Proposed Acquisition Of A 25.0% Non-Controlling Minority Shareholding in a wholly-owned subsidiary of ARCFS
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
Registration number 1959/001562/06
JSE share code: SLM
A2X share code: SLM
NSX share code: SLA
PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF A 25.0% NON-CONTROLLING MINORITY
SHAREHOLDING IN A WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF AFRICAN RAINBOW
CAPITAL FINANCIAL SERVICES HOLDINGS PROPRIETARY LIMITED (“ARC FS”) BY
SANLAM LIFE INSURANCE LIMITED (THE “PROPOSED TRANSACTION”)
Sanlam shareholders (“Shareholders”) are referred to the announcement made on
the Stock Exchange News Service (“SENS”) of the JSE Limited (“JSE”) on 31 October
2018 when Sanlam announced its package of broad-based black economic
empowerment (“B-BBEE”) transactions. As part of the package, Sanlam announced
that it may potentially acquire a 25.0% minority shareholding in ARC FS.
The board of directors of Sanlam (the “Sanlam Board”) is pleased to announce that
an agreement has been reached in respect of a transaction between Sanlam and ARC
FS, subject to the fulfilment of certain suspensive conditions, for Sanlam Life Insurance
Limited (“Sanlam Life”) to acquire a 25.0% non-controlling minority shareholding in a
wholly-owned subsidiary of ARC FS (“ARC FS SubCo”).
The Proposed Transaction entails:
i. The creation of ARC FS SubCo, a subsidiary of ARC FS, into which ARC FS
will transfer its investments in all relevant financial services businesses that
ARC FS has invested into other than those mentioned in (ii) below (the “ARC
FS Internal Restructure”);
ii. ARC FS retaining its banking related investments, comprising of TymeBank, AI
Fund and Ooba;
iii. Amounts drawn under the R2.0 billion preference share facility approved by
Shareholders to Ubuntu-Botho Investments Proprietary Limited (“UBI”)
(“Ubuntu-Botho Facility”) will also be transferred from ARC FS to ARC FS
SubCo while the necessary security will remain in place; and
iv. Sanlam Life acquiring a 25.0% minority shareholding in ARC FS SubCo
through a subscription for new shares in ARC FS SubCo and the acquisition of
shares from ARC FS.
Following the conclusion of the Proposed Transaction, Sanlam Life will be a 25.0%
minority shareholder of ARC FS SubCo with ARC FS retaining the majority 75.0%
African Rainbow Capital Proprietary Limited (“ARC”) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of
UBI which is, for the purposes of the JSE Listing Requirements, a material shareholder
in Sanlam and accordingly deemed a related party. ARC FS is owned 50.1% by ARC
and 49.9% by the ARC Fund1.
2. Rationale for the Proposed Transaction
The Proposed Transaction is a deliberate investment to contribute towards Sanlam’s
realisation of its South African growth strategy.
As noted in the circular to Shareholders dated 12 November 2018, UBI is Sanlam’s B-
BBEE shareholder and it was envisaged that ARC FS would assist Sanlam in the
execution of its South African strategy, through enhancing empowerment in the
financial services sector and in its own operations. In addition, it was agreed that ARC
FS would inter alia hold strategic investments funded by way of the Ubuntu-Botho
Facility. Through this investment, Sanlam will share in the value creation within the
underlying ARC FS SubCo investments.
3. Overview of the Proposed Transaction
3.1. Background to ARC FS and ARC FS SubCo
ARC FS is the entity that holds all the financial services investments in the UBI group
of companies (“UBI Group”) other than the shareholding in Sanlam which is held
directly by UBI. Additionally, ARC FS holds the other investments acquired through the
utilisation of the Ubuntu-Botho Facility.
Prior to completion of the Proposed Transaction, ARC FS SubCo shall hold ARC FS’s
investments in the following financial services entities: Alexander Forbes Group
Holdings ("Alexander Forbes"), Afrocentric Investment Corporation, Rand Mutual
Holdings, Capital Legacy, Colourfield, Umvuso, Indwe, QED, African Rainbow Life,
Global ASP, LifeCheq, Lima Mbeu, National Care Solutions, InFund Solutions, Khumo
Capital, Sinayo Capital, Constellation Capital, Bravura, A2X, Edge Growth and
ARC FS SubCo shall also hold ARC FS’s effective 25.0% shareholding in Sanlam
Investments Holding Proprietary Limited (“SIH”) through a newly incorporated
investment holding company (“SIH HoldCo”) in which Sanlam will hold the remaining
75.0%. This transaction was announced to Shareholders on 20 August 2020 and
completed on 7 December 2020.
