eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY), a global commerce leader that connects millions of sellers and buyers around the world, announced its support for the voluntary tender offer led by Permira and Blackstone to acquire all the publicly traded shares of Adevinta (the “Offer”). As part of the transaction, eBay would sell 50% of its shares for an estimated USD $2.2 billion and would exchange the remaining shares for an equity stake of approximately 20% in the newly privatized company.
“We strongly support this offer, which we firmly believe is in the best interests of our shareholders,” said Jamie Iannone, Chief Executive Officer at eBay. “We would sell half our stake for approximately $2.2 billion in cash at a premium of more than 50% to the undisturbed price of Adevinta shares. We would recognize immediate value in the short-term, while continuing to maintain a financial interest in Adevinta alongside Schibsted and other world-class investors.”
Details on the Transaction
The Offer is being made through Aurelia Bidco Norway AS, a Norwegian private limited liability company established for the purpose of the Offer.
- The Offer values eBay’s entire stake in Adevinta ASA at approximately USD $4.3 billion, representing a premium of roughly USD $1.5 billion over the USD $2.8 billion value prior to speculation in September 2023 regarding the transaction.
- eBay would sell 50% of its stake in Adevinta in the transaction, receiving approximately USD $2.2 billion in cash upon closing. eBay has agreed to support the transaction by exchanging its remaining shares for an equity stake of approximately 20% in the newly privatized company.
- eBay intends to use the cash proceeds from this prospective transaction for general corporate purposes. The company remains committed to returning approximately 125% of cumulative free cash flow to shareholders through repurchases and dividends over the three-year period from 2022 to 2024.
- Additionally, for six months following the closing, Permira, Blackstone and their co-investors have a right to purchase, from eBay, an additional number of shares in privatized Adevinta, which would reduce eBay’s ownership position in Adevinta to approximately 9.99%. If this right is exercised by Permira, Blackstone and their co-investors, the purchase price for those additional shares would be the same price paid to eBay for its Adevinta shares at closing and would represent proceeds in excess of $1 billion.
The Offer is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain regulatory approvals and a minimum offer acceptance level of more than 90% of the issued and outstanding share capital and voting rights of Adevinta as well as other customary closing conditions.
The Offer is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2024, subject to satisfaction of the conditions of the Offer.
LionTree Advisors LLC is acting as financial advisor to eBay. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS are acting as legal advisors to eBay.
Please reference the Current Report on Form 8-K eBay filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for further information.
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 Calculated as the 3-month VWAP of NOK75 up to and including September 19, 2023, the date of initial press speculation confirming a bid for Adevinta by a private equity consortium.