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Saint Gobain Or LSE:COD London Ordinary Share FR0000125007 COMPAGNIE DE ST-GOBAIN ORD SHS
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  +0.00 € +0.00% 47.30 € 44.69 € 49.00 € - - - 30,709 15:30:24
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Construction & Materials 0.0 0.0 0.0 - 25,108.56

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Saint-Gobain: objectif 2017 confirmé après des résultats semestriels en hausse share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook share via e-mail 0 0 27/07/2017 | 18:12 Paris (awp/afp) - Le groupe français de matériaux de construction et de distribution Saint-Gobain a publié jeudi un bénéfice net du premier semestre en hausse de 26,5%, soutenu par la croissance de ses ventes, et malgré un impact négatif de la cyberattaque de juin. Le bénéfice net part du groupe a atteint 754 millions d'euros sur les six premiers mois de l'année, contre 596 millions un an auparavant, a indiqué le groupe dans un communiqué. Le chiffre d'affaires est en hausse de 4,4% à 20,4 milliards sur la même période, bénéficiant d'un impact positif de périmètre et de changes. La croissance organique s'établit à 3,5%, malgré l'impact négatif de la cyberattaque évalué à 220 millions d'euros, soit 1,1%. "Les tendances encourageantes constatées au cours de 2016 se sont confirmées au premier semestre 2017, en particulier en France", a commenté le PDG Pierre-André de Chalendar, cité dans un communiqué. M. de Chalendar souligne que, hors effet de la cyberattaque, la croissance du groupe aurait été la plus élevée depuis le premier semestre 2011, et "se serait traduite par une croissance à deux chiffres du résultat d'exploitation". Sur les six premiers mois, le résultat d'exploitation a progressé de 7,1% (+6,6% à données comparables), à 1,5 milliard d'euros. Dans ses perspectives, le groupe estime qu'après "un premier semestre en ligne avec les attentes", il devrait évoluer au second semestre "dans un environnement économique toujours favorable". Dans ce contexte, Saint-Gobain confirme son objectif annuel d'une progression du résultat d'exploitation, à structure et taux de changes comparables. afp/rp
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Compagnie de Saint-Gobain Acquisition 25/07/2017 7:30am Dow Jones News Saint Gobain (EU:SGO) Intraday Stock Chart Today : Tuesday 25 July 2017 Click Here for more Saint Gobain Charts. TIDMCOD RNS Number : 9826L Compagnie de Saint-Gobain 25 July 2017 PRESS RELEASE July 25, 2017 Saint-Gobain acquires TekBond, adhesives specialist in Brazil Saint-Gobain has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire 100% of the equity capital of TekBond, the number two adhesives business in Brazil operating in the construction sector and on the automotive aftermarket. TekBond supplies a broad range of adhesives, sealants, sprays and masking tapes all over Brazil. Its offer is based on a detailed knowledge of the market and customers to adjust its product formulations to local specificities. TekBond will join the High-Performance Materials Activity. This acquisition will enable Saint-Gobain in Brazil to create important synergies with the Abrasives, Mortars and Flat Glass business lines on the construction and industrial markets. The deal is subject to the approval of the Brazilian antitrust authorities. ABOUT SAINT-GOBAIN Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change. EUR39.1 billion in sales in 2016 Operates in 67 countries More than 170,000 employees @saintgobain Analyst/Investor relations Media relations ------------------------------------ ---------------------------------- +33 1 47 62 44 29 +33 1 47 Vivien Dardel 62 30 93 Florent Nouveau +33 1 47 +33 1 47 Floriana Michalowska 62 35 98 Susanne Trabitzsch 62 43 25 ----------------------- ----------- --------------------- ----------- This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange END ACQRAMATMBATMFR (END) Dow Jones Newswires July 25, 2017 02:15 ET (06:15 GMT)
418/5000 ( - Saint-Gobain won 1% at 47.1 euros in the morning in Paris, well helped by a note from HSBC. The British bank has enhanced to "keep" to "buy" its recommendation on value for a price target increased from 47 to 55 euros. The construction materials specialist also announced the acquisition of German Kirson, a major player in the European market for reinforcement grids.
