February 8th, 2018

Acceptance of recommended takeover offer for Nets A/S with final shareholder approval at 94.1%


Evergood 5 AS, a company formed by a group of investors led by Hellman & Friedman, is pleased to announce that all Conditions for its voluntary recommended public offer to the Shareholders of Nets A/S have been satisfied, with final Shareholder acceptance standing at 94.1 per cent. The Offer will now continue to Completion with the last expected trading day for settlement being 7 February 2018, as further detailed below.

On 25 September 2017, Evergood 5 AS announced its decision to make a voluntary recommended public offer to the Shareholders of Nets A/S (the “Offer“). The formal offer document related to this offer was published and sent to the Shareholders of Nets A/S on 23 October 2017 as supplemented by the offer document supplement published and sent on 15 December 2017 (the “Offer Document“).

According to the terms of the Offer Document, the Offer expired yesterday, 1 February 2018 at 16:00 (CET).

In accordance with section 21(3) of the Executive Order on Takeover Offers (Executive Order No. 1171 of 31 October 2017) and as set out in the Offer Document, Evergood 5 AS hereby announces the final result of the Offer:

The final count of the number of acceptances from Shareholders in Nets A/S shows that Evergood 5 AS has received acceptances representing 188,109,435 Shares corresponding to approximately 94.1 per cent of the entire share capital and voting rights in Nets A/S (excluding any Treasury Shares).
Referring to Nets A/S’ company announcements dated 11 December 2017 (company announcement No. 32/2017) and 24 January 2018 (company announcement No. 1/2018), Evergood 5 AS hereby announces that all Conditions to the Offer have been satisfied.

Accordingly, the Offer will continue to Completion and be settled in cash with the last expected trading day for settlement being 7 February 2018 (subject to the Condition set out in section 6.3,3) of the Offer Document remaining satisfied).

Stefan Götz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Evergood 5 AS, comments: “I am delighted that our offer has been accepted. Our focus now will be on working in conjunction with the management team to drive operational excellence within the existing business, while assessing options for geographical expansion and technological development through acquisition. Nets has a bright future under private ownership and we are committed to growing the business into a best-in-class European payments champion.”

Following Completion, Evergood 5 AS intends to initiate a compulsory redemption of Shares held by the remaining minority Shareholders and to procure that Nets applies for a delisting of the Shares. 

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