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Andor Technology plc (AND)

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Monday 09 December, 2013

Andor Technology plc

Statement re: possible offer by Oxford Instruments

RNS Number : 9831U
Andor Technology plc
09 December 2013
 



9 December 2013

 

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART IN OR INTO ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF ANY RELEVANT LAWS OR REGULATIONS OF THAT JURISDICTION

 

Andor Technology plc

 

Statement re: possible offer by Oxford Instruments plc

 

The Board of Andor Technology plc ("Andor" or the "Company") notes the announcement made on 6 December 2013 by Oxford Instruments plc ("Oxford Instruments") regarding its possible offer to acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Andor at an increased offer price of 525 pence per share in cash (the "Possible Offer").

 

The Board of Andor confirms that it is considering the Possible Offer, consistent with the  process outlined on 2 December 2013 to fully evaluate the Company's strategic alternatives. 

 

The Company will keep Andor shareholders informed of relevant developments and a further announcement will be made when appropriate.

 

Andor shareholders should note that there can be no certainty that an offer will be made nor as to the terms on which any offer might be made.

 

Rule 2.6(a) of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Code"), requires that Oxford Instruments, by not later than 5.00 p.m. on 10 December 2013 (the "relevant deadline"), either announces a firm intention to make an offer for Andor in accordance with Rule 2.7 of the Code or announces that it does not intend to make an offer, in which case the announcement will be treated as a statement to which Rule 2.8 of the Code applies.  This deadline can be extended with the consent of the Takeover Panel in accordance with Rule 2.6(c) of the Code.

 

 

Enquiries:

 

 


Andor Technology plc

Conor Walsh, Chief Executive

+44 (0) 28 9023 7126


Alan Lilley, Finance Director

 


FTI Consulting

Matt Dixon / Tracey Bowditch / Jessica Liebmann

+44 (0) 20 7831 3113




Jefferies International

(Financial Adviser to Andor)

 

Dominic Lester / Tariq Hussain

+44 (0)20 7029 8000

Investec

(Nominated Adviser & Corporate Broker to Andor)

 

Keith Anderson / Dominic Emery

+44 (0) 20 7597 4000

Jefferies International Limited, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting exclusively for Andor and no one else in connection with matters described in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Andor for providing the protections afforded to clients of Jefferies International Limited nor for providing advice in relation to matters described in this announcement.

 

Investec Investment Banking, a division of Investec Bank plc, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting exclusively for Andor and no one else in connection with matters described in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Andor for providing the protections afforded to clients of Investec Investment Banking nor for providing advice in relation to matters described in this announcement.

 

Dealing and Disclosure requirements of the City Code of Takeovers and Mergers (the "Code")

 

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the offer period and, if later, following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s). An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a securities exchange offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.

 

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror, save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the business day following the date of the relevant dealing.

 

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of an offeree company or a securities exchange offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.

 

Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4).

 

Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk, including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. You should contact the Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129 if you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure.

 

 


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