Cleanaway Releases Details of Suez Australia Takeover Proposal
- Cleanaway provides Suez Australia takeover proposal to the ASX.
- The takeover agreement was made at $2.52 billion.
- The company’s shares have jumped 9.64 per cent in the first hour of trade.
Cleanaway Waste Management (ASX: CWY) has today provided an update to the ASX regarding their takeover of Suez Group. After weeks of speculation and news reports, the company has finally announced the acquisition of Suez for $2.52 billion. Shares in Cleanaway have surged at the open of trade today as they expand their growing reach within the Australian Waste Management Industry.
Cleanaway Waste Management is an Australian owned company that provides Waste Management and other Industrial Services. Cleanaway provides Solid Waste Services, Liquid Waste & Health Services, and Industrial & Waste Services to over 140,000 industrial and commercial businesses. In Australia, Suez provides a wide variety of water and waste services to serve businesses, municipalities, local authorities, and a wide variety of industries. Suez waste management aligns with Cleanaway’s focus on “shaping a sustainable environment” through a variety of Waste Services, generating $1.412 billion in revenues during the Calendar Year 2020 (CY20)
The acquisition has come under significant fire from French Waste giant Veolia Environmental which is currently in a takeover battle with the parent company of Suez itself. Their dispute began in October 2020 when Veolia purchased a 29.9 per cent interest in Suez. Veolia has quite clearly opposed the takeover by Cleanaway, describing how the Australian based company would face a “legal black hole” if it were to continue with the transaction. In response, Cleanaway made it clear they would not be fazed by such threats and have since continued with negotiations and finalized an agreement.
Cleanaway have directly cited how the takeover is “strategically compelling,” taking advantage of a ‘portfolio of prized infrastructure assets, energy from waste projects and capability as well as further scale and scope to leverage growth opportunities.’ The purchase will be made at a CY20 earnings before, interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization of 11.7 times. However, Cleanaway has cited that Suez might terminate the deal under two conditions. Firstly if there is an agreement with Veolia by May 6th, or if a superior offer is made and not matched by Cleanaway by the 26th April.
Chief Executive Chairman of Cleanaway, Mr. Mark Chellew how the acquisition will utilize” Suez’s high-quality network of assets across Australia” to accelerate the implementation of their 2025 Footprint Strategy.” The company’s chief operating officer, Mr. Brendan Gill, also confirmed that, following the transaction, Cleanaway’s Balance Sheet would remain strong and provide ample room for the company to support future growth.
As of the 6th of April 2021, Cleanaway shares have surged 9.64 per cent in the first hour of trading today following the company’s announcement. Cleanaway’s share price has remained relatively range-bound in recent months, currently just 2.5 per cent higher year to date.