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Westpac Group announces underwritten sale of stake in Zip Co Limited
21 October 2020
Westpac has today announced it will be selling its 10.7% stake in Zip Co Limited (ASX: Z1P) (Zip) by way of a fully underwritten book build to institutional investors domiciled in Australia and other relevant jurisdictions1.
The offer price for the shares is $6.65 per share, which equates to a discount of 6.07% to Zip’s last closing price of $7.08 on 21 October 2020.
The decision reflects Westpac’s approach to simplifying its business and ensuring the efficient use of capital. The sale will add around 8 basis points to Westpac’s common equity tier 1 capital ratio.
Westpac Chief Information Officer, Gary Thursby, said: “Larry Diamond, Peter Gray and the management team of Zip have done a tremendous job growing the company, including expanding globally. We look forward to seeing them continue to grow a global customer franchise.
“We are continuing to explore opportunities with Zip, including working to integrate their buy now pay later functionality into our mobile banking apps across Westpac and our Regional bank brands. This would expand our offering to customers and broaden the customers Zip can reach.
“We are also working with Zip on other opportunities for consumer, business, and corporate customers that we believe could be mutually beneficial, while continuing to develop our banking relationship with Zip.”
UBS is acting as Sole Lead Manager, Underwriter and Bookrunner of the offer.
Settlement of the transaction is expected to occur on 26 October 2020.
In 2017, Westpac made an initial $40 million equity investment in Zip, with a subsequent $8.9m invested in 2019.
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This announcement does not constitute financial product or investment advice and has not been prepared to take into account the investment objectives, financial circumstances or particular needs of any investor. Potential investors in either Westpac or Zip should seek professional independent advice from their financial advisor or other professional advisor.
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This announcement may not be distributed or released in the United States. This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any Zip shares in the United States. The Zip shares may not be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, in the United States or to, or for the benefit of, any person in the United States unless they have been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (the U.S. Securities Act), or are offered and sold in a transaction exempt from, or not subject to, the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act, and any other applicable U.S. state securities laws.
1 See the Annexure for the applicable selling restrictions