This is a joint press release by Sanofi Foreign Participations B.V. (the “Offeror”), Sanofi (“Sanofi”) and Kiadis Pharma N.V. (“Kiadis”), pursuant to the provisions of Article 17 paragraph 4 of the Netherlands Decree in Public Takeover Bids (Besluit openbare biedingen Wft, the “Decree”) in connection with the recommended public offer by the Offeror for all the issued and outstanding ordinary shares in the capital of Kiadis (the “Offer”). This announcement does not constitute an offer, or any solicitation of any offer, to buy or subscribe for any securities. Any offer will be made only by means of the offer memorandum dated 10 February 2021 (the “Offer Memorandum”), approved by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financiële Markten, the “AFM”) on 10 February 2021 and recognized by the Belgian Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit voor Financiële Diensten en Markten) on 11 February 2021. This announcement is not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, in or into, directly or indirectly, any jurisdiction in which such release, publication or distribution would be unlawful. Terms not defined in this press release will have the meaning as set forth in the Offer Memorandum.
Final results of the Offer for Kiadis: 97.39% of Kiadis Shares in total committed under the Offer
- During the Post-Closing Acceptance Period, approximately 2.35% of the Shares on a Fully Diluted basis were tendered under the Offer.
- Including Shares already held by Sanofi following Settlement, this represents a total of 97.39% of the Shares on a Fully Diluted basis.
- Settlement of Shares tendered during the Post-Closing Acceptance Period will take place on 3 May 2021.
- Sanofi will initiate statutory Buy-Out proceedings in an expeditious manner in order to obtain 100% of the Shares.
- The last trading date of the Shares on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussels ("Euronext") will be 24 May 2021 and listing and trading of the Shares will terminate as of 25 May 2021.
Paris and Amsterdam – April 29, 2021 - The Offeror, Sanofi (Euronext: SAN and NYSE: SNY) and Kiadis (Euronext Amsterdam and Brussels: KDS) today are pleased to announce that during the Post-Closing Acceptance Period, which expired at 17:40 (CET) today, 1,436,922 Shares were tendered under the Offer, representing approximately 2.35% of the aggregate issued and outstanding ordinary share capital of Kiadis on a Fully Diluted basis. Including the 58,051,156 Shares already held by Sanofi following Settlement, this is a total of 59,488,078 Shares, representing approximately 97.39% of the aggregate issued and ordinary outstanding share capital of Kiadis on a Fully Diluted basis.
Shareholders who accepted the Offer shall receive the Offer Price for each Tendered Share tendered during the Post-Closing Acceptance Period and transferred (geleverd) to the Offeror for acceptance pursuant to the Offer, under the terms and conditions set out in the Offer Memorandum. Reference is made to Section 5.12 (Post-Closing Acceptance Period) of the Offer Memorandum.
Settlement of the Shares and payment of the Offer Price will take place on 3 May 2021. Following settlement of the Shares tendered during the Post-Closing Acceptance Period, the Offeror will (directly or indirectly) hold 59,488,078 Shares, representing approximately 97.39% of the aggregate issued and outstanding ordinary share capital of Kiadis on a Fully Diluted basis.
ING Bank N.V. has been acting as settlement and exchange agent in connection with the Offer.
Since the Offeror owns more than 95% of the Shares, the Offeror will initiate the statutory Buy-Out in an expeditious manner in order to obtain 100% of the Shares. Reference is made to section 6.11(c) (Buy-Out) of the Offer Memorandum.
As a result of the acquisition of more than 95% of the Shares by the Offeror, the listing and trading of the Shares on Euronext will be terminated.
In consultation with Euronext, it has been decided that the last day of trading of the Shares will be on 24 May 2021. This means that the termination of the listing of the Shares shall be effective as of 25 May 2021. Reference is made to Sections 6.11(a) (Intentions following the Offer being declared unconditional) and Section 6.11(b) (Liquidity and delisting) of the Offer Memorandum.
Dutch Translation/ Nederlandse vertaling
- Tijdens de Na-aanmeldingstermijn is ongeveer 2.35% van de Aandelen op basis van Volledige Verwatering aangemeld onder het Bod.
