Closure of public offer for remaining, publicly-held shares in Distriborg Groupe

Utrecht, February 13, 2009


The Executive Board of Royal Wessanen nv announces the closure of the public offer followed by a mandatory buy-out of the remaining 0.4% of the shares of Distriborg Groupe, initiated by its French subsidiary Wessanen France Holding. As a result, Wessanen France Holding now holds, directly or indirectly, 100% of the shares of Distriborg Groupe.

Following the buy-out, Distriborg Groupe’s shares were delisted from Euronext Paris (compartiment B) on February 9, 2009.

During the offer period, 1,475 of the 6,613 shares that were still in the market were presented. The remaining shares that have not been presented have been automatically transferred to Wessanen France Holding under the mandatory buy-out. The investors who did not present their shares may request the payment of the compensating amount, equal to EUR 157, in cash, per transferred Distriborg Groupe share, from the brokers of the public offer, CM-CIC Securities.

On September 1, 2008, Wessanen reached an agreement with Laboratoires Lehning to acquire all of their 159,667 shares in Distriborg Groupe, representing 9.92 % of Distriborg’s share capital. On October 17, 2008, Wessanen requested the suspension of trading in the shares of Distriborg Groupe in anticipation of a public offer for the remaining shares. This public offer was open from January 26, 2009, to February 6, 2009.

Executive Board Royal Wessanen nv
090213_Closure_public_offer_Distriborg_draft_NL.pdf (66 Kb)
090213_Closure_public_offer_Distriborg.pdf (66 Kb)

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