Publicis Groupe: Publicis Groupe / Omnicom: Press release
Omnicom and Publicis Groupe Announce Expiration of Hart-Scott-Rodino Act
New York and Paris, November 1, 2013 - Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) and
Publicis Groupe SA (Euronext Paris: FR0000130577) today announced that the
waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976,
as amended, ("HSR") has expired in connection with the previously announced
merger of Publicis Groupe and Omnicom.
The companies also announced the receipt of approvals from regulatory
authorities in Canada, India, and Turkey. These clearances follow previously
disclosed approvals in South Africa and South Korea.
The expiration of the HSR review period in the U.S. and the approvals received
in other jurisdictions satisfy some of the conditions necessary for the
transaction to close. The merger is also subject to additional global
regulatory approvals and approval by shareholders of both companies.
The proposed merger of Publicis Groupe and Omnicom will create a best-in-class
provider of communications, advertising, marketing, and digital services,
offering clients the industry's leading talent across disciplines and
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About Publicis Groupe
Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC 40] is one of the world's
leading communications groups. We offer the full range of services and skills:
digital (DigitasLBi, Razorfish, Rosetta, VivaKi), creative services (BBH, Leo
Burnett, Publicis Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi), public affairs, corporate
communications and events (MSLGROUP), media strategy, planning and buying
(Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia) and healthcare communications,
with Publicis Healthcare Communications Group (PHCG). Present in 108
countries, the Groupe employs 60,000 professionals.
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Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) is a leading global marketing and corporate
communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty
firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and
interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and
other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100
This communication contains forward-looking statements (including within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) concerning
Omnicom, Publicis, Publicis Omnicom Group, the proposed transactions and other
matters. These statements may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to
future plans, trends, events, results of operations or financial condition, or
otherwise, based on current beliefs of the management of Omnicom and Publicis
as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, such
management. Forward-looking statements may be accompanied by words such as
"aim," "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "could," "would," "should,"
"estimate," "expect," "forecast," "future," "guidance," "intend," "may,"
"will," "possible," "potential," "predict," "project" or similar words,
phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to
various risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside the parties'
control. Therefore, you should not place undue reliance on such statements.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the
forward-looking statements include failure to obtain applicable regulatory or
shareholder approvals in a timely manner or otherwise; failure to satisfy
other closing conditions to the proposed transactions; risks that the new
businesses will not be integrated successfully or that the combined companies
will not realize estimated cost savings, value of certain tax assets,
synergies and growth or that such benefits may take longer to realize than
expected; failure to realize anticipated benefits of the combined operations;
risks relating to unanticipated costs of integration; losses on media
purchases and production costs incurred on behalf of clients; reductions in
client spending, a slowdown in client payments and changes in client
communication requirements; failure to manage potential conflicts of interest
between or among clients; unanticipated changes relating to competitive
factors in the advertising and marketing industries; ability to hire and
retain key personnel; ability to successfully integrate the companies'
businesses; the potential impact of announcement or consummation of the
proposed transactions on relationships with third parties, including clients,
employees and competitors; ability to attract new clients and retain existing
clients in the manner anticipated; reliance on and integration of information
technology systems; changes in legislation or governmental regulations
affecting the companies; international, national or local economic, social or
political conditions that could adversely affect the companies or their
clients; conditions in the credit markets; risks associated with assumptions
the parties make in connection with the parties' critical accounting estimates
and legal proceedings; and the parties' international operations, which are
subject to the risks of currency fluctuations and foreign exchange controls.
The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider
the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties that affect the
parties' businesses, including those described in Omnicom's Annual Report on
Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and
other documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange
Commission (the "SEC") and those described in Publicis's annual reports,
registration documents and other documents filed from time to time with the
French financial market regulator (Autorité des Marchés Financiers or "AMF").
Except as required under applicable law, the parties do not assume any
obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
NO OFFER OR SOLICITATION
This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell
or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy or an invitation to
purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote in
any jurisdiction pursuant to the proposed transactions or otherwise, nor shall
there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in
contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except
by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the
Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and applicable European regulations.