750/5000 ( - For the third time since April, Barclays revalorizes Saint-Gobain while reiterating its recommendation "underweight" on the record. The UK research office is now aiming at 46 euros on the French construction materials giant, which represents a 3 euros boost compared to its previous price target of 43 euros. Barclays justifies this decision by correct margins. "Even though the second quarter is expected to result in a sharp slowdown in growth due to calendar effects and the basis of comparison, we expect a satisfactory profit growth (operating margin of 10% in the first half) Financial intermediary.
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14 June 2017 PRESS RELEASE June 14, 2017 Saint-Gobain IN EXCLUSIVE TALKS TO STRENGTHEN ITS INSULATION BUSINESS IN the NORDICs Saint-Gobain has entered into exclusive talks with the founding families and shareholders of GLAVA A/S to buy their shares, with the support of the company's management. Prior to this operation, Saint-Gobain already owned 17.08% of the capital of Glava, which has manufactured products under an Isover license since 1960. A leading player on the insulation market in Norway, Glava reported sales of over EUR140 million in 2016. The company has two glass wool plants, at Askim, 55km from Oslo, and at Stjørdal near Trondheim. It also has workshops producing expanded polystyrene and ceilings. Glava supplies a comprehensive range of insulating products and accessories to its customers. This acquisition - subject to certain conditions including the approval of the Norwegian anti-trust authorities - will allow Saint-Gobain to reinforce its position in the Nordics in line with its strategy. ABOUT SAINT-GOBAIN Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change. EUR39.1 billion in sales in 2016 Operates in 67 countries More than 170,000 employees @saintgobain
9/06/2017 | 8:03 The Combined General Meeting of the shareholders of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain approved all resolutions. It approved the distribution of a dividend of € 1.26 per share (compared with € 1.24 in 2016), with a full payment in cash. The dividend will be detached from the share on June 12 and will be paid as of June 14, 2017. The directorships of Pamela Knapp and Agnès Lemarchand and Gilles Schnepp and Philippe Varin, all qualified as independent directors, Also been renewed. Following the departure of Jean-Martin Folz and Bernard Gautier, whose experience and judgment contributed greatly to the debates and decisions of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain's Board of Directors, it now has 14 members, including two directors employees.
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press release June 5, 2017 Saint-Gobain adapts its governance following the partial withdrawal of wendel Following the sale of Saint-Gobain shares announced by Wendel on June 2, in accordance with the existing governance agreements, the representation of Wendel at Saint-Gobain's Board of Directors shall be reduced to one single Director, designated by Wendel to be Mr. Frédéric Lemoine. At its meeting of June 5, Saint-Gobain's Board of Directors resolved, at the proposal of the Nomination, Remuneration and Governance Committee, to maintain at the agenda of the General Shareholders' Meeting of June 8, 2017, the proposal to renew Mr. Gilles Schnepp's term of office as Director. The Board considers that Mr. Gilles Schnepp, who has previously represented Wendel would, in case of approval by the General Shareholders' Meeting, qualify as an Independent Director. Indeed, the Board of Directors considered that Mr. Gilles Schnepp has an extensive knowledge of the Saint-Gobain Group and brings a highly valuable contribution to the Board's activities, in particular thanks to his experience as an executive officer of a major listed international group, his knowledge of the industrial sector and his expertise in terms of strategy, management and finance. It also noted that Mr. Gilles Schnepp has no particular bonds of interest with Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, including through Wendel that he no longer represents. Mr. Gilles Schnepp is indeed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Legrand, which Wendel no longer controls since 2011 and from which Wendel completely withdrew 4 years ago. Shareholders who already cast their vote on the resolution at stake may, if they wish, amend their vote until Wednesday, June 7, at 7:00 p.m. (Paris time) (see document entitled << Exceptional procedure to amend vote cast >> on Saint-Gobain's website: ABOUT SAINT-GOBAIN Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change. EUR39.1 billion in sales in 2016 Operates in 67 countries More than 170,000 employees @saintgobain
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( - Bryan Garnier's team of analysts publishes a study on Saint-Gobain in which it is "neutral" to "buy" its opinion, while bringing its target price to 55 euros ( 46 euros previously). The financial intermediary justifies this change of decision by a more optimistic view of the Group's volumes and operating margins over the next three years, with forecasts above consensus of 2%, 7% and 12% respectively for 2017, 2018 and 2019. For Bryan Garnier, the group of building materials enjoys better visibility in France, a country that accounts for a quarter of revenues. Political risk has diminished and could even disappear if Emmanuel Macron wins the legislative elections of 11 and 18 June. More fundamentally, the research office sees favorable prospects in the construction markets in Europe (61% of sales), which should enable Saint-Gobain to recover a (good) part of the land lost since 2007, ie 15% More volumes.
