AA bidders line up ex-Centrica chair to guide breakdown group | UK Information
A former chairman of Centrica is being lined as much as lead the AA by the consortium which hopes to agree a £3bn takeover of Britain’s greatest roadside restoration service this week.
Sky Information has learnt that Rick Haythornthwaite has been approached by Towerbrook Capital Companions and Warburg Pincus about chairing the AA if their joint bid is profitable.
Metropolis sources mentioned this weekend that the consortium hoped to finalise a take care of the AA’s board forward of a Tuesday deadline set by the UK’s takeover watchdog.
One mentioned it was “seemingly however not sure” that discussions would conclude in time.
Mr Haythornthwaite can be a reputable option to chair the AA, which has about 3.2 million motorists as members and used to fashion itself as “Britain’s fourth emergency service”.
The previous Centrica chair has additionally chaired Mastercard Worldwide and Community Rail, and at present holds a portfolio of different boardroom roles.
The AA, which was based in 1905, has been strained by its £2.65bn debt mountain since returning to the inventory market in 2014.
Its fairness is price simply £212m.
Nearly £1bn of the AA’s money owed are resulting from be repaid within the subsequent two years.
In an announcement issued when the bid curiosity emerged, the AA mentioned: “The board of AA believes that to ensure that the enterprise to realize its full potential it must have higher monetary flexibility to make longer-term funding selections which are in the perfect pursuits of the group’s shareholders and its wider stakeholders.
A proper bid is prone to be pitched at a comparatively modest premium to Friday’s closing share worth of 33.55p, based on analysts.
The consortium’s provide has been sophisticated by strikes by Davidson Kempner Capital Administration, the American hedge fund, to engineer a job within the potential takeover.
Davidson Kempner, which holds a roughly 15% stake within the AA, has been pushing to affix forces with Towerbrook and Warburg Pincus.
As a substitute, it might roll over its share right into a privately managed AA, which additionally has a big insurance coverage division.
Warburg Pincus and the AA declined to touch upon Sunday, whereas Towerbrook couldn’t be reached for remark.