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Carpetright PLC Scheme becomes Effective

23/01/2020 10:41am

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Carpetright PLC

23 January 2020

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OF THAT JURISDICTION

Capitalised terms used but not defined in this Announcement have the meanings set out in the Scheme Document dated 26 November 2019 (the "Scheme Document")

23 January 2020

LEI: 213800GO32BSNNHXID90

Recommended Cash Acquisition of

Carpetright plc

("Carpetright")

by

Meditor Holdings Limited

("MHL") (a company incorporated for this purpose by Meditor European Master Fund Limited)

Scheme becomes Effective

On 15 November 2019, the boards of Carpetright and MHL announced that they had reached agreement on the terms of a recommended cash acquisition pursuant to which MHL would acquire the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Carpetright (save for the Excluded Shares) (the "Acquisition"). The Acquisition is being implemented by means of a Court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006 (the "Scheme").

On 21 January 2020, Carpetright and MHL announced that the Court had sanctioned the Scheme.

Carpetright and MHL are pleased to announce that the Scheme has now become Effective in accordance with its terms.

Dealings in Carpetright Shares were suspended with effect from 7:30 a.m. (London time) today. Applications have been made to the UK Listing Authority and the London Stock Exchange in relation to the delisting of Carpetright Shares from the Official List and the cancellation of the admission to trading of Carpetright Shares on the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange, which are expected to take place at 8:00 a.m. (London time) on 24 January 2020.

Under the terms of the Scheme, holders of Scheme Shares are entitled to receive five pence for each Scheme Share held at the Scheme Record Time (6:00 p.m. (London time) on 22 January 2020). The latest date of despatch of cheques and settlement through CREST of the consideration in relation to the Acquisition is 6 February 2020.

As the Scheme has now become effective, Carpetright announces that its non-executive directors, Bob Ivell, Jemima Bird, Pauline Best and David Clifford, have tendered their resignations and will step down from the Board effective from today's date.

Full details of the Acquisition are set out in the Scheme Document.

Carpetright is no longer in an "offer period" as defined in the Code and accordingly the dealing disclosure requirements previously notified to Carpetright Shareholders no longer apply.

Enquiries:

Carpetright plc Tel: 01708 802000

Wilf Walsh, Chief Executive Officer

Jeremy Simpson, Chief Financial Officer

Peel Hunt LLP Tel: 020 7418 8900

(Financial Adviser to Carpetright)

Dan Webster

George Sellar

Michael Nicholson

Andrew Clark

Citigate Dewe Rogerson Tel: 020 7638 9571

(Financial PR)

Kevin Smith

Nick Hayns

Important notices relating to financial advisers

Peel Hunt LLP, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting exclusively for Carpetright and for no one else in connection with the Acquisition, the contents of this Announcement or any other matter referred to in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Carpetright for providing the protections afforded to its clients nor for providing advice in relation to the Acquisition, the contents of this Announcement or any other matters referred to in this Announcement.

Further information

This Announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or an invitation to purchase any securities or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction, pursuant to the Acquisition or otherwise. The Acquisition shall be made solely by means of the Scheme Document or any document by which the Acquisition is made which shall contain the full terms and Conditions of the Acquisition, including details of how to vote in respect of the Acquisition. Any vote in respect of the Scheme or other response in relation to the Acquisition should be made only on the basis of the information contained in the Scheme Document.

This Announcement has been prepared for the purposes of complying with English law, the rules of the London Stock Exchange, the Listing Rules and the Code and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this Announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws and regulations of any jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom.

Overseas jurisdictions

The release, publication or distribution of this Announcement in jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom may be restricted by the laws of those jurisdictions and therefore persons into whose possession this Announcement comes should inform themselves about and observe such restrictions.

Unless otherwise determined by MHL or required by the Code, and permitted by applicable law and regulation, the Acquisition shall not be made available, directly or indirectly, in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction. Accordingly, copies of this Announcement and all documents relating to the Acquisition are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction, and persons receiving this Announcement and all documents relating to the Acquisition (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not mail or otherwise distribute or send them in, into or from such jurisdictions where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction.

The availability of the Acquisition to Carpetright Shareholders who are not resident in the United Kingdom may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are resident. Persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable requirements. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the companies and persons involved in the Acquisition disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person.

The Acquisition shall be subject to the applicable requirements of the Code, the Panel, the London Stock Exchange and the Financial Conduct Authority. Further details in relation to Overseas Shareholders are contained in paragraph 14 of Part 2 (Explanatory Statement) of the Scheme Document.

This Announcement does not constitute a prospectus or prospectus equivalent document.

