EQT VII increases its shareholding to above 90 percent in IFS and prepares for compulsory squeeze-out

EQT VII [1] (”EQT”), through IGT Holding IV AB [2] (”IGT Holding”), on 7 December 2015 announced a mandatory cash offer to the shareholders in Industrial and Financial Systems, IFS Aktiebolag (publ) (”IFS”) to acquire all outstanding A- and B-shares in IFS at a price of SEK 362.50 per share. The offer was completed on 11 February 2016 at which time IGT Holding had reached an ownership of approximately 84 percent of all shares in IFS.

IGT Holding has now entered into an agreement with Elliott International L.P. and Elliott Associates L.P. (together “Elliott”) to acquire all Elliott’s shares in IFS. IGT Holding will thereby reach an ownership of approximately 97 percent of all shares in IFS. The acquisition of the shares from Elliott is made at a price of SEK 396.73 per share, regardless of share class.

Since IGT Holding holds shares representing more than 90 percent of the total number of shares in IFS, IGT Holding intends to commence compulsory squeeze out proceedings under the Swedish Companies Act to acquire all remaining shares in IFS. Relevant announcements regarding the squeeze out proceedings will be made by IFS when the squeeze out has been formally initiated by IGT Holding. In connection therewith, IGT Holding also intends to promote delisting of IFS’s shares from Nasdaq Stockholm.

Kerstin Danasten, press officer, EQT: +46 8 506 553 34, press@eqtpartners.com 

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[1] EQT VII comprises EQT VII (No.1) Limited Partnership, EQT VII (No.2) Limited Partnership (together the “Partnerships”) as well as certain co-investment schemes established to invest alongside the Partnerships. EQT Services (UK) Limited acts as the manager of the Partnerships and certain of the schemes, and is authorized and regulated by the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority.
[2] A company indirectly wholly owned by EQT

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