Babcock & Wilcox (BW) Shareholder Steel Partners Offers $3-$3.50 for All Shares
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Babcock & Wilcox (NYSE: BW) shareholder Steel Partners disclosed in an SEC filing:
On May 23, 2018, Steel Holdings submitted a proposal (the “Proposal”) to the board of directors of the Issuer with respect to the acquisition of the Issuer. The Proposal refers to Steel Holdings’ active dialogue with the Issuer and its advisors and continued belief that a sale of the entire Issuer would be in the best interests of the Issuer and its shareholders. Pursuant to the Proposal, Steel Holdings is prepared to acquire all Shares it does not currently own for a price in the range of $3.00-$3.50 per Share in cash, a range which reflects a significant premium to the Issuer’s recently completed rights offering. The Proposal is based upon the acquisition of the entire Issuer, including its MEGTEC and Universal businesses.
The Proposal states that Steel Holdings is prepared to move expeditiously and cooperatively to complete a transaction and urges the Issuer to promptly complete its efforts to satisfy Steel Holdings’ due diligence requests. The proposed transaction is subject to completion of Steel Holdings’ due diligence, negotiation and execution of a merger agreement containing customary terms and conditions for a transaction of this type and size, and other customary conditions. There can be no assurance that a definitive merger agreement will be executed or that any transaction will be consummated.
The foregoing description of the Proposal does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Proposal, which is attached as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and is incorporated by reference herein.
May 23, 2018
Board of Directors
Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc.
13024 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Ste 700
Charlotte, NC 28277
Re: Proposal to Purchase Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (the “Company”)
Ladies and Gentlemen:
As you know, we are significant stockholders of the Company, and collectively with the members of our Section 13(d) group beneficially own approximately 18.0% of the Company’s outstanding common stock. We have been in active dialogue with the Company and its advisors and continue to believe that a sale of the entire Company would be in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. We are prepared to acquire all shares we do not currently own for a price in the range of $3.00-$3.50 per share in cash. This range reflects a significant premium to the recently completed rights offering. Our proposal is based upon our acquisition of the entire Company, including its MEGTEC and Universal businesses. We have had discussions with the Company’s existing lending group, the Alvarez & Marsal team, and a number of investment bankers. We believe that our proposal provides desired certainty and liquidity for the Company’s shareholders, and presents a compelling opportunity to continue working together with both the current management team and the Alvarez & Marsal team.
We have performed due diligence based on publicly available information and information the Company has provided thus far. We would like, and are in a position, to complete our due diligence as soon as possible and ask that the Company promptly complete its efforts to satisfy our due diligence requests. We are prepared to move expeditiously and cooperatively to complete a transaction. We are in the process of obtaining reasonable financing for the transaction and have had meaningful discussions with lending sources, including the Company’s existing lenders. We are highly confident, based upon our existing relationships and the interest shown to date, that we would be able to deliver any necessary financing commitments upon the signing of a definitive merger agreement.
This is a nonbinding indication of interest, and any transaction would be subject to completion of our confirmatory due diligence, negotiation and execution of a merger agreement containing customary terms and conditions for a transaction of this type and size, and other customary conditions.
I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.
/s/ Warren Lichtenstein
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