Additional information for US investors

Carpetright Shareholders in the United States should note that the Acquisition relates to the securities of a UK company and is proposed to be effected by means of a scheme of arrangement under English law. This Announcement, the Scheme Document and certain other documents relating to the Acquisition have been or will be prepared in accordance with English law, the Code and UK disclosure requirements, format and style, all of which differ from those in the United States. A transaction effected by means of a scheme of arrangement is not subject to the tender offer rules or the proxy solicitation rules under the US Exchange Act. Accordingly, the Acquisition is subject to the disclosure requirements of and practices applicable in the United Kingdom to schemes of arrangement, which differ from the disclosure requirements of the United States tender offer and proxy solicitation rules. If, in the future, MHL exercises the right to implement the Acquisition by way of a Takeover Offer and determines to extend the offer into the United States, the Acquisition will be made in compliance with applicable United States laws and regulations, including any applicable exemptions under the US Exchange Act.

Carpetright's financial statements, and all financial information that is included in the Scheme Document, or any other documents relating to the Acquisition, have been or will be prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards or other reporting standards or accounting practice which may not be comparable to financial statements of companies in the United States or other companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with US generally accepted accounting principles.

The receipt of cash pursuant to the Acquisition by a US holder as consideration for the transfer of its Carpetright Shares pursuant to the Scheme will likely be a taxable transaction for United States federal income tax purposes and under applicable United States state and local, as well as foreign and other, tax laws. Each Carpetright Shareholder is urged to consult his independent professional adviser immediately regarding the tax consequences of the Acquisition applicable to that Carpetright Shareholder.

It may be difficult for US holders to enforce their rights and claims arising out of the US federal securities laws, since MHL and Carpetright are located in countries other than the US, and some or all of their officers and directors may be residents of countries other than the US. US holders may not be able to sue a non-US company or its officers or directors in a non-US court for violations of US securities laws. Further, it may be difficult to compel a non-US company and its affiliates to subject themselves to a US court's judgement.

In accordance with normal UK practice and consistent with Rule 14e-5(b) of the US Exchange Act, MHL, certain affiliated companies and their nominees or brokers (acting as agents) may make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, shares in Carpetright outside of the US, other than pursuant to the Acquisition, until the date on which the Acquisition and/or Scheme becomes Effective, lapses or is otherwise withdrawn. If such purchases or arrangements to purchase were to be made they would occur either in the open market at prevailing prices or in private transactions at negotiated prices and comply with applicable law, including the US Exchange Act. Any information about such purchases or arrangements to purchase will be disclosed as required in the United Kingdom, will be reported to a Regulatory Information Service and will be available on the London Stock Exchange website at www.londonstockexchange.com.

Forward-looking statements

This Announcement (including information incorporated by reference in this Announcement), oral statements made regarding the Acquisition, and other information published by or concerning Meditor Group and/or Carpetright Group contain statements about Meditor Group and/or Carpetright Group that are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this Announcement may be forward-looking statements. Without limitation, any statements preceded or followed by or that include the words "targets", "plans", "believes", "expects", "aims", "intends", "will", "may", "anticipates", "estimates", "projects" 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, dividend policy, losses and future prospects; (ii) business and management strategies and the expansion and growth of Meditor Group's or Carpetright Group's operations and potential synergies resulting from the Acquisition; and (iii) the effects of government regulation on Meditor Group's and/or Carpetright Group's business.

These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect expected results and are based on certain key assumptions. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in any forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the satisfaction of the conditions to the Acquisition, as well as additional factors, such as changes in political and economic conditions, changes in the level of capital investment, retention of key employees, changes in customer habits, success of business and operating initiatives and restructuring objectives, impact of any acquisitions or similar transactions, changes in customers' strategies and stability, competitive product and pricing measures, changes in the regulatory environment, fluctuations of interest and exchange rates, the outcome of any litigation. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this Announcement. All subsequent oral or written forward-looking statements attributable to Meditor Group or Carpetright Group or any of their respective members, directors, officers or employees or any persons acting on their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statement above. Each member of Meditor Group and Carpetright Group disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking or other statements contained in this Announcement, except as required by applicable law.

Publication of information on website

A copy of this Announcement, together with all information incorporated by reference into this Announcement, will be available, free of charge, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in Restricted Jurisdictions, on Carpetright's website at https://www.carpetright.plc.uk/investors/.

Right to receive documents in hard copy form

Any person entitled to receive a copy of documents, announcements and information relating to the Acquisition is entitled to receive such documents in hard copy form free of charge. A person may also request that all future documents, announcements and information in relation to the Acquisition are sent to them in hard copy form.

A hard copy of this Announcement may be requested by contacting Carpetright's Registrars, either in writing to The Pavilions, Bridgwater Road, Bristol BS99 6ZY or by calling the helpline on (0370) 889 3261 (or +44 (0370) 889 3261 if calling from outside the UK). Calls outside the UK will be charged at the applicable international rate. Lines are open between 8.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. Monday to Friday excluding public holidays in England and Wales.

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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