Opfikon, October, 14, 2020; 06:45 MESZ
Publication of definitive interim result for Sunrise tender offer, UPC declares the public tender offer successful
Liberty Global plc ("Liberty Global") and its wholly-owned subsidiary UPC Schweiz GmbH ("UPC") announced today the definitive notice of the interim result of its public tender offer to acquire all publicly held shares of Sunrise Communications Group AG ("Sunrise") for CHF 110 per share per the offer prospectus of August 27, 2020.
At the expiration of the main offer period on October 8, 2020, 4 p.m. Swiss time, a total of 37,107,859 Sunrise shares had been tendered, corresponding to 81.98% of the voting rights and the share capital of Sunrise. The definitive interim results are available on https://www.nationalconnectivitychallenger.ch/for-investors.
UPC has declared the tender offer successful. The additional acceptance period of ten trading days for the subsequent acceptance of the tender offer will commence on October 15, 2020 and expire on October 28, 2020, 4 p.m. Swiss time. The tender offer is still subject to certain conditions, including regulatory approvals, as further described in the offer prospectus.
The extraordinary shareholders' meeting to be called by Sunrise in connection with the offer shall be held on or around November 9, 2020. Subject to satisfaction or waiver of the offer conditions not yet satisfied, settlement of the offer is expected to take place on November 11, 2020.
The Sunrise Communications Group AG (Sunrise; SWX: SRCG) is the leading challenger on the Swiss telecommunications market. Sunrise is the largest non-state-controlled telecommunications company in Switzerland, offering mobile, Internet, TV, and landline services to private and business customers. Sunrise offers the biggest and fastest 5G mobile network in Switzerland (connect magazine 1/2020). Sunrise is the 5G pioneer and was the first provider to introduce 5G in the beginning of April 2019. In July 2020, Sunrise covered already more than 554 cities/towns, offering the largest 5G network (3.5 GHz) in Switzerland and Europe. In addition to this, Sunrise offers the best geographic 4G/LTE coverage across more than 96% of Switzerland to 99.98% of the population. 4G+ coverage is approximately 84.5% of the Swiss population, with speeds of up to 900 Mbit/s. On the fixed side, Sunrise reaches approximately 85% of households in Switzerland with its fully invested network. The company offers the most advanced fiber technologies - such as vectoring, FTTS, FTTB, and FTTH - thanks to its long-term agreement with Swisscom, SFN, and local utilities. Sunrise has around 1,739 employees (full-time equivalents) as well as more than 137 apprentices - the highest share of apprentices (8.9%) in a Swiss-wide company ranking (SonntagsZeitung August 25, 2019).
About Liberty Global
Liberty Global (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK) is one of the world's leading converged video, broadband and communications companies, with operations in six European countries under the consumer brands Virgin Media, Telenet and UPC. We invest in the infrastructure and digital platforms that empower our customers to make the most of the digital revolution. Our substantial scale and commitment to innovation enable us to develop market-leading products delivered through next-generation networks that connect 11 million customers subscribing to 25 million TV, broadband internet and telephony services. We also serve 6 million mobile subscribers and offer WiFi service through millions of access points across our footprint. In addition, Liberty Global owns 50% of VodafoneZiggo, a joint venture in the Netherlands with 4 million customers subscribing to 10 million fixed-line and 5 million mobile services, as well as significant investments in ITV, All3Media, ITI Neovision, Lionsgate, the Formula E racing series and several regional sports networks.
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