William Hill: Delisting and Cancellation of Shares

RNS Number : 4568W
William Hill PLC
23 April 2021
 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

23 April 2021

WILLIAM HILL PLC

DE-LISTING AND CANCELLATION OF TRADING OF WILLIAM HILL PLC SHARES

Further to the announcement made by William Hill PLC ("William Hill") on 22 April 2021, William Hill today announces that, following an application by William Hill, the Financial Conduct Authority has cancelled the listing of William Hill Shares on the premium listing segment of the Official List and the London Stock Exchange has cancelled the trading of William Hill Shares on the London Stock Exchange's main market for listed securities, in each case with effect from 8:00 a.m. (London time) today, 23 April 2021.

Capitalised terms used in this announcement shall, unless otherwise defined, have the meanings given to them in the Scheme Document published on 26 October 2020 in relation to the recommended cash offer by Caesars UK Holdings Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment, Inc.) for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of William Hill not already owned by or on behalf of the Caesars Group, effected by means of a Court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

Enquiries:

William Hill

 

Louise Turner-Smith, Director of Investor Relations

44 (0) 207 612 3251

Alison Cole, Director of Corporate Communications

44 (0) 207 612 3233

Barclays
(Lead Financial Adviser, Rule 3 Adviser and
Corporate Broker to William Hill)                   

 

Daniel Ross

44 (0) 207 623 2323

Nishant Amin

 

Mark Astaire

 

Nicola Tennent 

 

 

 

Citigroup
(Financial Adviser and Corporate Broker to William Hill)

 

Jan Skarbek

44 (0) 207 986 4000

Andrew Seaton            

 

Robert Farrington

 

Martin Weltman

 

PJT Partners
(Financial Adviser to William Hill)      

 

Simon Lyons

44 (0) 203 650 1100

Jonathan Hall

 

Ben Ripley

 

Brunswick Group LLP
(PR Adviser to William Hill)

 

Andrew Porter

44 (0) 207 404 5959

Fiona Micallef-Eynaud

 

Craig Breheny

 

Chris Buscombe

 

 

 

Caesars Entertainment, Inc.

 

Brian Agnew

1 800 318 0047

Deutsche Bank
(Financial Adviser to Caesars and Caesars UK Bidco)

 

James Ibbotson

44 (0)207 545 8000

James Arculus

 

 

 

Slaughter and May are retained as legal adviser and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP are retained as US anti-trust legal adviser to William Hill.

Linklaters LLP are retained as legal adviser, Latham & Watkins LLP are retained as financing legal adviser, Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP are retained as US anti-trust legal adviser and Phelps Dunbar LLP and Harris Hagan are retained as US and UK (respectively) regulatory legal advisers to Caesars and Caesars UK Bidco.


Important notices

Barclays Bank PLC, acting through its Investment Bank ("Barclays"), which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, is acting exclusively for William Hill and no one else in connection with the Acquisition and shall not be responsible to anyone other than William Hill for providing the protections afforded to clients of Barclays nor for providing advice in connection with the Acquisition or any other matter referred to herein.

Citigroup Global Markets Limited ("Citigroup"), which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, is acting exclusively as financial adviser to William Hill and no one else in connection with the Acquisition and other matters described in this Announcement, and shall not be responsible to anyone other than William Hill for providing the protections afforded to clients of Citigroup nor for providing advice in connection with the Acquisition or any matter referred to herein.  Neither Citigroup nor any of its affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, in delict, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Citigroup in connection with this Announcement, any statement contained herein, the Acquisition or otherwise.

PJT Partners (UK) Limited ("PJT Partners"), which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for William Hill and no one else in connection with the matters described herein and will not be responsible to anyone other than William Hill for providing the protections afforded to clients of PJT Partners or for providing advice in connection with the matters described herein.  Neither PJT Partners nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of PJT Partners in connection with this Announcement, any statement contained herein or otherwise.

Deutsche Bank AG ("Deutsche Bank") is authorised under German Banking Law (competent authority: European Central Bank) and, in the United Kingdom, by the Prudential Regulation Authority. It is subject to supervision by the European Central Bank and by BaFin, Germany's Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, and is subject to limited regulation in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority and Financial Conduct Authority.

Neither Deutsche Bank nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates (including, without limitation, Deutsche Bank, acting through its London branch ("DB London"), and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. ("DBSI")) will be responsible to any person other than Caesars and Caesars UK Bidco for providing any of the protections afforded to clients of Deutsche Bank (or, as the case may be, DB London or DBSI) nor for providing advice in relation to any matters referred to in this Announcement. Neither Deutsche Bank nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates (including, without limitation, DB London and DBSI) will be responsible to any person other than Caesars and Caesars UK Bidco for providing any of the protections afforded to clients of Deutsche Bank (or DB London or DBSI), nor for providing advice in relation to any matters referred to in this Announcement.

Neither Deutsche Bank nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates (including, without limitation, DB London and DBSI) owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Deutsche Bank (or DB London or DBSI) in connection with this Announcement, any statement contained herein, or otherwise.

DB London and DBSI are acting as financial advisers to Caesars and Caesars UK Bidco and no other person in connection with the contents of this Announcement.

Further information

This Announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or an invitation to purchase any securities or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, pursuant to the Acquisition or otherwise.

This Announcement does not constitute a prospectus or prospectus exempted document.

Overseas shareholders

This Announcement has been prepared for the purpose of complying with English law and the Takeover Code and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this Announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions outside England and Wales.

The release, publication or distribution of this Announcement in or into certain jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom may be restricted by law.  Persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom or who are subject to other jurisdictions should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable requirements.

The availability of the Acquisition to William Hill Shareholders who are not resident in the United Kingdom may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are resident. Persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable requirements. 

Each William Hill Shareholder is urged to consult their independent professional adviser immediately regarding the tax consequences of the Acquisition applicable to them, including under applicable United States state and local, as well as overseas and other, tax laws.

The Acquisition shall be subject to the applicable requirements of the Takeover Code, the Panel, the London Stock Exchange and the Financial Conduct Authority.

Additional information for US investors

The Acquisition relates to shares of a UK company effected by means of a scheme of arrangement under the laws of England and Wales.  A transaction effected by means of a scheme of arrangement is not subject to the tender offer rules or the proxy solicitation rules under the US Exchange Act.

Accordingly, the Acquisition is subject to the disclosure and procedural requirements applicable in the United Kingdom to schemes of arrangement which differ from the disclosure requirements of United States tender offer and proxy solicitation rules.

The receipt of consideration by a US holder for the transfer of its William Hill Shares pursuant to the Scheme will likely be a taxable transaction for United States federal income tax purposes.  Each William Hill Shareholder is urged to consult their independent professional adviser immediately regarding the tax consequences of the Acquisition applicable to them, including under applicable United States state and local, as well as overseas and other, tax laws.

Financial information relating to William Hill included in this Announcement and the Scheme Document has been or shall have been prepared in accordance with accounting standards applicable in the United Kingdom and may not be comparable to financial information of US companies or companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.

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