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Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, today amended its cash tender offer to acquire Protect Data AB (publ) (PROT.ST). The initial tender offer was announced on November 20, 2006, through a wholly owned subsidiary of Check Point, C.P.S.T. Sweden Holdings AB.
• The amended offer price is SEK 187 per Protect Data share, compared to SEK 180 previously
• The amended offer price is SEK 250 per warrant (2005/2008) and SEK 88 per warrant (2006/2009) in Protect Data, compared to SEK 236 and SEK 85 previously
• The total value of the amended offer amounts to approximately SEK 4,314 million or US $625 million, compared to approximately SEK 4,152 million or US $586 million previously
• The acceptance period is extended until January 8, 2007, inclusive. Provided that Check Point announces that the conditions to the offer have been fulfilled or waived no later than January 11, 2007, settlement is expected to commence on or about January 16, 2007.
Other terms and conditions set forth in the original offer remain unchanged and apply to the amended offer, including the right to waive such conditions. The offer is subject to a minimum acceptance of more than 90 percent of all of the shares of Protect Data, before as well as after dilution, receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary conditions.
In addition to Protect Data’s largest shareholder, Monterro Holding Ltd., the following large shareholders have now also committed, subject to certain conditions, to accept the offer: Swedbank Robur Funds, Catella Funds, Nordea Investment Funds, Carnegie Funds, Banco Funds, Cancale Förvaltnings AB, Radar, Thomas Blitz, Peter Knafve and Mats Hentzel. In total, these shareholders, including Monterro Holding Ltd., represent approximately 41 percent of the outstanding shares of Protect Data.
Shareholders and holders of warrants who have already tendered their shares will be included in the increased offer without further action.
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