COMPAGNIE DE SAINT GOBAIN SA : L'indécision domine TEC le 05/06/2017 à 07:51 0 Tweet COMPAGNIE DE SAINT GOBAIN SA : L'indécision domine SYNTHESE Le MACD est positif mais inférieur à sa ligne de signal. La dynamique en cours est interrompue. Dans le cas où le MACD deviendrait négatif, le repli des cours pourrait se poursuivre. Les indicateurs de puissance, comme le RSI, ne nous donnent pas d'indications particulières à court terme. Les indicateurs stochastiques ne donnent pas de signaux clairs pour les jours à venir. Les volumes échangé;s sont inférieurs à la moyenne des volumes sur les 10 derniers jours. MOUVEMENTS ET NIVEAUX Après un plus haut à 52.28 EUR le titre corrige vers la moyenne mobile à 50 jours à 48.83 EUR : le comportement des cours sur ce niveau permettra d'envisager la poursuite du mouvement à moyen terme. Les premiers points d'achats (ou supports court terme) sont à 48.3 EUR et 47.49 EUR. Les résistances sont à 52.3 EUR et 53.11 EUR. Dernier cours : 50 Support : 48.3 / 47.49 Resistance : 52.3 / 53.11 Opinion court terme : negative Opinion moyen terme : positive
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Today: Friday 2 June 2017 More Charts of the Saint Gobain Stock Exchange (Saint-Gobain) announces the repurchase of one million of its own shares (approximately 0.2% of the capital) for a total amount of € 50 million under an accelerated investment with construction Book of orders realized by Wendel. The shares thus repurchased will be fully allocated to the cancellation objective. Upon completion of the offering and after cancellation of the repurchased shares, Wendel will hold approximately 2.5% of the capital and 4.5% of Saint-Gobain's voting rights. The group of building materials specifies that the execution of its share buyback program led it to acquire on the market, in May 2017, more than two million shares at an average price slightly below 50 euros.
25/05/2017 | 12:04 UBS has in a note issued this Thursday raised its target price on Saint-Gobain from 42.5 to 48.5 euros, while confirming its 'neutral advice'. The Swiss broker believes the group's objective to be a credible target of a mid-cycle margin of between 8.5% and 10%, which would be reached in 2021 and which implies structural improvements and profitability driven by lower costs. UBS also welcomes the more diversified exposure of Saint-Gobain in Europe (excluding France) (26% of industrial assets), North America (15%) and Asia and The emerging countries (35%), a potentially favorable 'mix' with a view to improving margins.
