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Corporate Travel Management announces acquisition of Helloworld Corporate and fully underwritten equity raising

Corporate Travel Management Limited has entered into a binding agreement to acquire 100% of Helloworld Travel Limited’s corporate and entertainment travel business in Australia and New Zealand.

CTM has entered into a binding agreement to acquire 100% of Helloworld’s corporate and entertainment travel business in Australia and New Zealand for an enterprise value of $175 million on a cash free, debt free basis (subject to certain standard completion purchase price adjustments). The acquisition is expected to be approximately 3% EPS accretive on a pro-forma FY19 basis (excluding synergies) based on Helloworld Corporate’s most recent full year financials for the period prior to the impact of COVID-19 (being the 12 months to 30 June 2019). EPS accretion is expected to be 7% when including estimated full run-rate synergies of $8m upon full recovery to FY19 revenues. Completion of the acquisition is expected to occur in Q1 2022 and is subject to a number of conditions precedent including Australian Competition and Consumer Commission clearance, amongst others.

Helloworld Corporate is a part of ASX listed Helloworld, a leading Australian & New Zealand travel distribution company, comprising retail travel networks, corporate travel management services, destination management services (inbound), air ticket consolidation, wholesale travel services, and online operations.

Helloworld Corporate operates via the key brands QBT, AOT Hotels, TravelEdge and Show Group in Australia and APX and Atlas Travel in New Zealand. Its major customers include large high-quality blue-chip clients, including state and federal governments and agencies across ANZ.

The business generated pro-forma EBITDA of approximately $22 million in FY19 and approximately $1.6 million during the first quarter of FY22.

Strategic Rationale

  • Builds on CTM’s Core: The Acquisition builds on CTM’s existing core as a global specialist corporate travel management firm, with TTV of approximately A$12 billion and revenue of approximately A$810 million on a pro-forma FY19 basis.
  • Addition of Attractive Verticals: Helloworld Corporate brings new capability to CTM, expanding CTM’s reach into new verticals (such as travel management for entertainment, film, music and arts industries; conference and events in New Zealand). These new verticals are expected to benefit from the removal of COVID-19 related restrictions, with pent-up demand for entertainment and conference-related travel.
  • Complementary New Clients: Adds further diversification to CTM’s existing high-quality client base in ANZ, with Helloworld Corporate’s state and federal Government and agency clients building further client depth in CTM’s Government sector.
  • Scope for Material Synergies: There is scope for material benefits from the integration of Helloworld Corporate with CTM, with estimated full run-rate synergies of $8m upon full recovery to FY19 revenues.
  • Strong Cultural Fit: Cultural alignment between CTM and Helloworld Corporate, with a focus on maximising the value proposition to customers through leveraging technology.

Integration planning has been undertaken alongside due diligence, with integration expected to be completed within 12 months of completion. One-off integration costs of $5m are expected to be incurred within 12 months post completion. Helloworld will provide transitional services to CTM for up to 12 months post completion.

Jamie Pherous, CTM’s founder and Managing Director, said “We are privileged to be able to acquire these businesses and are excited to be the custodian of such a high-quality portfolio of clients. We feel strongly that we will be able to continue to deliver strong product and service outcomes to their customers with our dedicated focus.”

Andrew Burnes, Helloworld’s CEO and Managing Director, said “We believe that CTM is the right home for our Corporate and Entertainment travel clients in the future. We regard CTM as an excellent operation and know they have particularly high standards of service and proprietary customer technology in the Australian and New Zealand markets and around the globe.”

Trading Update and Pro-Forma Group Position
The addition of Helloworld Corporate in combination with the acquisition of Travel & Transport, Inc. will result in a materially larger business upon full activity recovery, with pro-forma combined revenue of $810 million and EBITDA of $265 million. On a pro-forma FY19 basis, ANZ’s contribution to CTM group revenue would increase from approximately 17% to 27%.

As at 30 November 2021, CTM has maintained positive monthly underlying EBITDA during the second quarter of FY22, noting momentum was impacted short term by the onset of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. The group has maintained a strong balance sheet, with operational cash of $102 million and no debt drawn as at 30 November 2021.

Funding and Equity Raising
The cash component of the purchase price for the Acquisition will be funded by the proceeds from a fully underwritten equity raising of approximately $100 million, comprised of:

  • an institutional Placement of 3.6 million fully paid ordinary shares at a fixed offer price of $21.00 to raise $75 million; and
  • a share purchase plan to eligible shareholders in Australia and New Zealand, to raise a maximum of $25 million.

The Placement offer price of $21.00 represents a discount per share of:

  • 5.8% to the last traded price of CTM on 14 December 2021 of $22.29;
  • 8.3% to the 5 day Volume Weighted Average Price of $22.91; and
  • 6.4% to the 10 day Volume Weighted Average Price of $22.45.

The SPP offer price will be the lower of:
1. the Placement offer price of $21.00; and
2. the 5 day Volume Weighted Average Price of CTM’s shares sold on ASX during the five trading days up to,
and including, the closing date of the SPP (expected to be 20 January 2022).

Under the SPP, eligible CTM shareholders with a registered address in Australia or New Zealand who held shares in CTM at the record date of 7:00pm AEDT on 14 December 2021 will be entitled to acquire up to $15,000 worth of new shares in CTM at the SPP offer price without brokerage or transaction costs. The SPP is capped at A$25 million, is fully underwritten and CTM may scale back applications in the event that applications in excess of $25 million are received.

The SPP is expected to open at 10:00am AEDT on 23 December 2021 and will close at 5:00pm AEDT on 20 January 2022. Shareholder approval is not required for the issue of shares under the Placement or SPP. The shares issued under the Placement and SPP represent approximately 2.6% and 0.9% of CTM’s pre-offer issued share capital, respectively and will rank equally with CTM’s existing fully paid ordinary shares. The balance of Acquisition consideration, being $75 million, will be funded through the issuance of new CTM shares to Helloworld. These shares will be issued at the Placement offer price of $21.00, and will result in Helloworld ownership of CTM of approximately 2.5% following completion of the equity raising.

The issue of CTM shares to Helloworld as part consideration for the Acquisition ensures a mutual alignment of interests in the successful transition of the business and its blue-chip client base. CTM shares issued to Helloworld will be subject to an escrow period of 12 months from completion of the Acquisition.

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