Green Mobility Holding S.A., a bidder consortium consisting of Volkswagen, Attestor and Pon, today announced intended changes to the governance of Europcar Mobility Group. As announced in the press release dated June 8, 2022, the current one-tier Board of Directors shall be replaced by a two-tier structure with a Supervisory Board and a Management Board. The change in governance is subject to the approval of Europcar Mobility Group’s Annual General Meeting on June 29, 2022, and would be then effective after this meeting.
With yesterday’s initial result of 87.38 percent of Europcar share capital tendered into the offer (corresponding to at least 87.36 percent of the voting rights), the consortium will inevitably become the controlling majority shareholder of Europcar Mobility Group. As a result, the consortium will propose at the Annual General Meeting of Europcar Mobility Group the appointment of five candidates for the newly created Supervisory Board: Imelda Labbé and Holger Peters of Volkswagen, Jan-Christoph Peters and David Alhadeff of Attestor as well as Janus Smalbraak of Pon. Independent members of the current Board of Directors (Sylvie Veilleux, Martine Gerow and Carol Sirou) and the employee representative (Adèle Mofiro) will pursue their functions within the newly created Supervisory Board. Following the election at the Annual General Meeting, it is planned that Holger Peters will be appointed as Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
“Europcar is facing a major transformation from a traditional rent-a-car business to a tech company in the field of future mobility. With the support of the consortium, Europcar will have to continue its transformation and invest hundreds of millions to upgrade its infrastructure, increase its agility and enhance its overall offering over the next couple of years. I am looking forward to working closely with the future management team of Europcar on this major challenge,” said Holger Peters, designated Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Europcar Mobility Group.
Following yesterday’s announcement that the bidder consortium will become the majority shareholder of Europcar Mobility Group, Caroline Parot, the current CEO, has announced her intention to leave the company after the Annual General Meeting. Caroline Parot had joined Europcar Mobility Group in 2011 and was appointed CFO in March 2012. In 2016, she became CEO and led the company’s restructuring and transformation which is still ongoing.
“Caroline Parot played a decisive role in kicking off Europcar’s transition into a modern provider of mobility solutions and services. She has navigated the company safely through very difficult times, dealing with financial stress, the COVID pandemic and, most recently, the war in Ukraine. We thank Caroline for her extraordinary achievements for Europcar, her outstanding commitment and her willingness to support the transition to a future Management Board,” said Dr. Christian Dahlheim, CEO of Volkswagen Financial Services and project lead for the Europcar transaction.
In addition to the CEO, current Chairman Alexandre de Juniac as well as Carl Leaver and Simon Franks will leave their functions of members of the Board of Directors of Europcar Mobility Group after the two-tier board structure is implemented. The consortium will announce further management changes in due course.
Shareholders of Europcar Mobility Group who have not yet accepted the bidder consortium’s offer to tender their shares for EUR 0.50 per share have the opportunity to do so for another ten trading days during an additional acceptance period. As communicated by the AMF, the tender offer will be reopened from June 16 until June 29, 2022 (inclusive). If more than 90 percent of the share capital and voting rights are tendered into the offer, the offer price will increase to EUR 0.51 per share.
Dr. Christian Dahlheim: “We are pleased that a vast majority of Europcar’s shareholders has accepted our offer during the initial acceptance period. The remaining minority shareholders of Europcar Mobility Group still have the chance to also secure a significant portion of the targeted long-term value creation ahead to the planned transformational process over the next couple of years and hence risk free. Time is running out, shareholders who want to accept the offer should contact their bank and tender now.”