Vonovia SE / Key word(s): Mergers & Acquisitions/Offer
Vonovia SE surpasses 50% acceptance threshold in BUWOG takeover offer
12-March-2018 / 18:15 CET/CEST
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Article 17 of the Regulation (EU) No 596/2014
Vonovia surpasses 50% acceptance threshold in BUWOG takeover offer
Bochum, 12 March 2018 - Vonovia SE ("Vonovia") has surpassed the minimum acceptance threshold of 50% plus 1 share for its takeover offer for BUWOG AG, Vienna ("BUWOG") at the end of the initial acceptance period today at 17:00 hours. Vonovia therefore confirms that its offer has been successful.
Based on the latest information, 73.7% of all BUWOG shares have been tendered. The final results will be determined after expiry of the subsequent booking period on 14 March 2018, 17:00 hours, and will be published on Vonovia's website (en.vonovia-tob.de) on 15 March 2018 and in the Wiener Zeitung on 16 March 2018.
The additional acceptance period will commence on 16 March 2018 and end on 18 June 2018 at 17:00 hours.
Both the Austrian Federal Competition Authority and the German Federal Cartel Office have already cleared the transaction. The closing condition regarding the absence of adverse external market influence already occurred on 6 March 2018. The settlement of the offer for shares and convertible bonds tendered during the initial acceptance period is expected to occur on 26 March 2018 and for shares and convertible bonds tendered during the additional acceptance period for end of June 2018.
Vonovia SE is Germany's leading nationwide residential real estate company. Vonovia currently owns and manages around 347,000 residential units in all of Germany's attractive cities and regions. Its portfolio is worth approximately EUR 33.4 billion. As a modern service company, Vonovia focuses on customer orientation and tenant satisfaction. Offering tenants affordable, attractive and livable homes is a prerequisite for the company's successful development. Accordingly, Vonovia makes long-term investments in the maintenance, modernization and senior-friendly conversion of its properties. The company will also be creating more and more new apartments by realizing infill developments and adding to existing buildings.
The company, which is based in Bochum, has been listed on the stock exchange since 2013 and on the DAX 30 since September 2015. Vonovia SE is also listed on the international indices STOXX Europe 600, MSCI Germany, GPR 250 and EPRA/NAREIT Europe. Vonovia has a workforce of approximately 8,400 employees.
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Common code: 094567408
Registered headquarters of Vonovia SE: Bochum, Germany, Bochum Local Court, HRB 16879
Registered address of Vonovia SE: Universitätsstraße 133, 44803 Bochum, Germany
This ad hoc announcement has been issued by Vonovia SE (Vonovia) solely for information purposes. Moreover, it is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation to sell securities of BUWOG AG (BUWOG). The final conditions and further provisions relating to the takeover offer are contained in the offer document. Vonovia as bidder reserves the right to deviate from the terms presented herein in the final terms and provisions of the takeover offer. Investors and holders of shares or convertible bonds in BUWOG are strongly recommended to review the offer document and all other documents related to the takeover offer, as they will contain important information. In accordance with Austrian and European law, the takeover offer to acquire a controlling interest will be conducted solely on the basis of the applicable provisions of the Austrian law, in particular the Austrian Takeover Act (Takeover Act). The intended takeover offer is not made or intended to be made pursuant to the laws of any jurisdiction other than those of Austria. With regard to the takeover offer Vonovia and the persons acting in concert with Vonovia within the meaning of section 1 no. 6 of the Takeover Act do not assume any responsibility for compliance with laws other than the laws of Austria. Notifications and the publication of information on the intended takeover offer are only intended in Austria, unless a notification or other publication is required or permitted under the respective laws of other jurisdictions.
To the extent permissible under applicable law or regulation, Vonovia or its brokers may purchase, or conclude agreements to purchase, shares in BUWOG, directly or indirectly, outside of the scope of the intended takeover offer, before, during or after the period in which the takeover offer remains open for acceptance. This also applies to other securities which are directly convertible into, exchangeable for, or exercisable for BUWOG shares, such as convertible bonds. These purchases may be completed via the stock exchange at market prices or outside the stock exchange at negotiated conditions. Any information on such purchases will be disclosed as required by law or regulation in Austria.
This ad hoc announcement may contain statements, assumptions, opinions and predictions about the anticipated future development of Vonovia or BUWOG (forward-looking statements) that reproduce various assumptions regarding results derived from Vonovia's or BUWOG's current business or from publicly available sources that have not been subject to an independent audit or in-depth evaluation by Vonovia and that may turn out to be incorrect at a later stage. All forward-looking statements express current expectations based on the current business plan and various other assumptions and therefore come with risks and uncertainties that are not insignificant. All forward-looking statements should not therefore be taken as a guarantee for future performance or results and, furthermore, do not necessarily constitute appropriate indicators that the forecast results will be achieved. All forward-looking statements relate solely to the day on which this ad hoc announcement was issued to its recipients. It is the responsibility of the recipients of this ad hoc announcement to conduct a more detailed analysis of the validity of forward-looking statements and the underlying assumptions.
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