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google translation from french 09/04/2017 | 15:44 Zurich (awp) - The Burkard family and the French group Saint-Gobain recently extended the validity of the contract of sale of the participation of the first to the second until the end of 2017. But rumors circulate behind the scenes of which the "SonntagsZeitung" Is echoed: Burkard's heirs would be aware that selling their stake in Sika would be bad for them and for society. The Burkard family categorically denied this. In a reaction broadcast Sunday afternoon, the Burkard family notes that the article in the Sunday newspaper reflects its intentions in a false way. It is not true that the Burkard family doubts the transaction with Saint-Gobain. On the contrary, it continues to believe that Saint-Gobain is the right partner for Sika and it wants to conclude as soon as possible the contract with the French group. The Burkard family does not back down and has no doubt about the transaction which is "very good" for Sika. She will not discuss alternatives with the board. The fact is that the family was asked what its behavior would be if, contrary to expectation, the appeal against the decision of the Cantonal Court of Zug granting the Sika leadership was rejected. If necessary, the family reiterated that Schenker-Winkler Holging (SWH) intended to retain its majority voting rights and would defend all its rights. Quoted in the family's release, Urs Burkard stressed that such attacks attempting to undermine the credibility of the family are to be expected before the Sika General Assembly. This does not detract from the fact that "we have found in Saint-Gobain a long-term partner for Sika. For us, the solutions targeted by the current board of directors are not taken into account." "SonntagsZeitung" reported notes from Bernstein analyst Phil Roseberg, who would have had access to a confidential protocol from a handful of institutional investors at the end of February. Urs Burkard admitted that the family confessed that the structure of the deal with Saint-Gobain was inadequate and that it would destroy the company when Saint-Gobain took control in two years. Mr. Burkard would have realized that a recovery after years of struggle against the operation would probably cause a deep crisis in Sika, according to the "SonntagsZeitung" which cites the notes of Bernstein's analyst. The Crown family would now consider retaining its Sika share package, should the Federal Court block the sale to Saint-Gobain. A family spokesman confirmed to the weekly newspaper that the holding company Schenker-Winkler (SWH) would remain a reference shareholder with all the related shareholder rights should the legal proceedings be unfavorable. Regarding the notes of Bernstein's analyst, a spokesman for the heiress's family felt that the passages in the text quoted constitute an interpretation which he can not approve of and does not in any way reflect the impressions felt during the discussions. As a reminder: SWH and Saint-Gobain have been in conflict with the management of Sika since December 2014, when SWH agreed to sell its stake in Sika for CHF 2.75 billion. The company is the minority shareholders have been fighting since to prevent the French group from taking over Sika. At the end of October 2016, the Zug District Court ruled in favor of the management, but SWH filed an appeal. Hr / rp
PRESS RELEASE April 6, 2017 Extension of the validity of the agreement between Saint-Gobain and the Burkard family relating to the sale of the shares of Schenker-Winkler Holding Pursuant to the agreement between Saint-Gobain and the Burkard family relating to the sale of the shares of Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH), which holds the majority of Sika voting rights, Saint-Gobain has exercised its option to extend the validity of the agreement until December 31, 2017. Saint-Gobain will then have the right to extend the agreement up until December 31, 2018. This further extension of the sale agreement once again reflects the alignment between the Burkard family and Saint-Gobain and their unwavering determination. The transaction makes strategic, industrial and financial sense for Saint-Gobain and for Sika, for their employees, for their customers and for all of their shareholders. ABOUT SAINT-GOBAIN Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change. EUR39.1 billion in sales in 2016 Operates in 67 countries More than 170,000 employees @saintgobain
