Regis Healthcare declines a 100 per cent acquisition
- Regis Healthcare has declined a takeover offer and believe the company has been materially “undervalued.”
- Washington H Soul Pattinson has placed an offer to acquire 100 per cent of Regis Health Care at $1.85 per share.
- Regis rose over 20 per cent on the announcement and Washing H Soul Pattinson Fell over 3 per cent.
Regis Healthcare (ASX: REG) has declined a non-binding indicative proposal from Washington H Soul Pattinson (WHSP) with its partners Ashburn Pty Ltd, to acquire 100 per cent of the company’s shares. Ashburn Pty Ltd already owns 27 per cent of the company. The offer was made at $1.85 per share but ultimately rejected based on a fundamental undervaluation
Regis Healthcare is Australia’s largest provider of aged care services with aged care homes, retirement villages and home care services. Founded 22 years ago, Regis Healthcare provides specialist care for a variety of health issues and tailored home solutions for its clients. The company has struggled in recent years due to Royal commissions in the Aged Care sector as well as COVID-19 but remains a fundamentally sound company.
WHSP’s (ASX:SOL) offer presents a 64 per cent premium to the 3-month volume-weighted average price (VWAP) as of the 19th of November 2020. The company believe, Regis would be a good addition to its diverse range of investments which include pharmaceuticals, as well as mining, building materials, property investment, telecommunications, financial services, and other equity investments.
The Chairman of WHSP Mr Rob Millner stated that “WHSP is a patient and long-term investor and is committed to providing access to capital and support to Regis as it navigates through this challenging period and transitions to a new operating environment.” As long-term investors WHSP have been successful in maintaining this reputation experiencing a constant appreciation in share price over the last two decades.
On the 30th of September 2020, Regis Health Care was offered $1.65 per share from Washington H Soul Pattinson and Skip Capital. Similarly, Regis rejected the offer on the grounds that it “materially undervalued the company having regard to its medium long-term prospects.” Yesterday the Board committee met and believed the second offer fulfilled the same criteria and did not offer fair value to shareholders.
Regis Healthcare stated that they expected significant funding reform from the commonwealth government off the back of the Aged Care Royal Commission and easing of the impacts from COVID-19 to assist business conditions.
On News of the 100 per cent equity acquisition, Regis Healthcare is trading 21.69 per cent higher as of 11:30 am on the 20th of November 2020. Year to Date however the company is still down 27 per cent currently sitting at $1.80 per share. Contrastingly WHSP is trading 3.19 per cent lower at the same time on news of the rejection however is up 31 per cent year to date.
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