8 June 2011
The Rank Group Plc
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Response to Guoco Group's Offer Update
The Rank Group Plc ("Rank" or the "Group") notes the announcement by Guoco Group Limited ("Guoco Group") of the level of acceptances it has received by the first closing date for its offer for Rank (the "Offer") and that the Offer has now been declared unconditional in all respects. The Board is carefully considering the situation. A further announcement will be made in due course. In the meantime, Rank shareholders are strongly advised to take no action.
The Rank Group Plc
Dan Waugh +44 1628 504 053
Goldman Sachs International
Nick Harper +44 20 7774 1000
Benjamin Foster +44 20 7831 3113
The Independent Directors, accept responsibility for the information contained in this document, except that the only responsibility accepted by them in respect of the information contained in this document relating to Guoco Group, its subsidiary undertakings and the directors of Guoco Group and/or any such subsidiary undertakings, which has been compiled from published sources, is to ensure that such information has been correctly and fairly reproduced and presented. Subject to the aforesaid, to the best of the knowledge and belief of the Independent Directors (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case), the information contained in this document for which they accept responsibility is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of that information.
The "Independent Directors" are the Directors of Rank, whose names are set out the Circular, except for Tim Scoble.
Tim Scoble is a non-executive director of Rank and acts, and has done so since his appointment, as a representative of Guoco Group on Rank's Board. To manage this conflict of interest, Tim Scoble has not participated, and will not participate, in the Board's discussions or receive any information in relation to the Offer. Tim Scoble does not, therefore, accept responsibility for the views and opinions of the Independent Directors of Rank in relation to the Offer as set out in this announcement.
Goldman Sachs International, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Services Authority, is acting exclusively for Rank and for no-one else in connection with the offer and will not be responsible to any person other than Rank for providing the protections afforded to clients of Goldman Sachs International, nor for providing advice in relation to the offer or any other matters referred to herein.
Under Rule 8.3(a) of the City Code on Takeovers and Merger (the "Takeover Code"), any person who is interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of Rank or of any paper 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 paper 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) Rank and (ii) any paper 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 paper offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of Rank or of a paper 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% or more of any class of relevant securities of Rank or of any paper offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of Rank or of any paper 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) Rank and (ii) any paper 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 Rank or a paper 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 Rank and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by Rank, 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 Rank 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 Takeover Panel's website at 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.