eFuture Holding Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement and plan of merger with Shiji and eFuture CI Limited
OREANDA-NEWS. eFuture Holding Inc. (Nasdaq:EFUT) (the “Company” or “eFuture”), a leading software and solution provider and a mobile business enabler to China's retail and consumer goods industries, today announced it has entered into an agreement and plan of merger (the "Merger Agreement") with Shiji (Hong Kong) Limited ("Parent") and eFuture CI Limited ("Merger Subsidiary"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent. Parent and Merger Subsidiary are indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Beijing Shiji Information Technology Co Ltd. ("Shiji"), a joint-stock company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange of the PRC.
Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, Parent will acquire all the outstanding ordinary shares of the Company not currently owned by Parent and its affiliates for cash consideration equal to US$6.42 per share of the Company (each, a "Share"). This price represents an approximately 18% premium over the closing Share price as quoted by NASDAQ Capital Market ("NASDAQ") on June 3, 2016, the last trading day immediately prior to the Company's announcement on June 6, 2016 that it had received a preliminary non-binding proposal from Parent.
Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, Merger Subsidiary will merge with and into the Company, with the Company continuing as the surviving company (the "Surviving Company") and becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent (the "Merger"). Each Share which is issued and outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger (the “Effective Time”) will be cancelled in consideration for the right to receive US$6.42 per Share, in cash, without interest, except for (i) Shares held by the Company or any of its subsidiaries (if any) and Shares beneficially owned by Parent, Merger Subsidiary or their affiliates, which Shares will be cancelled at the Effective Time for no consideration, or (ii) Shares owned by holders who have validly exercised and not effectively withdrawn or lost their rights to dissent from the Merger pursuant to Section 238 of the Companies Law of the Cayman Islands, which such Shares will be cancelled at the Effective Time for the right to receive the fair value of such Shares determined in accordance with the provisions of Section 238 of the Companies Law of the Cayman Islands. The transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, including the Merger, will be financed by the equity capital of Parent and its affiliates.
At the Effective Time, (A) each option (the “Company Options”) to purchase Shares granted under the Company’s share incentive plans that is then vested, outstanding and unexercised will be cancelled and converted into the right to receive, net of any applicable withholding taxes, cash in an amount equal to (x) the total number of Shares issuable upon exercise of such Company Option immediately prior to the Effective Time multiplied by (y) the excess, if any, of (1) US$6.42 over (2) the exercise price payable per Share issuable under such Company Option; provided, however, that if the exercise price payable per Share issuable under any Company Option is greater than $6.42, such Company Option will be cancelled for no payment; (B) each Company Option that is then outstanding and not vested on or prior to the Effective Time will be cancelled and converted into a restricted cash incentive award (“RCA”) in an amount equal to (x) the total number of Shares issuable upon exercise of such Company Option immediately prior to the Effective Time multiplied by (y) the excess, if any, of (1) US$6.42 over (2) the exercise price per Share issuable under such Company Option; provided that each RCA will be subject to the same vesting terms and conditions applicable to the Company Option from which such RCA was converted; and (C) each restricted share granted under the Company’s share incentive plans (whether vested or unvested) that is then outstanding will be cancelled and converted into the right to receive, net of any applicable withholding taxes, cash in an amount equal to US$6.42.
The special committee of independent directors (the "Special Committee") formed by the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Company Board"), with full power and authority delegated by the Company Board, unanimously approved the Merger Agreement, the plan of merger required to be filed with the Registrar of Companies of the Cayman Islands in connection with the Merger and the transactions contemplated thereby (the "Transactions"), including the Merger, and resolved to recommend that the Company's shareholders vote to approve the Merger Agreement and the Transactions, including the Merger. The Special Committee, which is composed entirely of independent directors, exclusively negotiated the terms of the Merger Agreement with Parent and Merger Subsidiary with the assistance of its independent financial and legal advisors.
The consummation of the Merger is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval by an affirmative vote of Company shareholders holding two-thirds or more of the votes represented by the Shares present and voting in person or by proxy as a single class at the extraordinary general meeting, which will be convened to consider the approval of the Merger Agreement and the Transactions, including the Merger. If completed, the Transactions will result in the Company becoming a privately-held company and its Shares will no longer be listed on NASDAQ.
Concurrently with the execution of the Merger Agreement, Parent entered into a support agreement with the Company (the “Support Agreement”), pursuant to which Parent has agreed to vote all the Shares beneficially owned by it in favor of the authorization and approval of the Merger Agreement and the Merger. As of the date of this press release, Parent beneficially owns Shares representing approximately 52.24% of the total voting power of the outstanding Shares (without taking into account any outstanding options or restricted shares granted pursuant to the Company’s share incentive plans).
The Company and certain other participants in the Transactions will prepare and file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a Schedule 13E-3 transaction statements, which will include a proxy statement of the Company. The Schedule 13E-3 will include a description of the Merger Agreement and contain other important information about the Merger, the Company and the other participants in the Merger.
Duff & Phelps, LLC is serving as financial advisor to the Special Committee. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is serving as U.S. legal advisor to the Special Committee and Campbells is serving as Cayman Islands legal advisor to the Special Committee. Blank Rome LLP is serving as U.S. legal advisor to the Company.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is serving as U.S. legal advisor to Parent and Maples and Calder is serving as Cayman Islands legal advisor to Parent.
ABOUT EFUTURE HOLDING INC.
eFuture Holding Inc. (Nasdaq:EFUT) is a leading software and solution provider and a mobile business enabler to China's retail and consumer goods industries. eFuture's clients include 1,000+ active retailers with more than 50,000 physical stores across China, of which about 45% were ranked among the top 100 chain retailers during 2015.