Positioning for post-COVID future - Update on Restructuring Plan - Key Milestone Achieved
ZURICH Glattbrugg, 15 February 2021
gategroup Holding AG (“gategroup”, the “Company” and together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”), announces that an explanatory statement has today been published to Bondholders and Senior Lenders in connection with gategroup Guarantee Limited's (the "Plan Company") financial restructuring plan designed to position the Company for a post-COVID future.
As announced on 26 November 2020, the Group, its shareholders, RRJ Capital and Temasek (the "Shareholders") and all of the Group’s bank lenders under the senior facilities agreement dated 30 November 2018 (the "Senior Lenders" and the "SFA", respectively) have agreed to the key terms and conditions of a recapitalisation of the Company and amendment of the terms of the Group’s financial indebtedness (the “Transaction”).
On 11 December 2020, the Company and gategroup Finance (Luxembourg) S.A. (the "Issuer"), as issuer of the CHF 350,000,000 3% bonds due 2022 (the "Bonds"), announced that, in order to implement certain aspects of the Transaction, the Plan Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, had issued a practice statement letter to holders of the Bonds (the "Bondholders") and the Senior Lenders, formally notifying them of the Plan Company's intention to launch an English restructuring plan under Part 26A of the United Kingdom's Companies Act 2006 (the "Plan") which will, amongst other things, amend certain terms of the Bonds and the SFA. The practice statement letter is available by registering on the Plan Website at https://glas.agency/investor_reporting/gategroup-en/.
As a key step to approving the Plan, the Plan Company has today published an "Explanatory Statement" to the Bondholders and Senior Lenders, setting out in detail the terms and the effect of the Plan. It is important that Bondholders and Senior Lenders read the Explanatory Statement carefully, and Bondholders and Senior Lenders are encouraged to participate in the Plan process. Among other things, the Explanatory Statement contains further, important details on the Transaction, the Plan, the process by which the Plan will become effective, Bondholders' and Senior Lenders' rights in relation to the Plan, as well as information for Bondholders and Senior Lenders on how to vote on the Plan.
The separate meetings of the Bondholders and Senior Lenders to consider, and if thought fit, approve, the Plan (the "Plan Meetings") will take place on 19 March 2021 as follows:
- a meeting of the Bondholders, commencing at 11.00 a.m. (CET) (the "Bondholders' Plan Meeting"); and
- a meeting of the Senior Lenders, commencing at 12.00 a.m. (CET) (or as soon as reasonably practicable after the conclusion of the Bondholders' Plan Meeting) (the "Senior Lenders' Plan Meeting").
Bondholders are encouraged to vote at their Plan Meeting.
The Explanatory Statement, together with (i) a notice of the Plan Meetings, and (ii) a copy of the proxy forms for voting at the Plan Meetings, are available via the Plan Portal which can be accessed by Bondholders at https://glas-agency.appiancloud.com/suite/sites/gategroup (Bondholders having first registered on the Plan Website at https://glas.agency/investor_reporting/gategroup-en/). Alternatively, Bondholders may contact the Information Agent, GLAS Specialist Services Limited, using the details below:
GLAS Specialist Services Limited
45 Ludgate Hill
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3597 2940
+41 44 533 70 00
gategroup is the global leader in airline catering, retail-on-board and hospitality products and services. gategroup provides passengers with superior culinary and retail experiences, leveraging innovation and advanced technology solutions. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, gategroup delivers operational excellence through the most extensive catering network in the aviation industry, serving more than 700 million passengers annually from over 200 operating units in over 60 countries/territories across all continents. In 2019, gategroup reached CHF 4.9 billion in revenues generated by approximately 43,000 employees worldwide. For further information, please visit www.gategroup.com
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