Copenhagen, November 7, 2023. Today, Cadeler A/S (“Cadeler”) announces the commencement of a share exchange offer (the “Offer”) for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Eneti Inc. (“Eneti”). The Offer is being made pursuant to the Business Combination Agreement, announced on June 16, 2023. The Offer is expected to close within Q4 2023. Cadeler will host a conference call on November 8, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. CET (please see below for webcast details).
The combined group will be named Cadeler, and be headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, with its shares to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange in addition to its current listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
The current CEO of Cadeler Mikkel Gleerup will continue as CEO after the combination, while Peter Brogaard Hansen will continue as CFO. Andreas Sohmen-Pao will continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Emanuele Lauro, current CEO of Eneti, will expectedly be nominated for election to the Board of Directors as Vice Chairman shortly after the completion of the Offer.
Mr. Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of Cadeler said: “This is a strategic transaction combining two leading offshore wind companies. It underpins Cadeler’s vision and capability to facilitate the renewable transition, and I continue to support the transaction on its industrial and financial merits”.
All antitrust and foreign direct investment regulators notified of the transactions contemplated by the Business Combination Agreement have either cleared the transaction or confirmed they have no intention to investigate. Cadeler will submit an application for admission of the Cadeler ADSs to be issued in the Offer and the Cadeler Shares underlying such Cadeler ADSs to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and have such Cadeler Shares admitted to trading and listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange following approval of an EU/EEA Listing Prospectus by the Danish FSA after the expiration of the Offer.
Mr. Emanuele Lauro, Executive Chairman and CEO of Eneti said: “More than four months after announcing this transaction, it really feels like the right combination for all stakeholders. As I previously mentioned, our scale and respective capabilities will create significant value at a time when offshore wind needs reliable partners and reliable solutions. The track record of Seajacks has been built on the tireless efforts of our shore and seagoing professionals, and we are delighted Cadeler values this legacy so dearly. The prospects for our combined companies, in the context of industry demands over the coming decade, could not be brighter”.
Cadeler’s management anticipates that the business combination will deliver annual synergies of €106 million, excluding transaction, change of control and integration costs, to enable meaningful shareholder value creation.
The flexibility and size of the combined fleet will bring numerous possibilities to increase efficiency in the market. The Cadeler commercial strategy to-date provides a degree of revenue certainty through 2027 and coverage of operating costs. Coupled with the open days on the Eneti fleet, the combined company will further service the existing partner base and benefit from high tender activity and a growing market.
Mr. Mikkel Gleerup, CEO of Cadeler said: “The combination will represent a significant step up in our ability to meet the increased demand globally for projects with larger scopes and project sizes in service of the much-needed green transition. To deliver on this ambition, we will provide our customers with the largest and most diverse fleet in the industry, operated by highly skilled teams with unique expertise and track records. Particularly in light of increasing value chain bottlenecks, the combined scale and fleet diversity will unlock unrivalled value for our customers, due to increased cross-utilization of resources and improved flexibility, capacity, and agility”.
The Offer is being made on the terms and subject to the conditions and procedures set forth in the Prospectus/Offer to Exchange, dated November 7, 2023 (the “Prospectus/Offer to Exchange”), and in the related letter of transmittal, together with any amendments or supplements thereto.
Prior to completion of the Offer, the two companies will continue to operate separately of one another.
Conference Call on November 8, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. CET
Cadeler will host a conference call on November 8, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. CET.
Those wishing to listen to the call should dial 1 (877) 513-1694 (U.S.) or 1 (412) 902-4269 (International) at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to ensure connection. The information provided on the teleconference is only accurate at the time of the conference call, and Cadeler will take no responsibility for providing updated information.
There will also be a simultaneous live webcast over the internet. Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.
Please see below webcast link.
About Cadeler A/S
Cadeler A/S is a key supplier within the offshore wind industry for installation services and marine and engineering operations with a strong focus on safety and the environment. Cadeler’s experience as provider of high-quality offshore wind support services, combined with innovative vessel designs, positions the company to deliver premium services to the industry. Cadeler facilitates the global energy transition towards a future built on renewable energy. Cadeler is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE: CADLR).
About Eneti Inc.
Eneti Inc. is a leading provider of installation and maintenance vessels to the offshore wind sector and has invested in the next generation of wind turbine installation vessels. Eneti Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: NETI).
