London, 18 January 2013, 14:45 CET – AI Garden B.V. (the Offeror), a company ultimately indirectly controlled by funds advised and managed by Advent International Corporation (Advent), announces, in connection with the Offeror’s recommended all-cash public offer (the Offer) for all the issued and outstanding ordinary shares with a nominal value of EUR 0.25 each (the Shares) in the capital of Mediq N.V. (Mediq), to increase the offer price to EUR 14.00 per Share cum dividend (the Increased Offer Price), representing a premium of 61.8% over the undisturbed closing price per Share on 21 September 2012.
The Increased Offer Price is final and is being offered as a last attempt to bridge the valuation gap between Advent and those Shareholders that have not yet tendered their Shares under the Offer. Advent firmly believes the Offer is in the best interests of Mediq, its shareholders and all its stakeholders. The obligation of the Offeror to declare the Offer unconditional is conditional upon at least 95% of Mediq's aggregate issued share capital on a fully diluted basis being tendered as part of the Offer, as set out in more detail in the Offer Memorandum.
As a consequence of this increase of the offer price, the Offer Period will by operation of law be extended to 29 January 2013, 17:40 hours, CET, in accordance with Article 15, paragraph 9 of the Decree.
During this extension, a further price increase is under applicable law no longer permitted, whether directly or indirectly through Share acquisitions pursuant to Article 15 paragraph 9 and Article 19, paragraph 2 of the Decree.
With reference to the press release issued by Advent on 5 October 2012, the Offer now values 100% of the issued and outstanding Shares at approximately EUR 819 million. The additional amount of approximately EUR 44 million required as a consequence of the Increased Offer Price will be entirely financed through equity funded by certain Advent entities. This additional equity funding is fully committed.
During the extended Offer Period, Shares tendered during the initial Offer Period may be withdrawn in accordance with the provisions of Article 15, paragraph 3 of the Decree. Any Shares tendered during the initial Offer Period and not withdrawn will remain subject to the Offer. Any Shares tendered during the extended offer period may not be withdrawn.
For the avoidance of doubt, all Shareholders that have tendered Shares under the Offer, whether tendered during the initial Offer Period or the extended Offer Period, will receive the Increased Offer Price for each Share so tendered if the Offer is declared unconditional, as set out in more detail in the Offer Memorandum.
The Offeror is making the Offer on the terms and subject to the conditions and restrictions contained in the Offer Memorandum. In addition, Mediq has made available the Position Statement, containing the information required by Article 18, paragraph 2 and Annex G of the Decree in connection with the Offer.
This announcement contains selected, condensed information regarding the Offer and does not replace the Offer Memorandum and/or the Position Statement. The information in this announcement is not complete and additional information is contained in the Offer Memorandum and the Position Statement.
Shareholders are advised to review the Offer Memorandum and the Position Statement in detail and to seek independent advice where appropriate in order to reach a reasoned judgment in respect of the Offer and the content of the Offer Memorandum and the Position Statement.
Copies of the Offer Memorandum are available free of charge at the offices of the Offeror, Mediq and the Paying and Exchange Agent and can be obtained by contacting the Offeror, Mediq or the Paying and Exchange Agent.
Digital copies of the Offer Memorandum are available on the websites of Mediq (www.mediq.com) and Advent (www.adventinternational.com). The Mediq and Advent websites do not constitute a part of, and are not incorporated by reference into, the Offer Memorandum. Digital copies of the Position Statement are available on the website of Mediq (www.mediq.com).
The Offer is being made with due observance of such statements, conditions and restrictions as are included in the Offer Memorandum. The Offeror reserves the right to accept any tender under the Offer, which is made by or on behalf of a Shareholder, even if it has not been made in the manner set out in the Offer Memorandum.
