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Monday 29 July, 2019

PROACTIS Holdings

Approach Prompts Review of Options under FSP

RNS Number : 9464G
PROACTIS Holdings PLC
29 July 2019
 

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

THIS IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT FALLING UNDER RULE 2.4 OF THE CITY CODE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS (THE "CODE") AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF A FIRM INTENTION TO MAKE AN OFFER UNDER RULE 2.7 OF THE CODE. THERE CAN BE NO CERTAINTY THAT ANY OFFER WILL BE MADE OR THE TERMS ON WHICH SUCH AN OFFER MIGHT BE MADE.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION.

 

Proactis Holdings PLC

Approach Prompts Review of Options under FSP

Proactis Holdings PLC ("Proactis", the "Group" or the "Company"), the global spend management and B2B eCommerce solution provider, announces that it has received a preliminary unsolicited approach from a US-based investor with regard to an offer for the Company and a number of preliminary unsolicited expressions of interest from other parties.

The Board of Proactis confirms its confidence in the prospects and position of the Company as an independent business and the Board is continuing to execute the strategy set out at the time of the interim results for the six months ended 31 January 2019 (as announced on 29 April 2019) which reflects the conclusions of its operational review.  Notwithstanding this confidence, the Board believes that it is important to all the Group's stakeholders to explore the strategic options that these expressions of interest could present.

The Board has therefore resolved to facilitate a review of these expressions of interest by taking advantage of the dispensations available from certain provisions of the Code in commencing a "formal sales process" (as described in the Code) and has appointed finnCap Ltd ("finnCap") as its financial adviser with regard to this process.  Parties with an interest in participating in the process should contact finnCap on the contact details set out below.

The Takeover Panel has granted a dispensation from the requirements of Rules 2.4(a), 2.4(b) and 2.6(a) of the Code such that any interested party participating in the process will not be required to be publicly identified as a result of this announcement (subject to note 3 to Rule 2.2 of the Code) and will not be subject to the 28 day deadline referred to in Rule 2.6(a) of the Code, for so long as it is participating in the process. Following this announcement, the Company is now considered to be in an "offer period" as defined in the Code and, amongst other provisions, the dealing disclosure requirements set out below will apply.

Any party wishing to participate in the process will be required to enter into a non-disclosure agreement ("NDA")  with the Company on terms satisfactory to the Board and on the same terms, in all material respects, as other interested parties and to make a written submission to express the basis of their interest ("EOI") before being permitted to participate in the process. Following execution of the NDA and the receipt by the Company of the EOI, the Company intends to undertake its own procedures as to establish the credibility of such parties and their commitment to the Group's wider stakeholder group, after which the Group may provide interested parties with preliminary information on the Company, following which such parties may be invited to submit further proposals to the Company.

The Board reserves the right to alter any aspect of the process as outlined above or to terminate it at any time and will make further announcements when appropriate. The Board reserves the right to reject any approach or terminate discussions with any interested party or participant at any time (without liability to any person).

At this early stage, there can be no certainty that any offer will be forthcoming or the terms of any such offer.

Further announcements will be made as and when appropriate.

 

For further information, please contact:

Proactis Holdings PLC

01937 545070 x1115

Tim Sykes, Chief Executive Officer

 

[email protected]

finnCap Ltd

Stuart Andrews/Henrik Persson/Carl Holmes/Simon Hicks - Corporate Finance

Andrew Burdis/Richard Chambers - ECM

 

 

0207 220 0500

 

Alma PR


Rebecca Sanders-Hewett, Hilary Buchanan, Sam Modlin

 

020 3405 0205

[email protected]

 

finnCap Ltd which is regulated in the United Kingdom by The Financial Conduct Authority is acting for the Company in relation to the matters described in this announcement and is not advising any other person, and accordingly will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to customers of finnCap or for providing advice in relation to the matters described in this announcement.

This announcement is not intended to, and does not, constitute or form part of any offer, invitation or solicitation of any offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction. Any offer (if made) will be made solely by certain offer documentation which will contain the full terms and conditions of any offer (if made), including details of how such offer may be accepted. This announcement has been prepared in accordance with English law and the Code, and information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been prepared in accordance with laws outside of the United Kingdom. The release, distribution or publication of this announcement in jurisdictions outside of the United Kingdom may be restricted by laws of the relevant jurisdictions, and therefore persons into whose possession this announcement comes should inform themselves about, and observe, any such restrictions. Any failure to comply with the restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities law of any such jurisdiction.

Nothing in this announcement is or should be relied on as a promise or representation to the future. This announcement includes certain statements, estimates and projections provided by the Company in relation to the Company's anticipated future performance. Such statements, estimates and projections are based on various assumptions made by the Company concerning anticipated results which may or may not prove to be correct. No representations or warranties are made by any person as to the accuracy of such statements, estimates or projections.

MAR

The information contained within this announcement is considered by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No.596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information will be considered to be in the public domain. The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company is Tim Sykes, Chief Executive Officer.

Rule 2.9

In accordance with Rule 2.9 of the Code, Proactis confirms that it has in issue 95,218,796 ordinary shares of 10 pence each in the capital of the Company ("Ordinary Shares") and admitted to trading on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange. The International Securities Identification Number for Proactis Ordinary Shares is GB00B13GSS58.

 

Rule 26.1

 

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code, a copy of this announcement will be available on the Company's website at www.proactis.com. The content of the website referred to in this announcement is not incorporated into and does not form part of this announcement.

 

Disclosure requirements of 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(s), 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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