HONG KONG, May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- LJ International Inc. ("LJI" or the "Company"; NASDAQ: JADE), a foreign private issuer incorporated in the British Virgin Islands and a leading colored gemstone and diamond jeweler with retail and wholesale businesses, today announced that it has called an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders (the "EGM"), to be held at 10:00 a.m. on July 9, 2013 ( Shenzhen time). The meeting will be held at the Company's Shenzhen office, 10th Floor, Block 18, Free Trade Zone, Shatoujiao, Shenzhen, People's Republic of China, to consider and vote on the proposal to approve the previously announced agreement and plan of merger dated March 22, 2013, among Flora Bloom Holdings, an exempted company with limited liability incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands ("Parent"), Flora Fragrance Holdings Limited, a business company with limited liability incorporated under the laws of the British Virgin Islands and wholly owned by Parent ("Merger Sub"), and the Company (the "Merger Agreement"), pursuant to which Merger Sub will be merged with and into the Company, with the Company surviving the merger as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent (the "Merger"). If completed, the Merger would result in the Company becoming a privately-held company and its shares would no longer be listed on the NASDAQ Global Market. The Company's Board of Directors, acting upon the unanimous recommendation of an independent committee formed by the Board of Directors, approved the Merger Agreement and the merger contemplated in the Merger Agreement and resolved to recommend that the Company's shareholders vote to approve and authorize the Merger Agreement and the merger.
Shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 28, 2013 will be entitled to vote at the EGM. Additional information regarding the EGM and the Merger Agreement can be found in the Transaction Statement on Schedule 13E-3, and the proxy statement attached as Exhibit (a)-(1) thereto, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), which can be obtained from the SEC's website ( http://www.sec.gov).
Investors and shareholders are urged to read carefully and in their entirety these materials and other materials filed with or furnished to the SEC, as they contain important information about the Company, the proposed merger and related matters.