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Mandatory cash offer for FDM Group Plc

Mandatory cash offer for FDM Group Plc by Astra 5.0 Limited. A company controlled by investment partnerships advised by Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP
INTENTION TO COMPULSORILY ACQUIRE SHARES OF NON-ACCEPTING FDM SHAREHOLDERS
Astra today declares that as at 1.00 p.m. (London time) on 6 January 2010, Astra had received valid acceptances from FDM Shareholders in respect of, or otherwise acquired 21,240,717 FDM Shares, representing approximately 97.47 per cent. of the 21,790,973 FDM Shares to which the Offer relates.
Accordingly, Astra announces its intention to compulsorily acquire the outstanding non-accepting FDM Shares under the provisions of sections 974-991 Companies Act 2006. Astra also announces that FDM intends to apply to the London Stock Exchange for the cancellation of admission to trading of FDM Shares on AIM and also intends that FDM will be re-registered as a private company. It is anticipated that such cancellation will take effect on 19 February 2010.
As previously announced the Offer remains open for acceptance until further notice.
Definitions used in the Increased Offer Document dated 18 December 2009 have the same meanings when used in this announcement, unless the context requires otherwise.
Ernst & Young is acting exclusively for Astra in connection with the Offer and will not be responsible to any person other than Astra for providing the protections afforded to customers of Ernst & Young or for providing advice in relation to the Offer or any other matter referred to in this announcement.
Altium is acting exclusively for Astra in connection with the Offer and will not be responsible to any person other than Astra for providing the protections afforded to customers of Altium or for providing advice in relation to the Offer or any other matter referred to in this announcement.

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