CSC unveils revised UXC acquisition deal

UXC board backs revised cash offer for IT services company

CSC has moved to acquire ASX-listed IT services company UXC, it confirmed today. The move follows acquisition discussions that began in October.

UXC entered a trading halt earlier this week ahead of the announcement.

UXC said it had entered into a scheme implementation deed with CSC, with CSC to acquire 100 per cent of UXC’s shares.

If the deal goes ahead, UXC shareholders will receive $1.22 per share and an $0.02 franked interim dividend.

The price is an 8 per cent premium on UXC’s closing price at the end of last week.

The deal represents a decrease on an October move by CSC to acquire UXC which would have seen the company pay $1.26 per UXC share.

The revised proposal “reflects an acknowledgement by both parties that the synergies available as a result of the Scheme may take longer to be realised than first anticipated, a higher required working capital position than initially anticipated by the bidder and differences between US GAAP and Australian accounting standards,” UXC said in a statement to shareholders.

The new offer pegs the total value of the transaction at around $427.6 million

UXC reported FY15 revenue of $686 million. UXC has around 3000 employees.

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The deal has the support of UXC’s board.

It is anticipated that UXC shareholders will vote on the deal in February next year.

“We are pleased that we have moved a step forward today toward our acquisition of UXC Limited, Australia’s largest independent and publicly owned IT services company,” Seelan Nayagam, CSC’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand, said in a statement.

“This is an exciting development as a combined CSC-UXC will position us amongst the region’s largest IT service companies. When completed, this acquisition will broaden CSC’s market coverage and next-generation offerings, with an expanded client base and deeper industry expertise.”

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