannel experiences
  • Both companies share a common strategic focus on growing services and software, and have highly complementary offerings, geographic presence and customer bases
  • Diebold will offer Wincor Nixdorf shareholders €38.98 in cash plus 0.434 Diebold common shares per Wincor Nixdorf share1
  • Transaction values Wincor Nixdorf, including net debt, at approximately $1.8 billion, or €1.7 billion2
  • Transaction expected to yield approximately $160 million of annual cost synergies, and the combined company will target non-GAAP operating margin3 in excess of 9 percent by the end of the third full year following completion of the transaction

Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE:DBD), a global leader in providing self-service delivery, value-added services and software primarily to the financial industry, and Wincor Nixdorf AG (FWB: WIN), a leading provider of IT solutions and services to banks and the retail industry, today announced that the companies have entered into a business combination agreement. Pursuant to the business combination agreement, Diebold will launch a voluntary public tender offer to all shareholders of Wincor Nixdorf.  Under the terms of the agreement, Diebold will offer Wincor Nixdorf shareholders €38.98 in cash plus 0.434 Diebold common shares per Wincor Nixdorf share1. This transaction values Wincor Nixdorf, including net debt, at approximately $1.8 billion, or €1.7 billion2.

The combined company had pro forma revenue of approximately $5.2 billion, or €4.8 billion4, for the trailing 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2015, excluding revenue attributable to Diebold’s North America electronic security business, which it recently agreed to divest. Following completion of the offer and subject to certain approvals, the combined company will be named Diebold Nixdorf, with common shares publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The combined company will have registered offices in North Canton, Ohio, U.S. and will be operated from headquarters in North Canton and Paderborn, Germany.

The combination brings together leading innovators in value-added services, branch automation and omnichannel experiences to create an industry leader focused on the entire value chain — consult, design, build and operate — to help financial institutions and retailers succeed in their business transformation journey. The combined company will build upon the two companies’ shared vision that services and software drive the consumer experience and enable customers to differentiate themselves in an evolving industry. The combined company will pursue a growing total addressable market of approximately $60 billion, according to independent market estimates and Diebold internal analysis.

Combined Company to Deliver More Services and Innovation to the Market

“The rate of change we see in our industry is unprecedented, and by leveraging innovative solutions and talent from both organizations we will have the scale, strength and flexibility to help our customers through their own business transformation,” said Andy W. Mattes, Diebold president and chief executive officer (CEO). “Our new company will be well positioned for growth in high-value services and software — particularly in the areas of managed services, branch automation, mobile and omnichannel solutions — across a broader customer base. This combination was made possible through the successes we have had and continue to create in the Diebold 2.0 transformation plan. We have a history of collaboration with Wincor Nixdorf, and our shared approach will help drive a successful integration and minimize disruption. I am very excited about the many opportunities we will create together.”

“The combination of Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf is an exciting opportunity for both companies to shape the future of banking and retail solutions. Together, we can even better leverage the potential of a rapidly changing banking and retail market due to our strong combined R&D expertise. With our complementary geographic presence, we will be even closer to customers worldwide. Our common view of omnichannel software solutions will enable us to create a best-in-class customer experience to support banks and retailers to cope with challenges of digitalization,” said Eckard Heidloff, CEO, Wincor Nixdorf. “Furthermore, we are convinced that our employees will benefit from being part of an even stronger, more global organization that is well positioned for the age of digitalization.”

Highly Complementary Geographies, Customers and Solutions

The two companies share a complementary geographic reach across the Americas, EMEA and within Asia, along with strong, trusted brands backed by best-in-breed engineering. Diebold is a leading player in the Americas, whereas Wincor Nixdorf is a leading player in Europe. These two regions are also key drivers for innovation and digital transformation — both in banking and retail.

The combined company’s collective capabilities and established global market presence will offer a broader range of services and solutions across its customer base. Growth in both the software and services segments is expected to be accelerated by the combined, expanded installed base of nearly one million automated teller machines (ATMs) worldwide to the benefit of the customers. The combined company’s strong service presence will also benefit Wincor Nixdorf’s retail business.

