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Wednesday 09 January, 2019

Local Shopping REIT

Possible Offer for The Local Shopping REIT plc

RNS Number : 6594M
Local Shopping REIT (The) PLC
09 January 2019
 

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY (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 ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A TAKEOVER OFFER OR AN OFFER OF SECURITIES.

 

THIS IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT 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 UNDERTAKE ANY TRANSACTION WHETHER UNDER RULE 2.7 OF THE TAKEOVER CODE OR OTHERWISE AND THERE CAN BE NO CERTAINTY THAT ANY TRANSACTION WILL PROCEED.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

 

9 January 2019

 

The Local Shopping REIT plc (the "Company")

 

Possible Offer for the Company by Thalassa Holdings Ltd

 

The Board of The Local Shopping REIT plc notes the announcement by Thalassa Holdings Ltd ("Thalassa") dated 9 January 2019 that it is preparing an offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of the Company not already owned by Thalassa ("Possible Offer").

 

The Board further notes Thalassa's statement that this is to be treated as a "possible offer" pursuant to Rule 2.4 of the Takeover Code and that, accordingly, there can be no certainty that any offer for the Company will be made by Thalassa or as to its terms.

 

The Board recommends that shareholders take no action until Thalassa has published the detailed terms in relation to the Possible Offer and the Board has had an opportunity to comment on these or the relevant time period referred to in Thalassa's announcement, and below, has expired. 

 

As stated in its announcement following the general meeting of the Company on 12 December 2018, the Board has been consulting with shareholders regarding the best means of enhancing and distributing value (other than the Members' Voluntary Liquidation, the resolution for which was blocked by Thalassa at the general meeting). The Board continues to welcome shareholders' expressions of opinion in this regard.

 

Further announcements will be made in due course, as appropriate.

 

In accordance with Rule 2.6(a) of the Code, Thalassa must, by not later than 5.00 p.m. on 6 February 2018. either announce a firm intention to make an offer for the Company 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 by the Board of the Company with the consent of the Takeover Panel in accordance with Rule 2.6(c) of the Code and will cease to apply in circumstances set out in Rule 2.6(b) of the Code.

 

As a consequence of Thalassa's announcement, an offer period has now commenced in respect of the Company in accordance with the rules of the Code and the attention of shareholders is drawn to the disclosure requirements of Rule 8 of the Code, which are summarised below.

 

 

Enquiries:

William A Heaney

Company Secretary

020 7355 8800

 

Important Notices

 

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 the United Kingdom. The release, distribution or publication of this announcement in jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom may be restricted by the 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 laws of any such jurisdiction.

 

Disclosure requirements of the Takeover Code (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.

 

Rule 2.9

 

In accordance with Rule 2.9 of the Code, the Company confirms that, as at the close of business on 8 January 2019 (being the latest practicable date prior to the date of this announcement), it had in issue 82,505,853 ordinary shares of 20 pence each (excluding 9,164,017 ordinary shares held in treasury). The International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) for the ordinary shares is GB00B1VS7G47.

 

Rule 26.1

 

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code, a copy of this announcement will, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in restricted jurisdictions, be available on the Company's website at www.localshoppingreit.co.uk. For the avoidance of doubt, the content of the website referred to above is not incorporated into and does not form part of this announcement.

 

 

 


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