Impressive results Sika remains juicy takeover target By Matthew Allen Business ... Feb 24, 2017 - 11:52 Sika CEO Jan Jenisch is confident about the company's future Sika CEO Jan Jenisch is confident about the company's future (Keystone) Swiss specialty chemicals manufacturer Sika demonstrated again why it is such an alluring target for a hostile takeover by posting a 22% rise in net profits for 2016 and upwardly revising its strategic targets for the next few years. On Friday, Sika announced record annual sales of CHF5.7 billion (up 5.5% on 2015) and profits of CHF567 million. The family-owned business said it has already outstripped its 2018 growth targets. However, the family descendants of Sika’s founder are still intent on selling their 53% voting rights to French industrial conglomerate Saint-Gobain. If they succeed in the contentious sale of their shares, Sika would fall under Saint-Gobain’s control. The French heavyweight company, which posted full year sales of €39 billion (CHF41.5 billion), reiterated on Thursday that it still had its sights set on Sika. Contained in the notes of its financial statement, Saint-Gobain said it could wait until the end of 2018 for the resolution of an ongoing legal battle in Switzerland concerning the takeover. The family owners of Sika, represented by their vehicle Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH), is appealing a Zug court decision from October that upheld the Swiss company’s tactics in opposing the deal. Sika’s board are objecting to the takeover on the grounds that it was not consulted about negotiations and that a Saint-Gobain takeover would damage the company’s interests. At a media presentation of Sika’s annual results on Thursday, company chief executive Jan Jenisch declined to comment on the takeover tussle. Battle lines between Sika’s board and family owners will resume at the company’s annual general meeting on April 11. At the previous two AGMs, Sika’s board has controversially restricted SWH’s voting rights when it comes to electing directors. This tactic has blocked SWH from throwing out dissenting directors and replacing them with takeover-friendly personnel. In the meantime, Sika keeps growing in all global markets, especially North America where sales rose 7.8% last year. Jenisch told journalists that the United States would be a key market after the election of President Donald Trump. Sika could benefit from Trump’s infrastructure spending plans, including the proposed wall between the US and Mexico. “If Trump does actually build the wall, in whatever form it may take, then we would like to be involved,” Jenisch said.
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French construction-materials company Cie. de Saint-Gobain SA, is finding it harder to take its money out of China. The conglomerate--like all multinationals operating there--faces new delays in recent weeks as Chinese regulators impose tougher restrictions on the movement of capital out of the country to slow the yuan's decline. "The process of authorization is going to become longer now," said Javier Gimeno, who heads Saint-Gobain's China operations. "The procedures will be controlled more strictly." Nearly 7% of Saint-Gobain's world-wide group sales come from Asia and Oceania, a large part of that from China. The new rules are adding confusion and anxiety to a process that had been getting much easier over the past year, he said. The shift could cause some multinationals to rethink future investments in a country where once-sure payoffs are suddenly facing an uncertain return, analysts say. As of late November, firms that want to exchange yuan into dollars in China now need approval for any transaction greater than $5 million. They also face tighter limits on amounts they can transfer in and out of bank accounts in China to affiliates in other countries, in a practice known as "cross-border sweeping." "We hear a lot questions from corporates about whether they will be able to repatriate their money in the future," said Alexander Tietze, managing director at Acon Actienbank AG, a German bank that advises companies on Chinese investments. He expects foreign investments in China to slow, and cautioned that foreign takeovers or plans for new joint ventures could fail because of the controls. With the Chinese economy struggling, multinationals have fewer opportunities to reinvest there, which makes it more difficult for them to do much with money trapped in China. "A majority of clients are currently consolidating and restructuring their China business," said Bernd-Uwe Stucken, a lawyer with Pinsent Masons LLP in Shanghai. Some clients are closing down their business, with new investments being the exception to the rule, Mr. Stucken said. Adding to the confusion: it is unclear where the limits are, because regulators haven't published official rule changes, but instead have given only informal guidance to banks, according to Daniel Blumen, partner at Treasury Alliance Group, a consulting firm. Calls to the People's Bank of China weren't returned. One official at a large multinational said that companies can now only sweep amounts out of the country equal to 30% of their Chinese assets. That is down from 100% under previous guidance, but those figures couldn't be independently confirmed. One banker at a large European bank said transfers that once took between one to three days can now take more than a week to complete. The European Chamber of Commerce