On 8 August 2014, Helvetia Holding AG (“Helvetia”) published a public tender offer in accordance with articles 22 et seq. of the Federal Stock Exchange and Securities Trading Act 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 offer period on 19 September 2014 4:00 p.m. CEST, a total of 13,761,055 Nationale Suisse Shares were tendered to Helvetia under the Offer, corresponding to 62.41 per cent of all Nationale Suisse Shares listed as per 8 August 2014 respectively 76.87 per cent of the 17,901,363 Nationale Suisse Shares, covered by the Offer (success rate). At the end of the offer period, the shareholding of Helvetia and the persons acting in concert with Helvetia, including the 4,148,637 Nationale Suisse Shares which were held by Helvetia and the persons acting in concert with Helvetia on 7 July 2014, amounts in the aggregate to 17,909,692 Nationale Suisse Shares corresponding to 81.22 per cent of the voting rights and the share capital of Nationale Suisse (percentage holding).
The present interim result is provisional. The definitive interim result will be published by Helvetia on 25 September 2014 in the print media.
By the end of the offer period, more shares were thus tendered to Helvetia than would have been necessary to achieve the 66.67percent of all outstanding Nationale Suisse Shares required for the Offer to conclude. Subject to further conditions according to section B.7 of the offer prospectus, Helvetia declares the Offer successful.
The additional acceptance period of 10 trading days for the subsequent acceptance of the Offer will start on 26 September 2014 and will end on 9 October 2014, 04:00 p.m. CEST. The settlement of the Offer is expected to take place on 20 October 2014.
Subject to the settlement of the Offer, it is intended that Helvetia will also acquire the 1,102,500 National Suisse Shares of Patria Genossenschaft, a person acting in concert with Helvetia, at the offer price.
The Offer is subject to the offer restrictions according to the offer prospectus.
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