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19 May 2014
This is an announcement of a possible offer falling under Rule 2.4 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the “Code”). It does not represent a firm intention to make an offer under Rule 2.7 of the Code. Accordingly, there can be no certainty that any offer will ultimately be made.
In response to enquiries from market participants, Pfizer would like to confirm the following in respect of its announcement of 18 May 2014 which set out its final proposal to AstraZeneca (the “Final Proposal Announcement”).In the Final Proposal Announcement, Pfizer announced a possible offer comprising, for each AstraZeneca share, 1.747 shares in the combined entity and 2,476 pence in cash, representing an indicative value of £55.00 1. Pfizer stated that this proposal is final and cannot be increased except in limited circumstances specified in the Final Proposal Announcement. In addition, Pfizer stated that it will not make a hostile offer and will only announce a firm offer with the recommendation of the AstraZeneca board. The effect of Pfizer’s Final Proposal Announcement under the Takeover Code is that Pfizer will not be permitted to announce a firm offer unless such offer is on terms no higher than those set out in the Final Proposal Announcement (save as set out below) and such offer is recommended by AstraZeneca’s board. Pfizer must, by 5.00 p.m. on 26 May 2014 or such later date as the Panel may agree at AstraZeneca’s request, announce such a recommended firm offer or make a statement that it does not intend to make an offer for AstraZeneca. If Pfizer states that it does not intend to make an offer, Pfizer will be subject to the restrictions in Rule 2.8 and Note 2 on Rule 2.5 of the Code.