- Inclusief de Aandelen die na Overdracht reeds door Sanofi worden gehouden, vertegenwoordigt dit een totaal van 97.39% van de Aandelen op basis van Volledige Verwatering.
- Overdracht van de Aandelen die zijn aangemeld tijdens de Na-aanmeldingstermijn vindt plaats op 3 mei 2021.
- Sanofi zal op korte termijn de wettelijke Uitkoopprocedure initiëren om 100% van de Aandelen te verkrijgen.
- De laatste handelsdag van de Aandelen aan Euronext Amsterdam en Euronext Brussel ("Euronext") zal op 24 mei 2021 zijn en de notering van en de handel in de Aandelen zal eindigen per 25 mei 2021.
Parijs, Frankrijk en Amsterdam, Nederland, 29 april 2021 – De Bieder, Sanofi (Euronext: SAN en NYSE: SNY) en Kiadis (Euronext Amsterdam en Brussel: KDS) zijn verheugd vandaag aan te kondigen dat tijdens de Na-aanmeldingstermijn, die vandaag om 17:40 (CET) is geëindigd, 1,436,922 Aandelen zijn aangemeld onder het Bod, wat ongeveer 2.35% van het geplaatst en uitstaand gewoon aandelenkapitaal van Kiadis op basis van Volledige Verwatering vertegenwoordigt. Inclusief de 58,051,156 Aandelen die na Overdracht reeds door Sanofi worden gehouden, zijn dit in totaal 59,488,078 Aandelen, wat ongeveer 97.39% van het geplaatst en uitstaand gewoon aandelenkapitaal van Kiadis op basis van Volledige Verwatering vertegenwoordigt.
Aandeelhouders die het Bod hebben geaccepteerd zullen de Biedprijs ontvangen voor elk tijdens de Na-aanmeldingstermijn Aangemeld Aandeel dat aan de Bieder is geleverd, onder de voorwaarden zoals uiteengezet in het Biedingsbericht. Verwezen wordt naar Hoofdstuk 5.12 (Post-Closing Acceptance Period) van het Biedingsbericht.
Overdracht van de Aandelen en betaling van de Biedprijs zal plaatsvinden op 3 mei 2021. Na overdracht van de Aandelen die zijn aangemeld tijdens de Na-aanmeldingstermijn zal de Bieder (direct of indirect) 59,488,078 Aandelen bezitten, wat ongeveer 97.39% van het totaal geplaatst en uitstaand gewoon aandelenkapitaal van Kiadis op basis van Volledige Verwatering vertegenwoordigt.
ING Bank N.V. heeft opgetreden als omwissel- en betaalkantoor in verband met het Bod.
Aangezien de Bieder meer dan 95% van de Aandelen houdt, zal de Bieder spoedig de wettelijke Uitkoopprocedure in gang zetten om 100% van de Aandelen te verkrijgen. Verwezen wordt naar Hoofdstuk 6.11(c) (Buy-Out) van het Biedingsbericht.
Beëindiging van de beursnotering
Als gevolg van de verkrijging van meer dan 95% van de Aandelen door de Bieder, zal de notering van en de handel in de Aandelen aan Euronext worden beëindigd.
In samenspraak met Euronext is besloten dat de laatste handelsdag van de Aandelen 24 mei 2021 zal zijn. Dit betekent dat de beëindiging van de notering van de Aandelen van kracht wordt per 25 mei 2021. Verwezen wordt naar Hoofdstuk 6.11(a) (Intentions following the Offer being declared unconditional) en Hoofdstuk 6.11(b) (Liquidity and delisting) van het Biedingsbericht.
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Offer Memorandum, Position Statement and further information
This announcement contains selected, condensed information regarding the Offer and does not replace the Offer Memorandum and/or the Position Statement. The information in this announcement is not complete and additional information is contained in the Offer Memorandum and the Position Statement.
Digital copies of the Offer Memorandum are available on the website of the Offeror (www.sanofi.com) and digital copies of the Position Statement are available on the website of Kiadis (www.kiadis.com). Such websites do not constitute part of, and are not incorporated by reference into, the Offer Memorandum. Copies of the Offer Memorandum and the Position Statement are on request also available free of charge at the offices of Kiadis and the Settlement Agent at the addresses below:
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