Ratos completes the recommended cash offer to the shareholders of Semcon and extends the acceptance period
Regulatory Information 2022-10-27
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT AN OFFER, WHETHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN AUSTRALIA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND, SCHWEIZ, SOUTH AFRICA OR THE UNITED STATES (THE ”RESTRICTED JURISDICTIONS”), OR IN ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE SUCH OFFER PURSUANT TO LEGISLATION AND REGULATIONS IN SUCH RELEVANT JURISDICTION WOULD BE PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW. SHAREHOLDERS NOT RESIDENT IN SWEDEN WHO WISH TO ACCEPT THE OFFER (AS DEFINED BELOW) MUST MAKE INQUIRIES CONCERNING APPLICABLE LEGISLATION AND POSSIBLE TAX CONSEQUENCES. SHAREHOLDERS SHOULD REFER TO THE OFFER RESTRICTIONS INCLUDED IN THE SECTION TITLED "IMPORTANT INFORMATION" AT THE END OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND IN THE OFFER DOCUMENT.
On 26 September 2022, Ratos AB (publ) (“Ratos”), announced a recommended public offer to shareholders of Semcon AB (publ) (“Semcon”) to tender all shares in Semcon at a price of SEK 157 in cash per share (the “Offer”). At the end of the acceptance period on 27 October 2022, the Offer has been preliminary accepted by shareholders representing 16,983,647 shares in Semcon, corresponding to approximately 96.29 percent of the total numbers of shares and votes in Semcon. Ratos completes the Offer and extends the acceptance period to the 11 November 2022 to provide the remaining shareholders an additional opportunity to accept the Offer.
The outcome of the Offer
Prior to the announcement of the Offer, Ratos did not own any shares in Semcon. At the end of the acceptance period on 27 October 2022, the Offer has been preliminary accepted by shareholders representing 16,983,647 shares in Semcon, corresponding to approximately 96.29 percent of the total numbers of shares and votes. Ratos will announce the final outcome of the Offer after the initial acceptance period on 28 October 2022.
Ratos has not acquired any shares in Semcon outside the Offer. Ratos does not hold any other financial instruments that provide a financial exposure to Semcon’s shares.
Completion of the Offer
Since the Offer has been accepted to the extent that Ratos holds more than 90 percent of the shares in Semcon, all conditions for completion of the Offer has been fulfilled. Accordingly, the Offer is declared unconditional in all respects and Ratos will complete the acquisition of the shares tendered in the Offer.
Settlement for shares tendered in the Offer during the period ending on 27 October 2022 is expected to commence around 2 November 2022.
Ratos intends to initiate compulsory redemption of the remaining shares in Semcon and promote a delisting of the shares in Semcon from Nasdaq Stockholm.
Extension of the acceptance period
In order to give the shareholders who have not accepted the Offer an additional possibility to accept the Offer, Ratos has decided to extend the acceptance period until 11 November 2022 at 17:00 CET. Settlement for shares tendered in the Offer during the extended acceptance period is expected to commence around 17 November 2022.
During the extended acceptance period, Ratos may acquire or agree to acquire shares in Semcon. Such acquisitions and agreements will be made in accordance with applicable Swedish laws and regulations.
Ratos has engaged Lazard as financial advisor and KANTER as legal advisor in relation to the Offer.
Information regarding the Offer:
Information about the Offer is available at:
For inquiries, please contact:
Josefine Uppling, Vice President Communication & Sustainability, Ratos
Tel: +46 76 114 54 21, e-mail: email@example.com
For administrative questions regarding the Offer, please contact your bank or nominee registered as holder of your shares.
The information in this press release was submitted for publication by Ratos and the abovementioned contact person in accordance with the Swedish Act on Public Takeovers on the Stock Market and the Takeover Rules as well as the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication on 27 October 2022 at 18.30 (CEST).
This press release has been published in Swedish and English. In the event of any discrepancy between the two language versions, the Swedish version shall prevail.
Lazard is the financial advisor to Ratos, and no one else, in connection with the Offer. Lazard will not consider any other person as a client in relation to the Offer and is not responsible to anyone else than Ratos for providing the protection that Lazard offers to its clients, or for providing advice in connection with the Offer or any other transaction, matter or arrangement which is referred to in this press release. Lazard has not undertaken any obligation to independently verify the information contained herein and disclaims all liability with respect to such information.
The Offer is not made, either directly or indirectly, in the Restricted Jurisdictions or in any other jurisdictions where such offer would be prohibited under applicable law, by mail or other means of communication (including, but not limited to, telefax, e-mail, telex, telephone and internet) used in domestic or international commerce or at any national exchange or trading facility in the Restricted Jurisdictions, and the Offer cannot be accepted in any such manner or by any such means of communication in or from the Restricted Jurisdictions. Therefore, neither this press release nor other documentation relating to the Offer will be, and shall not, be sent, posted or otherwise disseminated or forwarded in or to the Restricted Jurisdictions.
This press release is not, and may not be, sent to shareholders with registered addresses in the Restricted Jurisdictions. Banks, brokers, traders and other nominees holding shares for persons in the Restricted Jurisdictions may not forward this press release, or any other document received in connection with the Offer, to such persons. For the purposes of this section, "Unites States" means the United States of America (its territories and possessions, any state of the United States, and the District of Columbia).
The Offer and the information and documentation made available through this press release have not been prepared by, and not approved by, an "authorised person" as referred to in Section 21 of the UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 ("FSMA"). Accordingly, the information and documents made available through this press release may not be distributed to, or forwarded to, the public in the UK. Dissemination of information and documents made available through this press release is exempt from the restrictions on financial marketing in Article 21 of the FSMA on the basis that it is a communication by or on behalf of a legal person relating to a transaction for the acquisition of the day-to-day control of the business of the legal entity, or to acquire 50 per cent or more of the voting shares in a legal entity, in accordance with Article 62 of the FSMA (Financial Promotion) Order 2005.
Statements in this press release relating to future conditions or circumstances, including information regarding future performance, growth and other trend projections and the other benefits of the Offer, are forward-looking statements. These statements may generally, but not always, be identified by the use of words such as “anticipates”, “intends”, “expects”, “believes” or similar expressions. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events that are dependent on circumstances that occur in the future. Due to a number of factors, which to a large extent are beyond the control of Ratos, it cannot be guaranteed that future conditions will not differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Any such forward-looking statement speak only as of the date on which they are announced and Ratos has no obligation (and undertakes no such obligation) to update or revise any of them, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
Ratos is a business group consisting of 15 companies divided into three business areas: Construction & Services, Consumer and Industry. In total 2021, the companies have approximately SEK 35 billion in net sales. Our business concept is to own and develop companies that are or can become market leaders. We have a distinct corporate culture and strategy – everything we do is based on our core values: Simplicity, Speed in execution and It’s All About People. We enable independent companies to excel by being part of something larger. People, leadership, culture and values are key focus areas.