Aegion Board of Directors Determines Unsolicited Third-Party Proposal Could Reasonably Be Expected to Result in a “Superior Proposal”
ST. LOUIS – March 22, 2021 – Aegion Corporation (NASDAQ: AEGN) today announced that its Board of Directors has determined, after consultation with its outside legal and financial advisors, that an unsolicited, non-binding proposal received from a third party (the “Third Party”) (the “Third-Party Proposal”) could reasonably be expected to result in a “Superior Proposal” as defined in Aegion’s merger agreement, as amended, with affiliates of New Mountain Capital, L.L.C. (“New Mountain”) (the “New Mountain Merger Agreement”).
Under the terms of the Third-Party Proposal, the Third Party would acquire all outstanding shares of Aegion common stock for $28.50 per share in cash. The Third-Party Proposal, at this point, is non-binding and subject to diligence to be conducted, among other things. As a result of the Board’s determination, the Company plans to enter into a confidentiality agreement and engage in diligence activities and discussions with the Third Party.
Aegion previously announced on March 15, 2021, that it had entered into an amended merger agreement with New Mountain to acquire all outstanding shares of Aegion common stock for $27.00 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at approximately $995 million. Aegion remains subject to the New Mountain Merger Agreement.
There can be no assurance that the discussions with the Third Party will result in the Aegion Board’s determination that the Third-Party Proposal is in fact a Superior Proposal or the consummation of a transaction that is superior to the pending transaction with New Mountain. Further, there can be no assurance that the terms of any new transaction will be the same as those reflected in the Third-Party Proposal.
Centerview Partners LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Aegion, and Shearman & Sterling LLP is serving as legal counsel.
About Aegion Corporation (NASDAQ: AEGN)
Aegion combines innovative technologies with market-leading expertise to maintain, rehabilitate and strengthen infrastructure around the world. For 50 years, the Company has played a pioneering role in finding innovative solutions to rehabilitate aging infrastructure, primarily pipelines in the wastewater, water, energy, mining and refining industries. Aegion also maintains the efficient operation of refineries and other industrial facilities. Aegion is committed to Stronger. Safer. Infrastructure.®
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Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed merger between Merger Sub and the Company. In connection with the proposed transaction, the Company plans to file a proxy statement with the SEC. STOCKHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO AND ANY DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE THEREIN) AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION THAT THE COMPANY WILL FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND THE PARTIES TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Stockholders and investors will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement and other relevant materials (when they become available) and other documents filed by the Company at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies of the proxy statement (when they become available) and the filings that will be incorporated by reference therein may also be obtained, without charge, by contacting the Company’s Investor Relations at email@example.com or 1.800.325.1159.
Participants in Solicitation
The Company and its directors, executive officers and certain employees, may be deemed, under SEC rules, to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. Information regarding the Company’s directors and executive officers is available in its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 10, 2021. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC (when they become available). These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.
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