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Monday 11 June, 2018

BCA Marketplace PLC

Statement re Possible Offer

RNS Number : 8615Q
BCA Marketplace PLC
11 June 2018
 

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

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF A FIRM INTENTION TO MAKE AN OFFER UNDER RULE 2.7 OF THE CITY CODE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS (THE "CODE"). THERE CAN BE NO CERTAINTY THAT ANY FIRM OFFER WILL BE MADE, NOR AS TO THE TERMS ON WHICH ANY FIRM OFFER MIGHT BE MADE

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

11 June 2018

 

BCA Marketplace plc

 

Possible Offer for BCA Marketplace plc ("BCA" or the "Company")

 

The Board of BCA notes the announcement by Apax Partners LLP ("Apax") that it is considering a possible offer for the Company.

 

On 9 May 2018, the Board of BCA received a preliminary and conditional approach from Apax regarding an all cash offer for the Company of 200 pence per BCA share (the "Proposal"). After careful consideration the Board of BCA rejected the Proposal. No further proposals have been received.

 

In accordance with Rule 2.6(a) of the Code, Apax is required, by not later than 5.00 p.m. on 8 July 2018, to either announce a firm intention to make an offer for BCA in accordance with Rule 2.7 of the Code or announce 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 Panel in accordance with Rule 2.6(c) of the Code.

 

This statement is being made by BCA without the prior agreement or approval of Apax. There can be no certainty that any offer will be made nor as to the terms of any offer.

 

 

Enquiries

 

BCA Marketplace plc

Tim Richmond

 

[email protected]



Goldman Sachs International

Anthony Gutman / Jose Barreto

Chris Emmerson / Bertie Whitehead

 

+44 (0) 20 7774 1000



Buchanan Communications

David Rydell

 

+44 (0) 20 7466 5066



Square1 Consulting

David Bick

 

+44 (0) 20 7929 5599

 

Rule 2.9 disclosure

 

In accordance with Rule 2.9 of the Code, BCA confirms that as at the date of this announcement, it has 797,501,817 ordinary shares of 0.01 pence each in issue and admitted to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (excluding ordinary shares held in treasury). The International Securities Identification Number ("ISIN") for BCA's ordinary shares is GB00BP0S1D85.

 

Further information

 

This announcement is not intended to, and does not, constitute or form part of any offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of, any securities whether pursuant to this announcement or otherwise.

 

The distribution of this announcement in jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom may be restricted by law and therefore persons into whose possession this announcement comes should inform themselves about, and observe, such restrictions. Any failure to comply with the restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities law of any such jurisdiction.

 

Goldman Sachs International, 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 exclusively for BCA and no one else in connection with the Proposal and any other matter referred to in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than BCA for providing the protections afforded to clients of Goldman Sachs International, or for providing advice in relation to the possible offer or any other matters referred to in this announcement.

 

The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement on behalf of BCA is Martin Letza.

 

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.

 

Publication on a website

 

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code, a copy of this announcement will be published on  BCA's website (http://www.bcamarketplaceplc.com/investors) by no later than 12 noon on 12 June 2018. The content of the website referred to in this announcement is not incorporated into and does not form part of this announcement.


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