Alma Media: Announcement pursuant to the Securities Act, Chapter 2, Section 10

Alma Media Corporation   Stock Exchange Release 2 July 2009 at 17.05
 
ALMA MEDIA: ANNOUNCEMENT PURSUANT TO THE SECURITIES ACT, CHAPTER 2, SECTION 10
 
Alma Media Corporation has today received flagging notices from Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, Ilkka-Yhtymä Oyj and Kaleva Kustannus Oy. In accordance with the notices, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) (Helsinki Branch) will sell in total 11,958,000 Alma Media shares for Ilkka-Yhtymä Oyj and Kaleva Kustannus Oy.
 
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) (Helsinki Branch), later also "SEB", states in its notice as follows:
 
"Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) Helsinki Branch (business identity code 0985469-4) has today entered into share sale and purchase agreements with Ilkka-Yhtymä Oyj and with Kaleva Kustannus Oy, respectively, regarding the sale of an aggregate of 11,958,000 shares in Alma Media Corporation held by SEB (the "Shares"). The sale of the Shares is conditional upon the approval by Ilkka-Yhtymä Oyj's Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on 10 August 2009 of an authorization to issue new shares in the company as well as certain technical amendments to the company's Articles of Association (the "Condition"). Upon the fulfilment of the Condition the sale of the Shares will be executed immediately after the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders of Ilkka-Yhtymä Oyj. Should the Condition not be fulfilled, the sale of the Shares will expire.
 
Further, if between the signing and execution of the sale and purchase of the Shares a third party makes an offer to purchase all of the shares in Alma Media Corporation for a price that is substantially higher than the purchase price agreed for the Shares and provided also that certain other conditions agreed by the parties are fulfilled, the sale and purchase of the Shares may be withdrawn on certain agreed conditions.
 
For the event that an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders in Alma Media Corporation is convened so that the record date set for attendance to such meeting occurs after the Condition being fulfilled but before the settlement of the sale of the Shares, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) Helsinki Branch has undertaken, under certain conditions, to vote in accordance with the reasonable instructions of Ilkka-Yhtymä Oyj and Kaleva Kustannus Oy, respectively, in such meeting.
 
The holding of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) Helsinki Branch in the share capital and voting rights of Alma Media Corporation will fall below 1/20 (5 %) if the sale of the Shares will be completed."
 
Ilkka-Yhtymä Oyj has, according to the company's notice, on July 1, 2009 entered a conditional agreement with Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) Helsinki Branch ("SEB") regarding the purchase of an aggregate of 7,500,000 shares in Alma Media Corporation.
 
Further, it is stated in the notice given by Ilkka-Yhtymä, that:
 
"The agreed purchase of Alma Media shares is conditional upon the approval of Ilkka-Yhtymä Oyj's Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on August 10, 2009 of an authorisation to issue new shares in the company in connection with the refinancing, as well as certain technical amendments to the company's Articles of Association (the "Condition"). Upon the fulfilment of the Condition the purchase of the Shares will be executed immediately after the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders of Ilkka-Yhtymä Oyj. Should the Condition not be fulfilled, the purchase of the Shares will expire. A separate announcement of the execution of the purchase will be released after the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders.
 
Further, the agreement includes certain additional conditions relating to the time period between the signing and execution of the sale and purchase of the Shares, including the condition that in case, during the said period, a third party makes an offer to all Alma Media shareholders to purchase all of the shares in Alma Media Corporation for a price that is substantially higher than the purchase price agreed for the Shares and provided also that certain other conditions agreed by the parties are fulfilled, the sale and purchase of the Shares may be withdrawn on certain agreed conditions. For the event that an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders in Alma Media Corporation is convened so that the record date set for attendance to such meeting occurs after the execution but before the settlement of the purchase of the Shares, the seller has undertaken to vote in accordance with the reasonable instructions of the buyer in such meeting.
 
Ilkka-Yhtymä Oyj has received information that Kaleva Kustannus Oy has today also signed an agreement with SEB regarding 4,458,000 shares in Alma Media Corporation, this agreement being conditional upon the fulfilment of the agreement between Ilkka-Yhtymä and SEB. For the record it is noted that no agreements or arrangements exist between Ilkka-Yhtymä Oyj and Kaleva Kustannus Oy regarding the shares in Alma Media Corporation."
 
Kaleva Kustannus Oy has, according to the company's notice, on July 1, 2009 entered a conditional agreement with Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) Helsinki Branch ("SEB") regarding the purchase of an aggregate of 4,458,000 shares in Alma Media Corporation.
 
Further, it is stated in the notice given by Kaleva Kustannus Oy, that:
 
"Kaleva Kustannus Oy has received information that Ilkka-Yhtymä Oyj has today also signed an agreement with SEB regarding 7,500,000 shares in Alma Media Corporation. The purchase of the shares in Alma Media Corporation agreed between Kaleva Kustannus Oy and SEB, the subject of this flagging notice, is conditional upon the fulfilment of the purchase agreement between Ilkka-Yhtymä and SEB. Upon the fulfilment of the Condition the purchase of the Shares agreed between Kaleva Kustannus Oy and SEB will be executed immediately on August 10, 2009 in the Stock Exchange. Should the Condition not be fulfilled, the purchase of the Shares will expire.
 
Further, the agreement includes certain additional conditions relating to the time period between the signing and execution of the sale and purchase of the Shares, including the condition that in case, during the said period, a third party makes on offer to all Alma Media shareholders to purchase all of the shares in Alma Media Corporation for a price that is substantially higher than the purchase price agreed for the Shares and provided also that certain other conditions agreed by the parties are fulfilled, one possible alternative is that the sale and purchase of the Shares may be withdrawn on certain agreed conditions. The agreement further states that the seller has undertaken to vote in accordance with the reasonable instructions of the buyer in the event that an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders in Alma Media Corporation is convened so that the record date set for attendance to such meeting occurs after the execution but before the settlement of the purchase of the Shares.
 
For the record it is noted that no agreements or arrangements exist between Kaleva Kustannus Oy and Ilkka-Yhtymä Oyj regarding Alma Media Corporation."
 
Provided that the share transactions will materialize in accordance with the agreed conditions, the shareholdings of the parties would be as follows:
 
Holding, shares
% of all shares and votes
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) Helsinki Branch
0
0
Ilkka-Yhtymä Oyj
15,218,991
20.40%
Kaleva Kustannus Oy
 4,458,000
 5.97%
 
The share capital of Alma Media Corporation (business identity code 1944757-4) is EUR 44,767,513.80 and it is divided into 74,612,523 shares. The company has one series of shares. Each share entitles to one voting right. The total number of voting rights is 74,612,523.
 
 
ALMA MEDIA CORPORATION
Rauno Heinonen
Vice President, Corporate Communications and IR
 
 
For further information, please contact:
Kai Telanne, President and CEO, tel. +358 400 623 169
 
 
Distribution:
NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Oy
Main media
 
 
Alma Media in brief
 
Alma Media is a profitably growing and internationally expanding company that invests in the future of newspapers and online media. Its best known products are the Aamulehti, Iltalehti, Kauppalehti and Etuovi.com.

Net sales in 2008 totalled EUR 341 million and the operating margin was over 14%. The company's share is listed in the Mid Cap segment of the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. Please visit www.almamedia.com for further information.
 
  • Date: 2.7.2009, 19:05
  • News type: Stock exchange release

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