For further information, please contact:
Point of contact for investors:
Mikkel Gleerup, CEO
+45 3246 3102
Point of contact for media:
Karen Roiy, Head of Marketing & Communication
+45 6020 8706
Additional Information and Where to Find It
Important Additional Information Will be Filed with the SEC
Cadeler A/S (“Cadeler”) commenced an offer to exchange all of the issued and outstanding shares of Eneti Inc. (“Eneti”) for shares or American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) representing shares in Cadeler on November 7, 2023. This communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares, nor is it a substitute for any offer materials that Cadeler or Eneti have filed or will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Cadeler has filed or will file with the SEC (1) a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO, (2) a Registration Statement on Form F-4 that includes an offering prospectus with respect to the exchange offer, and (3) a Registration Statement on Form F-6, and Eneti has filed or will file with the SEC a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9, in each case with respect to the exchange offer. INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE
REGISTRATION STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, THE EXCHANGE OFFER MATERIALS (INCLUDING THE OFFER TO EXCHANGE, A RELATED LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL AND CERTAIN OTHER EXCHANGE OFFER DOCUMENTS) AND THE SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT, IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED BY EACH OF CADELER AND ENETI WITH THE SEC, OR APPROVED BY THE DANISH FSA, IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION (INCLUDING THE EXCHANGE OFFER) OR INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE THEREIN CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY AS THESE DOCUMENTS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CADELER, ENETI, THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS THAT HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY’S SECURITIES SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISION REGARDING EXCHANGING THEIR SECURITIES. Investors and stockholders will be able to obtain the registration statement/prospectus, the exchange offer materials (including the offer to exchange, a related letter of transmittal and certain other exchange offer documents), the solicitation/recommendation statement and other documents filed with the SEC by Cadeler and Eneti at no cost to them through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and stockholders may obtain copies of any document filed with the SEC by Cadeler free of charge from Cadeler’s website at www.cadeler.com and copies of any document filed with the SEC by Eneti free of charge from Eneti’s website at www.eneti-inc.com. The contents of this communication should not be construed as financial, legal, business, investment, tax or other professional advice. Each recipient should consult with its own professional advisors for any such matter and advice.
This communication and the prospectus referred to above do not constitute a prospectus as defined by Regulation (EU) No. 2017/1129 of 14 June 2017 (the “EU/EEA Prospectus Regulation”) and no public takeover offer is made pursuant to the Directive 2004/25/EC of 21 April 2004 on takeover bids in connection with the exchange offer referred to above. A prospectus pursuant to the EU/EEA Prospectus Regulation is expected to be published by Cadeler following completion of the Offer Period set out herein for the purpose of admission to trading of the new Cadeler Shares underlying the Cadeler ADSs to the Oslo Stock Exchange. This communication does not contain all the information that should be considered concerning the Offer and is not intended to form the basis of any investment decision or any other decision in respect of the proposed transaction.
No Offer or Solicitation
This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for, exchange or buy or an invitation to purchase, exchange or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote in any jurisdiction pursuant to the proposed transaction or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction, in each case in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act and applicable European or UK, as appropriate, regulations. Subject to certain exceptions to be approved by the relevant regulators or certain facts to be ascertained, the public offer will not be made directly or indirectly, in or into any jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the laws of such jurisdiction, or by use of the mails or by any means or instrumentality (including without limitation, facsimile transmission, telephone and the internet) of interstate or foreign commerce, or any facility of a national securities exchange, of any such jurisdiction.
This communication is addressed to and directed only at, persons who are outside the United Kingdom or, in the United Kingdom, at authorised or exempt persons within the meaning of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 or persons who have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the “Order”), persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order or persons to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated pursuant to the Order, (all such persons together being referred to as, “Relevant Persons”). This communication is directed only at Relevant Persons. Other persons should not act or rely on this communication or any of its contents. Any investment or investment activity to which this communication relates is available only to Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with such persons. Solicitations resulting from this communication will only be responded to if the person concerned is a Relevant Person.
This communication includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws (including Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the “Securities Act”) with respect to the proposed transaction between Eneti and Cadeler, including statements regarding the benefits of the transaction, the anticipated timing of the transaction, the products and services offered by Eneti and Cadeler and the markets in which they operate, and Eneti’s and Cadeler’s projected future financial and operating results. These forward-looking statements are generally identified by terminology such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “potentially,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “project,” “target,” “plan,” “expect,” or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology. The absence of these words, however, does not mean that the statements are not forward-looking. These forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations, beliefs, estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable as and when made by Eneti and its management, and Cadeler and its management, as the case may be. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. New risks and uncertainties may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible to predict all risks and uncertainties. Neither Eneti nor Cadeler undertake any obligation to update any such statements in light of any future event or circumstance, or to conform such statements to actual results. Past performance should not be relied upon, and is not, a guarantee of future performance.
Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this communication, including but not limited to: (i) the risk that the transaction may not be completed in a timely manner or at all, which may adversely affect the price of Eneti’s and Cadeler’s securities, (ii) the failure to satisfy the conditions to the consummation of the transaction, including the acceptance of the proposed exchange offer by the requisite number of Eneti shareholders and the receipt of certain governmental and regulatory approvals, (iii) general domestic and international political conditions or hostilities, including the war between Russia and Ukraine; (iv) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the business combination agreement, (v) the effects of public health threats, pandemics and epidemics, and the adverse impact thereof on Eneti’s or Cadeler’s business, financial condition and results of operations, (vi) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the transaction on Eneti’s or Cadeler’s business relationships, performance, and business generally, (vii) risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans of Eneti or Cadeler and potential difficulties in Eneti’s or Cadeler’s employee retention as a result of the proposed transaction, (viii) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Eneti or Cadeler related to the business combination agreement or the proposed transaction or as a result of the operation of their respective businesses, (ix) the risk that Cadeler is unable to list the ADSs to be offered as consideration, or the underlying shares in Cadeler, on the New York Stock Exchange or the Oslo Stock Exchange, as applicable, (x) volatility in the price of the combined company’s securities due to a variety of factors, including changes in the competitive markets in which the combined company plans to operate, variations in performance across competitors, changes in laws and regulations affecting such business and changes in the combined capital structure, (xi) factors affecting the duration of contracts, the actual amount of downtime and the respective backlogs of Eneti and Cadeler, (xii) factors that reduce applicable dayrates or contract profitability, operating hazards inherent to offshore operations and delays, (xiii) dependency on third parties in relation to, for example, technical, maintenance and other commercial services, (xiv) risks associated with operations outside the US, actions by regulatory authorities, credit rating agencies, customers, joint venture partners, contractors, lenders and other third parties, legislation and regulations affecting the combined company’s operations, compliance with regulatory requirements, violations of anti-corruption laws, shipyard risk and timing, hurricanes and other weather conditions, and the future price of energy commodities, (xv) the ability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations (including with respect to synergies and financial and operational metrics, such as EBITDA and free cash flow) after the completion of the proposed transaction, and to identify and realize additional opportunities, (xvi) the failure to realize anticipated benefits of the proposed transaction, (xvii) risks related to the ability to correctly estimate operating expenses and expenses associated with the business combination, (xviii) risks related to the ability to project future cash utilization and reserves needed for contingent future liabilities and business operations, (xix) the potential impact of announcement or consummation of the proposed transaction on relationships with third parties, (xx) changes in law or regulations affecting Eneti, Cadeler or the combined company, (xxi) international, national or local economic, social or political conditions that could adversely affect the companies and their business, (xxii) dependency on Eneti and Cadeler’s customers, (xxiii) volatility in demand, increased competition or reduction in contract values, (xxiv) the risk that technological progress might render the technologies used by each of Cadeler and Eneti obsolete, (xxv) conditions in the credit markets that may negatively affect the companies and their business, (xxvi) risks deriving from the restrictive covenants and conditions relevant to Eneti and Cadeler’s financing and their respective ability to obtain future financing, including for remaining installations on ordered newbuild vessels, (xxvii) risks associated with assumptions that parties make in connection with the parties’ critical accounting estimates and other judgements, (xxviii) the risk that Eneti and Cadeler have a limited number of vessels and are vulnerable in the event of a loss of revenue relating to any such vessel(s), (xxix) risks relating to delays in, or increases in the cost of, already ordered newbuild vessels and the risk of a failure to obtain contracts for such newbuild vessels and (xxx) risks associated with changes in exchange rates including the USD/NOK and USD/EUR rates. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive and the factors identified are not set out in any particular order. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting Eneti, Cadeler or the combined company will be those that the companies have anticipated.
These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond Eneti’s or Cadeler’s control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements or from our historical experience and our present expectations or projects. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties that affect the parties’ businesses, including those described in Eneti’s Annual Report on Form 20-F, Current Reports on Form 6-K and other documents filed from time to time by Eneti with the SEC and those described in Cadeler’s annual reports, relevant reports and other documents published from time to time by Cadeler. Eneti and Cadeler wish to caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. This communication and related materials speak only as of the date hereof and except as required by law, Eneti and Cadeler are not undertaking any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.