Approval of Resolution on Recommended Acquisition of ARM at ARM’s Court Meeting and General Meeting of Shareholders
Further to the announcements titled “ Recommended Acquisition of ARM by SoftBank ”, dated July 18, 2016, and “ Publication of Scheme Document for Recommended Acquisition of ARM by SoftBank ”, dated August 3, 2016, SoftBank Group Corp. (“SBG”) is pleased to announce that, at the Court Meeting and the General Meeting of ARM Holdings plc (“ARM”) convened on August 30, 2016 (GMT), the Scheme Shareholders voted to approve the Scheme at the Court Meeting, and ARM Shareholders voted to pass the Special Resolution to implement the Scheme, including the amendment of the articles of association of ARM, at the General Meeting.
The Scheme remains subject to the satisfaction or (if capable of waiver) waiver of the remaining Conditions set out in the Scheme Document, including the Court sanctioning the Scheme at the Court Hearing, which is expected to be held on September 1, 2016 (GMT). Subject to the Scheme receiving the sanction of the Court on that date, the Scheme is expected to become effective on September 5, 2016 (GMT).
The indicative timetable of principal events for the implementation of the Scheme is as follows:
|Event||Expected date (GMT)|
|Court Hearing||September 1, 2016|
|Effective Date of the Scheme||September 5, 2016|
|Cancellation of listing of ARM Shares||September 6, 2016|
|Cancellation of listing of ARM American Depositary Shares (ADSs)||September 12, 2016|
Capitalised terms in this announcement (“Announcement”), unless otherwise defined, have the same meanings as set out in the Scheme Document. All references to times in this Announcement are to London times unless otherwise stated.
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