Durability + Design
About  |  Subscribe  |  Advertise  |  Connect 
Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook


D+D News

Main News Page

Freeworld Coatings Buyout Collapses

Friday, June 25, 2010

Comment | More

Shareholders of Freeworld Coatings Ltd. have killed a planned takeover of the company by the investment group Bidco.

Freeworld, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, issued a statement after the shareholder vote June 14, reporting that the deal “has not been approved by the requisite majority of votes.”

Without shareholder approval, “the scheme will not be implemented,” the statement said. “As a consequence, the Bidco offer has lapsed.”

Freeworld Coatings, formerly known as Barloworld Coatings, is an international marketer of decorative, automotive and industrial coatings. With factories throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the 118-year-old company serves that region as well as Australia and China and exports products worldwide.

The shareholders’ “no” vote came just three days after Freeworld  announced the possibility of a competing bid for the company by a still-unnamed party.

“The directors intend to investigate the ability of the competing bidder to make a competing offer and the details relating to such an offer,” the company said. “Shareholders are accordingly advised to exercise caution when dealing in their Freeworld shares until a further announcement is made in this regard.”   

Bidco, a private equity consortium led by private equity funds under the management of subsidiaries of Brait Societe Anonyme, announced March 31 that it planned to acquire all Freeworld shares not yet owned by it or its holding company, VVT Infrastructure Investments (Proprietary) Limited. Those parties own 18.86% of Freeworld’s shares.

The deal received unconditional approval last month from South Africa’s Competition Commission, according to a joint statement by the parties. The deal was expected to close in July.

Bidco’s terms of the deal were apparently non-negotiable, however. On June 3, Freeworld told shareholders that Bidco had notified the company in writing that it was holding fast to both its bid (R10.45 or $1.38 U.S. share) and the timing of the deal.

Bidco released no separate statements about the purchase. After the vote, however, Brait CEO Anthony Ball told Moneyweb.com: “We're disappointed, but that is shareholder democracy.”

André Lamprecht, CEO of Freeworld, did not say whether the possibility of a competing offer had driven the shareholders’ rejection of Bidco, the web site reported.

“Clearly, the company is of interest,” Lamprecht told Moneyweb.com. “We are not yet in possession of a firm offer but were required to notify shareholders that somebody might be considering something. I can't say if shareholders were waiting for something better. Only they can answer that.”


Tagged categories: Acquisitions; Freeworld Coatings; Mergers

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Atlas Material Testing Technology

Helping You Put Your Products To The Test

• Outdoor Accelerated
• Laboratory Testing
• Accelerated Weathering

www.atlas-mts.com atlas.info@ametek.com

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
SSPC 2016 Register Now!

SSPC2016 is earlier this year, don't forget to book your plane tickets and hotel. See you soon. For more information visit www.sspc2016.com

AGC Chemicals
FEVE Coating Simulates Dazzling Gold Leaf On Facade Restoration

LUMIFLON based coatings can last up to 30 years without fading, offering a low-maintenance solution that retains color and gloss and can be field-applied

Dumond Chemicals Inc.
Lead Encapsulating Compound

is a thick elastomeric coating that is made to be a long lasting barrier over lead-based paint. LEAD STOP® provides a protective barrier coat that seals and locks in lead that is contained in old lead-based paints on previously painted surfaces.

KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office
KTA Consulting Services

Independent assessment of coating failures – in the field and laboratory.
Contact: Kevin Brown, 336-386-4000

Keim Mineral Coatings
Translucent concrete stains for new and old concrete

Penetrating, translucent mineral silicate stains harmonize uneven concrete color and blend patches and repairs, without the "painted" look. Will never peel.

World of Concrete
World of Concrete 2016

NEW for 2016: The all-new precast area focuses on precast products, technologies and equipment including coring machines, pipe unloaders, precast forms, above/below ground precast, concrete pipe, manhole and septic tank equipment, and more!

Beautiful Wood, NO flames

Achieve a Class A flame spread rating on your fine wood products with a clear, varnish-quality, durable finish. PyroCide Clear by PyroTech


Technology Publishing Co., 2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@durabilityanddesign.com

The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker


© Copyright 2012-2015, Technology Publishing Co., All rights reserved