Subject to certain exceptions to be approved by the relevant regulators or
certain facts to be ascertained, the public offer will not be made directly or
indirectly, in or into any jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a
violation of the laws of such jurisdiction, or by use of the mails or by any
means or instrumentality (including without limitation, facsimile
transmission, telephone and the internet) of interstate or foreign commerce,
or any facility of a national securities exchange, of any such jurisdiction.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC
Publicis Omnicom Group will file with the SEC a registration statement on Form
S-4, which will include the proxy statement of Omnicom that also constitutes a
prospectus of Publicis Omnicom Group (the "proxy statement/prospectus").
INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY
STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC,
IN THEIR ENTIRETY CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL
CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OMNICOM, PUBLICIS, PUBLICIS OMNICOM GROUP,
THE PROPOSED TRANSACTIONS AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and shareholders will
be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and other
documents filed with the SEC by the parties through the website maintained by
the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and shareholders will be able
to obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents
filed with the SEC by the parties by contacting Corporate Secretary, Omnicom
Group Inc., 437 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022, (212) 415-3600 (for
documents filed with the SEC by Omnicom) or Investor Relations, 133 avenue des
Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris, France, +33 (0) 1 44 43 65 00 (for documents
filed with the SEC by Publicis or Publicis Omnicom Group).
IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE IN AN AFM APPROVED
Publicis Omnicom Group will make publicly available a prospectus, approved by
the Dutch financial markets regulator (Stichting Autoriteit Financiële Markten
or "AFM"), with respect to the issuance of new shares as a result of the
proposed transactions and their admission to trading on a regulated market in
the European Union (including any supplement thereto, the "Admission
Prospectus"). The Admission Prospectus will be passported by the AFM to the
AMF with a view to the admission of Publicis Omnicom Group shares to listing
on Euronext Paris. INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE ADMISSION
PROSPECTUS, AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS, IN THEIR ENTIRETY CAREFULLY WHEN
THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT
PUBLICIS, OMNICOM, PUBLICIS OMNICOM GROUP, THE PROPOSED TRANSACTIONS AND
RELATED MATTERS. Investors and shareholders will be able to obtain free copies
of the Admission Prospectus from Publicis Omnicom Group on Publicis's website
at www.publicisgroupe.com or by contacting Investor Relations, 133 avenue des
Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris, France, +33 (0) 1 44 43 65 00.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR PUBLICIS SHAREHOLDERS
Publicis will prepare a report to be made available in connection with the
Publicis meeting of shareholders called to approve the proposed transactions
(the "Report").INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE REPORT, AND
OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS TO BE FILED WITH THE AMF, IN THEIR ENTIRETY CAREFULLY
WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION
ABOUT PUBLICIS, OMNICOM, PUBLICIS OMNICOM GROUP, THE PROPOSED TRANSACTIONS AND
RELATED MATTERS. Investors and shareholders will be able to obtain free copies
of the Report from Publicis on its website at www.publicisgroupe.com or by
contacting Investor Relations, 133 avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris,
France, +33 (0) 1 44 43 65 00.
NO EEA PROSPECTUS UNTIL ADMISSION PROSPECTUS
No prospectus is required under the European Economic Area Prospectus
Directive 2003/71/EC, as amended and as transposed in Dutch and French law,
and no such prospectus or document will be made available until the Admission
Prospectus is made available.
PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION
Omnicom, Publicis and Publicis Omnicom Group and their respective directors
and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of
proxies from the shareholders of Omnicom in respect of the proposed
transactions contemplated by the proxy statement/prospectus. Information
regarding the persons who are, under the rules of the SEC, participants in the
solicitation of the shareholders of Omnicom in connection with the proposed
transactions, including a description of their direct or indirect interests,
by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the proxy
statement/prospectus when it is filed with the SEC. Information regarding
Omnicom's directors and executive officers is contained in Omnicom's Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and its Proxy
Statement on Schedule 14A, dated April 11, 2013, which are filed with the SEC.
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