Marine Harvest ASA : MHG - WILL CHANGE CONDITIONS FOR VOLUNTARY OFFER
Reference is made to the announcement of 30 April regarding our intention to
launch a voluntary offer for the shares in Cermaq ASA. As Marine Harvest has
made clear, the condition for launching such offer is that the Annual General
Meeting of Cermaq turns down the proposals relating to the Copeinca
Given the very positive reaction from the private shareholders of Cermaq to a
bid being launched, Marine Harvest will remove the previously announced
condition that our bid for Cermaq will require acceptance for the sale of the
government's shares. Instead, we will implement a condition of acceptance from
33.4 per cent of all shareholders. Marine Harvest sees it as unfortunate if
the government's previously announced support of the Copeinca transaction
should prevent other Cermaq shareholders from considering a bid for the
If the Annual General Meeting of Cermaq votes down the Copeinca transaction,
the private shareholders will be able to consider, accept and have settled an
offer from Marine Harvest, without reference to the actions of the Government.
If the Annual General General Meeting votes in favour of the Copeinca
transaction, Marine Harvest will divest its shares in Cermaq and focus on its
further organic development.
Prior to the announcement 30 April, Marine Harvest was informed that the Board
of Cermaq, the Norwegian Government and the Norwegian State Pension Fund, had
all entered into legal agreements committing them to support the Copeinca
The Norwegian Parliament has in a resolution of 14 May approved the proposal
of the government to vote in favour of the Copeinca transaction. This should
be read in the context of the above; and is in line with the requests the
government has made in order to be able to fulfill its prior obligations.
This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section
5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.
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