Bosch has secured more than 2/3 of the shares in sia Abrasives
· Bosch already holds 66.76 percent of the shares and voting rights of sia Abrasives Holding AG through its indirect subsidiary Scintilla AG
· Offer period ends on December 16, 2008
Stuttgart (D) – Already ahead of the end of the offer period, Bosch holds 66.76 percent of the outstanding shares of sia Abrasives Holding AG, including the treasury shares held by sia Abrasives Holding AG. Together with sia Abrasives Holding AG, Bosch and Scintilla AG form a group pursuant to Art. 20 (1) SESTA and Art. 15 SESTO-FBC.
Since publication of its public offer to the shareholders of sia Abrasives Holding AG on November 19, 2008, Scintilla AG, an indirect subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, has acquired 23,167 additional shares of sia Abrasives Holding AG through market purchases on SIX Swiss Exchange as well as off-exchange.
Shareholders of sia Abrasives Holding AG who have not yet tendered their shares have the opportunity to do so until the end of the offer period on December 16, 2008 at 4pm CET. The offer price amounts to 435 Swiss francs per share in cash, representing a premium of approx. 80 Swiss francs or 22.7 percent to the closing share price on August 25, 2008, the day prior to the publication of the pre-announcement by Behr Deflandre & Snozzi BDS AG.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 271,000 associates generated sales of 46.3 billion euros in fiscal 2007. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in roughly 50 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3 billion euros for research and development, and applies for over 3,000 patents worldwide. The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.”
The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.
Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch.com.
The sia Group, headquartered in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, is one of the world’s top three suppliers of flexible abrasives. It develops, manufactures, and markets complete, customized abrasive systems for the treatment of the surfaces of workpieces of all kinds. These products turn sanding and grinding into surface technology. Worldwide, sia Abrasives employs some 1,150 associates, and generated sales of 298 million Swiss francs and EBIT of 30.3 million Swiss francs in 2007. sia Abrasives Holding AG is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, and generates more than 90 percent of its sales outside Switzerland.
Additional information can be accessed at www.sia-abrasives.com
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The public tender offer described in the offer prospectus (the Tender Offer or Offer) is not being made directly or indirectly in any country or jurisdiction in which such Offer would be considered unlawful or in which it would otherwise violate any applicable law or regulation, or which would require Scintilla or Bosch to amend the terms or conditions of the Public Tender Offer in any way, or which would require to make any additional filing with or take any additional action with regard to any governmental, regulatory or legal authority. Scintilla and Bosch do not intend to extend the Public Tender Offer to any such country or jurisdiction.
Notice to U.S. Holders
The public tender offer described in the offer documents of Scintilla (the Offer) is not being made, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States of America (the U.S.) or by use of the U.S. mails, or by any means or instrumentality (including, without limitation, post, facsimile transmission, telex, telephone or electronic transmission by way of the internet or otherwise) of U.S. interstate or foreign commerce or of any facility of a U.S. national securities exchange and the Offer cannot be accepted by any such use, means or instrumentality or from within the U.S. Scintilla and Bosch are not soliciting the tender of securities of sia by any holder of such securities in the U.S. sia securities will not be accepted from holders of such securities in the U.S. Any purported acceptance of the Offer that Scintilla and Bosch or their agents believe has been made in or from the U.S. will be invalidated. Scintilla and Bosch reserve the absolute right to reject any and all acceptances determined by them not to be in the proper form or the acceptance of which may be unlawful. Copies of the Offer Prospectus (Offer Prospectus) or any related offering documents, including this press release, must not be mailed or otherwise distributed or sent in or into the U.S. and may not be used for the purpose of soliciting the purchase of any securities of sia from anyone in any jurisdiction, including the U.S., in which such solicitation is not authorized or from any person to whom it is unlawful to make such solicitation. Any person receiving the Offer Prospectus (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must observe these restrictions.
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