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The friendly tender offer has been launched by Network Related Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Orange, and targets all the shares of Business & Decision not held today directly or indirectly by Orange. On 26 June, the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF) gave its approval to the offer, which opens today and will close on 19 July, 2018.
This offer follows the acquisition on 5 June, 2018 of a 59.1% stake in Business & Decision from the Bensabat family (majority shareholders) at a price of 7.70 euros per share.
Prior to the launch of the offer, Orange owns directly or indirectly 62.7% of Business & Decision shares and 59.8% of its voting rights. In addition, Orange has a call option on the remaining 4.88% stake held by the Bensabat family.
If, at the end of the offer, the minority shareholders hold no more than 5% of the capital or the voting rights of Business & Decision, Orange will request a squeeze-out at the tender offer price of 7.93 euros per share.
Detailed presentations of the offer are available in French in the Information Note published by Network Related Services on Orange’s website (www.orange.com) and in the Response Note published on Business & Decision’s website (https://fr.group.businessdecision.com). Both documents are also available on the AMF website (www.amf-france.org).
Thierry Bonhomme, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Business & Decision