SoftBank Offers to Acquire ARM Holdings for GBP 24.3 Billion (USD 31.4 Billion) in Cash

In addition, if ARM ADS holders surrender their ARM ADRs to the ARM Depositary for cancellation and withdraw their ARM Shares underlying the ARM ADSs in sufficient time to be entered on the ARM register of members, they may attend and vote at the ARM Meetings as ARM Shareholders. However, any withdrawal of ARM Shares underlying the ARM ADSs will result in the holder incurring cancellation fees, other expenses and any applicable taxes.

It is intended that, following the Effective Date, ARM’s ADR programme be terminated and that applications be made to delist the ARM ADSs from NASDAQ and terminate ARM’s registration with the SEC.


Copies of the following documents will, no later than 12 noon on 19 July 2016, be available on ARM’s website ( and on SoftBank’s website ( until the end of the Acquisition:

(a) this Announcement;

(b) the irrevocable undertakings referred to in paragraph 6 (further details of which are set out in Appendix 3 of this Announcement);

(c) the Facility Agreement referred to in paragraph 9; and

(d) the confidentiality agreement and the Co-operation Agreement referred to in paragraph 12.

The contents of ARM’s website and SoftBank’s website are not incorporated into and do not form part of this Announcement.


The Acquisition will be subject to the Conditions and certain further terms set out in Appendix 1 and the further terms and conditions to be set out in the Scheme Document when issued.

SoftBank shall be entitled to implement the Acquisition by way of a Takeover Offer rather than the Scheme: (i) while the Co-operation Agreement continues, with the consent of the Panel and with the prior written consent of ARM; or (ii) after the termination of the Co-operation Agreement, with the consent of the Panel only.

If the Acquisition is effected by way of a Takeover Offer and such Takeover Offer becomes or is declared unconditional in all respects and sufficient acceptances are received, SoftBank intends to: (i) make a request to the UK Listing Authority to cancel the listing of the ARM Shares from the Official List; (ii) make a request to the London Stock Exchange to cancel trading in ARM Shares on its market for listed securities; and (iii) exercise its rights to apply the provisions of Chapter 3 of Part 28 of the Companies Act to acquire compulsorily the remaining ARM Shares in respect of which the Takeover Offer has not been accepted.

Other than under the Co-operation Agreement and the Facility Agreement, there are no agreements or arrangements to which SoftBank is a party which relate to the circumstances in which it may or may not seek to invoke any of the Conditions to the implementation of the Acquisition.

The Acquisition will be governed by English law and will be subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. The Acquisition will be subject to the applicable requirements of the Code, the Panel, the London Stock Exchange and the FCA.

The sources of certain financial information and bases of calculation contained in this Announcement are set out in Appendix 2. Certain terms used in this Announcement are defined in Appendix 4.

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