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Bridgepoint Capital Limited ("Bridgepoint") notes the recent press speculation in relation to its interest in Care UK plc ("Care UK" or the "Company"), and confirms that it has had preliminary discussions with the Board of the Company.
There is no certainty that any offer for the Company will be made.
Any enquiries should be directed to James Murray at Bridgepoint on +44 20 7432 3555.
Dealing Disclosure Requirements:
Under the provisions of Rule 8.3 of the Takeover Code (the "Code"), if any person is, or becomes, "interested" (directly or indirectly) in 1% or more of any class of "relevant securities" of Care UK plc, all "dealings" in any "relevant securities" of that company (including by means of an option in respect of, or a derivative referenced to, any such "relevant securities") must be publicly disclosed by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the London business day following the date of the relevant transaction. This requirement will continue until the date on which the offer becomes, or is declared, unconditional as to acceptances, lapses or is otherwise withdrawn or on which the "offer period" otherwise ends. If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire an "interest" in "relevant securities" of Care UK, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.
Under the provisions of Rule 8.1 of the Code, all "dealings" in "relevant securities" of Care UK by Bridgepoint or Care UK, or by any of their respective "associates", must be disclosed by no later than 12.00 noon (London time) on the London business day following the date of the relevant transaction.
A disclosure table, giving details of the companies in whose "relevant securities" "dealings" should be disclosed, and the number of such securities in issue, can be found on the Takeover Panel's website at http://www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk/new/.
"Interests in securities" arise, in summary, when a person has long economic exposure, whether conditional or absolute, to changes in the price of securities. In particular, a person will be treated as having an "interest" by virtue of the ownership or control of securities, or by virtue of any option in respect of, or derivative referenced to, securities.
Terms in quotation marks are defined in the Code, which can also
be found on the Panel's website. If you are in any doubt as to
whether or not you are required to disclose a "dealing" under Rule
8, you should consult the Panel.
For all press enquiries, contact James Murray on +44 (0) 20 7432 3555