STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN--(Marketwire - Jan 30, 2013) - This is a joint press release by LBi International N.V. ("LBi") and Publicis Groupe S.A. ("Publicis Groupe") pursuant to the provisions of Article 17, paragraphs 3 and 4, and Article 13, paragraph 1 of the Dutch Public Takeover Decree (Besluit openbare biedingen Wft) (the "Takeover Decree") in connection with the recommended public offer by Publicis Groupe, through its indirectly wholly owned subsidiary, Publicis Groupe Holdings B.V., for all the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of LBi.
This press release does not constitute or form part of an offer for shares in LBi. The Offer is made only by means of the offer document published on 12 November 2012 (the "Offer Document"). The Offer was declared unconditional on 15 January 2013. The Post Acceptance Period expired at 17:40 hours CET on 29 January 2013.
Digital copies of the Offer Document are available on the website of LBi (www.lbi.com) and Publicis Groupe (www.publicisgroupe.com). Copies of the Offer Document are also available free of charge at the offices of Publicis Groupe, the Offeror, the Settlement Agent, the Swedish Settlement Agent and LBi at the addresses mentioned below. The Publicis Groupe and LBi websites do not constitute a part of, and are not incorporated by reference into, the Offer Document.
Terms not defined in this press release will have the meaning as set forth in the Offer Document.
The Offer is made for the securities of a Dutch company and is subject to Dutch disclosure requirements, which are different from those of the United States.
Please note that, to the extent permissible under applicable law or regulation, the Offeror and its affiliates or brokers (acting as agents for the Offeror) may, from time to time, and other than pursuant to the Offer, directly or indirectly purchase, or arrange to purchase, shares in LBi that are the subject of the Offer or any securities that are convertible into, exchangeable for or exercisable for such shares. To the extent information about such purchases or arrangements to purchase is made public in The Netherlands, such information will be disclosed by means of a press release or other means reasonably calculated to inform shareholders of LBi of such information.
This press release may not be published, distributed, disseminated or otherwise sent into Japan or Canada.
With reference to the joint press releases of Publicis Groupe [EURONEXT Paris: FR0000130577] and LBi [NYSE EURONEXT Amsterdam: LBI], issued on 20 September 2012, 9 October 2012, 12 November 2012 and 15 January 2013, respectively, Publicis Groupe Holdings B.V. ("Publicis Groupe Holdings" or the "Offeror"), an indirectly wholly owned subsidiary of Publicis Groupe, and LBi hereby jointly announce that including Shares tendered during the Post Acceptance Period and Shares purchased today the Offeror holds 95.41% of all the issued and outstanding shares in LBi.
During the Post Acceptance Period, which ended at 17:40 hours CET on 29 January 2013, 1,049,998 Shares have been tendered for acceptance under the Offer, representing a value of EUR 2,992,494.
In the course of today, Publicis Groupe has acquired 7,106 shares in LBi at a volume weighted average price of approximately EUR 2.85 per share, a minimum price of EUR 2.85 and a maximum price of EUR 2.85 per share.
The shares in LBi owned by the Offeror after 29 January 2013, together with the shares in LBi tendered under the Offer during the Post Acceptance Period, representing a total of 143,362,826 shares in LBi, represent approximately 95.41% of all the issued and outstanding shares in LBi.
Disregarding shares in LBi held by LBi after settlement of the Offer, the total of shares in LBi owned by Publicis Groupe and shares in LBi tendered under the Offer during the Post Acceptance Period represents approximately 98%2 of the shares in LBi.
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About Publicis Groupe
Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, part of the CAC 40 index] is the third largest communications group in the world, offering the full range of services and skills: digital (Digitas, Razorfish, Rosetta, VivaKi), traditional advertising (BBH, Leo Burnett, Publicis Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi), public affairs, corporate communications and events (MSLGROUP), media buying and strategy (Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia) and specialized communications with PHCG (Publicis Healthcare Communications Group). Present in 104 countries, the Groupe employs 56,000 professionals.
Viva la Difference !
LBi International N.V. [NYSE Euronext Amsterdam: LBI] is Europe's largest independent marketing and technology agency, blending insight, media, creativity and technical expertise to create value for brands. Headquartered in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), the company has operations in 16 countries and a staff of approximately 2,200. As a marketing and technology agency, LBi offers services to brands and (clients) to help them engage with their customers through digital channels across a wide spectrum of their points of engagement, from initial awareness of the brand, through direct interaction with the services or products offered by the brand, to on-going relationships with the brand. LBi offers a suite of services that are designed to help its clients attract, engage and manage customers, more effectively. This full service offering combines analytical, direct marketing and digital competences, which means that they are able to develop big creative ideas in the digital space, build and manage complex transactional websites, run complex CRM programmes and even handle the media buying, planning and electronic public relations for blue chip companies.
Publicis Groupe S.A. ? final results public offer for LBi: http://hugin.info/86897/R/1674038/545050.pdf
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