· Offer expected to commence prior to expiry of the offer from Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group on 5 September 2019
· ams and OSRAM can create a global leader in sensor solutions and photonics with tangible benefits for customers
· Agreed cooperation agreement between ams and OSRAM, supporting close co-operation among stakeholders
Premstaetten, Austria (21 August 2019) -- ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high performance sensor solutions, is pleased to announce that OSRAM Licht AG ("OSRAM") has waived the standstill agreement entered into by ams AG ("ams") and OSRAM on 4 June 2019 following the receipt of ams' proposal on 11 August 2019. This now enables ams to formally launch the takeover offer for OSRAM (the "Offer") pursuant to the terms announced on 11 August 2019. The Offer period is expected to commence prior to 5 September 2019 when the offer from Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group would have expired.
ams and OSRAM have entered into a cooperation agreement (“CA”). The management of ams is convinced, together with the management of OSRAM, that creating a global leader in sensor solutions and photonics delivers tangible benefits for customers. In addition, both management teams share the conviction that close co-operation among stakeholders is critically important in combining the two companies and delivering sustained success. The management of ams is confident that combining the two companies on this basis will create significant value.
“We are pleased to launch the takeover offer which will enable the compelling combination of ams and OSRAM. Our strategy is built around growth for which a highly qualified workforce and a long-term commitment to Germany are essential. We look forward to leveraging the expertise and experience of OSRAM’s employees in all areas,” says Alexander Everke, CEO of ams.
The CA includes protective covenants for OSRAM employees and manufacturing sites in Germany. Amongst other provisions, ams will continue existing shop agreements (Betriebsvereinbarungen), collective bargaining agreements (Tarifverträge) and similar agreements in Germany, including the “Eckpunktepapier Zukunftskonzept Deutschland” entered into with IG Metall and OSRAM’s workforce representatives in July 2017. In addition, ams will continue operating the German production sites for a minimum period of 3 years (Standortsicherung) and Munich as a co-headquarter of the combined group alongside Premstaetten with a meaningful presence for global corporate functions.
A summary of the CA will be included in the Offer document.
Further information concerning the offer is available here.
This announcement is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares in OSRAM (“OSRAM Shares”). The terms and further provisions regarding the Offer by Opal BidCo GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ams, to the shareholders of OSRAM will be set forth in the offer document which will be published following approval of its publication by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht). Holders of OSRAM Shares are strongly recommended to read any such offer document and to seek independent advice, where appropriate, in relation to the matters therein. Moreover, this announcement is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to purchase shares in ams.
The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in certain jurisdictions other than the Federal Republic of Germany and Switzerland may be restricted by law. Persons who are resident in, or are subject to, other jurisdictions should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable requirements.
The Offer will be made in the United States of America in reliance on, and compliance with, Section 14(e) of the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and Regulation 14E thereunder, as exempted thereunder by Rule 14d-1(d).
To the extent permissible under applicable law or regulation, and in accordance with German market practice, Opal BidCo GmbH or brokers acting on its behalf may, outside of the United States of America and in compliance with applicable law, from time to time make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, directly or indirectly, OSRAM Shares or any securities that are immediately convertible into, exchangeable for, or exercisable for, OSRAM Shares, other than pursuant to the Offer, before, during or after the period in which the Offer will remain open for acceptance. These purchases may occur either in the open market at prevailing prices or in private transactions at negotiated prices. Any information about such purchases would be disclosed as required by law or regulation in Germany or other relevant jurisdictions.
The shares of ams have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") and may not be offered or sold within the United States except pursuant to an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. There will be no public offering of shares in the United States.
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