in China, which represents more than 1,600 European companies, is aware of several cases in which payments by multinational firms are stuck in China awaiting new approvals, said Joerg Wuttke, president of the chamber. The new regulatory scrutiny is disruptive to company operations, and "exacerbates uncertainties regarding the predictability of China's investment environment," he said. China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange, known as SAFE, and the People's Bank of China, are reacting to worrisome indicators for investment in the economy. In 2015, foreign firms and individuals poured roughly $250 billion into China, according to the World Bank. While that is almost double the amount in 2009, the recent trends have been negative. Last year marked a second-consecutive foreign-investment decline, and a 14% drop from 2013. Meanwhile, the yuan has been weakening, and many multinationals have decided they would rather convert their funds to dollars and transfer them out in anticipation of further weakening, said Ker Gibbs, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. China's currency is down roughly 7% so far this year and the capital flight has diminished the country's stockpile of foreign currency to $3.05 trillion at the end of November, from $3.23 trillion in January, according to the People's Bank of China. The new measures affect small and medium-size firms more severely, as they usually operate with limited amounts of cash. Nevertheless, the new regulation is also hurting bigger firms, said Mikko Huotari, head of the China foreign relations research program at Mercator Institute for China Studies, a German think-tank. The recent clampdown has whipsawed corporate expectations, said Caroline Owen, founder of RMB Global Advisors, a firm that advises companies on using the yuan. "China said it is making all these changes to open up the border, but the message companies are now getting is that it's conditional," she said "When things get tough, China will just roll things back." Write to Vipal Monga at and Nina Trentmann at (END) Dow Jones Newswires December 19, 2016 10:43 ET (15:43 GMT)
ZURICH--Shares in Sika AG (SIK.EB) soared in early trading Monday after a Swiss court sided with the company's management in a dispute with its founding family, which wants to sell its stake to French rival Saint-Gobain SA (SGO.FR). The ruling late Friday by a Swiss cantonal court in Zug prevents the Burkard family from selling its voting rights in Sika. The stake is held through the family's holding company, Schenker-Winkler Holding AG. It marks the latest step in a drama that has dragged on for nearly two years between Sika and the company's founding family. The family's planned stake sale was opposed by a majority of Sika's board of directors, which took subsequent actions to block its ability to sell its stake. "The court decision is in favor for Sika's Board, which is positive news for common Sika investors," analysts at Baader Helvea Equity Research said Monday. Sika shares rose 15% at 0930 GMT Monday to 4,880 Swiss francs each ($4,935). Schenker-Winkler Holding AG said late Friday it would appeal the decision. The takeover bid sparked opposition because Saint-Gobain only proposed to purchase the 16% stake held by the Burkard family for 2.75 billion francs. That would give them control of Sika, because that stake carries 52% of the firm's voting rights. -Write to Brian Blackstone at (END) Dow Jones Newswires October 31, 2016 06:02 ET (10:02 GMT)
Saint-Gobain Takes Note of the Ruling by the Cantonal Court of Zug News provided by Saint-Gobain Oct 28, 2016, 15:19 ET Share this article PARIS, October 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Saint-Gobain's board of directors takes note of the ruling by the Cantonal Court of Zug today in the court proceedings between Sika and its majority shareholder Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) which rejects the request of SWH to repeal the resolutions of the Annual General Meeting of Sika of 14 Avril 2015 for which the voting rights of SWH had been restricted. Until today, all actions relating to the merits of the case initiated by Sika to contest Saint-Gobain's acquisition of a controlling stake in Sika had been rejected by the competent courts and authorities. As SWH has stated its intention to appeal this decision to the High Court of Zug, Saint-Gobain is confident that the Swiss justice will, on appeal, restore the ownership rights of SWH, the Burkard family's holding company. Saint-Gobain's board of directors affirms that it wishes to pursue this industrial project, which will create value for all stakeholders. Saint-Gobain underlines that the agreement with the Burkard family is valid until June 2017 and can be extended by Saint-Gobain until December 2018. ABOUT SAINT-GOBAIN IN SWITZERLAND Saint-Gobain has been operating in Switzerland for 80 years and employs currently more than 2,000 employees at 11 industrial sites. In Switzerland, Saint-Gobain has expanded through successive acquisitions of family companies. The insulation company Isover, the plaster company Rigips, the mortars company Weber, the bathroom company Sanitas-Troesch and the fire-resistant glass company Vetrotech are Swiss subsidiaries of Saint-Gobain. ABOUT SAINT-GOBAIN Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change. €39.6 billion in sales in 2015 Present in 67 countries More than 170,000 employees hxxp:// @saintgobain Analyst/Investor Relations Gaetano Terrasini +33-1-47-62-32-52 Vivien Dardel +33-1-47-62-44-29 Florent Nouveau +33-1-47-62-30-93 Press Relations Susanne Trabitzsch +33-1-47-62-30-10 SOURCE Saint-Gobain
