Regulatory approvals obtained for the merger between Tieto Corporation and EVRY ASA – closing of the merger subject to divestment of EVRY’s case management and archiving systems in Norway
01 November 2019
Tieto Corporation Stock Exchange Release 1 November 2019 9.40 EET
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Tieto and EVRY announce that all required regulatory approvals have been received for completing the Merger, including competition clearances. The competition clearance from the Norwegian Competition Authority is subject to divestment of EVRY’s case management and archiving systems for the public sector in Norway. As previously announced, the completion of the Merger is expected to take place during the fourth quarter of 2019, or the first quarter of 2020 at the latest.
On 18 June 2019, Tieto Corporation ("Tieto") announced an agreement to combine Tieto and EVRY ASA ("EVRY") (the "Merger Agreement") through a cross-border merger (the "Merger"). According to the Merger Agreement, completion of the Merger is conditional upon, inter alia, competition clearances from the Norwegian Competition Authority, Swedish Competition Authority, Finnish Competition Authority and Ukrainian Competition Authority (the "Competition Authorities").
Regulatory approvals have now been received, including clearances from all of the Competition Authorities for completing the Merger. The competition clearance from the Norwegian Competition Authority is subject to a remedy, pursuant to which EVRY has committed to divest its business activities and assets relating to case management and archiving systems for the public sector prior to the closing of the Merger. The business unit has approximately 100 employees and is expected to generate revenue of around NOK 150 million in 2019. The divestment process has been initiated, and negotiations with several potential buyers are ongoing.
For further details, please see announcement of the Merger on 18 June 2019, the merger plan signed by the Boards of Directors of Tieto and EVRY on 26 June 2019 and the merger and listing prospectus dated 8 August 2019, available at www.tieto.com/tietoevry.
Further information for investors:
Tomi Hyryläinen, CFO, Tieto, tel. +358 50 555 0363, tomi.hyrylainen(at)tieto.com
Tanja Lounevirta, Head of Investor Relations, Tieto, tel. +358 2072 71725, tanja.lounevirta(at)tieto.com
Kia Haring, Head of Global Communications and Corporate Responsibility, +358 40 765 3700, kia.haring(at)tieto.com
Unni Strømstad, EVP Communications & Marketing, tel +47 9775 3453,
Tieto aims to capture the significant opportunities of the data-driven world and turn them into lifelong value for people, business and society. We aim to be customers’ first choice for business renewal by combining our software and services capabilities with a strong drive for co-innovation and ecosystems. Headquartered in Finland, Tieto has around 15 000 experts in close to 20 countries. Tieto’s turnover is approximately EUR 1.6 billion and shares listed on NASDAQ in Helsinki and Stockholm. www.tieto.com
EVRY is a leading Nordic tech and consulting company. Together with our customers and an ecosystem of the best global digital experts, we shape the future today by applying new technologies to improve end user experiences, and the performance of people, processes and systems. We are close to our customers and represent a Nordic mindset on responsibility, quality and security. We leverage our Nordicness to do business in more than 18 countries. EVRY is listed on Oslo Stock Exchange. Our 8 800 employees are passionate about creating digital advantage and shaping the future – today.
This announcement is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any securities issued by Tieto Corporation ("Tieto") or EVRY ASA ("EVRY") in any jurisdiction where such offer or sale would be unlawful.
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In the United Kingdom, this document and any other materials in relation to the securities described herein is only being distributed to, and is only directed at, and any investment or investment activity to which this document relates is available only to, and will be engaged in only with, "qualified investors" within the meaning of Article 2(e) of the Prospectus Regulation who are (i) persons having professional experience in matters relating to investments who fall within the definition of "investment professionals" in Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the "Order"); or (ii) high net worth entities falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order; or (iii) other persons to whom it may otherwise be lawfully communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). In the United Kingdom, persons who are not relevant persons should not take any action on the basis of this document and should not act or rely on it.
This document is not a prospectus for the purposes of the Prospectus Regulation. A prospectus prepared pursuant to the Prospectus Regulation can be obtained from www.tieto.com/tietoevry. Investors should not subscribe for any securities referred to in this document except on the basis of information contained in the prospectus.
No part of this release, nor the fact of its distribution, should form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract or commitment or investment decision whatsoever. The information contained in this release has not been independently verified. No representation, warranty or undertaking, expressed or implied, is made as to, and no reliance should be placed on, the fairness, accuracy, completeness or correctness of the information or the opinions contained herein. Neither Tieto nor EVRY, nor any of their respective affiliates, advisors or representatives or any other person, shall have any liability whatsoever (in negligence or otherwise) for any loss however arising from any use of this release or its contents or otherwise arising in connection with the release. Each person must rely on their own examination and analysis of Tieto, EVRY, their respective subsidiaries, their respective securities and the merger, including the merits and risks involved.
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