Silver Lake secures majority of shares in Software AG
The planned deepened strategic partnership between Software AG and Silver Lake has reached an important milestone. Mosel Bidco SE, a holding company controlled by funds managed or advised by Silver Lake, announced today that the total number of Software AG shares for which its voluntary public tender offer has been accepted plus the total number of Software AG shares held by Silver Lake (including shares for which Silver Lake has entered into agreements to acquire such shares) amounts to 46,946,036 Software AG shares at the end of the acceptance period on June 28, 2023. This corresponds to approximately 63.44 percent of the share capital of Software AG.
Sanjay Brahmawar, Software AG CEO, commented: “Silver Lake becoming our majority shareholder is an important milestone for our business and will enable us to accelerate the execution of our strategy, as we transition to a cloud first business and intensify our focus on the cloud application and data integration market. The Management Team and I are confident that Silver Lake’s ownership is in the best interests of all Software AG stakeholders and are excited by what we can achieve in the future.”
Pursuant to section 16 of the German Securities Acquisition and Takeover Act (WpÜG), shareholders who have not yet tendered their shares can still accept the offer at the offer price of €32.00 per share during an additional acceptance period of two weeks. This commences on July 4, 2023 and ends on July 17, 2023, 24:00 hrs (CEST).
The completion of the offer remains subject to regulatory clearances. Closing of the transaction is expected in the fourth quarter of 2023.
About Software AG
Software AG simplifies the connected world. Founded in 1969, it helps deliver the experiences that employees, partners and customers now expect. Its technology creates the digital backbone that integrates applications, devices, data and clouds; empowers streamlined processes; and connects “things” like sensors, devices and machines. It helps 10,000+ organizations to become a truly connected enterprise and make smarter decisions, faster. The Company has about 5,000 employees across more than 70 countries and annual Group revenue of more than €950 million.
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This document is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell securities. The terms and conditions for the voluntary public takeover offer for the outstanding ordinary shares (including ordinary shares represented by American depositary receipts) of Software AG (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, the “Software AG Group”) have been published on the internet at www.offer-2023.com.
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