3.2. Transaction Base Valuation
The base valuation of the 25.0% minority shareholding in ARC FS SubCo at 30 June
2020 is R739 million (“Transaction Base Value”) prior to acknowledging the impact
of the subscription component of the Proposed Transaction as mentioned in 1(iv)
above and 3.3. below.
Listed assets are valued at the 30-day VWAP at 30 June 2020. In the case of
Alexander Forbes, dividends (special and ordinary) paid post 30 June 2020 (up to the
Effective Date) and any premium applied by ARC in its own valuation are excluded
from the valuation for the purposes of the Proposed Transaction. No marketability
discount is applied to the valuation of the listed assets, as Sanlam Life will have a call
An en commandite partnership established in South Africa and governed by its partnership
agreement, of which African Rainbow Capital Investments Limited is the limited partner and UBI
General Partner Proprietary Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ubuntu-Botho) is the general
option over a number of unencumbered listed shares held by ARC FS SubCo at any
given time (“Call Option Shares”). The number of Call Option Shares shall not exceed
Sanlam Life’s proportionate share of such listed shares held by ARC FS SubCo. The
call option will provide liquidity to Sanlam Life by enabling it to acquire the Call Option
Shares from ARC FS SubCo at any given time and sell it in the open market.
The 25.0% effective shareholding in SIH will be included in the Transaction Base Value
at the base value of R787.5 million used for purposes of that transaction.
An additional discount of 10% was applied to the reported fair value of the unlisted
assets as at 30 June 2020, which include relevant minority and liquidity discounts.
The total value of the portfolio has been adjusted for the net debt/cash included within
the portfolio, including the amount outstanding in terms of the Ubuntu-Botho Facility.
Furthermore, a deduction to the total value of the portfolio will be made for any
dividends received from the unlisted assets to the extent distributed by ARC FS SubCo
as permitted in terms of the transaction agreements until the effective date of the
Proposed Transaction ("Effective Date").
3.3. Investment in ARC FS SubCo
Sanlam Life shall acquire its minority shareholding of 25.0% in ARC FS SubCo through
a combination of an acquisition of shares from ARC FS (the “Acquisition Shares”)
and a subscription for new shares in ARC FS SubCo (the “Issuance Shares”).
As a first step, Sanlam Life will subscribe for the Issuance Shares for an amount equal
to R100 million. Following the subscription for the Issuance Shares, ARC FS SubCo
will have at least R300 million in cash which will ensure that it is adequately capitalised
and such funds shall be deployed to support the growth of ARC FS SubCo
The Acquisition Shares will be acquired directly from ARC FS and the purchase
consideration will take cognisance of the subscription amount paid in respect of the
3.4. Transaction Price
The aggregate base consideration for the Issuance Shares and the Acquisition Shares
calculated with reference to the Transaction Base Value as set out in 3.2 will be R764
million and reflects the minimum consideration for the 25.0% minority shareholding in
ARC FS SubCo.
The value of the unlisted assets, adjusted for any dividends – from the date of
declaration thereof – from the underlying unlisted assets, will be rolled forward to the
Effective Date at the funding rate applicable to the Ubuntu-Botho Facility (85% of the
prime interest rate (“Prime Rate”)). On the assumption that the Effective Date of the
transaction is 1 May 2021 and no changes to the Prime Rate, the rolled forward
aggregate consideration for the Issuance Shares and the Acquisition Shares is
expected to be approximately R799 million.
Sanlam Life will be entitled to:
i. Appoint such number of directors to the board of directors of ARC FS SubCo
as is proportionate to its shareholding in ARC FS SubCo; and
ii. Appoint members to the investment committee of ARC FS SubCo and all other
subcommittees of the board of directors of ARC FS SubCo proportionate to its
shareholding in ARC FS SubCo.
3.6. Asset Outperformance Participation Amount
Sanlam Life will pay an asset outperformance participation amount (inclusive of VAT)
which shall be calculated based on net asset value (“NAV”) growth in excess of the
stipulated hurdle rate, subject to, among others, the following provisions:
• The hurdle rate will range from risk free rate plus 3% to risk free rate plus 8%,
with performance participation ranging from 4% to a maximum of 25%,
• The performance participation will be calculated every three years based on
the growth in NAV at the end of each year, in the three-year period, not being
less than the previous highest NAV;
• Prior declines in NAV and accumulated performance hurdle (from the Effective
Date) will be recouped prior to re/commencing payments of performance fees;
• The arrangement will run for a period of nine years only; and
• The interest in SIH HoldCo will be excluded for purposes of determining the
3.7. Independent Fairness Opinion
In terms of paragraph 10.7 of the Listings Requirements, the Proposed Transaction is
categorised as a small related party transaction.
