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RNS Number : 9770E
Kirkbi Invest A/S
09 July 2019
 

FORM 8 (OPD)

 

PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE BY A PARTY TO AN OFFER

Rules 8.1 and 8.2 of the Takeover Code (the "Code")

 

1.         KEY INFORMATION

 

(a) Full name of discloser:

Berkeley Bidco Limited

(b) Owner or controller of interests and short positions disclosed, if different from 1(a):

     The naming of nominee or vehicle companies is insufficient.  For a trust, the trustee(s), settlor and beneficiaries must be named.

KIRKBI Invest A/S

 

Funds advised by Blackstone Core Equity Partners

 

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (''CPPIB'')

(c) Name of offeror/offeree in relation to whose relevant securities this form relates:

     Use a separate form for each offeror/offeree

OFFEREE - Merlin Entertainments plc

(d) Is the discloser the offeror or the offeree?

OFFEROR

(e) Date position held:

     The latest practicable date prior to the disclosure

9 July 2019

(f)  In addition to the company in 1(c) above, is the discloser making disclosures in respect of any other party to the offer?

     If it is a cash offer or possible cash offer, state "N/A"

N/A

 

 

2.         POSITIONS OF THE PARTY TO THE OFFER MAKING THE DISCLOSURE

 

If there are positions or rights to subscribe to disclose in more than one class of relevant securities of the offeror or offeree named in 1(c), copy table 2(a) or (b) (as appropriate) for each additional class of relevant security.

 

(a)        Interests and short positions in the relevant securities of the offeror or offeree to which the disclosure relates

 

Class of relevant security:

 

Ordinary shares of £0.01 each in the capital of Merlin Entertainments plc

 

 

Interests

Short positions

Number

%

Number

%

(1) Relevant securities owned and/or controlled:

Nil

-

Nil

-

(2) Cash-settled derivatives:

 

Nil

-

Nil

-

(3) Stock-settled derivatives (including options) and agreements to purchase/sell:

Nil

-

Nil

-

 

     TOTAL:

Nil

-

Nil

-

 

All interests and all short positions should be disclosed.

 

Details of any open stock-settled derivative positions (including traded options), or agreements to purchase or sell relevant securities, should be given on a Supplemental Form 8 (Open Positions).

 

Details of any securities borrowing and lending positions or financial collateral arrangements should be disclosed on a Supplemental Form 8 (SBL).

 

(b)        Rights to subscribe for new securities

 

Class of relevant security in relation to which subscription right exists:

None.

Details, including nature of the rights concerned and relevant percentages:

None.

 

 

3.         POSITIONS OF PERSONS ACTING IN CONCERT WITH THE PARTY TO THE OFFER MAKING THE DISCLOSURE

 

Details of any interests, short positions and rights to subscribe (including directors' and other employee options) of any person acting in concert with the party to the offer making the disclosure:

 

 

(a)        Interests in ordinary shares of Merlin Entertainments plc held by concert parties of Berkeley Bidco Limited.

 

Class of relevant security:

Ordinary shares of £0.01 each in the capital of Merlin Entertainments plc

Concert party

Number of ordinary shares

Percentage of total issued share capital (%)(1)

KIRKBI Invest A/S

302,971,529

29.58%


Notes:

(1) Based on 1,024,072,449 shares in issue as at the date of this form.

 

 

(b)        Interests in cash settled swaps referenced to ordinary shares of Merlin Entertainments plc held by concert parties of Berkeley Bidco Limited.

 

Concert party

Counterparty

Reference amount of Merlin Entertainments plc shares

Termination date

Reference price (GBP)

CPPIB

UBS AG, London Branch

157,987

27/11/2019

3.4396

CPPIB

UBS AG, London Branch

131,206

27/11/2019

3.4505

CPPIB

UBS AG, London Branch

178,869

24/10/2019

3.5215

CPPIB

UBS AG, London Branch

127,326

24/10/2019

3.5401

CPPIB

UBS AG, London Branch

122,089

27/11/2019

3.5112

CPPIB

UBS AG, London Branch

83,551

24/10/2019

3.5054

CPPIB

Société Générale

36,515

18/09/2019

3.6396

CPPIB

Société Générale

36,515

18/09/2019

3.5462

CPPIB

Société Générale

37,623

18/09/2019

3.6269

CPPIB

Société Générale

5,023

18/09/2019

3.4726

CPPIB

Société Générale

5,023

18/09/2019

3.3933

 

Details of any open stock-settled derivative positions (including traded options), or agreements to purchase or sell relevant securities, should be given on a Supplemental Form 8 (Open Positions).

 

Details of any securities borrowing and lending positions or financial collateral arrangements should be disclosed on a Supplemental Form 8 (SBL).

 

 

4.         OTHER INFORMATION

 

(a)        Indemnity and other dealing arrangements

 

Details of any indemnity or option arrangement, or any agreement or understanding, formal or informal, relating to relevant securities which may be an inducement to deal or refrain from dealing entered into by the party to the offer making the disclosure or any person acting in concert with it:

Irrevocable commitments and letters of intent should not be included. If there are no such agreements, arrangements or understandings, state "none"

 

None.

 

 

(b)        Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives

 

Details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding, formal or informal, between the party to the offer making the disclosure, or any person acting in concert with it, and any other person relating to:

(i)  the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option; or

(ii) the voting rights or future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to which any derivative is referenced:

If there are no such agreements, arrangements or understandings, state "none"

 

None.

 

 

(c)        Attachments

 

Are any Supplemental Forms attached?

 

Supplemental Form 8 (Open Positions)

NO

Supplemental Form 8 (SBL)

NO

 

 

Date of disclosure:

9 July 2019

Contact name:

Olivia Higgs

Telephone number:

+44 (0)20 7006 4297

 

Public disclosures under Rule 8 of the Code must be made to a Regulatory Information Service. 

 

The Panel's Market Surveillance Unit is available for consultation in relation to the Code's disclosure requirements on +44 (0)20 7638 0129.

 

The Code can be viewed on the Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk.

 


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