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Shanks Group PLC
29 September 2016
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE INFORMATION HEREIN IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION TO PERSONS, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR THE UNITED STATES OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BREACH ANY APPLICABLE LAW. NO PUBLIC OFFER OF SECURITIES IS BEING MADE BY VIRTUE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

 

29 September 2016

 

Shanks Group plc

 

("Shanks" or the "Company")

 

Publication of Combined Circular and Prospectus and Receipt of Additional Irrevocable

 

 

Further to the announcement earlier today by Shanks regarding the proposed merger with van Gansewinkel Groep B.V. and Proposed Firm Placing and Rights Issue to raise gross proceeds of approximately £141 million, the Company announces that the Combined Circular and Prospectus relating to the Merger and Equity Issue have been approved by the UK Listing Authority.

 

Copies of the Combined Circular and Prospectus will be posted to Shareholders today. The Combined Circular and Prospectus will be made available on Shanks' website, www.shanksplc.com, and will be submitted to the National Storage Mechanism, where it will be available for inspection at www.hemscott.com/nsm.do. Copies of the Combined Circular and Prospectus will also be available for inspection during normal business hours on any Business Day, free of charge, for a period of 12 months from today's date at the registered office of Shanks at 16 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DF, United Kingdom.

 

The Company is also pleased to announce that it has received further VGG shareholder support from funds managed by Alcentra Limited, as a result of which, the largest three shareholders of VGG Topco 1 SCA (the ultimate parent of VGG), representing an aggregate of approximately 55% of its share capital, have now irrevocably undertaken to vote in favour of the Merger.

 

Terms used in this announcement shall have the same meanings as set out in the Combined Circular and Prospectus.

 

Enquiries:

 

 

 

Brunswick Group

+44 207 404 5959

Mike Smith
Simone Selzer

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Greenhill is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom. Investec is authorised in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Greenhill and Investec are acting for Shanks and no one else in connection with the Merger and will not regard any other person as a client in relation to the Merger and will not be responsible to anyone other than Shanks for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, nor for providing advice in connection with the Merger or any other matter, transaction or arrangement referred to herein.

 

Apart from the responsibilities and liabilities, if any, which may be imposed on Greenhill and Investec in their capacities as Joint Sponsors by the FSMA, neither of Greenhill and Investec, nor any of their respective officers, employees and agents, accept any responsibility or liability whatsoever and make no representation or warranty, express or implied, for the contents of this announcement, including its accuracy, fairness, sufficiency, completeness or verification or for any other statement made or purported to be made by any of them, or on their behalf, in connection with Shanks and nothing in this announcement is, or shall be relied upon as, a promise or representation in this respect, whether as to the past or future. Each of Greenhill and Investec accordingly disclaim to the fullest extent permitted by law all and any responsibility and liability whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise (save as referred to above) which it might otherwise have in respect of this announcement or any such statement. Each of Greenhill and Investec and/or their affiliates provide various investment banking, commercial banking and financial advisory services from time to time to Shanks.

 

No person has been authorised to give any information or to make any representations other than those contained in this announcement and, if given or made, such information or representations must not be relied on as having been authorised by the Group, Greenhill and/or Investec. Subject to the Listing Rules, the Prospectus Rules and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority, the issue of this announcement shall not, in any circumstances, create any implication that there has been no change in the affairs of the Group or VGG since the date of this announcement or that the information in it is correct as at any subsequent date.

 

The information contained in this announcement is not for release, publication or distribution to persons in whole or in part, directly or indirectly in or into Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of South Africa or the United States or in any jurisdiction where to do so would breach any applicable law. No public offer of securities is being made by virtue of this announcement.

 

This announcement has been prepared for the purposes of complying with the applicable law and regulation of the United Kingdom 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 and regulations of any jurisdiction outside of the United Kingdom.

 

This announcement is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. The securities referred to herein have not been, and will not be, registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or under the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. The securities referred to herein may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the Securities Act. There will be no public offer of securities in the United States.

 

This announcement is intended for distribution only to persons in Australia who are "sophisticated investors" or "professional investors" (within the meaning of sections 708(8), and 708(11) of the Australian Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and a "wholesale client" (within the meaning of section 761G of the Australian Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)).

 

This announcement is not intended to, and does not constitute or form part of any offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of, any securities pursuant to this announcement or otherwise in any jurisdiction.

 

This announcement has been issued by and is the sole responsibility of the Company.

 

Neither the content of the Group's nor VGG Group's website, nor any website accessible by hyperlinks on the Group's or VGG Group's website is incorporated in, or forms part of, this announcement.


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