Woolworths conducts off-market buy-back

By Grace Ormsby|14 April 2019

Following the recently completed sale of its petrol business, Woolworths Group Limited has been advised on an off-market share buy-back.

Firm: Ashurst (Woolworths)

Deal: Ashurst has advised Woolworths Group Limited on an off-market share buy-back valued at $1.7 billion.

Value: $1.7 billion

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Area: Corporate

Key players: Ashurst’s team was led by partner Sarah Dulhunty with senior associate Simon Vose and associate Diana Oh.

Fellow partner Stuart Rubin advised on US securities law aspects.

Deal significance: According to Ashurst, sound capital management is a key priority for the Woolworths Group Board.

Following the recently completed sale of its petrol business, the Woolworths Group has decided to return up to $1.7 billion to shareholders by way of an off-market share buy-back, a statement explained.

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The board had considered various alternatives for returning capital to shareholders, and determined the buy-back as the most efficient and value-enhancing strategy to distribute surplus capital and franking credits.

Ashurst noted that the buy-back will enable shareholders to offer to sell their shares to Woolworths Group at a discount between 10 per cent and 14 per cent (at one per cent intervals) to the market price or at the buy-back price determined as the lowest price at which Woolworths Group can buy-back the targeted amount of capital.

The offer period will run from 16 April to 24 May 2019.

On 27 May 2019, the buy-back price and any scale back will be announced, and contracts entered into, with proceeds to be paid out on 30 May 2019, Ashurst outlined.

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