Darmstadt (pta/22.04.2023/00:05 UTC+2)
Software AG enters into Investment Agreement with Silver Lake to support long-term growth, Blitz 22-449 SE announces its intention to launch a voluntary public tender offer
Software AG (the "Company"; Frankfurt TecDAX®: ISIN DE000A2GS401) has today signed an investment agreement with Blitz 22-449 SE (the "Investor"), a holding company controlled by funds managed or advised by Silver Lake Technology Management, L.L.C. ("Silver Lake"), to deepen its existing strategic partnership with Silver Lake and support the long-term growth and strategic objectives of the Company.
Concurrently, Blitz 22-449 SE has announced its intention to launch a voluntary public tender Offer (the "Offer") at an Offer price of €30.00 per share in cash for all outstanding shares of Software AG (the "Offer Price"). Such Offer Price would represent a premium of 53 percent to the XETRA closing price of Software AG shares on 20 April 2023 and a premium of 48 percent to the three-month volume-weighted average share price. It would imply an equity value of Software AG of approximately €2.2 billion.
The Company's Management Board and the Takeover Committee on behalf of the Supervisory Board are highly supportive of the Offer and welcome the deepened strategic partnership with Silver Lake and therefore intend to recommend the Offer.
According to the investment agreement Silver Lake has given assurance that it aims to strengthen the Company's business and growth and will support the Company's strategy and customers. It does not intend to effect changes to the current headquarters and locations of the Company and intends to continue and strengthen the dialogue with all workforce constituencies.
Blitz 22-449 SE has announced that the Offer will be subject to an acceptance threshold of 50 percent plus one share and further customary conditions, including regulatory clearances. The final terms and conditions will be set out in the offer document, which is subject to permission by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht, "BaFin").
Blitz 22-449 SE has announced that the Software AG Foundation, which as the Company's largest investor, is in full support of the Offer and has signed a share purchase agreement with the Investor to sell 25.1 percent of all shares to Blitz 22-449 SE. Software AG Foundation will continue to own 5 percent of shares. The retained 5 percent of shares are subject to a lock-up.
The Management Board
Person making the notification:
Director, Investor Relations
T: +49 6151 92-1040
This document is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell securities. The voluntary public takeover offer for the outstanding ordinary shares (including ordinary shares represented by American depositary receipts) of Software AG (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, the "Software AG Group") has not commenced. The terms and conditions of the takeover offer will be published in, and the solicitation and offer to purchase ordinary shares (including ordinary shares represented by American depositary receipts) will be made only pursuant to the offer document and related offer materials prepared by Silver Lake and as approved by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht, "BaFin"). Once Silver Lake has obtained the necessary permission from BaFin, the offer document and related offer materials will be published in Germany; in addition, Software AG's Management Board and Supervisory Board will publish a statement pursuant to Sec. 27 of the German Securities Acquisition and Takeover Act (Wertpapiererwerbs- und Übernahmegesetz, WpÜG). The offer document for the takeover offer (in German and in English) containing the detailed terms and conditions of, and other information relating to, the takeover offer will, among other things, be published on the internet at www.offer-2023.com.
Acceptance of the takeover offer by shareholders that are resident outside Germany and the United States may be subject to further legal requirements. With respect to the acceptance of the takeover offer outside Germany and the United States, no responsibility is assumed for the compliance with such legal requirements applicable in the respective jurisdiction.
The Tender Offer Statement (including the offer document, a related letter of transmittal and other related offer materials) and any related statement, as they may be amended from time to time, as well as the Management and Supervisory Board's statement pursuant to Sec. 27 WpÜG will contain important information that should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the takeover offer because they, and not this document, will govern the terms and conditions of the takeover offer.
This document constitutes neither an offer nor recommendation to subscribe or buy in any other way securities of Software AG or any of the companies that are members of the Software AG Group at present or in the future, nor does it form part of such an offer and it should not be understood as such. This document does not constitute an offer of securities for sale or a solicitation of an offer to purchase securities in the United States of America or in any other jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is not authorized or to any person to whom it is unlawful to make such offer or solicitation. Securities of Software AG may not be offered or sold in the United States of America without registration or exemption from registration in accordance with the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements
This document contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the expected consummation of the proposed transaction and Software AG's future performance, which involves a number of risks and uncertainties, including the satisfaction of closing conditions for the transaction, the possibility that the transaction will not be completed, the failure to retain key Software AG employees, customers and partners, uncertainty regarding the anticipated benefits of the transaction and the failure of the parties to achieve anticipated goals of the transaction, and other risks and uncertainties discussed in Software AG's public disclosure, as well as the offer document to be filed by Silver Lake and the statement pursuant to Sec. 27 WpÜG to be published by Software AG's Management and Supervisory Board. These documents and statement are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Software AG and Silver Lake, that may cause results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future statements. These statements are generally identified by words or phrases such as "believe", "anticipate", "expect", "intend", "plan", "will", "may", "should", "estimate", "predict", "potential", "continue" or the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from the results and/or timing discussed in the forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on these statements. Software AG undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless expressly required to do so by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their dates.
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