Jefferies Agrees Sale of OpNet Operations to Wind Tre, Substantially Completing Jefferies’ Strategic Simplification Plan
Proceeds Modestly Higher Than Current Carrying Values
NEW YORK--(Business Wire / Korea Newswire)--Jefferies Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: JEF) announced today that, consistent with its strategy to build the leading independent global Investment Banking and Capital Markets firm, Jefferies agreed to the sale by OpNet S.p.A (the Italian wireless broadband provider formerly known as Linkem) of substantially all of OpNet’s operations to Wind Tre S.p.A., a subsidiary of CK Hutchison Group Telecom Holdings Ltd. (CKHGT).
Under the terms of this sale agreement, the consideration will be €485 million, subject to certain adjustments, that will consist of cash in an amount sufficient to satisfy all of OpNet’s financial debt, transaction costs and other cash obligations and approximately €225 million to be paid also in cash or, at CKHGT’s election, in three-year notes issued by CKHGT that are similar to CKHGT’s publicly listed investment-grade bonds and are marketable. In addition to the consideration of the CKHGT notes, OpNet will retain majority ownership in other operating telecom companies, resulting in approximately €320 million in final value to Jefferies from this transaction, which exceeds our current carrying value. This sale is subject to regulatory approvals and is anticipated to close in the second or third quarter of 2024.
Jefferies recently agreed to sell Foursight Capital LLC (an automobile finance company) to One Main Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:OMF), and Golden Queen (a gold and silver mining company) to Andean Precious Metals (TXV:APM).
To reflect the completion of the substantial reduction of these legacy investments, Jefferies will reclassify the remaining legacy investments as “Other investments” in its Asset Management reportable segment in fiscal 2024. The only individual investment of size today is HomeFed, our real estate development company that specializes in mixed-use, master-planned communities. We expect to operate the core business of HomeFed, which has solid long-term prospects, and to liquidate certain peripheral assets in an orderly manner.
Rich Handler, CEO of Jefferies, and Brian Friedman, President of Jefferies, commented: “After over a decade of optimizing and efficiently monetizing our merchant banking assets and using the proceeds to reinvest in Jefferies and return capital to our shareholders, we are thrilled to be back to our roots of focusing exclusively on building the very best ‘pure play’ global investment banking firm. With the support of our more than 5,500 employee-partners worldwide, we have been able to achieve our goal of focusing Jefferies’ efforts on our core business, becoming a leader around the world in Investment Banking and Capital Markets. And we believe our human capital investment to broaden and deepen our capabilities, together with our Strategic Alliance with SMBC, position us well as we move forward in 2024 and the years beyond.”
Jefferies (NYSE: JEF) is a leading global, full-service investment banking and capital markets firm that provides advisory, sales and trading, research, wealth, and asset management services. With more than 40 offices around the world, we offer insights and expertise to investors, companies and governments. For more information: www.jefferies.com.
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