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Miton Group Plc Court Sanction of Scheme of Arrangement

13/11/2019 12:22pm

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Miton Group Plc

13 November 2019

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

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION (EU) NO. 596/2014.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

13 November 2019

Recommended All-Share Merger

of

Premier Asset Management Group PLC and Miton Group plc

Court Sanction of Scheme of Arrangement

On 4 September 2019, the Boards of Premier Asset Management Group PLC ("Premier") and Miton Group plc ("Miton") announced that they had reached agreement on the terms of a recommended all-share merger of Premier and Miton (the "Merger"), to be effected by means of a court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement between Miton and its shareholders under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006 (the "Scheme").

The Miton Board is pleased to announce that, at a hearing earlier today, the Court sanctioned the Scheme.

All the Conditions to the Merger have now been satisfied or waived other than the delivery to the Registrar of Companies of a copy of the Court Order. This is expected to take place on 14 November 2019, at which point the Scheme will become Effective.

Upon the Scheme becoming Effective, Scheme Shareholders will receive 0.30186 new ordinary shares of GBP0.0002 each in the capital of Premier in exchange for each Miton Share held by them at the Scheme Record Time.

Dealings in Miton Shares on AIM will be suspended with effect from 7.30 a.m. (London time) tomorrow, 14 November 2019. Application has also been made to the London Stock Exchange for the cancellation of admission to trading of the Miton Shares on AIM and, subject to the Scheme becoming Effective, such cancellation is expected to take effect at 7.00 a.m. (London time) on 15 November 2019.

Capitalised terms used but not otherwise defined in this announcement have the meanings given to them in the scheme document published by Miton on 17 September 2019 (the "Scheme Document"). Full details of the Merger, and the expected timetable of principal events for the Merger (which has not changed) are set out in the Scheme Document.

A copy of this announcement will be available free of charge (subject to any applicable restrictions with respect to persons resident in certain jurisdictions) on the Miton website at www.mitongroup.com/announcements.

Enquiries

 
 Miton Group plc 
  David Barron, Chief Executive Officer                    020 3714 1500 
 MHP Communications (PR Adviser to Miton) 
  Reg Hoare / Charlie Barker / Robert Collett-Creedy       020 3128 8100 
 Spencer House Partners (Lead Financial Adviser 
  to Miton) 
  Jeremy Sillem / Andrew Malcolm                           020 7647 8529 
 Liberum (Nominated Adviser, Financial Adviser 
  and 
  Corporate Broker to Miton) 
  Neil Patel / Cameron Duncan / Jonathan Wilkes-Green      020 3100 2000 
 

Important Notices

Spencer House, which is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the UK, is acting as lead financial adviser exclusively for Miton and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this Announcement and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the matters set out in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Miton for providing the protections afforded to clients of Spencer House or its affiliates, or for providing advice in relation to any matter referred to herein.

Liberum, which is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the UK, is acting as nominated adviser, financial adviser and corporate broker exclusively for Miton and no one else in connection with the Merger and will not be responsible to anyone other than Miton for providing the protections afforded to clients of Liberum, nor for providing advice in relation to the Merger or any other matters referred to in this Announcement. In particular, while Liberum acts as joint corporate broker to Premier it has not provided advice to Premier in connection with the matters set out in this Announcement.

Further information

This Announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, an offer to sell or subscribe for or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to the Merger or otherwise, nor shall there be any purchase, sale or exchange of securities or such solicitation in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale or exchange would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the laws of such jurisdiction.

Overseas jurisdictions

The release, publication or distribution of this Announcement in or into jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom may be restricted by law and therefore any persons who are subject to the laws of any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom should inform themselves about, and observe any applicable legal or regulatory requirements. This Announcement has been prepared for the purpose of complying with English law, the AIM Rules and the City 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 of jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom.