Agreement Approved by Boards of Both Companies

Under the terms of the business combination agreement, which has been approved by Diebold’s board of directors and Wincor Nixdorf’s supervisory board, Diebold will launch a voluntary public tender offer for all outstanding shares of Wincor Nixdorf. The offer consideration will consist of €38.98 in cash plus 0.434 Diebold shares per Wincor Nixdorf share.

Based on the volume-weighted average share price of Diebold shares over the last five trading days prior to Oct. 17, 2015, the day on which the companies confirmed entry into a non-binding term sheet for a proposed business combination, the total offer consideration represented an implied value of €52.50 per Wincor Nixdorf share. This implied value represents a premium of approximately 35 percent over Wincor Nixdorf’s closing share price as of Oct. 16, 2015, and a premium of approximately 42 percent over the volume-weighted average price per share over the last three months preceding that date.  The corresponding enterprise value including net debt amounts to approximately $1.8 billion, or €1.7 billion, under these terms.

Under the business combination agreement, the existing transformation program at Wincor Nixdorf will be supported by Diebold and will proceed as planned. The parties have agreed that there will be no material workforce reductions in Germany beyond this existing program as a result of the transaction. Furthermore, all labor-related laws and regulations will be respected and co-determination on the German supervisory board level shall remain unchanged.

Following the completion of the transaction, the combined company plans to deliver approximately $160 million of annual cost synergies and will target a non-GAAP operating margin in excess of 9 percent by the end of the third full year. In addition, the transaction is expected to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings per share5 in the second year, excluding integration costs.

The terms of the voluntary public tender offer were subject to thorough analysis by Wincor Nixdorf’s supervisory board and management board as required by their fiduciary duties. The management board and supervisory board of Wincor Nixdorf consider the offer consideration proposed by Diebold fair for shareholders and the overall agreement in the best interest of Wincor Nixdorf, its shareholders, employees and other stakeholders and therefore intend to recommend the offer.

Equal Representation on the Executive Committee

Diebold’s Mattes, 54, will be CEO of the combined company. Wincor Nixdorf’s Heidloff, 59, will be president.  Christopher C. Chapman, 41, the current Diebold chief financial officer (CFO), will serve as CFO of the combined company, and Jürgen Wunram, 57, Wincor Nixdorf CFO, will serve as chief integration officer and will represent the retail business in the executive committee. In total, the combined company’s executive committee of eight will be equally represented by business leaders from both Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf, including the four executives mentioned above.

Following the closing it is anticipated that along with the existing Diebold board members, three new directors will join the board of the combined company: Dr. Alexander Dibelius, chairman of the supervisory board of Wincor Nixdorf, Dr. Dieter Düsedau, member of the supervisory board of Wincor Nixdorf, and Eckard Heidloff. Also, to facilitate the integration, it is intended that three Diebold executives will join the supervisory board of Wincor Nixdorf upon closing.  

Transaction Structure

The transaction will be implemented through a voluntary public tender offer for all outstanding shares of Wincor Nixdorf. Diebold expects the offer to commence during the first quarter of 2016 after filing of Diebold’s registration statement on Form S-4 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and approval of the offer document by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt fuer Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht / BaFin). The offer is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and a minimum acceptance threshold of c. 67.6 percent of all existing Wincor Nixdorf ordinary shares (this corresponds, after deduction of treasury shares held by Wincor Nixdorf which will not be tendered, to c. 75 percent of all current voting stock (outstanding shares)).

