Warner Chilcott PLC
20 September 2004
Craigavon, Northern Ireland/Rockaway, New Jersey, USA 20 September 2004
Warner Chilcott PLC ('Warner Chilcott' or the 'Company')
Statement with Respect to Possible Offer for Warner Chilcott
Craigavon, Northern Ireland/Rockaway, New Jersey, USA - 20 September 2004:
Warner Chilcott PLC ('Warner Chilcott') (LSE: WCRX, Nasdaq: WCRX).
The board of Directors has noted the recent speculation in the media regarding
the possibility of an offer for the Company. The board can confirm that they
have received an approach from a consortium of private equity houses which may
or may not lead to an offer, at an indicative cash price of 800p per share,
being made for the entire issued share capital of Warner Chilcott.
The board, other than Roger Boissonneault, the Chief Executive Officer, who in
view of the nature of the approach is not currently participating in these
deliberations, is considering the appropriate response to this approach.
The board wish to make clear that the approach they have received is preliminary
in nature and is subject to, inter alia, various pre-conditions including
financing and due diligence. There can be no certainty that an offer will
actually be made. Furthermore, there can be no certainty as to the level of any
offer. A further announcement will be made in due course, if appropriate.
Warner Chilcott PLC Telephone +44 (0) 28 3833 4974
Hoare Govett Limited (financial adviser and broker) Telephone +44 (0) 20 7678 8000
Financial Dynamics Telephone 44 (0) 20 7831 3113
Hoare Govett Limited is acting for Warner Chilcott and no-one else in connection
with the possible offer and will not be responsible to any other person for
providing the protections afforded to clients of Hoare Govett Limited or for
providing advice in relation to the possible offer.
Rule 8 notice
Any person who, alone or acting together with any other person(s) pursuant to
any agreement or any understanding (whether formal or informal) to acquire or
control securities of Warner Chilcott PLC, owns or controls, or becomes the
owner or controller, directly or indirectly, of one per cent or more of any
class of securities of Warner Chilcott PLC, is generally required under the
provisions of Rule 8 of The City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the 'Code') to
notify a Regulatory Information Service (as specified in the Listing Rules of
the UK Listing Authority) and the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers by no later
than 12.00 noon (London time) on the business day following the date of the
transaction of every dealing in such securities from and including today's date
until the first closing date of any offer or, if later, the date when any offer
becomes or is declared unconditional as to acceptances or lapses (the 'offer
period'). Dealings by Warner Chilcott PLC or by its 'associates' (within the
meaning of the Code) in any class of securities of Warner Chilcott PLC during
the offer period must also be disclosed. Please consult your financial adviser
immediately if you believe this Rule may be applicable to you.
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