Information Regarding Colfax Offer to Acquire Charter International plc
Pursuant to an announcement dated September 12, 2011, Colfax UK Holdings Limited (“Bidco”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Colfax Corporation, announced an offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Charter International plc (the “Offer”).
For the purposes of this notice only, a reference to “Colfax” shall be deemed as a reference to Colfax Corporation and to Bidco, and a reference to any matters, directors, advisers, affiliates or any other thing or person in respect of “Colfax”, shall be deemed a reference to such person, matter or thing in respect of Colfax Corporation and of Bidco.
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If you would like information on the Offer please read this notice carefully as it applies to all persons who view this Microsite and, depending on where you live, it may affect your rights.
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The information contained on this Microsite in respect of the Offer does not constitute an offer to sell or otherwise dispose of or an invitation or solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for any securities pursuant to the Offer or otherwise in any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful.
The full terms and conditions of the Offer will be (or have been) set out in the formal offer documentation (which may take the form of a scheme circular or offer document) sent to or made available to Charter shareholders (the “Offer Document“). In considering the Offer, shareholders of Charter should only rely on the information contained, and procedures described, in the Offer Document. Please note that this notice may be altered or updated. You should read it in full each time you access the Microsite.
The information contained on this Microsite speaks only at the date of the relevant document or announcement reproduced on this Microsite and, subject to any continuing obligations under applicable law or any relevant listing rules, Colfax accepts, no responsibility or duty to update any such information, document or announcement, and reserves the right to add to, remove or amend any information reproduced on this Microsite at any time.
In relation to any document, announcement or information contained on the Microsite, the only responsibility accepted by the directors of Colfax is for the correctness and fairness of its reproduction or presentation unless a responsibility statement in any relevant document expressly provides otherwise.
Neither the directors of Colfax, nor Charter, nor any of their affiliated companies, have reviewed, and no such person is or shall be responsible for or accepts any liability in respect of, any information contained on any other website which may be linked to or from this Microsite.
Charter shareholders should seek advice from an independent financial advisor as to the suitability of any action for the shareholder concerned. Any shareholder action required in connection with the Offer will only be set out in the Offer Document sent to or made available to Charter shareholders by Colfax and any decision made by such shareholders should be made solely and only on the basis of information provided in the Offer Document.
Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch is acting as financial adviser to Colfax and no one else in connection with the contents of this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Colfax for providing the protections afforded to clients of Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch, nor for providing advice in relation to any matters referred to herein.
The information on this Microsite, including information included or incorporated by reference, may contain certain statements about Colfax and Charter that are or may be “forward-looking statements” as that is, statements related to future, not past, events, including forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on the current expectations of the management of Colfax and Charter (as the case may be) and are naturally subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause Colfax's results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to factors detailed in Colfax's reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as well as its Annual Report on Form 10-K under the caption "Risk Factors". In addition, these statements are based on a number of assumptions that are subject to change. The forward-looking statements contained in the information on this Microsite may include statements about the expected effects on Charter and Colfax of the Offer, the expected timing and scope of the Offer, strategic options and all other statements in this document other than historical facts. Without limitation, any statements preceded or followed by or that include the words “targets”, “plans”, “believes”, “expects”, “aims”, “intends”, “will”, “may”, “anticipates”, “estimates”, “projects”, “seeks”, “sees”, “should,” “would,” “expect,” “positioned,” “strategy,” or words or terms of similar substance or the negative thereof, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements relating to the following: (i) future capital expenditures, expenses, revenues, earnings, synergies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, losses and future prospects; (ii) business and management strategies and the expansion and growth of Colfax's or Charter’s operations and potential synergies resulting from the Offer; (iii) the effects of government regulation on Colfax’s or Charter’s business, and (iv) Colfax’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions generally.