Given that the mixed consideration consisting of cash and stock is offered by a US corporation, Diebold, Inc. does not expect that German withholding tax will apply to Wincor Nixdorf shareholders who are not tax-resident in Germany (unless the Wincor Nixdorf shares are held as part of business assets in Germany).  For Wincor Nixdorf shareholders tax resident in Germany, the tax treatment of the voluntary public tender offer will follow generally applicable German tax principles, which may include German taxation of the cash component of the consideration as a dividend for certain shareholders tax-resident in Germany.  A general summary of material tax consequences related to the participation in the voluntary public tender offer will be published as part of the offer documentation.  For an individual analysis of their personal tax situation in connection with the acceptance of the voluntary public takeover offer, Wincor Nixdorf shareholders are advised to consult their tax advisors.

Upon successful completion of the offer and regulatory approvals, Diebold will consolidate the financial results of Wincor Nixdorf, and Diebold’s earnings will reflect its proportionate share of Wincor Nixdorf’s earnings. 

Financing the Transaction

Diebold has committed financing in place. In addition to cash on hand, Diebold expects to raise approximately $2.8 billion to fund the transaction, refinance existing debt of both companies and provide liquidity. This permanent financing is expected to be comprised of a $0.5 billion senior secured revolver and $2.3 billion of senior secured term loans and unsecured notes.

Following the transaction close, the pro forma balance sheet is expected to have net debt/EBITDA of approximately 4x6.  The combined company intends to shift its capital allocation plans to focus on deleveraging the balance sheet to be consistently below 3x net debt/EBITDA by the end of year three. Commensurate with this approach and after the transaction closes, the combined company intends to pay a dividend per share at a rate of approximately one-third of Diebold’s current annual cash dividend per share, subject to market and other conditions.  Moving forward, paying a dividend remains a part of the combined company’s philosophy of returning value to shareholders.

Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan acted as financial advisers to Diebold, along with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, who served as legal adviser. J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse are also providing committed financing for the transaction.  Goldman Sachs acted as financial adviser to Wincor Nixdorf, along with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, who served as legal adviser.

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Teed off: As COVID fuels S. Africa’s housing crisis, golf courses feel the heat

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By Kim Harrisberg

JOHANNESBURG (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – It sounds like a developer’s dream: A greenfield site in the heart of Cape Town, close to the best schools, hospitals and transport links and big enough to build more than 1,400 affordable new homes. The only hitch – it’s a golf course.

The 46-hectare (114-acre) Rondebosch Golf Club is one of hundreds of golf courses in South Africa facing scrutiny by land rights campaigners as a surge in evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic exposes an acute shortage of low-cost housing.

Rondebosch had its lease renewed by the city government late last year despite the presentation of some 1,830 objections by local housing rights group Ndifuna Ukwazi, which says turning golf courses over for homes is a way to tackle deep inequality.

“Using this land for the benefit of a few wealthy individuals at the expense of those in dire need of affordable housing is inefficient, unequal and unjust,” said Michael Clark, head of research and advocacy at Ndifuna Ukwazi.

Warnings by city officials that eviction is on the cards for occupiers of abandoned buildings, just months after Rondebosch’s lease was extended, have roused activists and sparked calls for cities to prioritise land use according to need.

“Golf courses occupy expansive tracts of land in well-located areas across cities,” said Edward Molopi, a researcher with the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), which uses litigation and advocacy to support human rights.

“South African cities face an acute need for affordable housing and this land can be used to address the problem,” Molopi told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, adding that he knows of hundreds of housing evictions since lockdown began.

Nearly three decades after the end of white minority rule, South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world, according to the World Bank, with urban areas still starkly divided along racial and class lines.

In other countries too, from South Korea to the United States, the swathes of green space needed for a round of golf have stirred debate around alternative uses for the land, whether apartment blocks, public parks or even vineyards.

‘NOT THE ONLY LAND’

But in South Africa, where tracts of land, including golf courses, were used as physical barriers to separate different racial groups during the apartheid regime, campaigners say repurposing such areas is key to achieving a fairer society.

Golf lovers have a choice of about 450 courses in South Africa, according to independent golf course ranking platform Top 100 Golf Courses.

They are easy to spot on a Google Maps view of the nation’s cities, many in close proximity to other golf courses, and also poorer neighbourhoods or townships.

