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Thursday 24 December, 2009

MAMA Group Plc

Posting of response circular

RNS Number : 6873E
MAMA Group Plc
24 December 2009
 



NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART IN, INTO OR FROM THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA OR JAPAN OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

 

24 December 2009 

 

 

 

 

MAMA Group Plc

("MAMA" or the "Company")

 

 

Posting of response circular recommending that MAMA Shareholders

reject the SMS Finance Offer

 

 

MAMA has today written to its Shareholders advising them that the Board, which has been so advised by Panmure Gordon, considers that the SMS Finance Offer of 4.75 pence per MAMA Share made by SMS Finance on 10 December 2009 ("SMS Finance Offer") undervalues the Company and its prospects and unanimously recommends that MAMA Shareholders reject the SMS Finance Offer by taking no action.


Your Directors will not be accepting the SMS Finance Offer in respect of their own beneficial shareholdings amounting to, in aggregate 71,720,270 MAMA Shares, representing approximately 8.9 per cent. of the issued share capital of MAMA. 


HMV Offer


On 23 December 2009, HMV Group plc ("HMV") announced the terms of a recommended cash offer of 5.4 pence per MAMA Share ("HMV Offer").


The Directors of MAMA (other than Chris Pennie who does not hold any MAMA Shares) have entered into irrevocable undertakings to accept the HMV Offer in respect of a total of 71,720,270 MAMA Shares beneficially owned by them, representing approximately 8.9 per cent. of the issued share capital of MAMA. Schroder Investment Management Limited and Herald Investment Trust plc have entered into irrevocable undertakings to accept the HMV Offer in respect of a total of 121,494,126 MAMA Shares beneficially owned by them, representing approximately 15.0 per cent. of the issued share capital of MAMA.


The irrevocable undertakings given by Schroder Investment Management Limited and Herald Investment Trust plc to HMV will cease to be binding in relation to the HMV Offer if a competing offer is made at a price which is 5.94 pence or greater per MAMA Share.

 

Further information for Shareholders is contained in the circular being posted today, a copy of which, together with a copy of this announcement, is available at the website of the Company at www.mamagroup.co.uk and available for inspection at the offices of Panmure Gordon, 155 Moorgate, London EC2M 6XB until the end of the Offer Period. 

 

  Enquiries: 


MAMA Group Plc
Telephone: 020 7688 9000
Adam Driscoll
 
Dean James
 
 
 
Panmure Gordon (financial adviser and broker to MAMA)
Telephone: 020 7459 3600
Dominic Morley
 
Callum Stewart
 
 
 
Square1 Consulting (public relations adviser to MAMA)
Telephone: 020 7929 5599
Mark Longson
 
 



The MAMA Directors accept responsibility for the information contained in this announcement, except that the only responsibility accepted by them in respect of the information contained in this announcement relating to SMS Finance and HMV, which has been compiled from published sources, is to ensure that such information has been correctly and fairly reproduced and presented. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the MAMA Directors (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case) the information contained in this announcement for which they are responsible is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.

 

Panmure Gordon, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Services Authority, is acting exclusively for MAMA 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 MAMA for providing the protections afforded to clients of Panmure Gordon nor for providing advice in relation to the matters described in this announcement. 




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