Utrecht, January 7, 2009
Wessanen requests suspension of trading of shares Distriborg Groupe
The Executive Board of Royal Wessanen nv announces that a proposed public offer
followed by a mandatory buyout offer on the remaining 6,613 (0.4%) shares of
Distriborg Groupe has been filed jointly by its French subsidiaries Wessanen
France Holding and Distriborg Groupe for approval by the French Market
The offer price has been fixed at EUR 157 per Distriborg Groupe’s share. Such
price has been judged fair by the Cabinet Ricol, Lasteyrie et Associés, acting
as independent expert. The Executive Board of Distriborg Groupe has otherwise
examined the proposed offer and has considered that the offer price proposed to
the minority shareholders is appropriate.
Distriborg Groupe’s shares will be delisted fom Euronext Paris (compartiment B)
on the trading day following the last day of the buyout offer, which is
expected to take place in the course of the second quarter of 2009.
On September 2, 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, it was requested to
suspend the trading of the shares of Distriborg Groupe S.A. in anticipation of
a public offer for the remaining shares.
Royal Wessanen nv
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