Redwood City, California / Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 21, 2016—Avast Software B.V. today announced that it has received written confirmation from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) that CFIUS has completed its review of Avast’s proposed acquisition of AVG Technologies N.V. (NYSE: AVG) and determined that there are no unresolved national security concerns with respect to such acquisition. As previously announced, the United States Federal Trade Commission granted early termination of the waiting period applicable to the tender offer under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office granted clearance of the tender offer, and the required waiting period under the Austrian Cartel Act expired. As a result, all requisite antitrust and regulatory approvals in connection with Avast’s pending tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding ordinary shares of AVG for $25.00 in cash have been obtained.
Avast expects to complete the tender offer promptly following the expiration of the tender offer, which is currently scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on September 29, 2016, subject to the satisfaction of the other conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase dated July 29, 2016, as amended.
Avast Software (www.avast.com), maker of the most trusted mobile and PC security in the world, protects 230 million people and businesses with its security applications. In business for over 25 years, Avast is one of the early innovators in the security business, with a portfolio that includes security and privacy products for PC, Mac, Android and iOS, and premium suites and services for business. In addition to being top-ranked by consumers on popular download portals worldwide, Avast is certified by, among others, VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, OPSWAT, ICSA Labs, and West Coast Labs. Avast is backed by leading global private equity firms CVC Capital Partners and Summit Partners.
About AVG (NYSE: AVG)
AVG is the leading provider of software services to secure devices, data and people. AVG’s award-winning consumer portfolio includes internet security, performance optimization, location services, data controls and insights, and privacy and identity protection, for mobile devices and desktops. The award-winning AVG Business portfolio, delivered through a global partner network, provides cloud security and remote monitoring and management (RMM) solutions that protect small and medium businesses around the world. For more information visit www.avg.com.
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This press release does not constitute an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities of AVG. The solicitation and offer to purchase ordinary shares of AVG is being made pursuant to a tender offer statement on Schedule TO, including an Offer to Purchase, a related letter of transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, filed by Avast with the SEC on July 29, 2016 (as subsequently amended, the “Tender Offer Statement”). AVG filed a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 with respect to the tender offer with the SEC on July 29, 2016 (as subsequently amended, the “Solicitation/Recommendation Statement”). AVG shareholders are urged to read the Tender Offer Statement and Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, as they may be amended from time to time, as well as any other relevant documents filed with the SEC, carefully and in their entirety because they will contain important information that AVG shareholders should consider before making any decision regarding tendering their securities. The Tender Offer Statement and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement are available for free at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by AVG will be available free of charge on AVG’s website at investors.avg.com.
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Avast (www.avast.com), the global leader in digital security products for businesses and consumers, protects over 400 million people online. Avast offers products under the Avast and AVG brands that protect people from threats on the internet and the evolving IoT threat landscape. The company’s threat detection network is among the most advanced in the world, using machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to detect and stop threats in real time. Avast digital security products for Mobile, PC or Mac are top-ranked and certified by VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, OPSWAT, ICSA Labs, West Coast Labs and others. Avast is backed by leading global private equity firms CVC Capital Partners and Summit Partners.
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