Milan, Italy — China National Chemical Corp.’s bid for operational control of Pirelli & C. SpA. will take form officially on Aug. 11, the day Italian institutional investment company Camfin S.p.A. plans to transfer its 26.2-percent shareholding in Pirelli to Marco Polo Industrial Holding SpA.
That’s the upshot of an announcement today by Camfin on the Borsa Italiana in Milan that the ChemChina/Camfin deal announced 22 March has cleared all antitrust and other relevant regulatory hurdles.
Marco Polo Industrial Holding is the name of a newly incorporated company that was referred to in the original agreement as “Bidco.”
On Aug. 11, Camfin will transfer its direct shareholding in Pirelli to Marco Polo Industrial Holding while simultaneously reinvesting in another entity, Marco Polo International Italy S.p.A. (referred to earliers as “Newco”), which the filing says controls Marco Polo Industrial holding through a third entity called Marco Polo International Holding Italy SpA.
Once these tranfers and reinvestments have occurred, the filing states, Marco Polo Indutrial Holding will launch its “mandatory tender offer” for the remaining ordinary share capital of Pirelli & C. for 15 euros a share, as well as a “voluntary tender offer” for the entire “savings share capital” of Pirelli, with a goal of acquiring at least 30 percent of the savings share capital, also at 15 euros a share.
ChemChina, through its China National Tire & Rubber Co. subsidiary, will be a part owner of Marco Polo International Italy S.p.A. and Marco Polo International Holding Italy S.p.A. and therefore will be overseeing the the mandatory and voluntary tender offers for the remaining Pirelli shares.
Pirelli’s shares have been trading at slight more than that in recent weeks, according to Pirelli’s web site. http://www.pirelli.com/corporate/en/investors/default.html
Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera also is involved in the deal through an investment company called Coinv, which he indirectly controls and which is a co-investor in the deal, the filing states.