NORDBORG, Denmark and AMES, Iowa, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Danfoss A/S ("Danfoss") and Sauer-Danfoss Inc. (NYSE: SHS) today jointly announced a definitive merger agreement for Danfoss to acquire the 24.4% of Sauer-Danfoss common shares not already owned by Danfoss and its affiliates for $58.50 per share in cash. The $58.50 per share price represents a 48.6% premium to the closing price of Sauer-Danfoss shares on November 27, 2012, the day prior to the announcement of the Danfoss proposal, a 19.4% increase from the $49.00 per share proposal made by Danfoss on November 28, 2012 and a 5.3% premium to the highest trading price of Sauer-Danfoss shares for the 52-week period prior to the announcement of the Danfoss proposal. In addition, the Board of Sauer-Danfoss has declared a dividend for the first quarter of 2013 in which stockholders of record as of March 15, 2013 will receive a cash dividend of $0.35 per share payable on March 29, 2013.
The Sauer-Danfoss Board approved the transaction based on the unanimous recommendation of a Special Committee of the Board made up solely of independent directors. The Special Committee undertook a deliberate and comprehensive negotiation with Danfoss to achieve a highly attractive cash offer for stockholders that factored in Sauer-Danfoss' prospects as well as the current economic environment. The Special Committee, advised by its independent financial advisor, Lazard, and its independent legal advisor, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, concluded the offer is fair to, and in the best interests of, the public minority stockholders of Sauer-Danfoss.
Jorgen M. Clausen, Chairman of Danfoss A/S, said, "We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Special Committee on the terms of this transaction. We believe this transaction represents a very attractive premium to the Sauer-Danfoss stockholders and full and fair value for the company. This transaction reflects our confidence in Sauer-Danfoss and its management team as well as our commitment to the business and its long-term success."
Steven H. Wood, Chairman of the Special Committee of the Sauer-Danfoss Board, said, "Following a thorough review process, assisted by our independent financial and legal advisors, the Special Committee has concluded that the Danfoss offer is fair to, and in the best interests of, the minority stockholders and we recommend they tender their shares into the offer."Under the terms of the agreement, Danfoss will commence a tender offer at $58.50 per Sauer-Danfoss share within 10 business days. The tender offer will be conditioned upon, among other things, the tender of a majority of the 24.4% of Sauer-Danfoss shares owned by the public minority stockholders. If, following the tender offer, Danfoss owns at least 90% of the outstanding shares as a result of its current shareholdings, shares tendered in the tender offer and the issuance of new shares by Sauer-Danfoss pursuant to a "top up" provision in the merger agreement between the parties that would go into effect only following a successful tender offer, Danfoss intends to cause Sauer-Danfoss to enter into a short-form merger as soon as reasonably practicable thereafter in which shares not tendered in the tender offer would be converted into the right to receive $58.50 per share in cash without interest. The transaction does not require antitrust approval and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013 subject to satisfaction of the tender offer conditions and customary closing conditions.