Embraer Counts on Brazil's Public-Sector Funds to Approve Boeing JV -sources
Embraer shares are still up 32 percent since the deal was first reported
2018-07-11 08:05:00 PM ET (Reuters) By Tatiana Bautzer and Carolina Mandl
SAO PAULO, July 11 (Reuters) - Planemaker Embraer SA is counting on the votes of public-sector Brazilian shareholders to outweigh any potential investor objections to its tie-up with Boeing SA, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Doubts about the valuation of Embraer's commercial jet unit in a proposed $4.75 billion joint venture sent Embraer shares tumbling nearly 15 percent in a single day last week, although shares are still up 32 percent since the deal was first reported.
Some small investors have complained the deal effectively gives Boeing control of Embraer's main business without having to pay the 50 percent premium called for in a poison pill in the planemaker's bylaws. Top foreign shareholders have so far kept mum on the issue.
Even if those offshore investors do object, however, one of Embraer's little-known corporate bylaws will effectively give a Brazilian-held share about six time s the weight of a foreigner's at a shareholder assembly, according to the sources who requested anonymity to discuss the deal publicly.
The support of public-sector pension fund Previ and state development bank BNDES, which together hold about 10 percent of Embraer shares may thus prove decisive, the sources added, underlining the sway of the Brazilian government which also has a "golden share" in the formerly state-controlled company.
Embraer, Boeing and Previ declined to comment on the matter.
BNDES did not reply to questions.
Embraer's corporate statutes grant Brazilians at least 60 percent of voting rights at shareholder meetings, even though domestic shareholders held just 19 percent of Embraer's outstanding shares as of March, according to the company — and about half of those belong to Previ and BNDES.
BNDES, which holds the shares through investment arm BNDES Participações SA, was part of...