Darmstadt (pta/09.05.2023/23:20 UTC+2)
Software AG confirms receipt of another non-binding expression of interest from Rocket Software, a US competitor controlled by Bain Capital
Darmstadt, Germany – May 09, 2023: Software AG (the "Company"; Frankfurt TecDAX®: ISIN DE000A2GS401) confirms that Rocket Software, a US competitor controlled by Bain Capital, has submitted a revised legally non-binding expression of interest to acquire up to 100 percent of the Company's shares at an indicative offer price of € 34.00.
This offer does not represent a superior offer and therefore Software AG's Management Board and the independent Takeover Committee of the Supervisory Board are not in a position to engage. The offer announced by Silver Lake on 21 April 2023 and as increased on 4 May 2023 is in the best interest of all of the Company's stakeholders; it has a significant premium for shareholders, a high degree of deal certainty and will accelerate the execution of the Company's strategy as an independent German headquartered company.
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Software AG simplifies the connected world. Founded in 1969, it helps deliver the experiences that employees, partners and customers now expect. Its technology creates the digital backbone that integrates applications, devices, data and clouds; empowers streamlined processes; and connects "things" like sensors, devices and machines. It helps 10,000+ organizations to become a truly connected enterprise and make smarter decisions, faster. The Company has about 5,000 employees across more than 70 countries and annual Group revenue of more than €950 million.
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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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