Cubic Announces Receipt of Unsolicited Acquisition Proposal from ST Engineering
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 22, 2021--
Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) (“Cubic” or the “Company”) today confirmed that it recently received an unsolicited proposal from Singapore Technologies Engineering (SGX: S63; Bloomberg-STE: SP) (“ST Engineering”) to acquire all of Cubic’s outstanding stock for $76 per share in cash (the “STE Proposal”). The STE Proposal contemplates that, immediately following the acquisition of all of Cubic’s outstanding stock, STE would sell Cubic’s CMPS business to an affiliate of Blackstone Tactical Opportunities.
On February 7, 2021, Cubic’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) unanimously approved entering into a definitive merger agreement (the “Veritas Merger Agreement”) with an affiliate of Veritas Capital (“Veritas”), under which Veritas and Evergreen Coast Capital Corporation (“Evergreen”), an affiliate of Elliott Investment Management L.P. (“Elliott”), will acquire Cubic for $70 per share in cash. The Veritas Merger Agreement remains in full force and effect, and the Board of Directors of Cubic has not withdrawn or modified its recommendation that the stockholders of Cubic vote in favor of the approval of the merger, the Veritas Merger Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby.
However, Cubic’s Board of Directors has determined that the STE Proposal is or would reasonably be expected to lead to a superior proposal, as that term is defined under the Veritas Merger Agreement. Accordingly, the Board has determined to engage in discussions with ST Engineering to further evaluate the merits and risks of the proposed transaction relative to the pending transaction with Veritas and Evergreen, including the value offered to our shareholders, the expected completion timing of each transaction, and the regulatory and closing risks associated with each transaction. Notwithstanding the Board’s decision to engage with ST Engineering and further evaluate the STE Proposal, at this time the Board (i) continues to recommend that the shareholders vote in favor of adopting the Veritas Merger Agreement at the special meeting relating to the proposed transaction, (ii) is not modifying, altering or withdrawing its recommendation to shareholders, or agreeing or announcing an intention to do so, and (iii) is not making any recommendation with respect to the STE Proposal.
Cubic shareholders do not need to take any action at this time.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as lead financial advisor to the Company and Sidley Austin LLP and Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP are acting as the Company’s legal counsel.
About Cubic Corporation
Cubic is a technology-driven, market-leading provider of integrated solutions that increase situational understanding for transportation, defense C4ISR, and training customers worldwide to decrease urban congestion and improve the militaries’ effectiveness and operational readiness. Our teams innovate to make a positive difference in people’s lives. We simplify their daily journeys. We promote mission success and safety for those who serve their nation. For more information about Cubic, please visit the company’s website at www.cubic.com or on Twitter @CubicCorp.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication is being made in respect of the proposed transaction involving Cubic, Atlas CC Acquisition Corp. (“Parent”) and Atlas Merger Sub Inc. (“Sub”). In connection with the proposed transaction, Cubic has filed a preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and intends to file additional relevant materials with the SEC, including a definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A. Promptly after filing its definitive proxy statement with the SEC, Cubic will mail or otherwise provide the definitive proxy statement and a proxy card to each shareholder of Cubic entitled to vote at the special meeting relating to the proposed transaction. This communication is not a substitute for the proxy statement or any other document that Cubic may file with the SEC or send to its shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, SHAREHOLDERS OF CUBIC ARE URGED TO READ THESE MATERIALS (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION THAT CUBIC WILL FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CUBIC AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. The preliminary proxy statement, definitive proxy statement and other relevant materials in connection with the proposed transaction (when they become available), and any other documents filed by Cubic with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or at Cubic’s website at www.cubic.com.
Participants in the Solicitation
This communication does not constitute a solicitation of proxy, an offer to purchase, or a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. Cubic, its directors and executive officers are, and certain employees may be, deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding the names of such persons and their respective interests in the proposed transaction, by securities holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the definitive proxy statement when it is filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding these individuals is set forth in Cubic’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020, filed with the SEC on November 18, 2020, Amendment No. 1 to Cubic’s Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020, filed with the SEC on January 28, 2021 and the definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A for Cubic’s most recent Annual Meeting of Shareholders held in February 2020, which was filed with the SEC on January 17, 2020, and the preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A for the Company’s Special Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 8, 2021. To the extent Cubic’s directors and executive officers or their holdings of Cubic securities have changed from the amounts disclosed in those filings, to Cubic’s knowledge, such changes have been or will be reflected on initial statements of beneficial ownership on Form 3 or statements of change in ownership on Form 4 on file with the SEC. These documents are (or, when filed, will be) available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or at Cubic’s website at www.cubic.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are not historical or current facts, including statements about beliefs and expectations and statements relating to the proposed transaction among the Company, Parent and Sub, and the STE Proposal, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “continuing,” “ongoing,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “predict,” “potential,” “opportunity” and similar words or phrases or the negatives of these words or phrases. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, and important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including, but not limited to: the satisfaction of the conditions precedent to the consummation of the proposed transaction, including, the receipt of shareholder and regulatory approvals; unanticipated difficulties or expenditures relating to the proposed transaction; legal proceedings, judgments or settlements, including those that may be instituted against the Company, the Company’s board of directors and executive officers and others following the announcement of the proposed transaction; disruptions of current plans and operations caused by the announcement and pendency of the proposed transaction and the STE Proposal; potential difficulties in employee retention due to the announcement and pendency of the proposed transaction and the STE Proposal; the response of customers, suppliers, business partners and regulators to the announcement of the proposed transaction and the STE Proposal; and other risks and uncertainties and the factors identified under “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2020, and updated in subsequent reports filed by the Company with the SEC. These reports are available at www.cubic.com or www.sec.gov. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.
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