On 8 August 2014, Helvetia Holding AG («Helvetia») published a public tender offer in accordance with articles 22 et seq. of the Federal Act on Stock Exchange and Securities for all publicly held registered shares of Swiss National Insurance Company Ltd («Nationale Suisse») with a nominal value of CHF0.40 each (the «Nationale Suisse Shares») (the «offer»).
Until the expiration of the additional acceptance period at 4 p.m. CEST on 9 October 2014, a total of 17'083'622 Nationale Suisse Shares have been tendered to Helvetia under the offer, corresponding to 77.48 per cent of all Nationale Suisse Shares listed as per 8 August 2014 or 95.43 per cent of the 17,901,363 Nationale Suisse Shares, covered by the offer (success rate). At the end of the additional acceptance period, the shareholding of Helvetia and of the persons acting in coordination with Helvetia amounted to a total of 21'232'259 Nationale Suisse shares (including the 4,148,637 Nationale Suisse shares that Helvetia and the persons acting in coordination with Helvetia had held on 7July2014), corresponding to 96.29 percent of the voting rights and of the share capital of Nationale Suisse (percentage holding).
The responsible competition and insurance supervisory authorities have granted the necessary approvals for the acquisition of a substantial stake in Nationale Suisse.
With the exception of conditions (c), (g), (h) and (k) of the offer listed under B.7, which will apply until completion, all conditions of the offer have been fulfilled by the end of the additional acceptance period. The completion of the offer is expected to take place on 20 October 2014.
Helvetia intends, subject to the settlement of the Offer, to acquire the 1,102,500 Nationale Suisse-Shares held by Patria Genossenschaft, a person acting in coordination with Helvetia, at the offer price.
The offer is subject to the offer restrictions according to the offer prospectus.
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