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Inmarsat agrees $3.4bn takeover

Inmarsat has agreed to a US $3.4 billion takeover by the Triton Bidco consortium, which consists of UK-based Apax Partners, US-based Warburg Pincus, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board. 

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Triton Bidco sees the satellite sector as having unique characteristics and need for deep technical expertise, while operators in the sector require strategic management and a long investment horizon. Triton Bidco believes that integrated satellite operators with scale like Inmarsat are well positioned as network provision becomes more complex.

Triton Bidco also sees considerable potential for Inmarsat’s in-flight connectivity business in commercial aviation and in seeking to maximise global IoT opportunities. Triton Bidco recognises Inmarsat is going through a multi-year investment cycle to capitalise on its growth opportunities, with utilisation and returns difficult to predict.

Under the terms of the Acquisition, Inmarsat Shareholders who are entitled to receive the Final Dividend will receive $7.21 in cash per Inmarsat Share. This is to be paid on 30 May 2019 to Inmarsat Shareholders on the register as at the close of business on 23 April 2019 (the “Final Dividend”). Inmarsat Shareholders who are not entitled to receive the Final Dividend shall receive the Cash Consideration under the Acquisition in respect of their Inmarsat Shares.

Commenting on the Acquisition, the principals of the Consortium said: “As experienced and long-term investors in telecommunications, the Consortium values and admires Inmarsat for its proven expertise in maritime, aviation, defence and broadband satellite communications, alongside its strong market positions and potential for growth. Our planned ownership will enable this innovative British company to fulfil its ambitions to become a global leader in next-generation satellite communications, including the fast-growing market for commercial aviation in-flight connectivity. Following completion of the transaction, we intend to maintain Inmarsat’s UK headquarters, and to work with its highly skilled workforce to realise the company’s full potential.”{/mprestriction}

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