Reference is made to the joint press release by Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) and Gemalto (Euronext Amsterdam and Paris: GTO) dated 27 March 2018 in relation to the launch of the recommended all-cash offer by Thales for all the issued and outstanding shares of Gemalto (the Offer), the publication of the Offer Document, and the joint press release of Thales and Gemalto dated 10 August 2018 in relation to the further extension of the Acceptance Period. Terms not defined in this press release will have the meaning as set forth in the Offer Document.
Thales and Gemalto announce today that Thales has decided to waive the Offer Condition with respect to the antitrust and foreign investment Regulatory Clearances in Russia1. Since all other Regulatory Clearances have been obtained, namely the antitrust clearances in Australia, China, the European Union, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, and the United States, and clearances relating to foreign investments in Australia, Canada and the United States (CFIUS), the Offer Condition with respect to Regulatory Clearances has now been fulfilled.
In accordance with the dispensation (ontheffing) granted by the AFM on 9 August 2018 and the joint press release of Thales and Gemalto dated 10 August 2018, Gemalto shareholders have now 2 full weeks to tender their shares to the Thales offer. The Acceptance Period shall end at 17:40 CET on Thursday 28 March 2019 (the Acceptance Closing Time).