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Poundland Group PLC
07 September 2016
 

Not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, in, into or from any jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the relevant laws of such jurisdictioN

7 September 2016

RECOMMENDED CASH OFFER

for

Poundland Group plc

by

Steinhoff Europe AG

Voting results of the Court Meeting and General Meeting held on 7 September 2016

The boards of Poundland Group plc ("Poundland") and Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. ("Steinhoff") are pleased to announce that the Court Meeting and the General Meeting in connection with the recommended cash offer by Steinhoff Europe AG ("SEAG") for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Poundland not already directly or indirectly owned by it (the "Offer"), held today at Wellmans Road, Willenhall, West Midlands WV13 2QT, were each successfully concluded and:

-     Scheme Shareholders voted to approve the Scheme at the Court Meeting; and

-       holders of Poundland Shares voted to pass the Special Resolution in relation to the Scheme at the General Meeting.

The total number of Poundland Shares in issue at the Voting Record Time was 268,701,797. Consequently, the total voting rights in Poundland at the Voting Record Time were 268,701,797. The voting results and the total votes cast at each meeting are set out below and will be posted on Poundland's website.

Details of the resolutions are set out in the notices of the Court Meeting and General Meeting contained in the scheme document published on 12 August 2016 in relation to the Offer (the "Scheme Document") which is available on Poundland's and Steinhoff's websites at www.poundlandcorporate.com and www.steinhoffinternational.com respectively.   

Poundland and Steinhoff further note that on 31 August 2016, Steinhoff received unconditional merger clearance of the Offer from the European Commission.

Voting results of the Court Meeting

The table below sets out the results of the poll at the Court Meeting. Each Scheme Shareholder, present in person or by proxy, was entitled to one vote per Scheme Share held at the Voting Record Time.

Results of Court Meeting

No. of Scheme Shares voted

% of Scheme Shares voted

No. of Scheme Shareholders who voted

% of Scheme Shareholders who voted

No. of Scheme Shares voted as a % of issued ordinary share capital

FOR

165,788,259

97.86%

190

79.17%

61.70%

AGAINST

3,623,084

2.14%

50

20.83%

1.35%

TOTAL

169,411,343

-

240

-

63.05%


Voting results of the General Meeting

The table below sets out the results of the poll at the General Meeting. Each holder of Poundland Shares, present in person or by proxy, was entitled to one vote per Poundland Share held at the Voting Record Time.


FOR*

AGAINST

TOTAL

WITHHELD**

Special Resolution

No. of Votes

% Votes

No. of Votes

% Votes

No. of Votes

% of ISC voted

No. of Votes

Approval of the implementation of the Scheme, amendment of the Poundland Articles and the re-registration of Poundland as a private limited company

216,535,212

98.36%

3,607,294

1.64%

220,142,506

81.93%

240,526

 

* Includes discretionary votes

** A vote withheld is not a vote in law and is not counted in the calculation of the proportion of votes 'For' or 'Against' the Special Resolution.

Effective Date of the Scheme and timetable

The Scheme remains subject to sanction by the Court at the Court Hearing, which is expected to take place on 15 September 2016, and the satisfaction (or, if capable of waiver, the waiver) of other Conditions to the Scheme. Subject to the Scheme receiving the sanction of the Court on that date, the Scheme is expected to become effective on 16 September 2016.

The expected timetable of principal events for the implementation of the Scheme remains as set out on page 3 of the Scheme Document. If any of the key dates set out in the timetable change, Poundland and Steinhoff will give notice of this change by issuing an announcement through a Regulatory Information Service and by making such announcement available on Poundland's and Steinhoff's websites at www.poundlandcorporate.com and www.steinhoffinternational.com respectively.

Copies of the resolutions will be submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will be available in due course for inspection at www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM

Capitalised terms used but not otherwise defined in this announcement have the meanings given to them in the Scheme Document.

Further Information

Linklaters LLP are providing legal advice to Steinhoff and SEAG. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP are providing legal advice to Poundland.

Enquiries

Poundland


Darren Shapland, Chairman

Tel: +44 (0)12 1526 8688

Philip Dorgan, Head of Investor Relations

Tel: +44 (0)12 1568 7000

J.P. Morgan Cazenove (joint financial adviser and corporate broker to Poundland)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7742 4000

Toby Radford / Caroline Thomlinson

 

Mark Breuer / James Robinson

 

Rothschild (joint financial adviser to Poundland)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7280 5000

Majid Ishaq

 

John Byrne

 

Shore Capital (corporate broker to Poundland)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7408 4050

Dru Danford

 

Patrick Castle

 

Citigate Dewe Rogerson (PR adviser to Poundland)

 

Simon Rigby

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7282 2847

Kevin Smith

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7282 1054

Nick Hayns

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7282 1032

Steinhoff and SEAG

Tel: +27 (0)21 808 0711

Mariza Nel, Director, Corporate Services (Investor Relations)

 

Nick Agarwal (UK Press)

Tel: +44 (0)75 6810 1045

Investec Bank plc (financial adviser to Steinhoff and SEAG)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7597 4000

Andrew Pinder / David Anderson

 

Sara Hale / Henry Reast (Corporate Broking)

 

 

Further information:

Investec Bank plc is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority in the UK. Investec Bank plc is acting exclusively as financial adviser to Steinhoff and SEAG and no one else in connection with the Offer and shall not be responsible to anyone other than Steinhoff and SEAG for providing the protections afforded to clients of Investec Bank plc nor for providing advice in connection with the Offer or any matter referred to herein.

