Reference is made to the joint press release by Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) and Gemalto (Euronext Amsterdam and Paris: GTO) dated 17 December 2017 in respect of the intended recommended all-cash offer by Thales for all the issued and outstanding ordinary shares in the capital of Gemalto at an offer price of €51.00 per share cum dividend (the "Offer").
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 7, paragraph 1 sub a of the Decree, requiring a public announcement including a status update regarding an intended public offer within four weeks following its announcement, Thales and Gemalto hereby provide this joint update on the Offer.
Thales and Gemalto confirm that they are making good progress on the preparation for the Offer. Thales expects to submit a request for review and approval of the offer document in relation to the Offer with the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Stichting Autoriteit Financiële Markten) during the week beginning 29 January 2018, which is before the applicable deadline under Dutch law.
In addition, Thales and Gemalto confirm that the process to obtain the required regulatory approvals and clearances for the Offer is proceeding. The transaction is expected to close shortly after Thales has secured all customary regulatory approvals and clearances, which is anticipated in the second half of 2018.