WALLDORF, Germany and PARIS, Feb. 11 -- SAP France S.A. ("SAP France") and SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) ("SAP") announced today that on February 18, 2008 SAP France, which as of February 8, 2008 owned 95.49% of Business Objects S.A. (NASDAQ:BOBJ) (Euronext Paris ISIN code: FR0004026250 - BOB) ("Business Objects"), will acquire the Business Objects securities that it does not already directly or indirectly own through a squeeze-out procedure with respect to the remaining publicly held shares and bonds convertible or exchangeable into new or existing shares ("ORNANEs"). In total, SAP France will acquire through the squeeze-out 2,861,724 shares representing 2.77% of the share capital and voting rights of Business Objects and 25,000 ORNANEs representing 0.23% of the outstanding ORNANEs.
The French Autorite des marches financiers ("AMF") published today the timetable for the squeeze-out. On February 18, 2008, Business Objects shares and ORNANEs will be delisted from Euronext and all remaining minority interests, with the exception of treasury shares held by Business Objects and 23,849 shares subscribed for by minority shareholders through a plan d'epargne entreprise (company-sponsored employee savings plan), will cease to have an equity interest in Business Objects. Business Objects intends to request that Business Objects American depositary shares ("ADSs") be delisted from NASDAQ on February 19, 2008. Holders of Business Objects shares and ORNANEs subject to the squeeze-out will be entitled to receive consideration in the amount of euro 42.00 per share and euro 50.65 per ORNANE, respectively. Holders of ADSs will be entitled to receive consideration in the amount of the U.S. dollar equivalent of euro 42.00 per ADS, less any amount payable by the holder to the depositary of the ADR program.
Business Objects shares and ORNANEs subject to the squeeze-out will be transferred to SAP France on February 18, 2008. The total amount required for payment for the securities will be deposited by SAP France, net of fees, on such date in a blocked account opened for such purpose with BNP Paribas Securities Services, which will centralize the payment process. After the closing of individual bank accounts by Euroclear France, the account-holding institutions will credit the accounts of Business Object security holders with the payment owed to them. Any amounts for which the beneficiary is unknown will be retained by BNP Paribas Securities Services for a period of 10 years from the effective date of the squeeze-out. At the expiration of the 10-year period, any unclaimed amounts will be paid over to the Caisse des Depots et Consignations and will be held on behalf of the beneficiaries for their disposal.
As a result of the squeeze-out, on February 18, 2008, SAP France will own, directly or indirectly, 100% of the share capital and voting rights of Business Objects, less the 23,849 shares subscribed through the plan d'epargne entreprise.
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