Liberty Global is pleased to announce today that, during the mandatory reopening period of its voluntary public takeover bid for all the shares of Telenet Group Holding NV (Telenet) (the Offer) by its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Liberty Global Belgium Holding B.V. (the Offeror), which closed on 13 September 2023, it received acceptances for 3,164,944 Telenet shares*.
These acceptances, together with the Telenet shares already held by the Offeror and Telenet, represent 96.26% of the total shares issued by Telenet. Payment of the offer price for the Telenet shares tendered during the mandatory reopening period (EUR 21.00 per share after deduction of the EUR 1.00 gross dividend approved by Telenet’s ordinary general meeting of 26 April 2023 and paid on 5 May 2023) will take place on the payment date, 21 September 2023.
Following the payment date, the Offeror will reopen the Offer as a simplified squeeze-out bid** (the Simplified Squeeze-Out), subject to the same financial conditions as the Offer.
The Simplified Squeeze-Out will open at 9:00am CET on 22 September 2023 and will close at 4.00pm CET on 13 October 2023 (the Simplified Squeeze-Out Period). Shareholders who have not yet accepted the Offer will be able to accept the Offer during the Simplified Squeeze-Out Period. The results of the Simplified Squeeze-Out will be announced on or before 20 October 2023.
Shares not tendered by the end of the Simplified Squeeze-Out Period will be deemed to have automatically transferred to the Offeror at the end of the Simplified Squeeze-Out Period, and the funds required to pay the bid price for such nontendered shares will be deposited with the Deposit and Consignment Office. On 13 October 2023, at the end of the Simplified Squeeze-Out Period, all Telenet shares will be delisted from Euronext Brussels.
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*Including for 380,691 Telenet shares that are subject to lock-up provisions, with settlement only upon completion of the simplified squeeze-out.
**Squeeze-out pursuant to article 42 and 43 of the Royal Decree on public takeovers, i.e. following the Offer, the Offeror owning together with Telenet at least 95% of the shares of Telenet and acquiring, by acceptance of the Offer, at least 90% of the shares that are the subject of the Offer.