The offer has been made by Orkla's wholly-owned subsidiary, Lilleborg AS, and concerns the purchase of all the A shares in Jotun AS that are not already owned by Orkla (i.e. a total of 72,019 A shares). The price offered, NOK 70,000 per A share, is payable in cash.
Completion of the offer is conditional on, among other things, Orkla acquiring a total stake in Jotun AS, after the exercise of any pre-emptive rights to shares by other shareholders, that represents more than 50% of the voting rights in the company.
Orkla already owns 41,981 A shares and 103,446 B shares in the company, which is equivalent to 42.5% of share capital and 38.2% of the voting rights in Jotun. If Orkla acquires 50.1% of the votes, this will entail a total investment of NOK 1.1 billion.
If all the A shareholders accept the offer, Orkla's stake in Jotun will represent 63.6% of the share capital and 90.9% of the voting rights. In such case, the total purchase price will be NOK 5 billion.
The acceptance period expires on 30 September 2011; however, Orkla reserves the right to extend this deadline.
Oslo, 31 August 2011
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