Black Economic Empowerment Transaction and Withdrawal of Cautionary
BELL EQUIPMENT LIMITED
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number: 1968/013656/06)
Share Code: BEL
(“Bell” or “the Company”)
BLACK ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT TRANSACTION AND WITHDRAWAL OF CAUTIONARY
BELL EQUIPMENT LIMITED CONCLUDES BLACK ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT TRANSACTION
INVOLVING ITS SUBSIDIARIES BELL EQUIPMENT COMPANY SA (PTY) LTD AND BELL EQUIPMENT
SALES SOUTH AFRICA LTD
1) BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE FOR THE BEE TRANSACTION
Bell Shareholders are referred to the cautionary announcement released on 16 October 2019 and
updated on 21 November 2019 (“the Cautionary”), advising Shareholders that the Company was
engaged in discussions aimed at the introduction of Black Economic Empowerment (“BEE”)
shareholders into the manufacturing subsidiary of the Company. The BEE Transaction has now been
concluded on the basis outlined in this announcement (“the BEE Transaction”).
In demonstrating its ongoing commitment to transformation and broad-based BEE ownership in
South Africa in ways that are sustainable, credible and of benefit to all its stakeholders, the
Company’s subsidiaries, Bell Equipment Company SA (Pty) Ltd (“BECSA”) and Bell Equipment Sales
South Africa Limited (“BESSA”), will as a result of the BEE Transaction both be 51% (fifty one percent)
Black people owned companies.
To this end, the board of the Company approved the BEE Transaction together with the restructure
of the Bell Equipment Group to facilitate the BEE Transaction.
The Company identified as its preferred shareholders (“the BEE shareholders”) in the BEE
• key Black executives in the Bell Equipment group, who together are a well-balanced and
highly qualified team with years of institutional knowledge, bringing the necessary
manufacturing expertise, new business development focus, sales and distribution skills and
are able to continue to spearhead interactions with the private and public sector; and
• the current BESSA BEE shareholders, SIBI, (“SIBI”) a 100% Black women owned and managed
company, whose ultimate shareholders are Sindisiwe Koyana-Mabaso and Bharti Harie, as
well as the Bell Foundation Trust (“the Foundation”) the beneficiaries of which are Black
The BEE shareholders will actively assist the Company in achieving both its growth and
transformation objectives and focus on the Company’s continued contribution to the South African
economy and manufacturing sector.
The BEE Transaction results in Black people holding an effective 51% (fifty one percent) ownership
interest in BECSA and BESSA for the duration of a 10 year lock-in period.
2) DESCRIPTION OF THE BUSINESS CARRIED ON BY THE BELL GROUP
Bell, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, is a proudly South African company, and through
the various members of the Bell group, a leading global manufacturer, distributor and exporter of a
wide range of heavy equipment for the construction, mining, quarrying, sugar, forestry and waste
handling industries worldwide.
BECSA is currently wholly-owned by the Company. With effect from 1 January 2020, and following
an internal restructure, BECSA will be a contract manufacturer appointed by Bell Equipment Group
Services Proprietary Limited (“BEGS”) a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell, to manufacture products
determined by BEGS from time to time, which would currently be material handling equipment,
including articulated dump trucks for the South African and certain international markets.
During 2017 , BESSA undertook a BEE transaction, as a result of which 30% of BESSA’s ordinary shares
are held by BEE shareholders (22.5% held by SIBI which in turn is held by investor SIBI Capital
Proprietary Limited) and 7.5% by the Foundation. This qualified BESSA as a 30% Black women owned
entity. The Company currently holds the remaining 70% of the ordinary shares in BESSA.
Following the BEE Transaction, BESSA will continue to provide sales and aftermarket support for Bell
designed and manufactured products as well as strategic alliance partner products in South Africa.
3) PARTICULARS OF THE BEE TRANSACTION
The BEE Transaction
The key features of the BEE Transaction are as follows:
1. A 51% Black ownership in BECSA and BESSA will be achieved using the flow through principle;
2. The new BEE shareholders are aligned to the Company’s strategy and interests;
3. The Company shall continue to consolidate Bell Equipment SA Holdings Limited (“BHL”), BECSA
Holdings Limited (“BECSA Holdings”), BECSA and BESSA.
The salient terms and conditions of the BEE Transaction, as set out in the various agreements that
have been concluded between the parties on 10 December 2019 (collectively “the Agreements”) are
1. A new South African holding company, BHL has been incorporated. After the implementation of
a. The Company will hold 70% of the issued shares of BHL, and through BHL and BHL’s
shareholding in BECSA Holdings an effective 49% shareholding in each of BECSA and
b. A newly incorporated BEE Management company (“BEE Manco”), the shareholders of
which will be five BEE employees at management level of the Bell Equipment group, being
Avishkar Goordeen, Duncan Mashika, Dominic Chinnappen, Niraj Andhee and Bruce
Ndlela (“the Managers”), as well as the Foundation, will hold 30% of the issued shares of
BHL and through BHL and BHL’s shareholding in BECSA Holdings an effective 21%
shareholding in each of BECSA and BESSA.
2. Another new South African intermediate holding company, BECSA Holdings, has been
incorporated. The percentage holding of the ordinary shares in BECSA Holdings will be as
a. BHL will hold 70%;
b. BEE Manco will hold 15%;
c. The Foundation will hold 7.5%;
d. SIBI will hold 7.5%.
SIBI , the Foundation and BEE Manco will collectively hold 30% of the issued ordinary shares of
BECSA Holdings, resulting in an effective 30% shareholding in BECSA. In addition, BEE Manco
will have an effective 21% shareholding in BECSA through its 30% shareholding in BHL.
