Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR
Takeover offer for Goldbach Group AG – Publication of Offer Prospectus (corrected version)
Zurich, 2 February 2018 – On Friday, as announced, the Swiss media group Tamedia published the detailed Offer Prospectus for the takeover of Goldbach Group AG (ISIN CH0004870942). Tamedia is offering CHF 35.50 for each share of Goldbach Group AG, less any dividend paid prior to settlement of the tender offer. The Offer period commences on Tuesday, 19 February and lasts until Tuesday, 20 March 2018 at 16:00 (instead of Friday, March 16, 2018) . There is a possibility that the Offer Period might be extended.
The Board of Directors of Goldbach Group AG is recommending that the shareholders accept the Offer. Dr. Beat Curti and Veraison Sicav, the two largest shareholders of the Goldbach Group, have promised to tender their shares to Tamedia. Dr. Beat Curti and companies controlled by him today hold 19.84 percent of the shares (excluding options) of Goldbach Group AG. Veraison Sicav, represented by Veraison Capital AG, holds 19.09 percent of the company's shares.
On 22 December 2017, the Swiss media group Tamedia announced its intention of acquiring the advertising marketing company Goldbach Group AG. Together, Tamedia and Goldbach intend to strengthen the Swiss advertising market and to develop their international offers, especially in Germany and Austria. With innovative forms of advertising, the partnership aims to meet the needs of advertising clients. The companies are also planning to expand the out-of-home advertising segment together with Neo Advertising AG, in which Tamedia will also acquire a majority interest.
Important Note: This notification does not constitute an offer to purchase securities of Goldbach Group AG. The text of the pre-announcement, the Offer prospectus and all information concerning the offer restrictions may be downloaded at www.tamedia.ch/goldbach