Following these transactions, Reuters will hold approximately 26 million shares, or around 13.5% of TIBCO's issued and outstanding common stock. TIBCO, a leading independent business integration company, will therefore cease to be accounted for by Reuters as an associate undertaking.
Reuters carrying value for the shares is $253 million. These transactions will result in an approximate net profit of $251 million to Reuters. This profit will not be subject to tax. Reuters has granted the offering syndicate a 30-day option to purchase up to 9 million additional shares to cover over allotments.
Reuters intends to use the sale proceeds to pay down debt. This transaction is part of Reuters previously stated aim to reduce non-core holdings and re-focus its Solutions business under its Fast Forward programme.
A copy of the prospectus relating to the offering can be obtained from Goldman, Sachs & Co., Attn: Prospectus Department, 85 Broad Street, New York, New York 10004.