18 June 2021

Announcement on the sale of 51 % of shares in the chartered capital of “NO’KIS VINOZAVODI” JSC

In accordance with the Presidential Decree PD-6167 of the Republic of Uzbekistan, dated 11 February 2021, “On measures to further accelerate privatization processes of state assets”, “UzAssets Investment Joint-Stock Company” (hereinafter – UzAssets) announces its intention to sell 51% of the shares in the chartered capital of “Nokis Vinozavodi” JSC (hereinafter – the Deal or Transaction) through an open sale process. UzAssets is interested, inter alia, in maximization of transaction value.

Following the selection of the best proposals from international consulting companies, KPMG was selected as the UzAssets’ Privatization Consultant.

Brief information about the Company:

  • The Company is located in Nukus city;
  • The Company occupies a leading position in the market of alcoholic beverages in Uzbekistan and is a strategic enterprise providing a significant share of the budget of Nukus city;
  • The Company produces vodka under the “Karatau” trademark. This vodka brand is one of the most recognizable in Uzbekistan and accounts for more than 95% of the company's total vodka production;
  • Current production capacity – over 1.1 million dekaliters of alcoholic beverages per year, capacity utilization in 2020 – 85%;
  • Most of the products are sold on the domestic market, while up to 90% of the products are sold in Karakalpakstan. Export to Kazakhstan accounts for a small share in the revenue structure;
  • The total number of employees of the Company exceeds 170 people;
  • Revenue for 2020 amounted to USD 13.9 million, gross profit - USD 3 million, net profit - USD 1.3 million;
  • The factory is connected to all engineering communications: gas, water, electricity.

 

Additional information about the Company and can be obtained at the link: https://nukus-vinozavod.uz/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sale Process

The sale is organized as a competitive bidding process open to all interested parties (hereinafter referred to as Participants). In accordance with the adopted approach, the mechanism and process of selling the Company will consist of the following stages:

  1. Expression of interest by sending an application in the form of a letter (hereinafter referred to as the EOI) and qualifying selection of participants;
  2. Review of commercial and financial proposals and completion of the Deal.

At the first stage, Participants will be asked to submit an expression of interest in the form of a letter in English, Russian or Uzbek languages (at the applicant's discretion, while the letter in Russian or Uzbek must be accompanied by a letter in English) along with a letter of assurance on compliance with the qualification requirements, which include the availability of sufficient financial and managerial resources to carry out the deal. A complete list of qualification requirements is given in Appendix 1. In this case, supporting documents may be provided no later than the deadline for submission of the Binding Offer. The application must be sent to the following email addresses: a.mukhamatkulov@uz-assets.uz, dkalazhanov@kpmg.kz, annakireeva@kpmg.ru, ssandykbayeva@kpmg.kz no later than 18:00 Tashkent time on July 19, 2021.

The application process is open to all interested Participants.

UzAssets will take all necessary measures for a transparent, professional and successful organization of the process of selling its shares in the Company together with the involved Consultant. Also, we would like to inform that we are interested in further expanding the participation of professional companies and investors in the privatization processes in the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Based on the results of studying the submitted EOIs, the Seller, no later than July 23, 2021, will compile a “Short-List” of participants admitted to the second stage - review of commercial and financial offers, who will be personally notified of the selection process results.

Participants in the second stage will be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (hereinafter referred to as NDA) no later than July 25, 2021. After signing the NDA participants in the second stage will receive further instructions regarding the Sale process and information materials about the Company in the form of an Information Memorandum containing a description of the Company's operating activities, as well as financial information and forecasts of the financial performance of the Company. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to conduct further due diligence (due diligence) of the Company, including access to a virtual data room (VDR) containing detailed financial, legal, tax and other Company information, as well as the results of pre-sales due diligence prepared by the Consultant. Participants will also be given the right to visit the Company's facilities. In addition, the participants in the second stage will be provided with the Draft Sale and Purchase Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the SPA) for making amendments and comments to it to be submitted together with the binding offer (BO).

After reviewing the information about the Company, the participants in the second stage will be asked to submit the binding offer for completion of the deal no later than September 6, 2021. The participant who has proposed the best combination of the price offer and the agreed terms of the sale and purchase agreement during the negotiations will be declared the winner. The seller will invite the winner to conclude the transaction in accordance with the rules of the Republican Stock Exchange “Toshkent” and the legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan.


 

Appendix 1. Qualification requirements for participants in the process (for both legal entities and individuals)

These requirements are intended to determine the winner (along with other conditions, which include a quote and other commercial terms).

  • Confirmation of the buyer's intentions to preserve the main activities of the Company (production of wine and vodka products) and the buyer's ability to ensure the functioning of the plant, including meeting the requirements of industrial safety, labor and environmental protection;
  • Confirmation of the ability to finance the Transaction, as well as operating activities, at the expense of its own and / or borrowed funds;
  • Founders and beneficiaries, as well as officials of the buyer must:
  • confirm the absence of active criminal proceedings and investigations against them;
  • not be on the international lists of false entrepreneurs and bankrupts, as well as in similar lists of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
  • Compliance with the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan No. 660-II (as amended on January 15, 2019) "On countering the legalization of proceeds from criminal activity, financing of terrorism and financing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction";
  • The ability and willingness to fulfill social obligations to the staff of the Nukus Winery that are not worse than those described in the staff collective agreement;
  • Ability and willingness to maintain the staffing of the Company for 12 months at a level not less than the staffing of the Company as of the date of closing the Deal;
  • Compliance with the requirements of Law No 370 of the Republic of Uzbekistan (as amended on 4 May 2014) “on Joint Stock Companies and Protection of Shareholder Rights” to propose an offer to the holders of the remaining shares to buy their shares at market value.

 

Additional Terms and Conditions

UzAssets reserves the right to change the sequence of the sale process or to refuse to sell to or negotiate with any potential buyer(s) at any time without explanation.

This announcement, or any part of its contents, should not be construed as a form of commitment on the part of UzAssets, the Company, and KPMG with respect to the sale of the Company, which could be inferred from the publication of this announcement. UzAssets and KPMG reserve the right, in their sole discretion, at any time and in any respect, without assuming joint or several liabilities.

 (i)      make changes to the application deadline;

(ii)   follow different procedures with respect to various interested parties, and/or negotiate with one or more potential purchasers within the schedule and procedure provided jointly by UzAssets, the Company, and KPMG to the exclusion of any other potential purchaser(s) without prior notice;

(iii)    terminate the sales process for any reason; and/or

(iv)   terminate any discussions and negotiations with any potential buyer(s) with respect to the Transaction at any time and without giving a reason.

 (v)   inform the minimum selling price of the Company;

(vi) for more information or clarifications about the process, please
contact us by e-mail
a.mukhamatkulov@uz-assets.uz, dkalazhanov@kpmg.kz, SSandykbayeva@kpmg.kz  и annakireeva@kpmg.ru

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