The board of directors has been authorised to issue up to 2,560 million new shares to acquire the shares of Banco Santander México not already owned by the Group through an exchange offer.
During her speech at the Extraordinary General Shareholders' Meeting, Ana Botín said: "We believe that the Mexican economy is attractive and is one of the economies with greatest potential in Latin America. It offers higher average profitability than other geographies and has a financial sector with strong potential, due to low penetration that banks currently have in the country”.
Santander, 23 July 2019 - PRESS RELEASE
An Extraordinary General Meeting of Banco Santander shareholders has today approved the capital increase required to acquire the shares in Banco Santander Mexico currently held by minority shareholders, representing 24.95% of Santander Mexico’s capital.
The board of directors has received shareholder authorisation to increase share capital by issuing and putting into circulation new ordinary shares. These will be fully subscribed and paid-up through non-cash contributions. They will be used to acquire up to €2,560 million of Banco Santander Mexico shares not already owned by the Group through an exchange offer1.
The transaction, which is subject to authorisation from the National Banking and Securities Commission of Mexico and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), stipulates that the shareholders of the Mexican subsidiary who decide to participate will receive 0.337 new Banco Santander shares for every Santander Mexico share, or 1.685 new Banco Santander ADS for every Santander Mexico ADS listed on the US stock exchange. This implies a 14% premium over the closing price of the day prior to the announcement2, and a 22% premium over the volume weighted average price of the month before the announcement.
This investment will have a neutral impact on Banco Santander's earnings per share (by 2020- 2021) and boost organic capital generation. The return on investment is expected to be approximately 14.5% by 2021.
During her speech to shareholders, Group executive chairman Ana Botín explained how this transaction will support Group's strategic goals announced in April, which include plans to raise the Bank's profile in its fastest-growing market. She said, "We believe that the Mexican economy is attractive and is one of the economies with greatest potential in Latin America. It offers higher average profitability than other geographies and has a financial sector with strong potential, due to the low penetration that banks currently have in the country."
In 2018, Santander Mexico posted underlying attributable profit of €760 million, accounting for 8% of total Group profit. At 31 December 2018, the bank had 16.7 million customers, 1,418 branches and 19,859 employees.
According to Botín, "this transaction is financially attractive for both Santander Mexico shareholders and Banco Santander shareholders. For the minority shareholders of Santander Mexico it is attractive not only because of the premium, but also because the consideration is in Banco Santander shares, which will enable those accepting the offer to continue to benefit from the Group's exposure to Mexico, as well as from the strength and geographic diversification of Banco Santander. The deal is also very good for Banco Santander shareholders, as we accelerate the growth of our investment in Latin America and our future growth capacity."
The acceptance period for the offer is expected to begin in August and end in September, when the new Banco Santander shares will be available to exchange for shareholders taking up the offer. There is no minimum acceptance threshold.
During her speech, the Group executive chairman also noted that Banco Santander’s second quarter earnings evidence the advantages that the strategy, diversification and business model with a focus on retail and commercial banking provide to the Group: “We remain one of the most profitable and efficient banks amongst our peers. For the Santander Group as a whole, our RoTE has been 11.7% in the first half of the year and our cost-to-income ratio is 47.4%". “Thanks to these good dynamics, we continue to create value for our more than 4 million shareholders.”
Regarding the creation of the Santander Global Platform area, a new unit which consolidates the bank’s global digital services under a single umbrella, Botín said: "We are taking a further step forward in our digital transformation and we have created Santander Global Platform, which aligns our reporting structure with our organization and strategy. Our goal is to extend the benefits of the talent and scale of the Group to the payment and digital businesses with higher growth, building platforms only once for all of our banks which allow us to offer the best digital services aimed at retail customers, merchants, and SMEs. Making our Santander Global Platform results public we further increase the transparency of our digital investments and accelerate the execution of our initiatives.”
Santander Mexico reported profit of €424 million for the first half of 2019, up 19% in current euros year-on-year. The Group as a whole posted underlying profit of €4,045 million for the first six months of 2019.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INVESTORS ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION
In relation to the public offer of acquisition and reciprocal subscription to be carried our in Mexico by Banco Santander S.A. (“Santander”), with respect to the shares of its Mexican subsidiary, Banco Santander México, S.A., Institución de Banca Múltiple, Grupo Financiera Santander México; Santander is in the process of authorizing such offer and its related documentation before the Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores de México. In connection with the above, and in order to have more information in connection with the above, one should consult the preliminary documentation that has been submitted as of this date, as well as, in due course, the final documentation. The documentation that has been made public in Mexico in connection with the public offer of acquisition and reciprocal subscription, according to this paragraph, will be available at the following addresses: www.bmx.com.mx and www.gob.mx/cnbv.
In connection with the exchange offer in the United States, Santander has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a Registration Statement on Form F-4 that contains a preliminary offer to exchange/prospectus. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, OFFER TO EXCHANGE/PROSPECTUS AND ALL OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC REGARDING THE EXCHANGE OFFER WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
All such documents filed with the SEC will be available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
The information contained in this document is subject to, and must be read in conjunction with, all other publicly available information, including, where relevant any fuller disclosure document published by Santander. Any person at any time acquiring securities must do so only on the basis of such person’s own judgment as to the merits or the suitability of the securities for its purpose and only on such information as is contained in such public information having taken all such professional or other advice as it considers necessary or appropriate in the circumstances and not in reliance on the information contained in this document. No investment activity should be undertaken on the basis of the information contained in this document. In making this document available Santander gives no advice and makes no recommendation to buy, sell or otherwise deal in shares in Santander or in any other securities or investments whatsoever.
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1 This estimated amount takes into account the approx. 1,700 million shares in issue of Santander Mexico held by minority shareholders, the exchange ratio of 0.337 new shares of Banco Santander for each Santander Mexico share and the closing price of the Banco Santander on 11 April, which was 4.477 euros
2 Taking into account the maximum number of shares of Santander Mexico that could accept the offer and the closing price of Banco Santander previously indicated, as well as an exchange rate of 21.2826 Mexican pesos per euro, and deducting the amount of the dividends against 2018 results.