Update on Offer for DP Eurasia N.V.
NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION.
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE, OR FORM PART OF, AN OFFER OR AN INVITATION TO PURCHASE, SUBSCRIBE FOR OR SELL ANY SECURITIES OR A SOLICITATION OF ANY OFFER TO PURCHASE, SUBSCRIBE FOR OR SELL ANY SECURITIES. THE OFFER REFERRED TO IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE SOLELY BY WAY OF THE OFFER DOCUMENT AND, WHERE APPROPRIATE, THE RELATED FORM OF ACCEPTANCE WHICH TOGETHER WILL CONTAIN THE FULL TERMS OF THE OFFER, INCLUDING DETAILS OF HOW THE OFFER MAY BE ACCEPTED.
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION
28 November 2023
Offer for DP Eurasia N.V ("DP Eurasia") - Offer update
Earlier today, Jubilant Foodworks Netherlands B.V. ("Jubilant Foodworks"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Jubilant Foodworks Limited, announced its intention to make an offer for the entire issued and outstanding ordinary share capital of DP Eurasia not already owned by Jubilant Foodworks at 85 pence per DP Eurasia Share (the "Offer") (the "Offer Announcement").
Pursuant to Article 30.11 of DP Eurasia's articles of association, Jubilant Foodworks announces that it has acquired 3,910,153 DP Eurasia Shares on the London Stock Exchange (the "Share Purchases"). Following settlement of the Share Purchases, Jubilant Foodworks will own 75,500,835 ordinary shares in the share capital of DP Eurasia, representing approximately 51.50 per cent. of DP Eurasia's issued share capital.
It is noted that, pursuant to the mandatory bid provisions contained in Article 30 of DP Eurasia's articles of association (the "Mandatory Bid Provisions"), if a shareholder becomes the owner of DP Eurasia securities representing 50.0 per cent. or more of DP Eurasia's voting rights, then it is required to make a mandatory offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares and depository receipts of DP Eurasia (other than those already held by the offeror) within 30 days after the date of becoming the owner of those securities (a "Mandatory Offer").
As a result of the Share Purchases, Jubilant Foodworks is required to make a Mandatory Offer and as such the Offer announced pursuant to the Offer Announcement will be made as a Mandatory Offer. The Mandatory Offer will be made on the same terms as those set out in the Offer Announcement. Jubilant Foodworks will prepare the Offer Document in accordance with the Mandatory Bid Provisions and it will be published to DP Eurasia Shareholders as soon as reasonably practicable and within the aforementioned 30 day period.
Terms used but not defined in this announcement shall have the same meaning as set out in the Offer Announcement.
Peel Hunt (Financial Adviser)
+44 (0) 20 7418 8900
About Jubilant Foodworks
Jubilant FoodWorks Limited (NSE, BSE: JUBLFOOD) is India's largest foodservice company and is part of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. Incorporated in 1995, the Company holds the exclusive master franchise rights from Domino's Pizza Inc. to develop and operate the Domino's Pizza brand in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. In India, it has a strong and extensive network of 1,888 Domino's stores across 397 cities. In Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the Company operates through its 100% owned subsidiary which currently has 50 and 23 stores respectively. The Company also has exclusive rights to develop and operate Popeyes restaurants in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan and Dunkin' restaurants in India. The Company currently operates 22 Popeyes restaurants in six cities and 21 Dunkin' restaurants across seven cities.
This announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, an offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of any securities, or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction, pursuant to the Offer or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities of DP Eurasia in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law.
The Offer will be made solely by means of the Offer Document and, in respect of DP Eurasia Shares held in certificated form, the Form of Acceptance accompanying the Offer Document, and which will contain the full terms of the Offer including details of how to accept the Offer. Details on how to accept the Offer in respect of DP Eurasia Shares held in uncertificated form (that is, as Depositary Receipts held in CREST) will be set out in full in the Offer Document. Any approval, acceptance, decision or other response to the Offer should be made only on the basis of the information in the Offer Document and, in respect of DP Eurasia Shares held in certificated form, the Form of Acceptance. DP Eurasia Shareholders are strongly advised to read the formal documentation in relation to the Offer once it has been published.
Peel Hunt, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting exclusively for Jubilant Foodworks and for no-one else in connection with the matters referred to in this announcement and will not be responsible to any person other than Jubilant Foodworks for providing the protections afforded to clients of Peel Hunt, nor for providing advice in relation to the matters referred to herein. Neither Peel Hunt nor any of its affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Peel Hunt in connection with the matters referred to in this announcement, or otherwise.
This announcement has been prepared in accordance with English law and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed in accordance with the laws and regulations of jurisdictions outside England. The statements contained in this announcement are made as at the date of this announcement, unless some other time is specified in relation to them, and there shall be no implication that there has been no change in the facts set forth in this announcement since such date.
The release, publication or distribution of this announcement and the availability of the Offer in or into jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom may be affected by the laws and regulations of those jurisdictions. Persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom, or who are subject to the laws of any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom, should inform themselves about, and observe any applicable requirements. Any person (including, without limitation, nominees, trustees and custodians) who would, or otherwise intends to, forward this announcement or any accompanying document to any jurisdiction outside the United Kingdom should refrain from doing so and seek appropriate professional advice before taking any action. Any failure to comply with the applicable legal or regulatory requirements may constitute a violation of the laws and/or regulations of any such jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the companies and persons involved in the Offer disclaim any responsibility and liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person.
