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Advancedadvt Limited - Update on Final Offer for M&C Saatchi

15/08/2022
RNS Number : 0479W
Advancedadvt Limited
15 August 2022
 

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15 August 2022

 

AdvancedAdvT Limited

("ADV")

 

Update on Final Offer for M&C Saatchi

 

ADV received regulatory clearances

 

ADV and Vin Murria intend to reject NFC's scheme of arrangement 

 

ADV has now received all mandatory regulatory clearances to proceed with its Final Offer. 

The Final Offer remains conditional upon ADV receiving acceptances for not less than 90% of the Offer Shares (or such lower percentage as ADV may decide, provided that, as a minimum, taken together with the M&C Saatchi Shares it already owns, ADV has acquired or agreed to acquire more than 50% of all M&C Saatchi Shares). 

Together, ADV and Vin Murria already own approximately 22.3 per cent of the issued share capital of M&C Saatchi.

The Final Offer also remains subject to the Admission Condition and to the other Conditions and certain further terms set out in the Offer Document.

ADV continues to believe that although Next Fifteen Communications plc ("NFC") is a credible buyer of M&C Saatchi, its offer price does not reflect the value of foregoing control and the significant synergies available to NFC.  Based on the current implied value of NFC's offer, ADV and Vin Murria intend to vote their shareholdings in M&C Saatchi against NFC's scheme.

 

Enquiries:  

 


 

AdvancedAdvT Limited

+44 (0) 20 7004 2700

Antoinette Vanderpuije


Investec Bank plc

+44 (0)20 7597 5970

Christopher Baird, Alex Wright, Carlton Nelson, Nick Prowting


Meare Consulting

+44 (0)7990 858548

Adrian Duffield

 

Further Information

Unless specified to the contrary, terms defined in the Final Offer Document have the same meaning in this announcement.

This announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, an offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer or invitation to purchase, or otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of any securities, or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to the Final Offer or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities of M&C Saatchi pursuant to the Final Offer or otherwise in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable laws. The Final Offer is made solely by means of the Final Offer Document and (in respect of M&C Saatchi Shares held in certificated form) the acceptance forms accompanying the Final Offer Document, which, together, contain the full terms and conditions of the Final Offer including details of how it may be accepted. Any decision in respect of, or other response to, the Final Offer should be made only on the basis of the information contained in the Final Offer Document and (in respect of M&C Saatchi Shares held in certificated form) the acceptance forms accompanying the Final Offer Document.

M&C Saatchi Shareholders are advised to read the Final Offer Document and (in respect of M&C Saatchi Shares held in certificated form) the acceptance forms accompanying the Final Offer Document carefully because they contain important information in relation to the Final Offer.

Investec, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority (the "PRA") and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and PRA in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively as financial adviser to ADV and for no one else in connection with the Final Offer and will not be responsible to any person other than ADV for providing the protections afforded to clients of Investec, nor for providing advice in relation to the Final Offer, the content of this announcement or any matter referred to in this announcement. Neither Investec nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Investec in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein or otherwise.

Overseas Jurisdictions

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom may be restricted by law and therefore any persons who are subject to the laws of any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom should inform themselves about and observe any applicable requirements.  This announcement has been prepared for the purpose of complying with English law and the 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.

Copies of this announcement and any formal documentation relating to the Final Offer are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in or into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction and persons receiving such documents (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not mail or otherwise forward, distribute or send it in or into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction.  Unless otherwise permitted by applicable law and regulation, the Final Offer may not be made, directly or indirectly, in or into, or by the use of mails or any means or instrumentality (including, but not limited to, facsimile, e-mail or other electronic transmission, telex or telephone) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or of any facility of, a national, state or other securities exchange of any Restricted Jurisdiction and the Final Offer may not be capable of acceptance by any such use, means, instrumentality or facilities.

The availability of the Final Offer to M&C Saatchi Shareholders who are not resident in and citizens of the United Kingdom may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are located or of which they are citizens. Persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory requirements of their jurisdictions.

The Final Offer is subject to the applicable requirements of the Code, the AIM Rules, the London Stock Exchange and the FCA.

Notices to US Shareholders

The Final Offer relates to securities in a non-US company registered in England and Wales quoted on AIM, and is subject to the disclosure requirements, rules and practices applicable to companies listed in the United Kingdom, which differ from those of the United States in certain material respects. This announcement has been prepared in accordance with UK style and practice for the purpose of complying with the laws of England and Wales and the rules of AIM. US shareholders should read this entire document. Accordingly, the Final Offer is subject to disclosure and other procedural requirements that are different from those applicable under US domestic tender offer procedures. US shareholders should note that M&C Saatchi is not listed on an American securities exchange, it is not subject to the periodic reporting requirements of the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and is not required to, and does not, file any reports with the SEC thereunder. The financial statements of M&C Saatchi have been prepared in accordance with IFRS, which may not be comparable to financial statements of US companies.

It may be difficult for US shareholders to enforce certain rights and claims arising in connection with the Final Offer under US federal securities laws since ADV and M&C Saatchi are located outside the United States, and their officers and most of their directors reside outside the United States. It may not be possible to sue a non-US company or its officers or directors in a non-US court for violations of US securities laws. It also may not be possible to compel a non-US company or its affiliates to subject themselves to a US court's judgment.

To the extent permitted by applicable law and in accordance with the Takeover Code and normal U.K. practice, ADV or its affiliates or agents may make purchases of, or make arrangements to purchase, shares of M&C Saatchi outside the United States otherwise than under the Final Offer.

The Final Offer is subject to the applicable requirements of the Code, the AIM Rules, the London Stock Exchange and the FCA.

Publication on website

In accordance with Rule 26 of the Takeover Code, a copy of this announcement will be made available, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in Restricted Jurisdictions, on ADV's website at www.AdvancedAdvT.com by no later than noon (London time) on the day following this announcement. The content of this website is not incorporated into and does not form part of this announcement.

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