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Wednesday 24 August, 2016

SoftBank Group Corp.

SoftBank - Arrangement fee letter announcement

RNS Number : 0121I
SoftBank Group Corp.
24 August 2016
 

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 OF SUCH JURISDICTION

24 August 2016

RECOMMENDED ACQUISITION

of

ARM Holdings plc ("ARM") by

SoftBank Group Corp. ("SoftBank")

to be effected by means of a Scheme of Arrangement
under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006 (the "Scheme")

 

On 15 July 2016, SoftBank (as borrower) entered into a facility agreement (the "Facility Agreement") in connection with the financing of the cash consideration payable to ARM Shareholders pursuant to the Acquisition, details of such agreement being disclosed in the circular published in relation to the Scheme (the "Scheme Document") dated 3 August 2016.  SoftBank now announces that on 24 August 2016, it entered into a fee payment letter (the "Arrangement Fee Letter"), pursuant to which it undertook to pay an arrangement fee to Mizuho Bank, Ltd. in connection with the Facility Agreement.

In accordance with Rule 26 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Code"), a copy of the Arrangement Fee Letter and this announcement (the "Announcement") will be published and made available on SoftBank's website at www.softbank.jp/corp/d/sbg_press_en/ and ARM's website at www.arm.com by no later than 12.00 p.m. (London time) on the Business Day following this Announcement. 

Capitalised terms in this Announcement, unless otherwise defined, have the same meanings as set out in the Scheme Document. All references to times in this Announcement are to London times unless otherwise stated.

Enquiries:

SoftBank Group Corp.                                                                                                   +81 3 6889 2300

Alok Sama                                                                                                               +44 (0) 20 7887 4535

Alex Clavel

Matthew Nicholson                               

 

The Raine Group (Financial Adviser to SoftBank)                                                             +1 212 603 5500

Jeffrey Sine, Jason Schretter

 

Robey Warshaw LLP (Financial Adviser to SoftBank)                                                +44 (0) 20 7317 3900

Simon Robey, Simon Warshaw, Philip Apostolides

 

Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. (Financial Adviser to SoftBank)                                             +81 3 5208 3210

Hiroshi Saito, Kentaro Matsui                                                                                                

 

Finsbury (PR Adviser to SoftBank)                                                                            +44 (0) 20 7251 3801

Rollo Head, Andy Parnis                                   

 

Sard Verbinnen & Co.  (PR Adviser to SoftBank)                                                          +1 212 687 8080

Paul Kranhold, Jim Barron

 

ARM Holdings plc                                                                                                   +44 (0) 12 2340 0400

Chris Kennedy, Chief Financial Officer                                       

Ian Thornton, Head of Investor Relations

 

Goldman Sachs International (Lead Financial Adviser to ARM)                                 +44 (0) 20 7774 1000

Anthony Gutman, Tammy Kiely, Nicholas van den Arend, Nick Harper                                            

 

Lazard & Co., Limited (Lead Financial Adviser to ARM)                                             +44 (0) 20 7187 2000

William Rucker, Cyrus Kapadia, Michael Murray

 

UBS (Financial Adviser and Joint Corporate Broker to ARM)                                         +44 (0) 20 7568 0000

Jonathan Rowley, David Roberts, Sandip Dhillon

 

Barclays (Joint Corporate Broker to ARM)                                                                  +44 (0) 20 7623 2323

Phil Shelley                                                                                                                           

 

Brunswick (PR Adviser to ARM)                                                                               +44 (0) 20 7404 5959
Sarah West, Jonathan Glass, Richard Jacques                                                                           

 

Important notices

The Raine Group is acting as financial adviser exclusively for SoftBank and no one else in connection with the Acquisition and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the Acquisition and will not be responsible to anyone other than SoftBank for providing the protections afforded to clients of The Raine Group, nor for providing advice in relation to the Acquisition or in relation to the contents of this Announcement or any other matter referred to herein.

Robey Warshaw LLP, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting as financial adviser exclusively for SoftBank and no one else in connection with the Acquisition and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the Acquisition and will not be responsible to anyone other than SoftBank for providing the protections afforded to clients of Robey Warshaw LLP, nor for providing advice in relation to the Acquisition or in relation to the contents of this Announcement or any other matter referred to herein.

Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. is acting as financial adviser exclusively for SoftBank and no one else in connection with the Acquisition and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the Acquisition and will not be responsible to anyone other than SoftBank for providing the protections afforded to clients of Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd., nor for providing advice in relation to the Acquisition or in relation to the contents of this Announcement or any other matter referred to herein.

Goldman Sachs International, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the FCA and the Prudential Regulation Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for ARM and no one else in connection with the Acquisition and will not be responsible to anyone other than ARM for providing the protections afforded to clients of Goldman Sachs International, or for providing advice in connection with the Acquisition or in relation to the contents of this Announcement or any other matter referred to herein.

Lazard & Co., Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for ARM and for no one else in connection with the Acquisition and will not be responsible to anyone other than ARM for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in connection with the Acquisition or in relation to the contents of this Announcement or any other matter referred to herein.  Neither Lazard & Co., Limited nor any of its affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Lazard & Co., Limited in connection with the Acquisition or in relation to the contents of this Announcement or any other matter referred to herein.

UBS Limited, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the FCA and the Prudential Regulation Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for ARM and no one else in connection with the matters referred to in the Acquisition. In connection with such matters, UBS Limited, its affiliates, and its or 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 relation to the Acquisition or in relation to the contents of this Announcement or any other matter referred to herein.

Barclays, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA and the Prudential Regulation Authority, is acting exclusively for ARM and no one else in connection with the matters referred to in this Acquisition and will not be responsible to anyone other than ARM for providing the protections afforded to clients of Barclays nor for providing advice in relation to the matters referred to in this Acquisition or in relation to the contents of this Announcement or any other matter referred to herein.

Further information

This Announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to, and does not, constitute or form part of any offer or invitation, or the solicitation of an 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 pursuant to the Acquisition or otherwise nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities of ARM in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. The Acquisition will be implemented solely pursuant to the terms of the Scheme Document (or if the Acquisition is implemented by way of a Takeover Offer, the offer document), which will contain the full terms and conditions of the Acquisition including details of how to vote in respect of the Acquisition.  Any vote in respect of the Scheme (or, if applicable, the Takeover Offer) or other response in relation to the Acquisition should be made only on the basis of the information contained in the Scheme Document (or, if applicable, the offer document).  Each ARM Shareholder and ARM ADS Holder is urged to consult his independent professional adviser immediately regarding the consequences of the Acquisition applicable to him.

This Announcement does not constitute a prospectus or prospectus equivalent document.

Overseas jurisdictions

The release, publication or distribution of this Announcement in or into or from jurisdictions other than the UK may be restricted by law and therefore any persons who are subject to the laws of any jurisdiction other than the UK should inform themselves about, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory requirements.  Any failure to comply with the applicable restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.  To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the companies and persons involved in the Acquisition disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person.  This Announcement has been prepared for the purpose of complying with English law and the Code and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this Announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions outside of England.

Copies of this Announcement and formal documentation relating to the Acquisition will not be, and must not be, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in, into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction or any jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws of that jurisdiction.

Further details in relation to Overseas Shareholders are contained in the Scheme Document.

Dealing and Opening Position Disclosure Requirements of the Code

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1 per cent. 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) of the Code applies must be made by no later than 3.30 p.m. on the 10th Business Day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 p.m. 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 per cent. 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 of the Code.  A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) of the Code applies must be made by no later than 3.30 p.m. 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 of the Code.

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

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 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 website and hard copies

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code, a copy of this Announcement will be published and made available, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in Restricted Jurisdictions, on SoftBank's website at www.softbank.jp/corp/d/sbg_press_en/ and ARM's website at www.arm.com by no later than 12 noon on the Business Day following this Announcement.  For the avoidance of doubt, the contents of the websites referred to in this Announcement are not incorporated by reference into, and do not form part of, this Announcement.

ARM Shareholders and ARM ADS Holders may request a hard copy of this Announcement by contacting Equiniti at Aspect House, Spencer Road, Lancing BN99 6DA, or between 9.00 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. Monday to Friday (except UK public holidays) on freephone 0800 085 4975 or +44 121 415 0978.  Calls to +44 121 415 0978 will be charged at national or international rates as the case may be. Please note that calls may be monitored or recorded and the Shareholder Helpline cannot provide financial, legal or tax advice or advice on the merits of the Acquisition. You may also request that all future documents, announcements and information to be sent to you in relation to the Acquisition should be in hard copy form.

 


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