Additional information for US investors

The Scheme relates to the shares of an English company and is being made by means of a scheme of arrangement provided for under the laws of England and Wales. Miton is an English company that is a "foreign private issuer" as defined under Rule 3b-4 of the US Exchange Act. A transaction effected by means of a scheme of arrangement is not subject to the shareholder vote, proxy solicitation and tender offer rules under the US Exchange Act or the prospectus rules under the US Securities Act. Accordingly, the Scheme is subject to the disclosure requirements and practices applicable in the UK to schemes of arrangement, which differ from the disclosure requirements and practices of US shareholder vote, proxy solicitation, tender offer and prospectus rules. Financial information included in this Announcement and the Scheme Document has been or will have been prepared in accordance with accounting standards applicable in the United Kingdom that may not be comparable to financial information of US companies or companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.

It may be difficult for US holders of Miton Shares to enforce their rights and any claim arising out of the US federal laws, since Miton and Premier are located in a non-US jurisdiction, and some or all of their officers and directors may be residents of a non-US jurisdiction. US holders of Miton Shares may not be able to sue a non-US company or its officers or directors in a non-US court for violations of the 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.

The Merger will be carried out under a scheme of arrangement provided for under English company law. It is expected that any New Shares to be issued pursuant to the Scheme to Miton Shareholders will be issued in reliance upon the exemption from the registration requirements of the US Securities Act, provided by Section 3(a)(10) thereof. Securities issued pursuant to the Scheme will not be registered under any US state securities laws and may only be issued to persons resident in a state pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the securities laws of such state.

For the purpose of qualifying for the exemption provided by Section 3(a)(10) of the US Securities Act, at the Court Hearing on 13 November 2019, the Court was advised that its sanctioning of the Scheme will be relied on by Premier as an approval of the Scheme following a hearing on its fairness to Miton Shareholders, at which Miton Court Hearing all Miton Shareholders were entitled to attend in person or through counsel to support or oppose the sanctioning of the Scheme and with respect to which notification was given to all such holders.

Publication on website

A copy of this Announcement will be made available, subject to certain restrictions related to persons resident in Restricted Jurisdictions, for inspection on Miton's website www.mitongroup.com/announcements by no later than 12 noon (London time) on the Business Day following this Announcement. For the avoidance of doubt, the contents of this website are not incorporated by reference and do not form part of this Announcement.

Pursuant to Rule 30.3 of the Code, a person so entitled may request a hard copy of this Announcement by contacting Catriona Fletcher, the Company Secretary of Miton, on +44 (0) 203 714 1482. Such persons may also request that all future documents, announcements and information to be sent to that person in relation to the Merger should be in hard copy form.

Disclosure Requirements of the Takeover Code

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Takeover Code, any person who is interested in 1 per cent. or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the offer period and, if later, following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s). An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 p.m. (London time) on the 10th business day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 p.m. (London time) on the 10th business day following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a securities exchange offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Takeover Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1 per cent. or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror, save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 p.m. (London time) on the business day following the date of the relevant dealing.

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of an offeree company or a securities exchange offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.

Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4).

Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Panel's website at http://www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk/, including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. If you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure, you should contact the Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129.

Forward looking statements

This Announcement may contain certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, strategies, objectives, results of operations and businesses of Premier and Miton and their respective groups and certain plans and objectives with respect to the Combined Group. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate only to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements are prospective in nature and are not based on historical facts, but rather on current expectations and projections of the management of Premier and Miton about future events, and are therefore subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements often use words such as "anticipate", "target", "expect", "estimate", "intend", "plan", "goal", "believe", "hope", "aims", "continue", "will", "may", "should", "would", "could", or other words of similar meaning. These statements are based on assumptions and assessments made by Premier, and/or Miton in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current conditions, future developments and other factors they believe appropriate. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty, because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future and the factors described in the context of such forward-looking statements in this Announcement could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although it is believed that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct and readers are therefore cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as at the date of this Announcement. Neither Premier nor Miton, nor their respective groups assumes any obligation to update or correct the information contained in this Announcement (whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise), except as required by applicable law.

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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