October 2, 2017 / 10:17 AM / a year ago

BRIEF-Metro to acquire the Jean Coutu Group Inc for $4.5 bln

Oct 2 (Reuters) - Metro Inc:

* Metro Inc to acquire the Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc for $4.5 billion

* Metro Inc - ‍$75 million in expected synergies within three years from deal​

* Metro Inc - ‍two jean coutu group nominees will join metro’s board of directors​

* Metro Inc - to buy all outstanding Jean Coutu class a subordinate voting shares, Jean Coutu group class B shares for $24.50/Jean Coutu Group share​

* Metro Inc - ‍combined business will have an overall network of more than 1,300 stores in Canada​

* Metro Inc - ‍under terms of transaction, Jean Coutu Group shareholders to get consideration which will consist 75% in cash, 25% in Metro common shares​

* Metro Inc - ‍combination expected to be accretive to metro eps (adjusted for intangible amortization from combination) and to free cash flow per share​

* Metro - ‍jean Coutu shareholders to get either $24.50 in cash or 0.61006 share of co for each Jean Coutu share held, subject in each case to pro ration​

* Metro Inc - ‍metro intends to reduce committed bank facilities through permanent financing and sale of certain assets​

* Metro inc - ‍giving full effect to pro ration, consideration of each jean coutu group share represents $18.38 in cash and 0.15251 common share of metro​

* Metro inc - ‍termination fee of $135 million payable to metro in certain circumstances​

* Metro inc - ‍metro has access to aggregate committed bank facilities of $3.4 billion to finance cash portion of transaction consideration​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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