INFORMATION MEMORANDUM FOR THE VOLUNTARY TENDER OFFER BY SAZKA Group a.s. (Greek)
INFORMATION MEMORANDUM FOR THE VOLUNTARY TENDER OFFER BY SAZKA Group a.s. (English)
Possible acquisition (the Offer) for all common voting shares of the Greek société anonyme under the corporate name “Greek Organisation of Football Prognostics S.A. / ΟΡΓΑΝΙΣΜΟΣ ΠΡΟΓΝΩΣΤΙΚΩΝ ΑΓΩΝΩΝ ΠΟΔΟΣΦΑΙΡΟΥ Α.E.”, doing business under the name “OPAP S.A.” (“OPAP”) by SAZKA Group a.s. (“SAZKA”)
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The Information contained in this Microsite is subject to, and must be read in conjunction with, all other publicly available information and, where relevant any further disclosure document(s) published by SAZKA and/or OPAP and/or Citi acting as Financial Adviser to SAZKA pursuant to Article 12(2) of Greek Law 3461/2006 .
Citi, which is authorised by the PRA and regulated in the UK by the FCA and the PRA, is acting exclusively as financial adviser to SAZKA and no one else in connection with the Offer and shall not be responsible to anyone other than SAZKA for providing the protections afforded to clients of Citi nor for providing advice in connection with the Offer, the contents of this Microsite, and the Information. Neither Citi 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 Citi in connection with the contents of this Microsite, the Information and the Offer.
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Important information for US investors
The materials do not constitute an offer to acquire or exchange securities in the United States. The Offer relates to the shares of a Greek company in the form of a société anonyme subject to Greek Law 4548/2018 and is made through the launch of a tender offer governed by Greek Law 3461/2006 on takeover bids. The Offer is not subject to the tender offer rules or the proxy solicitation rules under the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the US Exchange Act). Accordingly, the Offer is subject to the disclosure requirements and practices applicable in Greece to takeover bids which differ from the disclosure requirements of US tender offer and proxy solicitation rules.
The financial information included in certain documents contained in this Microsite has been prepared in accordance with non-US accounting standards, and thus may not be comparable to financial information of US companies or companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.
In accordance with normal practice and pursuant to Rule 14e-5(b) of the US Exchange Act, SAZKA, its nominees, or its brokers (acting as agents), may from time to time make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, OPAP shares outside the United States, other than pursuant to the Offer, until the date on which the Offer becomes effective, lapses or is otherwise withdrawn. These purchases may occur either in the open market at prevailing prices or in private transactions at negotiated prices. Any information about such purchases will be disclosed as required in the Greek Law 3461/2006 on takeover bids, will be reported to the Hellenic Capital Markets Commission (HCMC) and available on the Daily Official List of the Athens Stock Exchange (ATHEX).
The receipt of consideration pursuant to any offer by a US holder of OPAP 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 OPAP shareholder is urged to consult his independent professional adviser immediately regarding the tax consequences of accepting the offer. Furthermore, the payment and settlement procedure with respect to the offer will comply with the relevant Greek rules, which differ from the United States payment and settlement procedures, particularly with regard to the date of payment of consideration.
The materials contained in this Microsite do not constitute an offer of securities for sale in the United States. No offer to acquire securities or to exchange securities for other securities has been made, or will be made, directly or indirectly, in or into, or by the use of the mails of, or by any means or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce or any facilities of a national securities exchange of, the United States or any other country in which such offer may not be made other than: (i) in accordance with the tender offer requirements under the US Exchange Act, or the securities laws of such other country, as the case may be, or: (ii) pursuant to an available exemption from such requirements.
Neither the US Securities and Exchange Commission nor any US state securities commission has approved or disapproved any offer, or passed comment upon the adequacy or completeness of any of the Information contained in this Microsite. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.
This Microsite may contain certain forward-looking statements with respect to the Offer and the financial condition, results of operations and business of, OPAP or SAZKA and certain plans and objectives of SAZKA with respect to them. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. The words "anticipate", "target", "expect", "estimate", "intend", "plan", "goal", "believe", "hope", "aims", "continue", "will", "may", "should", "would", "could" and similar expressions (or their negative), among others, generally identify forward-looking statements.
These forward-looking statements may include statements regarding the business, financial condition and results of operations regarding SAZKA and OPAP, as well as the expected characteristics of the enlarged group and expected benefits of the Offer. The forward-looking statements in the Information are based on numerous assumptions regarding SAZKA’s and OPAP’ present and future business strategies and the environment in which SAZKA and OPAP will operate in the future. Forward-looking statements involve inherent known and unknown risks, uncertainties and contingencies because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future (including that there cannot be certainty that the Offer will be made and/or complete) and may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of SAZKA and/or OPAP to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond SAZKA’s and/or OPAP’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as future market conditions, currency fluctuations, the behaviour of other market participants, the actions of regulators and other factors such as changes in the relevant political, social and regulatory frameworks or in economic or technological trends or conditions. Past performance should not be taken as an indication or guarantee of future results, and no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made regarding future performance. Citi expressly disclaims any obligation or responsibility in respect of any such statements, including (without limitation) any obligation or undertaking to release any updates or revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect any change in the expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based, except as required by applicable law or regulation. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they were made.
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