Nielsen Announces Expiration of Go-Shop Period
After Thorough Outreach, No Alternative Proposals Received
NEW YORK, May 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) ("Nielsen") today announced the expiration of the 45-day "go-shop" period under its previously announced definitive agreement (the "Transaction Agreement") to be acquired by a consortium (the "Consortium") of private investment funds led by Evergreen Coast Capital Corporation, an affiliate of Elliott Investment Management L.P., and Brookfield Business Partners L.P., together with institutional partners. Under the terms of the agreement, Nielsen and its representatives were permitted to solicit and consider alternative acquisition proposals from third parties until May 12, 2022.
During the "go-shop" period, Nielsen and its advisors actively solicited alternative acquisition proposals from third parties. Nielsen representatives ultimately contacted over 30 parties, representing a mix of financial and strategic parties. Of such contacted parties, only one private equity firm executed a non-disclosure agreement with Nielsen. As of expiration of the "go-shop" period, no alternative proposals were submitted.
Consistent with the Transaction Agreement, Nielsen expects to file its preliminary proxy statement in connection with the related shareholder vote to approve the transaction on or around May 19, 2022.
"After a thorough effort aimed at exploring whether a higher and better offer for Nielsen could be obtained, the Board has confirmed its view that the transaction with the Consortium represents an attractive outcome for our shareholders by providing a cash purchase at a substantial premium, while supporting Nielsen's commitment to our clients, employees and stakeholders," said James A. Attwood, Chairperson of Nielsen's Board of Directors.
The transaction remains subject to approval by Nielsen shareholders, regulatory approvals, consultation with the works council, and other customary closing conditions. If the closing conditions are met, the transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2022.
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Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication relates to the proposed transaction involving Nielsen. In connection with the proposed transaction, Nielsen will file relevant materials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including Nielsen's proxy statement on Schedule 14A (the "Proxy Statement"). This communication is not a substitute for the Proxy Statement or for any other document that Nielsen may file with the SEC and send to its shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. The proposed transaction will be submitted to Nielsen's shareholders for their consideration. Before making any voting decision, Nielsen's shareholders are urged to read all relevant documents filed or to be filed with the SEC, including the Proxy Statement, as well as any amendments or supplements to those documents, when they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction.
Nielsen's shareholders will be able to obtain a free copy of the Proxy Statement, as well as other filings containing information about Nielsen, without charge, at the SEC's website (www.sec.gov). Copies of the Proxy Statement and the filings with the SEC that will be incorporated by reference therein can also be obtained, without charge, by directing a request to Nielsen Holdings plc, 675 6th Avenue New York, NY 10010, Attention: Investor Relations; telephone (410) 717-7134, or from Nielsen's website www.nielsen.com.
Participants in the Solicitation
Nielsen and certain of its directors, executive officers and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. Information regarding Nielsen's directors and executive officers is available in Nielsen's definitive proxy statement for its 2022 Annual General Meeting, which was filed with the SEC on April 5, 2022. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the Proxy Statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction when they become available. Free copies of the Proxy Statement and such other materials may be obtained as described in the preceding paragraph.
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