Goco Group PLC

Rule 2.9 Announcement

RNS Number : 9776K
Goco Group PLC
07 January 2021
 

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OR REGULATIONS OF THAT JURISDICTION.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

7 January 2021

GoCo Group plc

Rule 2.9 Announcement

In accordance with Rule 2.9 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Code"), GoCo Group plc ("GoCo Group" or "the Company") confirms that as at the date and time of this announcement, it had 421,783,587 ordinary shares of £0.0002 each in issue and admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange. No shares are held by the Company in treasury. Therefore the total number of shares attracting voting rights in the Company at the above date was 421,783,587. The International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) for the Company's ordinary shares is GB00BZ02Q916 and the Company's LEI number is 213800DUUN4C47JEL561. Terms defined below have the same meaning as in the Scheme Document published by the Company on 14 December 2020.

Enquiries

 

GoCo Group plc

Matthew Crummack, Chief Executive Officer
Alan Burns, Chief Financial Officer
Chris Wensley, VP - Investor Relations & Strategy

Tel: +44 (0)1633 654 060

 

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc (Sole Financial Adviser and Joint Corporate Broker to GoCo Group plc)

Mark Rawlinson
Laurence Hopkins
Bobak Shoraka
Ben Grindley
Richard Brown

Tel: +44 (0)20 7425 8000

 

Peel Hunt LLP (Joint Corporate Broker to GoCo Group plc)

Edward Knight
Tom Ballard
Nick Prowting

Tel: +44 (0)20 7418 8900

Citigate Dewe Rogerson (PR Adviser to GoCo Group plc)
Chris Barrie
Jos Bieneman

Tel: +44 (0)20 7638 9571


Important notices

Morgan Stanley, which is authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA"), is acting exclusively for GoCo Group and for no one else in connection with the matters described in this announcement and is not advising any other person and, accordingly, will not be responsible to anyone other than GoCo Group for providing the protections afforded to clients of Morgan Stanley nor for providing advice in relation to the matters described in this announcement.

Peel Hunt, which is authorised and regulated in the UK by the FCA, is acting exclusively for GoCo Group and for no one else in connection with the matters described in this announcement and is not acting for any other person and, accordingly, will not be responsible to anyone other than GoCo Group for providing the protections afforded to clients of Peel Hunt.

Further information

This announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, an offer to sell or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe for any securities pursuant to the Combination or otherwise.

This announcement has been prepared for the purpose of complying with English law and the Code and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions outside England. Nothing in this announcement should be relied on for any other purpose.

This announcement does not constitute a prospectus or prospectus exempted document.

Publication of this announcement on website

A copy of this announcement and the documents required to be published pursuant to Rule 26.1 of the Code will be available, free of charge, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in Restricted Jurisdictions, on GoCo Group's website at www.gocogroup.com/investors by no later than 12.00 noon (London time) on the Business Day following the date of this announcement.

For the avoidance of doubt, the contents of this website and any websites accessible from hyperlinks on this website are not incorporated into and do not form part of this announcement.

Overseas Jurisdictions

 

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in or into certain jurisdictions other than the UK may be restricted by the laws of those jurisdictions. Persons who are not resident in the UK or who are subject to the laws of other jurisdictions should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable requirements. Any failure to comply with any such restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the companies and persons involved in the Combination disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person. Unless otherwise determined by Future or required by the Code, and permitted by applicable law and regulation, the Combination will not be made available, directly or indirectly, in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction and no person may vote in favour of the Scheme by any such use, means, instrumentality or from within a Restricted Jurisdiction or any other jurisdiction if to do so would constitute a violation of the laws of that jurisdiction. Accordingly, copies of this announcement and all documents relating to the Combination are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction, and persons receiving this announcement and all documents relating to the Combination (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not mail or otherwise distribute or send them in, into or from such jurisdictions where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction.

The availability of the Combination to GoCo Group Shareholders who are not resident in the UK may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are resident. Persons who are not resident in the UK should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable requirements.

The Combination is subject to the applicable requirements of the Code, the Panel, the London Stock Exchange and the FCA.

Additional information for US Investors

The Combination relates to the securities of an English company and is proposed to be effected by means of a scheme of arrangement under English law. This announcement and certain other documents relating to the Combination have been or will be prepared in accordance with English law, the Code and UK disclosure requirements, format and style, all of which differ from those in the United States. A transaction effected by means of a scheme of arrangement is not subject to the tender offer rules or the proxy solicitation rules under the US Exchange Act. Accordingly, the Combination is subject to the disclosure requirements of and practices applicable in the UK to schemes of arrangement, which differ from the disclosure requirements of the United States tender offer and proxy solicitation rules. However, if Future elects to implement the Combination by way of a Takeover Offer and determines to extend the offer into the United States, the Takeover Offer will be made in compliance with applicable United States laws and regulations, including applicable US tender offer rules and any applicable exemptions under the US Exchange Act and the US Securities Act.

Financial statements or any other documents relating to the Combination, have been or will be prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards or other reporting standards or accounting practice which may not be comparable to financial statements of companies in the United States or other companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.

The receipt of cash and shares by a US holder of GoCo Group Shares as consideration for the transfer of its Scheme Shares pursuant to the Scheme may be a taxable transaction for United States federal income tax purposes and under applicable United States state and local, as well as foreign and other, tax laws. Each GoCo Group Shareholder (including US holders) is urged to consult its independent professional adviser immediately regarding the tax consequences of the Combination applicable to them.

It may be difficult for US holders of GoCo Group Shares to enforce their rights and claims arising out of the US federal securities laws, since Future and GoCo Group are located in countries other than the US, and some of their officers and directors may be residents of countries other than the US. US holders of GoCo Group Shares may not be able to sue a non-US company or its officers or directors in a non-US court for violations of US securities laws. Further, it may be difficult to compel a non-US company and its affiliates to subject themselves to a US court's judgement.

In accordance with normal UK practice and consistent with Rule 14e-5(b) of the US Exchange Act, Future, certain affiliated companies and their nominees or brokers (acting as agents) may make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, shares in GoCo Group outside of the US, other than pursuant to the Combination, until the date on which the Combination and/or Scheme becomes effective in accordance with its terms, lapses or is otherwise withdrawn. If such purchases or arrangements to purchase were to be made, they would occur either in the open market at prevailing prices or in private transactions at negotiated prices and comply with applicable law, including the US Exchange Act. Any information about such purchases or arrangements to purchase will be disclosed as required in the UK, will be reported to a Regulatory Information Service and will be available on the London Stock Exchange website at www.londonstockexchange.com

Opening Position and Dealing Disclosure Requirements of the Code

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the offer period and, if later, following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s). An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 p.m. (London time) on the 10th Business Day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 p.m. (London time) on the 10th Business Day following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a securities exchange offeror before the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s), save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 p.m. (London time) on the Business Day following the date of the relevant dealing.

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of an offeree company or a securities exchange offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.

Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4).

Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. You should contact the Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129 if you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure.

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