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You are attempting to enter the area of this website that is designated for the publication of documents and information in connection with the proposed cash offer (the Offer) by Sunray Investments Luxembourg S.à r.l. (Bidco) for Stock Spirits Group plc (the Target), to be implemented by means of a scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006. The information contained in this website is made available in good faith and for information purposes only and is subject to the terms and conditions set out below. In particular, the information contained in this website does not constitute an offer to sell or otherwise dispose of or any invitation or solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for any securities pursuant to the Offer or otherwise in any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful.
The full terms and conditions of the Offer will be set out in the formal Scheme Document. In deciding whether or not to vote in favour of the Offer, shareholders of the Target should rely only on the information contained and procedures described in the formal Scheme Document.
Terms defined in the announcement of the Offer dated 12 August 2021 shall have the same meaning when used in this notice.
Access to the Website
If you would like to view this area of the website, please read this notice carefully. This notice applies to all persons who view this area of the website and, depending on where you are located, may affect your rights or responsibilities. Bidco reserves the right to amend or update this notice at any time and you should, therefore, read it in full each time you visit this area of the website. In addition, the contents of this area of the website may be amended at any time in whole or in part at the sole discretion of Bidco.
As a consequence of legal restrictions, the release, publication or distribution of information contained on this area of the website in certain jurisdictions or to certain persons may be restricted or unlawful. All persons resident or located outside the United Kingdom and the United States who wish to view this area of the website must first satisfy themselves that they are not subject to any local requirements that prohibit or restrict them from doing so and should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory requirements applicable in their jurisdiction. If you are resident or located in a country that renders the accessing of this area of the website or parts thereof illegal, whether or not subject to making certain notifications or taking other action, you should not view this area of the website.
It is your responsibility to satisfy yourself as to the full observance of any relevant laws and regulatory requirements. If you are in any doubt, you should not continue to seek to access this area of the website. By proceeding, you agree to comply with the terms set out herein and confirm that you are a resident of and accessing this website from a country where accessing this area of the website and its contents is lawful.
You should not forward, transmit or show the announcements, information or documents contained in this area of the website to any person. In particular, you should not forward or transmit the announcements, information or documents contained therein to any jurisdiction where it would be unlawful to do so.
Notice to US investors
The Offer is being made for the securities of an English company and is subject to UK disclosure requirements, which are different from those of the United States. The financial information included in this section of the website has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and thus 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. The Offer will be made in the United States in accordance with the requirements of the UK’s City Code on Takeovers and Mergers. Accordingly, the Offer will be subject to disclosure and other procedural requirements, including with respect to withdrawal rights, offer timetable, settlement procedures and timing of payments, that are different from those applicable under US domestic tender offer procedures and law.
It may be difficult for US holders of Target shares to enforce their rights and claims arising out of the US federal securities laws against the Target or its affiliates, since the Target is located in a country other than the United States, and some or all of their officers and directors may be residents of a country other than the United States. US holders of Target shares may not be able to sue a non-US company or its officers or directors in a non-US court for violations of the US securities laws. Further, it may be difficult to compel a non-US company and its affiliates to subject themselves to a US court’s judgement.
In accordance with normal UK practice and pursuant to Rule 14e-5(b) of the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the US Exchange Act), Bidco or its nominees, or its brokers (acting as agents), may from time to time make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, Target shares outside of the United States, other than pursuant to the Offer, before or during the period in which the Offer remains open for acceptance. Also, in accordance with Rule 14e-5(b) of the US Exchange Act, Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG will continue to act as an exempt principal trader in Target shares on the London Stock Exchange. These purchases may occur either in the open market at prevailing prices or in private transactions at negotiated prices. Any information about such purchases will be disclosed as required in the UK, will be reported to a Regulatory Information Service of the Financial Services Authority and will be available on the London Stock Exchange website, www.londonstockexchange.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This area of the website contains “forward-looking statements”. Forward-looking statements are prospective in nature and are not based on historical facts, but rather on current expectations and projections of the management of Bidco and the Target about future events, and are therefore subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in area of the website include statements relating to the expected effects of the Offer on Bidco and the Target, the expected timing and scope of the Offer and other statements other than historical facts. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “is subject to”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Although Bidco and the Target believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, Bidco and the Target can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the satisfaction of the Conditions, as well as additional factors, such as: changes in the global political, economic, business and competitive environments; inability to obtain, or meet conditions imposed for, required governmental and regulatory approvals; legal or regulatory developments and changes, including, but not limited to, changes in environmental and health and safety regulations; government actions; foreign exchange rate and interest rate fluctuations; changes in tax rates; weak, volatile or illiquid capital and/or credit markets; market position of the companies comprising the Target’s group; earnings; financial position; cash flows; return on capital and operating margins; anticipated investments; the ability of Bidco or the Target’s group to obtain capital/additional finance; an unexpected decline in revenue or profitability; retention of senior management; the maintenance of labour relations; fluctuations in commodity prices and other input costs; operating and financial restrictions as a result of financing arrangements; changes in consumer habits and preferences including a reduction in demand by customers; competitive product and pricing pressures; future business combinations or disposals; success of business and operating initiatives; and changes in the level of capital investment.
Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Bidco expressly disclaims any intention or obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent legally required.
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