Stonepeak Acquires Textainer for $7.4B

Stonepeak, an alternative investment firm specializing in infrastructure and real assets, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Textainer Group, a lessor of intermodal containers.

Upon completion of the transaction and the redemption of Textainer’s Series A and B cumulative redeemable perpetual preference shares, Textainer will become a privately held company.

Under the terms of the definitive agreement, which was unanimously approved by the Textainer board of directors, Textainer common shareholders will receive $50 per share in cash, with the total value of the common shares equaling approximately $2.1 billion. This transaction represents an enterprise value of approximately $7.4 billion. The purchase price represents a premium of approximately 46% over Textainer’s closing share price on Oct. 20, the last full trading day prior to the transaction announcement. The per share consideration paid to shareholders on the JSE will be in South African Rand at an exchange rate established in accordance with the merger agreement.

“This transaction has been made possible by our strong company foundation reaffirmed over the last several years, which allowed for both substantial capex growth and the strengthening of our business, further driven by our deep customer relationships,” Olivier Ghesquiere, president and CEO of Textainer, said. “By partnering with Stonepeak, we will gain access to investment capital and industry expertise, positioning us for continued growth in the years to come. I would like to especially thank our employees for all they have done to get us to this point and for the part they will play in the years ahead.”

“Textainer has operated since 1979, becoming a publicly traded company in 2007. After 16 years of operating in the public equity markets, we are very excited to start this new chapter as a private company. We’re particularly proud to have delivered a transaction that creates significant and immediate value for our common shareholders,” Hyman Shwiel, chairman of the board of Textainer, said. “This transaction validates the success of Textainer’s strategy and the positive momentum in the business. With the support of an experienced partner like Stonepeak, we are well positioned to continue delivering high quality equipment and best-in-class service to customers worldwide.”

“Textainer forms a critical link in global trade. The business is underpinned by high-quality assets and contracted cash flows that provide substantial downside protection and resilient through-cycle performance,” James Wyper, senior managing director at Stonepeak, said. “These characteristics, along with Textainer’s commitment to customers and disciplined approach to capital expenditure, are what make the company a leader in the sector. We look forward to working closely with Textainer to help further their strategy and growth.”

The transaction is expected to close in Q1/23, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Textainer shareholders and the receipt of required regulatory clearances and approvals. The transaction is not subject to a financing condition.

The definitive merger agreement includes a 30-day “go-shop” period expiring at 12:01 a.m. ET on Nov. 22, which permits Textainer and its financial advisor to continue to actively solicit and consider alternative acquisition proposals. There can be no assurance that this process will result in a superior proposal, and the company does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the solicitation process unless and until it determines such disclosures are appropriate or are otherwise required.

Following the completion of the transaction, Textainer will continue to be led by Ghesquiere as president and CEO and will continue to be headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Prior to closing, Textainer intends to maintain its current quarterly dividend on both Textainer common and preference shares.

BofA Securities is serving as financial advisor to Textainer. O’Melveny & Myers is acting as lead legal counsel.

Deutsche Bank is acting as financial advisor to Stonepeak. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is acting as lead legal counsel.

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