Wendel announced it has entered into an agreement to sell approximately 40% of its equity stake, along with other existing shareholders, in Allied Universal, the leading security services provider in North America, to Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”) at an enterprise value of more than $7 billion. Simultaneously, Allied Universal has entered into an agreement whereby CDPQ will provide up to approximately $400 million to support the Company’s growth strategy and acquisition plans.
Following the transaction, Wendel will retain an approximately 18% ownership stake in Allied Universal. Pro forma for the transaction, CDPQ will become the largest shareholder in Allied Universal. Wendel is expected to receive approximately $350 million in cash proceeds as part of the transaction.
Following the transaction, Wendel will have received cash proceeds, including prior distributions, in excess of its total initial investment.