Accordingly, the Sanlam Board is required to provide the JSE with written confirmation
from an independent professional expert confirming that the terms of the Proposed
Transaction are fair insofar as the Shareholders are concerned (the “Fairness
Opinion”). A positive Fairness Opinion is one of the suspensive conditions to the
In compliance with paragraph 10.7 (b) of the Listings Requirements, the Sanlam Board
appointed BDO Corporate Finance Proprietary Limited (“BDO”) as independent expert
to provide it with the Fairness Opinion.
BDO has furnished an opinion to the Sanlam Board confirming that the terms of the
Proposed Transaction are fair insofar as the Shareholders are concerned. This opinion
has been provided to the JSE.
The opinion of BDO will be available for inspection at Sanlam’s registered office, 2
Strand Road, Bellville Cape Town, 7530, for a period of 28 days from the release of
this announcement. It will also be made available during this period on request from
Sanlam’s Company Secretary. Please email request to Sana-
3.8. Conditions and other key terms to the Proposed Transaction
In addition to receipt of a positive Fairness Opinion, the Proposed Transaction is
subject to certain suspensive conditions referred to in paragraph 1, including (but not
limited to) approvals from the relevant regulatory authorities to the extent required, and
the implementation of the ARC FS Internal Restructure.
The definitive transaction agreements to give effect to the Proposed Transaction
contain warranties and indemnities customary for a transaction of its nature.
The definitive transaction agreements include a shareholders' agreement in respect of
ARC FS SubCo which incorporates an undertaking by ARC FS not to make material
or strategic investments in businesses which compete with ARC FS SubCo, reserved
matters in respect of which shareholders will need to agree, customary pre-emptive
rights and deemed offer provisions.
3.9. Independent Committee Recommendation
The Sanlam Board established a Committee of Independent Non-Executive Directors
(“iNED Committee”), comprising of all non-executive directors of Sanlam who are
independent of Sanlam and UBI, to evaluate matters involving Sanlam and the UBI
Group which may give rise to conflict of interest. The chairperson of the iNED
Committee is Mr. Elias Masilela.
Following the iNED Committee’s consideration of the Proposed Transaction, it
recommended to the Sanlam Board that Sanlam Life enter into the Proposed
4. Financial effects of the Proposed Transaction
The Proposed Transaction will be funded from Sanlam Life’s existing cash resources.
Sanlam Life’s 25.0% minority non-controlling shareholding in ARC FS SubCo shall be
treated as an investment in an associate.
When considered separately, ARC FS SubCo’s net assets at 30 June 2020 and losses
attributable to the net assets as measured by loss after tax for the twelve-month period
ended 30 June 2020 are R2,808 million and R230 million respectively, as prepared in
terms of International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). The IFRS financial
statements are not prepared on a fair value basis and therefore do not reflect changes
in the valuation of the underlying investments. Accounting losses as a result of fair
value changes relating to Alexander Forbes for the period it was held as a financial
asset before it became an associate of ARC FS and the Alexander Forbes flip-up
(pursuant to which ARC FS transferred all of its shares in Alexander Forbes Limited in
return for shares in Alexander Forbes) were significant drivers of the loss. This
information is unaudited and extracted from management accounts.
Sanlam has considered the information and is satisfied with the quality of the
5. JSE transaction categorisation
In terms of the JSE Listing Requirements, the Proposed Transaction is a small related
party transaction and accordingly it does not require Shareholder approval.
6. Effective Date
The Effective Date will be dependent on the fulfilment of the suspensive conditions to
the Proposed Transaction and is expected to occur during the first half of 2021.
7. Conference call
A conference call for analysts, investors and the media will take place at 16h00 (South
African time) today. Investors and media who wish to participate in the conference call
should register by navigating to:
Registered participants will receive their dial-in number upon registration. We advise
participants to register and dial in 5-10 minutes prior to the commencement of the
conference call at 16h00.
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18 December 2020
Sanlam Investor Relations
Phone: +27 21 947 8455
Sole Financial Advisor and Transaction Sponsor to Sanlam
The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited
BDO Corporate Finance (Pty) Ltd
Legal Adviser to Sanlam
Glyn Marais Incorporated
Date: 18-12-2020 02:00:00
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