· Minimum acceptance threshold of 62.5% not achieved
· ams largest shareholder in OSRAM with a direct shareholding of 19.99%
· ams committed to continue pursuing the acquisition of OSRAM to create a global leader in sensor solutions and photonics
Premstaetten, Austria (4 October 2019) -- ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high performance sensor solutions, announces that the minimum acceptance threshold of 62.5% required in conjunction with the all-cash takeover offer for OSRAM Licht AG ("OSRAM") announced on 3 September 2019 ("ams Offer") was not achieved. The final acceptances level was 51.6%.
As a result of purchases prior to the expiry of the ams Offer, ams is currently the largest shareholder in OSRAM with a direct shareholding of 19.99%. ams will not exceed this current direct shareholding of 19.99% before having obtained required merger control and other regulatory clearances.
ams continues to view the combination of ams and OSRAM as strategically compelling given that it would enable the creation of a global leader in sensor solutions and photonics. To this effect and supported by ams shareholders, ams continues to explore strategic options to pursue the acquisition of OSRAM, on the basis of its shareholding position, as this will translate into a stronger combined company.
“While the highly attractive ams Offer for OSRAM at a full valuation was not successful, the strategic logic and the significant advantages of combining ams and OSRAM are unchanged,” said Alexander Everke, CEO of ams. “Our vision with OSRAM is to create a global leader in sensor solutions and photonics built around European technology, which will ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of optical technology globally. We intend to leverage our position as OSRAM's largest shareholder in a dialog with OSRAM as we continue to pursue the full acquisition of the company, securing a solid future for OSRAM.”
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 were set forth in the offer document published on 3 September 2019 as amended on 16 September 2019. Moreover, this announcement is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to purchase shares in ams.
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The Offer was 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).
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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