Berkshire Grey Enters into Definitive Merger Agreement with SoftBank Group for Go-Private Transaction
BEDFORD, Mass., March 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Berkshire Grey, Inc. (Nasdaq: BGRY), (“Berkshire Grey” or the “Company”) today announced that the Company has entered into a definitive merger agreement with SoftBank Group Corp. and its affiliate (together, “SoftBank”). Under the agreement, SoftBank will acquire all of the outstanding capital stock of the Company not currently owned by SoftBank for $1.40 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $375 million. SoftBank, a strategic investment holding company with stakes in AI, smart robotics, IoT, telecommunications, internet services, and clean energy technology providers, has been an investor in Berkshire Grey since 2019.
“After a thoughtful review of value creation opportunities available to Berkshire Grey, we are pleased to have reached this agreement with SoftBank, which we believe offers significant value to our stockholders,” said Tom Wagner, CEO of Berkshire Grey. “SoftBank is a great partner and this merger will strengthen our ability to serve customers with our disruptive AI robotics technology as they seek to become more efficient in their operations and maintain a competitive edge.”
“As a long-time partner and investor in Berkshire Grey, we have a shared vision for robotics and automation,” said Vikas J. Parekh, Managing Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers. “Berkshire Grey is a pioneer in transformative, AI-enabled robotic technologies that address use cases in retail, eCommerce, grocery, 3PL, and package handling companies. We look forward to partnering with Berkshire Grey to accelerate their growth and deliver ongoing excellence for customers.”
The agreement, which has been unanimously approved by Berkshire Grey’s board of directors and represents a premium of approximately 24% to the closing stock price as of March 24, 2023, the last trading day prior to the date of this announcement. The transaction is not subject to a financing condition and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2023, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the approval of Berkshire Grey’s stockholders and regulatory approvals.
About Berkshire Grey
Berkshire Grey, Inc. (Nasdaq: BGRY) helps customers radically change the essential way they do business by delivering game-changing technology that combines AI and robotics to automate fulfillment, supply chain, and logistics operations. Berkshire Grey solutions are a fundamental engine of change that transform pick, pack, move, store, organize, and sort operations to deliver competitive advantage for enterprises serving today’s connected consumers. Berkshire Grey customers include Global 100 retailers and logistics service providers. More information is available at www.berkshiregrey.com.
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About SoftBank Group
The SoftBank Group invests in breakthrough technology to improve the quality of life for people around the world. The SoftBank Group is comprised of SoftBank Group Corp. (TOKYO: 9984), an investment holding company that includes stakes in AI, smart robotics, IoT, telecommunications, internet services, and clean energy technology providers; the SoftBank Vision Funds and SoftBank Latin America Funds, which are investing more than US$160 billion to help extraordinary entrepreneurs transform industries and shape new ones. To learn more, please visit https://group.softbank/en.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT
In connection with the proposed transaction between Berkshire Grey and SoftBank, Berkshire Grey will file relevant materials with the SEC, including a proxy statement, the definitive version of which will be sent or provided to Berkshire Grey stockholders. The Company and affiliates of SoftBank will jointly file a transaction statement on Schedule 13E-3. Berkshire Grey may also file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. This document is not a substitute for the proxy statement or any other document which Berkshire Grey may file with the SEC or send to its stockholders in connection with the proposed Merger. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT, THE SCHEDULE 13E-3 AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT ARE FILED OR WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THESE DOCUMENTS AND DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE THEREIN, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the proxy statement (when it is available), the Schedule 13E-3 (when it is available) and other documents that are filed or will be filed with the SEC by Berkshire Grey through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov, Berkshire Grey’s investor relations website at ir.berkshiregrey.com or by contacting Berkshire Grey’s investor relations department via the contacts provided below.
PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION
Berkshire Grey and certain of its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Berkshire Grey’s stockholders in respect of the proposed transaction and any other matters to be voted on at the special meeting. Information regarding Berkshire Grey’s directors and executive officers, including a description of their direct interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is contained in Berkshire Grey’s proxy statement for its 2022 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 29, 2022, and will be included in the Proxy Statement (when available). Berkshire Grey stockholders may obtain additional information regarding the direct and indirect interests of the participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction, including the interests of Berkshire Grey directors and executive officers in the transaction, which may be different than those of Berkshire Grey stockholders generally, by reading the Proxy Statement and any other relevant documents that are filed or will be filed with the SEC relating to the transaction. You may obtain free copies of these documents using the sources indicated above.
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