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Reference is made to the stock exchange announcement on 26 September 2023 concerning the entry into of a conditional agreement pursuant to which Juniper Holdco AS (the “Offeror”) would acquire Rieber & Søn AS’ (“Rieber”) 62.8% shareholding in Q-Free ASA (“Q-Free” or the “Company”) at a price of NOK 12 per share (the “Transaction”) and launch a subsequent mandatory offer pursuant to Chapter 6 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act (the “Mandatory Offer”). Further, reference is made to the stock exchange announcement on 3 October 2023 whereby the Offeror announced completion of the Transaction and thereby triggering the obligation to launch the Mandatory Offer.
As of the date hereof, the Offeror owns 73,945,959 shares, representing 66.47% of the share capital and votes in the Company. The terms and conditions of the Mandatory Offer are set out in an offer document prepared by the Offeror dated 26 October 2023 (the “Offer Document”).
The Oslo Stock Exchange has in its capacity as take-over authority of Norway, pursuant to Section 6-14 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act, today reviewed and approved the Offer Document.
The key terms of the Mandatory Offer are:
- Offer Price: NOK 12.00 in cash per share.
- Offer Period: From and including 27 October 2023 to and including 24 November 2023 at 16:30 (CET), subject to extension.
- Settlement: In NOK within two weeks after the expiry of the offer period.
- Receiving Agent: DNB Bank ASA, e-mail: email@example.com
The Mandatory Offer may only be accepted on the basis of the Offer Document. Subject to regulatory restrictions in certain jurisdictions, the Offer Document will be sent to the Company’s shareholders as registered in Euronext Securities Oslo (the Norwegian Central Securities Depository, VPS) as of the date of the Offer Document.
The Offer Document will, subject to regulatory restrictions in certain jurisdictions, also be available on the Offeror’s website: www.juniperholdco.com
Q-Free: Trond Christensen, President & CEO / CFO, Q-Free ASA Tel: +47 481 02 754 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guardian: Robert Mah, President, Guardian Smart Infrastructure Management Inc. Tel: +1-416-947-4033 Email: email@example.com
Rieber: Øystein Elgan, Director Tel: +47 901 08 833 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS and Kirkland & Ellis are acting as legal advisors to Guardian.
Wikborg Rein Advokatfirma AS is acting as legal advisor to Rieber.
Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is acting as legal advisors to the Company.
Harris Williams is acting as financial adviser to Guardian. DNB Bank ASA is acting as settlement agent to the Offeror.
About Q-Free: Q-Free ASA (OSE: QFR) is a global innovator in intelligent transportation systems that improve traffic flow, road safety, and air quality. With an open, collaborative approach to tolling, traffic and active transportation management, Q-Free works with customers and partners on every continent to digitize infrastructure and overcome modern mobility challenges for the greater good of society. Headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, Q-Free has annual revenues of approximately 1 billion NOK and employs approximately 370 transportation innovators, experts, and enthusiasts. To learn more about how Q-Free is “changing the movements of life”, visit www.q-free.com or Twitter: @Q-FreeASA.
The Mandatory Offer and the distribution of this announcement and other information in connection with the Mandatory Offer and the Transaction may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions. When published, the Offer Document and related acceptance forms will not and may not be distributed, forwarded or transmitted into or within any jurisdiction where prohibited by applicable law, including, without limitation, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, United States and Japan. The Offeror does not assume any responsibility in the event there is a violation by any person of such restrictions. Persons into whose possession this announcement or such other information should come are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions. This announcement is not a tender offer document and, as such, does not constitute an offer or the solicitation of an offer to acquire shares in the Company. Investors may accept the Mandatory Offer only on the basis of the information provided in the Offer Document. Offers will not be made directly or indirectly in any jurisdiction where either an offer or participation therein is prohibited by applicable law or where any tender offer document or registration or other requirements would apply in addition to those undertaken in Norway.
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