NEW YORK, NY (05.17.2016) – SiriusXM (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced it and
Sirius XM Radio Inc., its operating subsidiary, have entered into agreements with Sirius Canada Holdings Inc. (Sirius XM Canada) to recapitalize Sirius XM Canada (TSX: XSR). SiriusXM and certain Canadian shareholders will form a new company to acquire shares of Sirius XM Canada not already owned by them pursuant to a plan of arrangement.
In connection with the transaction, Sirius XM Canada’s shareholders will be entitled to elect to receive, for each share of Sirius XM Canada held, consideration of C$4.50 in cash, shares of SiriusXM common stock, a security exchangeable for shares of SiriusXM common stock, or a combination thereof. No more than 35 million shares of SiriusXM’s common stock will be issued in connection with the transaction.
Following the closing of the recapitalization, Sirius XM Canada will continue to operate under Canadian voting control. Slaight Communications and Obelysk Media will, on a combined basis, own 67% of the voting shares of Sirius XM Canada and 30% of the economic interest in the recapitalized business. SiriusXM will increase its economic ownership of Sirius XM Canada from 37% to 70% and own 33% of the voting shares.
“This proposed transaction shows SiriusXM’s and Sirius XM Canada’s commitment to serving the Canadian market with our leading bundle of premium content, much of which will continue to be created in Canada. The existing Canada-led governance structure will be preserved while vastly improving cooperation between the two companies on next generation products and services that will ensure a healthy future for satellite radio in Canada,” said Jim Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, SiriusXM. “While the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will cease to be a shareholder in Sirius XM Canada following the transaction, it will continue to support the company as a programming provider.”
SiriusXM expects to contribute approximately US$275 million to facilitate the transaction. Additionally, the licensing and services agreements between SiriusXM and Sirius XM Canada will be renewed and extended upon the consummation of the proposed transaction. The proposed recapitalization is subject to approval of the Sirius XM Canada shareholders, receipt of Canadian regulatory approvals, and other customary closing conditions. SiriusXM expects the recapitalization to close no later than the end of the fourth quarter of 2016. Upon closing of the recapitalization, Sirius XM Canada will no longer be a publicly traded stock.
SiriusXM’s financial and legal advisors, respectively, were J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP.