Recommended cash offer (the “Offer”) by Stonegate Pub Company Bidco Limited (“Bidco"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Stonegate Pub Company Limited ("Stonegate"), for Ei Group plc
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THIS MICROSITE CONTAINS ANNOUNCEMENTS, DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION (THE “INFORMATION”) PUBLISHED BY BIDCO AND EI GROUP PLC (“EIG”) RELATING TO THE OFFER IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE CITY CODE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS (THE “CODE”) TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY MEANS OF A SCHEME OF ARRANGEMENT. THE INFORMATION IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN GOOD FAITH AND FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY, AND ITS AVAILABILITY IS SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT BELOW.
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Nothing on the Microsite, nor anything which can be downloaded from it, is intended to, and does not, constitute or form any part of an offer for sale or subscription or any solicitation for any offer to purchase or subscribe for any securities, or the solicitation of any votes attaching to securities which are the subject of the Offer in any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful.
The full terms and conditions of the Offer will be set out in the formal Scheme Document. In deciding whether or not to vote in favour of the Offer, EIG shareholders should rely only on the information contained in the formal Scheme Document.
Terms defined in the announcement of the Offer dated 18 July 2019 shall have the same meaning when used in this notice.
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Additional U.S. Information
EIG shareholders in the United States should note that the Offer relates to the shares of an English company and is proposed to be made by means of a scheme of arrangement provided for under, and governed by, the law of England and Wales. Neither the proxy solicitation nor the tender offer rules under the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, (the “US Exchange Act”) will apply to such scheme. Moreover the scheme will be subject to the disclosure requirements and practices applicable in the UK to schemes of arrangement (including, without limitation, with respect to withdrawal rights, offer timetable, settlement procedures and timing of payments), which differ from the disclosure requirements of the US proxy solicitation rules and tender offer rules. However, if Bidco were to elect to implement the Offer by means of a takeover offer, such takeover offer will be made in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including Section 14(e) of the US Exchange Act and Regulation 14E thereunder and otherwise in accordance with the requirements of the Code. Such a takeover would be made in the United States by Bidco and no one else. In addition to any such takeover offer, Bidco, certain affiliated companies and the nominees or brokers (acting as agents) may from time to time make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, shares in EIG outside such takeover offer before or during the period in which such takeover offer would remain open for acceptance. Such purchases may occur either in the open market at prevailing prices or in private transactions at negotiated prices. If such purchases or arrangements to purchase were to be made they would be made outside the United States and would comply with applicable law, including the US Exchange Act. Any information about such purchases will be disclosed as required in the UK, will be reported to a Regulatory Information Service of the UK Listing Authority and will be available on the London Stock Exchange website.
Financial information included in this Microsite has been or will be prepared in accordance with accounting standards applicable in the UK and may not be comparable to financial information of US companies or companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.
EIG and Bidco are organised under the laws of England and Wales and Cayman Islands, respectively. All of the officers and directors of Bidco and the majority of officers and directors of EIG are residents of countries other than the United States. It may not be possible to sue EIG and/or Bidco in a non-US court for violations of US securities laws. It may be difficult to compel EIG, Bidco and/or their respective affiliates to subject themselves to the jurisdiction and judgment of a US court.
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The Information is made available in good faith and does not constitute an offer to sell or otherwise dispose of or an invitation or solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for any securities pursuant to the Offer or otherwise in any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful.
The Information has been prepared for the purposes of complying with English law and the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers and the Information may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this information had been prepared in accordance with the laws and regulations of any jurisdiction outside of England and Wales.
The information contained on this Microsite speaks only at the date of the relevant document or announcement reproduced on this Microsite, and Stonegate, Bidco and each of their subsidiaries or associates, or any of their respective directors, members, officers, employees and agents (“Stonegate Group”) have, and accept, no responsibility or duty to update any such information, document or announcement and reserve the right to add to, remove or amend any information reproduced on this Microsite at any time.
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Certain statements in the Information are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any expected future results in such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of the respective documents. Each member of the Stonegate Group expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statement (except to the extent legally required).
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