Unless otherwise determined by Jubilant Foodworks, and permitted by applicable law and regulation, the Offer is not being made, directly or indirectly, in or into or by use of the mails or any other means or instrumentality (including, without limitation, telephonic or electronic) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or any facility of a national, state or other securities exchange of, a Restricted Jurisdiction, and no person may accept the Offer by any such use, means, instrumentality or facility or from within a Restricted Jurisdiction. Accordingly, copies of this announcement and any related documents are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded or distributed in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction and persons receiving this announcement or any related document (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not distribute or send them in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction. Doing so may invalidate any purported acceptance of the Offer.
Notice to US shareholders
The Offer will be made for securities of a public limited liability company (naamloze vennootschap) incorporated under the laws of The Netherlands, with its corporate seat in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and is being made in the United States in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including, to the extent applicable Section 14(e) of the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "US Exchange Act"), and Regulation 14E thereunder (in each case, subject to any exemptions or relief therefrom, if applicable) and otherwise in accordance with the disclosure and procedural requirements of United Kingdom and Dutch law. US Shareholders should read the entire Offer Document, which contains important information about the Offer and the Shares. The Offer will be made in the United States by Jubilant Foodworks and no one else. Shareholders in the United States are advised that the Shares are not listed on a US securities exchange and that DP Eurasia is not subject to the periodic reporting requirements of the US Exchange Act and is not required to, and does not, file any reports with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") thereunder. Neither the SEC nor any securities commission of any state of the United States has approved the Offer, passed upon the fairness of the Offer or passed upon the adequacy or accuracy of this announcement. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.
In accordance with normal United Kingdom market practice and to the extent permissible under applicable law or regulatory requirements, including Rule 14e-5 under the US Exchange Act, Jubilant Foodworks and its affiliates or its brokers and its broker's affiliates (acting as agents for Jubilant Foodworks or its affiliates, as applicable) may from time to time, both prior to the making of the Offer and whilst the Offer, if and when made, remains open for acceptances, make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, DP Eurasia Shares outside the United States otherwise than under the Offer, such as in the open market or through privately negotiated purchases. Such purchases, or arrangements to purchase, shall comply with applicable rules in the United Kingdom and the rules of the London Stock Exchange. Details about any such purchases will be available from any Regulatory Information Service, including the regulatory news service on the London Stock Exchange website (www.londonstockexchange.com).
The receipt of cash pursuant to the Offer by a US holder of DP Eurasia Shares may be a taxable transaction for US federal income tax purposes and under applicable US state and local, as well as foreign and other, tax laws. Each holder of DP Eurasia Shares is urged to consult its independent professional adviser immediately regarding the tax consequences of accepting the Offer.
Jubilant Foodworks Netherlands B.V. is a private company with limited liability (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid) incorporated under the laws of The Netherlands, with its corporate seat in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jubilant Foodworks Limited. Some or all of the officers and directors of Jubilant Foodworks and DP Eurasia, respectively, are residents of countries other than the United States. In addition, most of the assets of Jubilant Foodworks and DP Eurasia are located outside the United States. As a result, it may be difficult for US shareholders of DP Eurasia to sue, or effect service of process within the United States upon, Jubilant Foodworks, DP Eurasia, or their respective officers or directors. Further, it may be difficult to compel a non-US entity and its affiliates to subject themselves to a US court's judgment or to enforce against them a judgment of a US court predicated upon the federal or state securities laws of the United States.
Cautionary note regarding forward looking statements
This announcement contains certain statements which are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements" which are prospective in nature. The words "believe", "anticipate", "expect", "intend", "aim", "plan", "predict", "continue", "assume", "positioned", "may", "will", "should", "shall", "risk" and other similar expressions that are predictions of or indicate future events and future trends identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not current or historical facts. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because such statements relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. Forward-looking statements are not indicative of future performance and Jubilant Foodworks' or DP Eurasia's actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which Jubilant Foodworks or DP Eurasia sources operates, may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in this announcement. The cautionary statements set out above should be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that Jubilant Foodworks, or persons acting on its behalf, may issue.
No profit forecasts or estimates
Nothing in this announcement is intended or shall be deemed to be a forecast, projection or estimate of the future financial performance of Jubilant Foodworks or DP Eurasia and no statement in this announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings or earnings per share of Jubilant Foodworks or DP Eurasia (where relevant) for the current or future financial years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings or earnings per share for Jubilant Foodworks or DP Eurasia, as appropriate.
Publication on website
This announcement will be published on Jubilant Foodworks' website and will be available at https://www.jubilantfoodworks.com/ as soon as practicable following the publication of this announcement. The content of the website is not incorporated into, and does not form part of, this announcement.
Market Abuse Regulation
The information contained within this announcement would have, prior to its release, constituted inside information as stipulated under Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No.596/2014 as incorporated into UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (together, "UK MAR"). Upon the publication of this announcement via a regulatory information service, this inside information will be considered to be in the public domain. For the purposes of UK MAR, the person responsible for arranging for the release of this information on behalf of Jubilant Foodworks is Ashish Goenka, Chief Financial Officer of Jubilant Foodworks.