“Bull’s decision to proceed to an early redemption of OCEANEs”
Paris, October 26, 2014
Atos SE has taken note of Bull's decision to proceed to an early redemption of its bonds, convertible into new shares and/or exchangeable for existing shares, issued on May 3rd, 2000, expiring on January 1st 2033 and remaining outstanding (ISIN FR0000181034 – the « OCEANEs »). The early redemption price is 15.08 euros per OCEANE.
Atos reminds that it made an amicable tender offer to acquire in particular Bull OCEANEs from June 27th, 2014 to July 31st, 2014 inclusive, which was reopened from August 25th to September 9th, pursuant to which it acquired 11,871 OCEANEs. The OCEANEs' tender offer price was 5.55 euros.
Considering Bull's decision to proceed to an early redemption of OCEANEs, Atos' Board of Directors decided that its forthcoming project to initiate a buyout offer followed by a squeeze-out would only concern Bull shares. Besides, this offer will be closed subsequently to the early redemption of OCEANEs.
Furthermore, Atos' Board of Directors decided to propose to the holders of OCEANEs who, as from the announcement of the tender offer (May 26th, 2014) sold their OCEANEs on the market, or tendered their OCEANEs to the offer, the possibility to receive an additional amount which will be determined depending on their respective situation and which terms and conditions will be detailed in a later press release. It is already agreed that the holders of OCEANEs who held these bonds prior to the announcement of the offer and who sold them on the market or tendered them to the tender offer will have the possibility to receive in cash an amount per OCEANE equivalent to the difference between the early redemption price and the tender offer price, i.e. amounting to 9.53 euros per OCEANE sold or tendered.
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