Prague, Czech Republic / Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 31, 2016 – Avast Software B.V. today announced the expiration of the subsequent offering period of its previously announced tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding ordinary shares of AVG Technologies N.V. (NYSE: AVG) for $25.00 in cash.
The subsequent offering period expired at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on October 28, 2016. The depositary for the tender offer has advised Avast that as of 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on October 28, 2016, 49,486,061 AVG ordinary shares, representing approximately 97.0% of the outstanding AVG ordinary shares, have been validly tendered pursuant to the tender offer, including shares tendered during the initial offering period. Avast immediately accepted for payment and has promptly paid (or will promptly pay) for all shares that were validly tendered during the subsequent offering period in the same form and amount as the offer consideration paid in the initial offering period.
On October 28, 2016 Avast filed a Notification of Removal from Listing and/or Registration under Section 12(b) of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (as amended, the “Exchange Act”) on Form 25, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to delist its shares from the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”). The delisting from the NYSE is expected to become effective 10 days after the filing date of the Form 25. AVG also intends to deregister its shares under the Exchange Act and to suspend its reporting obligations under the Exchange Act once it becomes eligible to do so upon satisfaction of the applicable requirements for deregistration.
Avast plans to initiate proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber of the Court of Appeal (the "Enterprise Court") in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to acquire AVG shares that were not tendered pursuant to the tender offer through the compulsory share acquisition process under Section 2:92a/2:201a of the Dutch Civil Code. In such a proceeding, the Enterprise Court will determine a cash price to be paid for the shares (which may be greater, equal to or less than the offer price). Avast will request the Enterprise Court to determine the squeeze-out price at the offer price ($25.00, or its equivalent in Euros).
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