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French conglomerate Saint-Gobain has extended its deal with the Burkard family, giving the company more time to acquire a controlling interest in Swiss specialty chemical company SIKA AG. The Burkard family owns SIKA’s majority voting rights via Schenker-Winkler Holding.
In 2015, the antitrust authorities gave their “unconditional approval” for French conglomerate Saint-Gobain to gain a controlling interest in Swiss specialty chemicals company SIKA AG, Saint-Gobain management wrote in their 2015 financial report.
In a letter to Saint-Gobain shareholders, Swiss specialty company SIKA AG chairman Paul Hälg denounced the “value of the [Saint-Gobain] takeover attempt,” writing it could take years for the issues to be worked out in the court system. In response, Saint-Gobain management released a statement saying that “all antitrust authorities have given pre-closing clearance” and the company is “determined to pursue this value-creating transaction for both groups.”
The Swiss Competition Commission has “unconditionally authorized Saint-Gobain’s acquisition of control over SIKA” according to French conglomerate Saint-Gobain.
The Swiss Federal Administrative Court (FAC) had upheld Swiss specialty chemical company SIKA AG’s opt-out clause, rejecting a complaint filed over the clause by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Trust and Cascade Investment. The court drama began after French conglomerate Saint-Gobain’s plan to gain a controlling interest in SIKA by acquiring Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) was revealed late last year.
“Antitrust filings are proceeding as planned.” This is how French conglomerate Saint-Gobain’s management refers to the company’s bid to acquire Swiss specialty chemical company SIKA AG in its 2015 report on half-year results.
Swiss specialty chemical company SIKA AG’s board restricted the voting rights of Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) to 5 percent of all registered shares, thwarting the Burkard family-owned company’s attempt to remove the board chairman and several board members during the extraordinary shareholders meeting held Friday. In a repeat of what occurred at annual general shareholders meeting in April, compensation for the members of the board was rejected for the “current term of office.” SWH retained its majority voting rights on this topic.
Cascade Investment LLC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust have filed a director’s liability lawsuit against Urs F. Burkard, board member of SIKA AG, alleging breach of director’s duties. The Swiss specialty chemical company, its current management and some investors, such as Cascade and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are attempting to stave off a bid by French conglomerate Saint-Gobain to gain a controlling interest in SIKA by acquiring Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH).
Swiss specialty chemical company Sika AG’s seven-hour long annual general meeting of shareholders is one for the record books. The Swiss company’s management and several board members are in a standoff with Burkard family-owned Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) over the potential sale of SWH to Saint-Gobain, which would give the French conglomerate majority voting rights in Sika. Several key topics regarding this deal were voted on during the meeting.
Saint-Gobain’s agreement with the Burkard family over the sale of Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) has been extended until June 30, 2016. The deal would position Saint-Gobain to gain majority voting rights in Swiss specialty chemical company Sika AG without having to make an offer for the remaining shares.
The Swiss Cantonal Court of Zug has denied Schenker-Winkler Holding’s (SWH) request to uphold the company’s voting rights in Sika AG. SWH is owned by the Burkard family, which controls 16.1 percent of Sika’s capital with 52.4 percent in voting rights. SWH plans to sell its stake in Sika to French-conglomerate Saint-Gobain. The Sika board and management seeks to restrict the Burkard family’s voting rights to 5 percent given its desire to sell its Sika shares to Saint-Gobain.
The Cantonal Court of Zug in Switzerland has dismissed Schenker Winkler Holding AG (SWH) request to review a decision by Sika’s Board of Directors to reduce the company’s voting rights to 5 percent. The Burkard family-owned company controls 16.1 percent of Sika’s capital and had 52.4 percent in voting rights. But now that SWH is limited to 5 percent voting rights, it can’t call an official meeting, making it more difficult for French building materials company Saint-Gobain to proceed with its deal to purchase SWH for $2.84 billion USD (CHF 2.75 billion). The deal was designed to give controlling interest in Sika to Saint-Gobain.