The Offer is not being made, and the Shares will not be accepted for purchase from or on behalf of any Shareholder, in any jurisdiction in which the making of the Offer or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities or other laws or regulations of such jurisdiction or would require any registration, approval or filing with any regulatory authority not expressly contemplated by the terms of the Offer Memorandum. Persons obtaining the Offer Memorandum are required to take due note and observe all such restrictions and obtain any necessary authorisations, approvals or consents (to the extent applicable). Outside of the Netherlands, no actions have been taken (nor will actions be taken) to make the Offer possible in any jurisdiction where such actions would be required. In addition, the Offer Memorandum has not been filed with or recognised by the authorities of any jurisdiction other than the Netherlands. Neither the Offeror, nor Mediq nor any of their advisers assumes any responsibility for any violation by any person of any these restrictions. Any person (including, without limitation, custodians, nominees and trustees) who forwards or intends to forward the Offer Memorandum or any related document to any jurisdiction outside the Netherlands should carefully read Sections 2 and 3 of the Offer Memorandum (Restrictions and Important Information) before taking any action. The release, publication or distribution of the Offer Memorandum and any document regarding the Offer or the making of the Offer in jurisdictions other than the Netherlands may be restricted by law and therefore persons into whose possession the Offer Memorandum comes should inform themselves about and observe such restrictions. Any failure to comply with any such restrictions may constitute a violation of the law of any such jurisdiction. This announcement is not to be
published or distributed in or to Canada or Japan.
The Offer is being made for the securities of a Dutch company and is subject to Dutch disclosure requirements, which differ from those of the United States. The financial information of Mediq included or referred to herein has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union and, accordingly, may not be comparable to financial information of U.S. companies or companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The Offer will be made in the United States pursuant an exemption from the U.S. tender offer rules provided by Rule14d-1(c) under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the U.S. Exchange Act), and otherwise in accordance with the applicable regulatory requirements in The Netherlands. Accordingly, the Offer will be subject to disclosure and other procedural requirements, including with respect to withdrawal rights, offer timetable, settlement procedures and timing of payments, that are different from those applicable under U.S. domestic tender offer procedures and law.
It may be difficult for U.S. holders of Shares to enforce their rights and claims arising out of the U.S. federal securities laws, since the Offeror and Mediq are located in a country other than the United States, and some or all of their officers and directors may be residents of a country other than the United States. U.S. holders of Shares may not be able to sue a non-U.S. company or its officers or directors in a non-U.S. court for violations of the U.S. securities laws. Further, it may be difficult to compel a non-U.S. company and its affiliates to subject themselves to a U.S. court’s judgment.
In accordance with standard Dutch practice and pursuant to Rule 14e-5(b) of the U.S. Exchange Act, the Offeror or its nominees, or its brokers (acting as agents), or affiliates of the Offeror’s financial advisors, may from time to time make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, Shares outside of the United States, other than pursuant to the Offer, before or during the period in which the Offer remains open for acceptance. These purchases may occur either in the open market at prevailing prices or in private transactions at negotiated prices. To the extent required in the Netherlands, any information about such purchases will be announced by press release in accordance with Article 13 of the Decree and posted on the website of Advent at www.adventinternational.com.
Canada and Japan
The Offer is not, directly or indirectly, being made in or into, or by use of the mailing systems of, or by any means or instrumentality (including, without limitation, electronic mail, post, telephone, facsimile, telex or electronic transmission) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or of any facility of a securities exchange of Canada and Japan, and the Offer cannot be accepted by any such use, means, instrumentality or facility or from within Canada or Japan.
Accordingly, the Offer Memorandum and any related documents are not being and must not be mailed or otherwise distributed or sent in or into Canada or Japan or to such persons in their capacity of custodians, trustees, or nominees holding Shares for Canadian and Japanese persons. Persons receiving such documents (including, without limitation, custodians, nominees and trustees) must not distribute or send them into such jurisdictions and doing so will render invalid any relevant purported acceptance of the Offer.
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About Advent International
Founded in 1984, Advent is one of the world’s leading global buyout firms, with offices in 16 countries on four continents. A driving force in international private equity for more than 28 years, Advent has built an unparalleled global platform of over 160 investment professionals across Western and Central Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. The firm focuses on international buyouts, strategic repositioning opportunities and growth buyouts in five core sectors, including healthcare, working actively with management teams to drive revenue growth and earnings improvements in portfolio companies. Since inception, Advent has raised € 19.4 billion in private equity capital and, through its buyout programmes, has completed over 270 transactions in 35 countries.
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