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SoftBank Offers to Acquire ARM for GBP 24.3 Billion in Cash

By Pual Liu
Published: Jul 18,2016

The boards of directors of SoftBank Group Corp. and ARM Holdings plc announced today that they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended all cash acquisition of the entire issued and to be issued share capital of ARM by SoftBank.

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The price of 1,700 pence per ARM Share represents a premium of approximately 43.0 per cent. to the closing price of 1,189 pence per ARM Share, and approximately 42.9 per cent. to the closing price per ARM ADR of USD 47.08, on 15 July 2016 (being the last Business Day prior to this Announcement).

The consideration values the entire existing issued and to be issued share capital of ARM at approximately £24.3 billion.

SoftBank intends to preserve the ARM organisation, including ARM’s existing senior management team, brand, partnership-based business model and culture to ensure continuity of a strong track record.

“We have long admired ARM as a world renowned and highly respected technology company that is by some distance the market-leader in its field. ARM will be an excellent strategic fit within the SoftBank group as we invest to capture the very significant opportunities provided by the IoT”. Masayoshi Son, Chairman and CEO of SoftBank said.

“SoftBank intends to invest in ARM, support its management team, accelerate its strategy and allow it to fully realise its potential beyond what is possible as a publicly listed company. It is also intended that ARM will remain an independent business within SoftBank, and continue to be headquartered in Cambridge, UK.

Stuart Chambers, Chairman of ARM said, “It is the view of the Board that this is a compelling offer for ARM Shareholders, which secures the delivery of future value today and in cash. The Board of ARM is reassured that ARM will remain a very significant UK business and will continue to play a key role in the development of new technology.”

“ SoftBank has given assurances that it will invest considerably in the business, including doubling the UK headcount over the next five years and maintaining ARM's unique culture and business model. ARM is an outstanding company with an exceptional track record of growth. The Board believes that by accessing all the resources that SoftBank has to offer, ARM will be able to further accelerate the use of ARM-based technology wherever computing happens.”

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