前程无忧（51job）宣布股东批准与Garnet Faith Limited的合并协议
2022年4月27日，中国领先的综合人力资源服务提供商51job，Inc.（纳斯达克股票代码：JOBS）宣布，在今天举行的特别股东大会上，公司股东投票赞成授权和批准先前宣布的51job与Garnet Faith Limited的修订合并协议的提议。
该集团最初在2021年6月21日宣布了与Garnet Faith Limited的合并计划。2022年3月1日，51job与Garnet Faith签订了一份修订的合并协议，将原来的合并对价从每股普通股79.05美元的现金减少到每股普通股57.25美元的现金。而后宣布了一个价格是61美元/股，高于57.25美元/股。Garnet Faith 表示，其提案的变化是“鉴于中国（中华人民共和国）最近围绕国家安全、网络安全和数据安全的立法和监管发展广为人知，并为了增加关闭的确定性在遵守所有适用的中国法律的情况下及时进行交易。”
51job, Inc. Announces Shareholders’ Approval of Merger Agreement
SHANGHAI, April 27, 2022 – 51job, Inc. (Nasdaq: JOBS) (“51job”, or the “Company”), a leading provider of integrated human resource services in China, announced today that at an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders held today, the Company’s shareholders voted in favor of, among other things, the proposal to authorize and approve the previously announced agreement and plan of merger, dated as of June 21, 2021, as amended by amendment No. 1 to agreement and plan of merger, dated as of March 1, 2022 (as so amended and as may be further amended from time to time, the “Merger Agreement”), between the Company and Garnet Faith Limited, an exempted company with limited liability incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands (“Merger Sub”), and the plan of merger required to be filed with the Registrar of Companies of the Cayman Islands (the “Plan of Merger”), pursuant to which Merger Sub will merge with and into the Company (the “Merger”), with the Company continuing as the surviving company, and to authorize and approve the consummation of any and all transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement and the Plan of Merger, including the Merger.
Approximately 76% of the Company’s total outstanding common shares, including common shares represented by the Company’s American depositary shares (the “ADSs”), voted in person or by proxy at the extraordinary general meeting. Each shareholder has one vote for each common share. These shares represented approximately 76% of the total outstanding votes represented by the Company’s total common shares outstanding at the close of business in the Cayman Islands on the record date of April 14, 2022. The Merger Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the transactions contemplated thereby, including the Merger, were approved by approximately 93% of the total votes cast at the extraordinary general meeting.
Completion of the Merger is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement. The Company will work with the other parties to the Merger Agreement towards satisfying all other conditions precedent to the Merger set forth in the Merger Agreement and completing the Merger as quickly as possible. If and when completed, the Merger would result in the Company becoming a privately held company and its ADSs would no longer be listed or traded on any stock exchange, including the NASDAQ Global Select Market, and the Company’s ADS program would be terminated.
Founded in 1998, 51job is a leading provider of integrated human resource services in China. With a comprehensive suite of HR solutions, 51job meets the needs of enterprises and job seekers through the entire talent management cycle, from initial recruitment to employee retention and career development. The Company’s main online recruitment platforms (http://www.51job.com, http://www.yingjiesheng.com, http://www.51jingying.com, http://www.lagou.com, and http://www.51mdd.com), as well as mobile applications, connect millions of people with employment opportunities every day. 51job also provides a number of other value-added HR services, including business process outsourcing, training, professional assessment, campus recruitment, executive search and compensation analysis. 51job has a call center in Wuhan and a nationwide network of sales and service locations spanning more than 30 cities across China.