J.P. Morgan Limited, which conducts its UK investment banking business as J.P. Morgan Cazenove ("J.P. Morgan Cazenove"), is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority. J.P. Morgan Cazenove is acting as financial adviser exclusively for Poundland and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this announcement and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the matters in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Poundland for providing the protections afforded to clients of J.P. Morgan Cazenove, nor for providing advice in relation to any matter referred to herein.

N. M. Rothschild & Sons Limited, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the FCA and the Prudential Regulation Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for Poundland and no one else in connection with the Offer and will not be responsible to anyone other than Poundland for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the Offer or any other matters referred to in this announcement.

Shore Capital Stockbrokers Limited ("Shore Capital") which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority is acting as corporate broker to Poundland and no one else in connection with the Offer and other matters described in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Poundland for providing the protections afforded to clients of Shore Capital or for providing advice in relation to the Offer and other matters described in this announcement.

This announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or an invitation to purchase any securities or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, pursuant to the Offer or otherwise. The Offer shall be made solely by means of the Scheme Document or any document by which the Offer is made which shall contain the full terms and Conditions of the Offer, including details of how to vote in respect of the acquisition.

This announcement has been prepared for the purpose of complying with English law and the Takeover Code and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom.

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code, a copy of this announcement will be available at www.poundlandcorporate.com by no later than 12 noon (London time) on the business day following this announcement. The content of the website referred to in this announcement is not incorporated into and does not form part of this announcement.

Overseas Shareholders

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. Persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom or who are subject to other jurisdictions should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable requirements.

The Offer relates to shares of a UK company and is proposed to be effected by means of a scheme of arrangement under the laws of England and Wales. A transaction effected by means of a scheme of arrangement is not subject to proxy solicitation or tender offer rules under the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "US Exchange Act"). Accordingly, the Offer is subject to the disclosure requirements, rules and practices applicable in the United Kingdom to schemes of arrangement, which differ from the requirements of US proxy solicitation or tender offer rules. However, if SEAG were to elect to implement the Offer by means of a takeover, such takeover offer shall be made in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including Section 14(e) of the US Exchange Act and Regulation 14E thereunder. Such a takeover would be made in the United States by SEAG and no one else. In addition to any such takeover offer, SEAG, certain affiliated companies and the nominees or brokers (acting as agents) may make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, shares in Poundland outside such takeover offer during the period in which such takeover offer would remain open for acceptance. 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.

Unless otherwise determined by SEAG or required by the Takeover Code, and permitted by applicable law and regulation, the Offer shall not be made available, directly or indirectly, in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction and no person may vote in favour of the offer by any such use, means, instrumentality or form within a Restricted Jurisdiction or any other jurisdiction if to do so would constitute a violation of the laws of that jurisdiction. Accordingly, copies of this announcement and all documents relating to the Offer are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction, and persons receiving this announcement and all documents relating to the Offer (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not mail or otherwise distribute or send them in, into or from such jurisdictions where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction.

The availability of the Offer to Poundland Shareholders who are not resident in the United Kingdom may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are resident. Persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable requirements.

The Offer shall be subject to the applicable requirements of the Takeover Code, the Panel, the London Stock Exchange, the Financial Conduct Authority and the UKLA.

Forward Looking Statements

This announcement may contain statements about Steinhoff, SEAG and Poundland that are or may be forward looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this announcement may be forward looking statements. Without limitation, any statements preceded or followed by or that include the words "targets", "plans", "believes", "expects", "aims", "intends", "will", "may", "anticipates", "estimates", "projects" or words or terms of similar substance or the negative thereof, are forward looking statements. Forward looking statements include statements relating to the following: (i) future capital expenditures, expenses, revenues, earnings, synergies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, dividend policy, losses and future prospects; (ii) business and management strategies and the expansion and growth of Steinhoff's or Poundland's operations and potential synergies resulting from the Offer; and (iii) the effects of government regulation on Steinhoff's or Poundland's business.

Such forward looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect expected results and are based on certain key assumptions. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in any forward looking statements. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Each of Steinhoff, SEAG and Poundland disclaims any obligation to update any forward looking or other statements contained herein, except as required by applicable law.

No profit forecasts or estimates

No statement in this announcement is intended as a profit forecast or estimate for any period and no statement in this announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings or earnings per share for Steinhoff or Poundland, as appropriate, for the current or future financial years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings or earnings per share for Steinhoff or Poundland, as appropriate.

Disclosure requirements of the Code

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the offer period and, if later, following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s). An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a securities exchange offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s), save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the business day following the date of the relevant dealing.

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of an offeree company or a securities exchange offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.

Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4).

Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk, including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. You should contact the Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129 if you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure

 


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