ESPOO, Finland, Sept. 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nokia today announced that the French stock market authority (Autorité des marchés financiers, "AMF") has approved Nokia's proposed public buy-out offer in cash followed by a squeeze-out in cash relating to the remaining securities of Alcatel-Lucent that Nokia does not already own. As previously announced, Nokia proposes to acquire, through a public buy-out offer in cash, all the Alcatel-Lucent shares (the "Shares"), bonds convertible into new or exchangeable for existing Alcatel-Lucent shares due on January 30, 2019 (the "2019 OCEANEs"), and bonds convertible into new or exchangeable for existing Alcatel-Lucent shares due on January 30, 2020 (the "2020 OCEANEs", and together with the 2019 OCEANEs, the "OCEANEs") it does not already own (the "Public Buy-Out Offer"). The Public Buy-Out Offer will be followed by a squeeze-out in cash of the Shares and OCEANEs not tendered into the Public Buy-Out Offer (the "Squeeze-Out", and together with the Public Buy-Out Offer, the "Offer"), in accordance with the General Regulation of the AMF.
In the Public Buy-Out Offer, Nokia is offering a consideration of EUR 3.50 per Alcatel-Lucent Share, EUR 4.51 per 2019 OCEANE, and EUR 4.50 per 2020 OCEANE. In the Squeeze-Out, the Shares and OCEANEs not tendered into the Public Buy-Out Offer will be transferred to Nokia for the same consideration as the above-mentioned consideration of the Public-Buy-Out Offer, net of all costs.
The Offer will be made exclusively in France, and in the United States pursuant to an exemption from the U.S. tender offer rules provided by Rule 14d-1(c) and, to the extent applicable, Rule 13e-4(h)(8) of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Holders of Alcatel-Lucent Shares and OCEANEs located outside of France and the United States may not participate in the Public Buy-Out Offer except if, pursuant to the local laws and regulations applicable to those holders, they are permitted to do so.
Nokia expects the Public Buy-Out Offer to open on September 22, 2016 and close on October 5, 2016. The Squeeze-Out will be implemented on the trading day following the expiration date of the Public Buy-Out Offer, which is anticipated to be on October 6, 2016. These dates are indicative and the AMF is expected to announce the definitive timetable of the Offer on September 21, 2016, after the filing by Nokia and Alcatel Lucent of their respective "other information" documents relating, in particular, to their legal, financial and accounting characteristics.
Nokia and Alcatel Lucent's joint offer document (note d'information conjointe) is available on the AMF website (www.amf-france.org), on Nokia's website (http://company.nokia.com/en/investors/financial-reports/filings-related-to-the-alcatel-lucent-transaction), and on Alcatel-Lucent's website (www.alcatel-lucent.com).
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Further information on the transaction can be found at: www.newconnectivity.com
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This stock exchange release relates to Nokia's Public Buy-Out Offer followed by a Squeeze-Out for all of the ordinary shares and OCEANE convertible bonds of Alcatel Lucent. This stock exchange release is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to purchase or exchange, or a solicitation of an offer to sell or exchange, any ordinary shares or OCEANE convertible bonds of Alcatel Lucent, nor is it a substitute for Nokia and ALU's joint offer document (note d'information conjointe) filed by Nokia with, and which received visa No. 16-438 from the AMF on September 20, 2016 (as amended and supplemented from time to time, the "Offer Document"). The Public Buy-Out Offer followed by a Squeeze-Out is being made only through the Offer Document.
INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE OFFER DOCUMENT AND ALL OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT NOKIA OR ALCATEL LUCENT MAY FURNISHED OR FILE WITH THE SEC OR AMF WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISION REGARDING THE PUBLIC BUY-OUT OFFER FOLLOWED BY A SQUEEZE-OUT.
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Nokia and ALU's joint offer document (note d'information conjointe) which received visa No. 16-438 from the AMF contains detailed information with regard to the Public Buy-Out Offer followed by a Squeeze-Out, is available on the websites of the AMF (www.amf-france.org), Nokia (www.nokia.com) and Alcatel Lucent (www.alcatel-lucent.com).