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Investors to Buy Dun & Bradstreet in $6.9 Billion Deal
By Angus Whitley
August 8, 2018, 10:23 PM EDT Updated on August 9, 2018, 10:15 AM EDT
Shareholders to get $145 a share, 18% more than latest close
Provider of commercial data to become privately owned
Dun & Bradstreet Corp., the 177-year-old provider of commercial data, agreed to be bought by an investor group led by CC Capital, Cannea Holdings Inc. and Thomas H. Lee Partners in a transaction valued at $6.9 billion, including debt.
Dun & Bradstreet shareholders will receive $145 in cash for each share, according to a statement on Aug. 8 from the Short Hills, N.J.-based company. Thats 18 percent higher than the latest closing price.
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Dun & Bradstreets directors unanimously approved the transaction, which includes the assumption of $1.5 billion of net debt.
Dun & Bradstreet shares have tumbled from a high of $140.73 in August 2016 and annual profit has more than halved since 2014. William P. Foley II, chairman of Cannae, said the new owners would make Dun & Bradstreet more efficient in an increasingly data-driven world.
Upon completion of the takeover, Dun & Bradstreet will become a privately held company.
The deal includes a so-called go-shop period, during which Dun & Bradstreet will have 45 days to solicit, evaluate and potentially enter into negotiations with other potential suitors, according to the statement. If it finds a superior offer, it will have the right to terminate the agreement with the CC Capital consortium.
The deal is expected to close within six months, subject to approval from Dun & Bradstreet shareholders.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is advising Dun & Bradstreet on the deal while Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is providing legal counsel. The buyer groups financial advisers are Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and Royal Bank of Canada. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is providing legal counsel to the buyer.
(Company corrects deal value in first paragraph.)
Dun & Bradstreet to go private for $5.38 billion
Published 8:20 AM ET Thu, 9 Aug 2018 Reuters
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Tom Manning, chairman and interm chief executive officer of Dun & Bradstreet Corp., speaks during the University of Chicago Graduate China Forum in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Saturday, April 7, 2018.
Data and analytics company Dun & Bradstreet said on Wednesday it would be acquired by a group of investors led by CC Capital, Cannae Holdings and funds affiliated with Thomas H. Lee Partners, for $5.38 billion in cash.
Dun & Bradstreet shareholders will receive $145 in cash for each common share, the company said.
The price represents a premium of 18 percent to the stocks Wednesday close. The deal value is based on 37.1 million shares outstanding, according to Thomson Reuters data.
Including debt of $1.5 billion, the deal is valued at $6.9 billion.
The deal will be financed through a combination of committed equity financing provided by the investor group, as well as debt financing, the company said.
J.P. Morgan is serving as financial adviser to Dun & Bradstreet, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is serving as its legal counsel.