3. BECSA Holdings will acquire 100% of the share capital of BECSA from the Company for
R360 000 000 (three hundred and sixty million Rand) in consideration for which BECSA Holdings
will pay to the Company R10 000 000 (ten million Rand) in cash, issue to the Company 1 (one)
adjustable BECSA Holdings Preference Share (“the preference share”) for an issue price of
R350 000 000 (three hundred and fifty million Rand). The preference share will have a coupon
rate of 72% of prime plus 3% (prime plus 3% multiplied by one minus the corporate tax rate at
the time). The redemption value of the preference share will be determined annually based on
the lower of:
a. The issue price of R350 000 000 (three hundred and fifty million Rand) plus coupon less
redemption and coupon payments to date; or
b. An amount guaranteed to give full net value points (such that the BEE Shareholders
collectively have a 25% unencumbered share in BECSA Holdings at year 9). This is based on
the formula (equity value x (1-(50% x BEE Graduation Factor)).
At year 10 the preference share will be redeemed at the lower of the value calculated in formula
a and formula b above.
4. The scheduled redemption date of the preference share is 31 December 2029.
5. Distributions received by BECSA Holdings from BECSA, after provision for administration
expenses and taxes, will be split as to:
a. of every distribution received, a fixed 5% trickle dividend to the ordinary shareholders;
b. the balance to Bell as the holder of the preference share.
6. BHL will acquire 70% of the entire issued share capital of BESSA from the Company for
R84 000 000 (eighty four million Rand) in consideration for which BHL will pay to the Company
R3 000 000 (three million Rand) in cash and issue to the Company 1 000 cumulative redeemable
preference shares for an issue price of R81 000 000 (eighty one million Rand). Those preference
shares will have a coupon rate of 72% of prime plus 3% (prime plus 3% multiplied by one minus
the corporate tax rate at the time). The general terms of these preference shares are standard
and in accordance with general market practice.
4) THE PURCHASERS
The purchase price of R5 100 000 (five million one hundred thousand Rand) for the effective 51%
Black shareholding in BECSA through BECSA Holdings and BHL comprises of:
BEE Manco through BHL – 21% (R2 100 000)
BEE Manco (directly) – 15% (R 1 500 000)
SIBI – 7.5% (R750 000)
The Foundation – 7.5% (R750 000)
The purchase price of R900 000 (nine hundred thousand Rand) for the effective 21% Black
shareholding in BESSA through BHL comprises of:
BEE Manco through BHL – 21%
5) CONSIDERATIONS PAYABLE INCLUDING LOAN FUNDING BY THE BELL GROUP TO ENABLE
SOME OF THE PURCHASERS TO PAY THE SALE AND/OR SUBSCRIPTION CONSIDERATION
1. The consideration is R450 000 for every 10% of BEE Manco.
2. Interest-bearing loans at prime plus 5% have been entered into between BEGS and each of
Avishkar Goordeen, Duncan Mashika, Dominic Chinnappen, Bruce Ndlela and Niraj Andhee in
terms of which, inter alia, BEGS will lend to each of Avishkar Goordeen, Duncan Mashika and
Dominic Chinnappen R900 000 (nine hundred thousand Rand) for the subscription of their
respective 20% shareholdings in BEE Manco and to each of Bruce Ndlela and Niraj Andhee,
R450 000 (four hundred and fifty thousand Rand) for the subscription of their respective 10%
shareholdings in BEE Manco.
3. An interest free loan of R900 000 (nine hundred thousand Rand) has been entered into between
BEGS and the Foundation for purposes of funding the Foundation’s subscription of a 20%
shareholding in BEE Manco.
The consideration is R750 000 (seven hundred and fifty thousand Rand) payable in cash for purposes
of subscribing for 7.5% of the shares in BECSA Holdings.
An interest free loan of R750 000 (seven hundred and fifty thousand Rand) has been entered into
between BEGS and the Foundation for purposes of the Foundation acquiring 7.5% of the shares in
6) THE VALUATIONS OF THE ENTITIES THAT ARE THE SUBJECT OF THE BEE TRANSACTION
The independent equity valuation of 100% of BECSA was undertaken based on the discounted cash
flow methodology and was determined as R360 000 000 (three hundred and sixty million Rand).
The independent equity valuation of 100% of BESSA was undertaken based on the discounted cash
flow methodology and was determined as R120 000 000 (one hundred and twenty million Rand).
7) THE PROFITS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE NET ASSETS THAT ARE THE SUBJECT OF THE BEE
For the six months ended 30 June 2019, BECSA, prior to the restructure referred to above,
generated revenue of approximately R2 750 000 000 (two billion seven hundred and fifty million
Rand) and profit after tax of approximately R68 200 000 (sixty eight million two hundred thousand
For the six months ended 30 June 2019, BESSA generated revenue of approximately
R1 650 000 000 (one billion six hundred and fifty million Rand) and a loss after tax of approximately
R22 200 000 (twenty two million two hundred thousand Rand).
8) THE APPLICATION OF THE SALE PROCEEDS
Except for the acquisition of shares by SIBI for cash, the subscriptions and acquisitions are funded by
loans to the respective parties and thus, on a net basis, do not generate cash sale proceeds.
9) THE EFFECTIVE DATE
The BEE Transaction will become effective with effect from 1 January 2020.
The BEE Transaction is categorised as a Category 2 transaction and accordingly no shareholder
approval is required in terms of the JSE Listings Requirements.
11) WITHDRAWAL OF CAUTIONARY
The Cautionary to shareholders to exercise caution when dealing in the Company’s securities is
11 December 2019
Investec Bank Limited
Transcend Capital (Pty) Ltd
Date: 11-12-2019 09:40:00
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