But officials say finding space for affordable homes is more complex than repurposing golf courses.

Not all of the courses are publicly owned or suitable for residential use, said officials from the cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. The sport also draws tourists and creates jobs, they added.

“Densification, diversification and inclusionary housing requirements in well-located parts of our cities is a more realistic approach,” said Nthatisi Modingoane, a spokesman for the city of Johannesburg.

‘SPATIAL JUSTICE’

Johannesburg’s Observatory golf course lies less than five kilometres (three miles) from Hillbrow, an inner-city suburb notorious for derelict, overcrowded buildings and crime.

People unable to afford rent end up there in “dark buildings” – properties seized by rogue landlords that offer crowded but cheap rooms, often without electricity.

“Since COVID, people need cheap rent, but if you don’t pay the landlords you get kicked out or … they kill you,” said Ethel Musonza, a housing activist who used to live in a dark building.

“There is a big need for people to be resettled in a safe place they can afford,” she added.

But the Observatory course sits on the site of an old ash dump, making it a poor site for residential construction, said club captain Simon Leventhorp.

“There is need for affordable houses but golf courses aren’t the only land available,” he said, adding that the club had a lower membership fee that other courses, making it a more inclusive space.

Some courses – like Rondebosch in Cape Town – do fit the bill for affordable housing, said Clark.

Golfers at the course can still enjoy views of the city’s famous Table Mountain from the greens, but authorities did add a two-year cancellation clause to the club’s lease if an alternative use of the land is identified.

Land used for community and recreational use, including golf courses, is currently being reviewed for possible residential sites, the city added.

In the meantime, land campaigners will continue to put pressure on state and city governments to “proactively intervene in housing markets”, said Molopi from SERI.

“This will be central to dismantling the ‘apartheid city’ and moving towards urban spatial justice,” Molopi said.

(Reporting by Kim Harrisberg @KimHarrisberg; Editing by Helen Popper. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers the lives of people around the world who struggle to live freely or fairly. Visit http://news.trust.org)

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UK might need negative rates if recovery disappoints – BoE’s Vlieghe

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By David Milliken and William Schomberg

LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England might need to cut interest rates below zero later this year or in 2022 if a recovery in the economy disappoints, especially if there is persistent unemployment, policymaker Gertjan Vlieghe said on Friday.

Vlieghe said he thought the likeliest scenario was that the economy would recover strongly as forecast by the central bank earlier this month, meaning a further loosening of monetary policy would not be needed.

Data published on Friday suggested the economy had stabilised after a new COVID-19 lockdown hit retailers last month, while businesses and consumers are hopeful a fast vaccination campaign will spur a recovery.

Vlieghe said in a speech published by the BoE that there was a risk of lasting job market weakness hurting wages and prices.

“In such a scenario, I judge more monetary stimulus would be appropriate, and I would favour a negative Bank Rate as the tool to implement the stimulus,” he said.

“The time to implement it would be whenever the data, or the balance of risks around it, suggest that the recovery is falling short of fully eliminating economic slack, which might be later this year or into next year,” he added.

Vlieghe’s comments are similar to those of fellow policymaker Michael Saunders, who said on Thursday negative rates could be the BoE’s best tool in future.

Earlier this month the BoE gave British financial institutions six months to get ready for the possible introduction of negative interest rates, though it stressed that no decision had been taken on whether to implement them.

Investors saw the move as reducing the likelihood of the BoE following other central banks and adopting negative rates.

Some senior BoE policymakers, such as Deputy Governor Dave Ramsden, believe that adding to the central bank’s 875 billion pounds ($1.22 trillion) of government bond purchases remains the best way of boosting the economy if needed.

Vlieghe underscored the scale of the hit to Britain’s economy and said it was clear the country was not experiencing a V-shaped recovery, adding it was more like “something between a swoosh-shaped recovery and a W-shaped recovery.”

“I want to emphasise how far we still have to travel in this recovery,” he said, adding that it was “highly uncertain” how much of the pent-up savings amassed by households during the lockdowns would be spent.

