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Tuesday 20 July, 2021

Apollo Mgt IX

Statement re Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

RNS Number : 7464F
Apollo Management IX, L.P
20 July 2021





For immediate release


20 July 2021


Statement regarding Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC ("Morrisons") -
Apollo in preliminary discussions with Fortress


Apollo Global Management, Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, "Apollo") confirms that it is in the preliminary stages of discussions with Fortress Investment Group, LLC (together with its subsidiaries, "Fortress") regarding the recommended offer for Morrisons by Oppidum Bidco Limited (a company owned by funds managed or advised by Fortress) (the "Fortress Offer"), which may result in funds managed or advised by Apollo forming part of the investment group led by Fortress for the purposes of the Fortress Offer. 


As a consequence of these discussions, Apollo confirms that it does not intend to make an offer for Morrisons other than as part of the Fortress Offer. This is a statement to which Rule 2.8 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Code") applies. The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Panel") has confirmed to Apollo that this statement and the restrictions in Rule 2.8 of the Code will not restrict Apollo from entering into a transaction with Fortress in relation to Morrisons as part of the Fortress Offer.


Under Note 2 on Rule 2.8 of the Code, Apollo (and any person acting in concert with it) reserves the right to set aside the restrictions in Rule 2.8 with the agreement of the board of directors of Morrisons to the extent such agreement is given after the Fortress Offer is withdrawn or lapses.


There can be no certainty that any transaction will be entered into by funds managed or advised by Apollo in relation to the Fortress Offer, nor as to the terms of any such transaction.


Apollo notes Fortress's intentions regarding the Morrisons business and all its stakeholders, as set out in the announcement of the Fortress Offer pursuant to Rule 2.7 of the Code on 3 July 2021.  Should these discussions lead to any transaction, Apollo would be fully supportive of Fortress's stated intentions regarding Morrisons.




For investor enquiries regarding Apollo, please contact:

Peter Mintzberg, Head of Investor Relations

+1 212 822 0528

For media enquiries regarding Apollo, please contact:

Joanna Rose, Global Head of Corporate Communications

+1 212 822 0491



Morgan Stanley (Financial Adviser to Apollo)

+44 20 7425 8000

Nick Bishop / Anthony Zammit / Anisha Singhal

About Apollo

Apollo (NYSE: APO) is a high-growth, global alternative asset manager. Apollo seeks to provide its clients excess return at every point along the risk-reward spectrum from investment grade to private equity with a focus on three business strategies; yield, hybrid and opportunistic. Through its investment activity across its fully integrated platform, Apollo serves the retirement income and financial return needs of its clients, and it offers innovative capital solutions to businesses. Apollo's patient, creative, knowledgeable approach to investing aligns its clients, businesses Apollo invest in, its employees and the communities Apollo impact, to expand opportunity and achieve positive outcomes. As of March 31, 2021, Apollo had approximately $461 billion of assets under management. To learn more, please visit

Financial adviser


Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc ("Morgan Stanley") which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority in the UK is acting as financial adviser exclusively for Apollo and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this announcement. In connection with such matters, Morgan Stanley, its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents will not regard any other person as their client, nor will they be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to their clients or for providing advice in connection with the contents of this announcement or any other matter referred to herein.



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