Based on the declarations of acceptance received and booked so far by the custodian banks for the exchange offer by HLDCO123 PLC, London, United Kingdom to the shareholders of Deutsche Börse AG in connection with the planned combination of Deutsche Börse AG with the London Stock Exchange Group plc, the minimum acceptance threshold of 60% of the Deutsche Börse shares (less treasury shares) has been exceeded (completion condition pursuant to section 14.1 A.1 of the offer document published on June 1, 2016). The preliminary acceptance level as at 17.00 hrs Central European Daylight Savings Time (CEST) today amounted to approximately 60.35% of the Deutsche Börse shares (less treasury shares).
The amount of the acceptances validly declared as at the end of the acceptance period (July 26, 2016, 24.00hrs CEST) is relevant to determine the satisfaction of the completion condition “minimum acceptance threshold for the exchange offer” (completion condition pursuant to section 14.1 A.1 of the offer document published on June 1, 2016).
The final number of Deutsche Börse shares tendered under the exchange offer during the acceptance period will be published pursuant to section 23 para. 1 sentence 1 no. 2 of the German Securities Acquisition and Takeover Act (WpÜG) as soon as confirmation of the final outcome has been obtained.