By contrast, last week the BoE’s chief economist, Andy Haldane, likened the economy to a “coiled spring.”

Vlieghe also warned against raising interest rates if the economy appeared to be outperforming expectations.

“It is perfectly possible that we have a short period of pent up demand, after which demand eases back again,” he said.

Higher interest rates were unlikely to be appropriate until 2023 or 2024, he said.

($1 = 0.7146 pounds)

(Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by William Schomberg)

 

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By William Schomberg and David Milliken

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s economy has stabilised after a new COVID-19 lockdown last month hit retailers, and business and consumers are hopeful the vaccination campaign will spur a recovery, data showed on Friday.

The IHS Markit/CIPS flash composite Purchasing Managers’ Index, a survey of businesses, suggested the economy was barely shrinking in the first half of February as companies adjusted to the latest restrictions.

A separate survey of households showed consumers at their most confident since the pandemic began.

Britain’s economy had its biggest slump in 300 years in 2020, when it contracted by 10%, and will shrink by 4% in the first three months of 2021, the Bank of England predicts.

The central bank expects a strong subsequent recovery because of the COVID-19 vaccination programme – though policymaker Gertjan Vlieghe said in a speech on Friday that the BoE could need to cut interest rates below zero later this year if unemployment stayed high.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due on Monday to announce the next steps in England’s lockdown but has said any easing of restrictions will be gradual.

Official data for January underscored the impact of the latest lockdown on retailers.

Retail sales volumes slumped by 8.2% from December, a much bigger fall than the 2.5% decrease forecast in a Reuters poll of economists, and the second largest on record.

“The only good thing about the current lockdown is that it’s no way near as bad for the economy as the first one,” Paul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics, said.

The smaller fall in retail sales than last April’s 18% plunge reflected growth in online shopping.

BORROWING SURGE SLOWED IN JANUARY

There was some better news for finance minister Rishi Sunak as he prepares to announce Britain’s next annual budget on March 3.

Though public sector borrowing of 8.8 billion pounds ($12.3 billion) was the first January deficit in a decade, it was much less than the 24.5 billion pounds forecast in a Reuters poll.

That took borrowing since the start of the financial year in April to 270.6 billion pounds, reflecting a surge in spending and tax cuts ordered by Sunak.

The figure does not count losses on government-backed loans which could add 30 billion pounds to the shortfall this year, but the deficit is likely to be smaller than official forecasts, the Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank said.

Sunak is expected to extend a costly wage subsidy programme, at least for the hardest-hit sectors, but he said the time for a reckoning would come.

“It’s right that once our economy begins to recover, we should look to return the public finances to a more sustainable footing and I’ll always be honest with the British people about how we will do this,” he said.

Some economists expect higher taxes sooner rather than later.

“Big tax rises eventually will have to be announced, with 2022 likely to be the worst year, so that they will be far from voters’ minds by the time of the next general election in May 2024,” Samuel Tombs, at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said.

Public debt rose to 2.115 trillion pounds, or 97.9% of gross domestic product – a percentage not seen since the early 1960s.

The PMI survey and a separate measure of manufacturing from the Confederation of British Industry, showing factory orders suffering the smallest hit in a year, gave Sunak some cause for optimism.

IHS Markit’s chief business economist, Chris Williamson, said the improvement in business expectations suggested the economy was “poised for recovery.”

However the PMI survey showed factory output in February grew at its slowest rate in nine months. Many firms reported extra costs and disruption to supply chains from new post-Brexit barriers to trade with the European Union since Jan. 1.

Vlieghe warned against over-interpreting any early signs of growth. “It is perfectly possible that we have a short period of pent up demand, after which demand eases back again,” he said.

“We are experiencing something between a swoosh-shaped recovery and a W-shaped recovery. We are clearly not experiencing a V-shaped recovery.”

($1 = 0.7160 pounds)

(Editing by Angus MacSwan and Timothy Heritage)

 

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