Europe’s bitterest takeover battle continues in Switzerland 02/05/2016 By Le News Leave a Comment Brought to you by Investec Switzerland. The main players in Europe’s most hostile bid situation are digging in. Saint-Gobain said last week that its bitterly contested plan to take control of building materials rival Sika was still a strategic priority — even though the Swiss target’s board and minority shareholders are prepared for a multi-year fight. There are peaceful ways out of the situation, if only emotion wasn’t involved. © Zepherwind | © Zepherwind | Sika is controlled by Switzerland’s Burkard family through a 16 percent shareholding that carries super-voting rights. The family cut a deal in December 2014 to sell this stake to Paris-based Saint-Gobain for 2.75 billion Swiss francs ($2.86 billion). This was done in secret, despite the family being on Sika’s board. Sika’s other shareholders are rightly livid. They get zero compensation for the change of control, despite provisions in the company’s statutes that seemed to protect them. They also face being stuck in a company controlled by a competitor, which would have a block on future M&A whether as buyer or seller. Sika’s fight against Saint-Gobain drags on as Board renewed Trading in Sika shares highlights Swiss risk The Sika board is furious too and has promised to quit if the deal goes through. It has succeeded in halting the transaction for now by curbing the Burkards’ voting power, using certain clauses in Sika’s company rules. This move is now subject to litigation that could last years. Suppose a judge restores the Burkard’s voting rights and the transaction can proceed, who wins? The Burkards achieve their aim of finding a new industrial owner for the stake, but at the expense of becoming an enemy of a company founded by their ancestors. Not a great legacy. As for Saint-Gobain, the deal doesn’t look so good anymore. Sika minorities are getting a special committee to oversee how Saint-Gobain runs the company — a thorn in its side. If only a small number of Sika’s top brass carry out their threat to quit, the company’s performance will surely be at risk. Saint-Gobain will be tying up 2.5 billion euros of capital effectively just to receive dividends worth about 30 million euros on its stake, a meager 1.1 percent return. Sika and some analysts want Saint-Gobain to walk away. However, Saint-Gobain owes it to its own shareholders to make the best of its hand. One option would be to re-work the deal as a takeover offer to the entire Sika register. After all, Saint-Gobain identified future savings and revenue gains of about 180 million euros from controlling Sika. While these will be hard to realize, they could help fund a fair bid. They’re worth nearly 3 billion Swiss francs when valued using Sika’s 22 times earnings multiple and 24 percent tax rate. Saint-Gobain could perhaps find extra savings with Sika’s help. If so, it could justify offering a 30 percent premium above Sika’s current market value of 10.4 billion Swiss francs, a bid of 13.5 billion Swiss francs. It might need to do a share issue to finance it, but the logic would be there — especially if Sika’s approval was secured. In this scenario, the Burkards would need a better price than the minorities, since their super-charged voting shares are worth more. For example, they could sell their holding for 2.4 billion Swiss francs, receiving a 50 percent premium, and the minorities sell theirs for 11.1 billion Swiss francs, roughly a 25 percent premium. True, the Burkards were being offered more by Saint-Gobain — but that deal came with stigma. A cheaper and less risky option would be for Saint-Gobain to shrink the deal into a joint venture, and for the Burkards to sell their stake to Sika itself for, say, 2.4-2.75 billion Swiss francs. That would push Sika’s leverage to almost 3 times Ebitda — uncomfortable, but it could raise cash from non-family shareholders to bring that down. The snag is that the mistrust between Sika and Burkards, which may have preceded the Saint-Gobain bid, seems to be so intense that it’s hard to see anyone sitting down for constructive talks yet. It may take the damage from a prolonged legal fight to eventually focus minds. By Chris Hughes (Bloomberg)
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