Espoo, Finland, Oct. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The French stock market authority (Autorité des marchés financiers, "AMF") announced today the continuation of the timetable of Nokia's public buy-out offer (the "Public Buy-Out Offer") followed by a squeeze-out (the "Squeeze-Out", together with the Public Buy-Out offer, the "Offer") for all remaining securities of Alcatel-Lucent.
Accordingly, the Public Buy-Out Offer period will end on October 31, 2016 and the Squeeze-Out will be implemented on November 2, 2016, in accordance with the General Regulation of the AMF.
The legal challenge filed before the Paris Court of Appeal on September 30, 2016 against the AMF's clearance decision regarding the Offer dated September 20, 2016 is still pending and the Court is expected to issue a decision during the first quarter of 2017. Nokia believes that the Offer complies with all applicable laws and regulations and that the legal challenge is without merit.
In connection with the continuation of the timetable, as a precautionary measure until the decision of the Paris Court of Appeal, Nokia has committed in particular to deposit into blocked accounts (i) a sum equal to the difference between the price of the Offer and the price requested by the claimants in the legal challenge, multiplied by the total number of Alcatel-Lucent securities that were targeted by the Public Buy-Out Offer, and (ii) the securities which have been and will be acquired as part of the Offer. Nokia also committed to maintain the integrity of the entity Alcatel Lucent S.A. In the event that the AMF's clearance decision would be nullified or amended by the Paris Court of Appeal, Nokia undertook in particular to (i) return the Alcatel Lucent securities acquired as part of the Offer to the former holders of securities who would make such a request, (ii) file a modified public buy-out offer to be followed by a squeeze-out which would comply with applicable French laws and regulations and the decision of the Paris Court of Appeal, and (iii) pay the difference between the initial offer price and the modified price, as the case may be, to all holders of securities acquired by Nokia in the context of the Offer.
Documentation relating to the Offer, which includes Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent's joint offer document (note d'information conjointe) and Nokia's and Alcatel-Lucent's respective "other information" documents, 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 (www5.alcatel-lucent.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 Alcatel-Lucent'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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The Offer Document and other documents referred to above, if furnished by Nokia or Alcatel-Lucent with the SEC, will be available free of charge at the SEC's website ( www.sec.gov).
Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent's joint offer document ( note d'information conjointe ) which received from the AMF the visa No. 16-438 date September 20, 2016 and contains detailed information with regard to the Public Buy-Out Offer followed by a Squeeze-Out, as well as Nokia's and Alcatel-Lucent's respective "other information" documents relating in particular to their legal, financial and accounting characteristics, are available on the websites of the AMF (www.amf-france.org), Nokia (www.nokia.com) and Alcatel-Lucent (www.alcatel-lucent.com).