Investor Relations

On August 13, 2021, the US financial investor Hellman & Friedman LLC (hereinafter referred to as “Hellman & Friedman”) announced a voluntary public takeover offer for all shares in zooplus SE through Zorro Bidco S.à r.l.. The offer document for the takeover offer was published on September 14, 2021. In addition, the Swedish financial investor EQT AB (publ) (hereinafter referred to as “EQT”) announced a competing voluntary public takeover offer for all shares in zooplus SE through Pet Bidco GmbH on September 25, 2021, the offer document for which was published on October 6, 2021. After several increases in the offer prices by the two bidders, on October 25, 2021, Hellman & Friedman and EQT announced that they had entered into a partnership for an improved voluntary public takeover offer by the bidding company of Hellman & Friedman at an increased final offer price of EUR 480 per share of zooplus SE. On November 4, 2021, Hellman & Friedman announced that its voluntary public takeover offer to the company’s shareholders to acquire all of the company’s shares had reached the minimum acceptance threshold of 50% of all zooplus shares plus one zooplus share and that all offer conditions had therefore been met. On November 8, 2021, Hellman & Friedman announced a voluntary public delisting tender offer for all zooplus shares at a price of EUR 480 per zooplus share. On January 17, 2022, Hellman & Friedman announced that it had secured a total of around 97% of zooplus’ share capital based on the acceptance rate of the delisting offer plus the preceding public takeover offer. Upon the company’s application, the admission to trading of zooplus shares on the regulated market was revoked pursuant to Section 39 (2) sentence 3 no. 1 of the German Stock Exchange Act (Börsengesetz – BörsG) in conjunction with Section 46 (1) sentence 2 no. 1 of the Stock Exchange Regulations for the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Bestimmungen der Börsenordnung der Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse – BörsO). The revocation became effective at the end of January 12, 2022. On this date, the inclusion of zooplus shares in the open market (Freiverkehr) of other stock exchanges was also terminated at the company’s request. As a result, zooplus SE is neither a listed nor a capital market-oriented company and therefore no longer a public interest entity. 

The Extraordinary General Meeting of the company on 22 December 2021 resolved on the conversion of zooplus AG into a European Company (Societas Europaea, SE) under the name “zooplus SE” by means of a change of legal form in accordance with Art. 2 para. 4 in conjunction with Art. 37 SE Regulation (SE-VO). The conversion into an SE became effective on February 23, 2022 by entry in the commercial register responsible for the company at the Local Court of Munich. The transformation of the company into the legal form of an SE was carried out while preserving the identity of the legal entity and does not entail the dissolution of the company or the formation of a new company. There were no personnel changes in the Executive Board and Supervisory Board as a result of the conversion.

Information on transaction process

On this site you can find all announcements by the zooplus SE, which were part of the voluntary public takeover offers by Hellman & Friedman and EQT. 

Further details on the two voluntary public takeover offers can be found on the respective deal websites of Hellman & Friedman (www.hf-offer.de) and EQT (www.eqt-offer.com).

Publication from 01.12.2021

Joint reasoned statement of the management board and the supervisory board of zooplus AG on the public delisting tender offer (cash offer) by Zorro Bidco S.à.r.l. to the shareholders of zooplus AG dated 1 December 2021

Ad-Hoc Announcement from 08.11.2021

zooplus AG: Decision by Zorro Bidco S.à r.l. to make a public delisting tender offer for the shares in zooplus AG at a price of EUR 480.00 per share

Ad-Hoc Announcement from 04.11.2021

zooplus AG: Voluntary public takeover offer by Zorro Bidco S.à r.l. reaches minimum acceptance threshold of 50% plus one share; EBITDA guidance reduced for the financial year 2021 due to one-off transaction costs

Press release from 02.11.2021

Final offer for zooplus by H&F with support of EQT to expire in 40 hours

Press release from 25.10.2021

zooplus supports increased and final offer of EUR 480 per share by Hellman & Friedman in partnership with EQT

Publication from 20.10.2021

Joint reasoned statement of the management board and the supervisory board of zooplus AG on the voluntary public takeover offer (cash offer pursuant to Section 29 of the German Securities Acquisition and Takeover Act) by Pet Bidco GmbH to the shareholders of zooplus AG dated 20 October 2021

Publication from 13.10.2021

Additional joint reasoned statement of the management board and the supervisory board of zoooplus AG on the amendment of the voluntary public takeover offer (cash offer pursuant to Sectoon 29 of the German Securities Acquisition and Takeover Act) published on 8 October 2021 by Zorro Bidco S.à.r.l. to the shareholders of zooplus AG dated 13 October 2021

Publication from 28.09.2021

Joint reasoned statement of the management board and the supervisory board of zooplus AG on the voluntary public takeover offer (cash offer pursuant to Section 29 of the German Securities Acquisition and Takeover Act) by Zorro Bidco S.à r.l. to the shareholders of zooplus AG dated 28 September 2021

Ad-hoc News

Ad-Hoc Announcement from 25.09.2021

Voluntary public takeover offer by EQT for zooplus AG of EUR 470.00 per zooplus share

Ad-Hoc Announcement from 15.09.2021

Financial investor KKR terminates discussions regarding a potential voluntary public takeover offer for zooplus AG

Ad-Hoc Announcement from 12.09.2021

Hellman & Friedman increases offer price to EUR 460.00 per zooplus share in cash

Ad-Hoc Announcement from 07.09.2021

zooplus AG confirms talks with financial investor KKR regarding a potential voluntary public takeover offer

Ad-Hoc Announcement from 02.09.2021

zooplus AG confirms talks with the financial investor EQT regarding a potential voluntary public takeover offer

Ad-Hoc Announcement from 13.08.2021

Strategic partnership with Zorro Bidco S.à r.l.; voluntary public takeover offer for zooplus AG of EUR 390 per zooplus share

Corporate News

Press release from 25.09.2021

zooplus announces voluntary public takeover offer by EQT at EUR 470 per share

Press release from 13. August 2021

zooplus enters into an Investment Agreement with Hellman & Friedman to fully capture long-term growth opportunities

 

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