There are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the satisfaction of the conditions to the Offer and other risks related to the Offer and actions related thereto. Additional particular uncertainties that could cause Colfax’s actual results to be materially different than those expressed in its forward-looking statements include: risks associated with Colfax’s international operations; significant movements in foreign currency exchange rates; changes in the general economy, as well as the cyclical nature of Colfax’s markets; Colfax’s ability to accurately estimate the cost of or realize savings from Colfax’s restructuring programs; availability and cost of raw materials, parts and components used in Colfax products; the competitive environment in Colfax’s industry; Colfax’s ability to identify, finance, acquire and successfully integrate attractive acquisition targets, including but not limited to Charter should the Offer be successful; Colfax’s ability to complete the acquisition of Charter as planned, and risks relating to any unforeseen liabilities of Charter; the amount of and Colfax’s ability to estimate its asbestos-related liabilities; material disruption at any of Colfax’s significant manufacturing facilities; the solvency of Colfax’s insurers and the likelihood of their payment for asbestos-related costs; Colfax’s ability to manage and grow its business and execution of Colfax’s business and growth strategies; Colfax’s recent substantial leadership turnover and realignment; Colfax’s ability and the ability its customers to access required capital at a reasonable costs; Colfax’s ability to expand its business in its targeted markets; Colfax’s ability to cross-sell its product portfolio to existing customers; the level of capital investment and expenditures by Colfax customers in its strategic markets; Colfax’s financial performance; Colfax’s ability to identify, address and remediate any material weakness in its internal control over financial reporting; Colfax’s ability to achieve or maintain credit ratings and the impact on its funding costs and competitive position if Colfax does not do so; and others risks and factors as disclosed in Colfax’s Annual Report on Form 10-K under the caption "Risk Factors" as well those disclosed or to be disclosed in the Offer Document. Other unknown or unpredictable factors could also cause actual results to differ materially from those in any forward-looking statement.
Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. None of Colfax or Charter undertakes any obligation to update publicly or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent legally required.
Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to be a forecast, projection or estimate of the future financial performance of Colfax or any of its subsidiaries, the Charter group or the enlarged business following completion of the Offer, unless otherwise stated.
Notice to US holders of Charter shares
The Offer is expected to be effected by scheme of arrangement that relates to the shares of a Jersey company that is a “foreign private issuer” as defined under Rule 3b-4 under the Exchange Act and will be governed by Jersey law. A transaction effected by means of a scheme of arrangement is not subject to the tender offer rules under the Exchange Act. Accordingly, the Offer is subject to the disclosure requirements and practices applicable in Jersey to schemes of arrangement, which differ from the disclosure requirements of the US tender offer rules. Financial information included in this announcement has been prepared, unless specifically stated otherwise, in accordance with accounting standards applicable in Jersey and thus may not be comparable to the financial information of US companies or companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the US. If Colfax exercises its right to implement the Offer by way of a takeover offer, such offer will be made in compliance with applicable US laws and regulations.
The materials found on this Microsite contain information in respect of the Offer. Viewing this information may be unlawful if you are resident in a Restricted Jurisdiction. In certain jurisdictions, including Restricted Jurisdictions, only certain categories of persons may be allowed to view such materials. Any person resident outside the United Kingdom, Jersey of the United States who wishes to view these materials must first satisfy themselves that they are not subject to any local requirements that prohibit or restrict them from doing so. If you are not permitted, or if you are in any doubt as to whether you are permitted, to view the information, please exit this Microsite by clicking on the “I disagree” box.
By choosing the “I agree” option, you represent that you are not a national of, or resident in, a Restricted Jurisdiction, and that Colfax is lawfully entitled to make the content of any communication or document in relation to the Offer available to you under applicable securities laws. If you are unable to give this representation, do not view the content of any communication or document in relation to the Offer.
Copies of the contents of the following pages (including documents posted thereon) are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, released, mailed, transmitted or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent, in whole or in part, in or into a Restricted Jurisdiction and persons receiving such documents (including, without limitation, custodians, nominees and trustees) should observe these restrictions and must not, directly or indirectly, mail, transmit or otherwise forward, distribute or send any such documents in, into or from any such jurisdiction, as doing so may invalidate any purported acceptance of the Offer. If you are not permitted to view materials on this Microsite or are in any doubt as to whether you are permitted to view these materials, please exit this Microsite and seek independent advice. Neither Colfax nor any of its respective advisers assumes any responsibility for any violation by any person of any of these restrictions.
This notice shall be governed by, and interpreted in accordance with, English law.
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