aleo solar AG's Management Board and Supervisory Board back takeover offer from Robert Bosch GmbH
After examining the offer document, the Management Board and Supervisory Board deem the consideration of EUR 9.00 per share offered by Robert Bosch GmbH fair. This view is supported by the fairness opinion prepared by SUSAT & Partner OHG, the independent audit firm engaged by aleo solar AG. The Management Board and Supervisory Board were also advised by the investment bank Jefferies International Ltd. and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.
The Management Board and Supervisory Board consider the offer to be in the interests of aleo solar AG as a business. aleo has positioned itself as a premium brand and built up strong sales. The Bosch Group believes these activities ideally complement its current activities in the field of renewable energy. In the opinion of the Management Board and Supervisory Board, this alliance will provide a sound basis for successfully continuing aleo's growth course of recent years. The Management Board and Supervisory Board welcome the offeror's declared willingness to contribute its financial strength, resources for the development of new technologies, experience in high-precision mass production, international distribution channels and, last but not least, its reputation, and expect these factors to strengthen aleo solar AG.
In this context, the Management Board and Supervisory Board refer to the offer conditions set out in the offer documentation released by Robert Bosch GmbH. Among other things, these include clearance of the takeover under merger control regulations and a minimum acceptance threshold of at least 75%. Please refer to section 12.4 of the offer document for more information on the offer terms.
The Management Board and Supervisory Board believe that the consideration offered by Robert Bosch GmbH is fair within the meaning of Section 31 (1) WpÜG and that the offer is in the interests of the company. They therefore unanimously back the offer and recommend that the shareholders of aleo solar AG accept it.
It is at the sole discretion of the shareholders of aleo solar AG to accept or reject the offer, taking into account the overall circumstances and their individual circumstances and their assessment of the potential for the future performance of the company's shares. Both the acceptance and the rejection of the offer may have disadvantages for the shareholders of aleo solar AG that are explained in the joint statement of the Management Board and Supervisory Board.
The joint statement issued by the Management Board and Supervisory Board of aleo solar AG is available on the Company's website at http://www.aleo-solar.de. It can also be requested free of charge by phone (+49 (441) 21988 - 770), fax (+49 (441) 21988 - 690), or email (email@example.com).
aleo solar AG
aleo solar AG produces and sells solar modules using silicon cells. It also provides whole solar systems to the global photovoltaic market. The company was founded in 2001 and has been listed in the Frankfurt Stock Exchange's Prime Standard since 2006 (DE000A0JM634). The aleo solar Group currently employs 709 staff. Its manufacturing facilities in Prenzlau (Germany) and two more production sites in Spain and China have an annual capacity of 250 megawatts. The company generated revenue of EUR 360.5 million in 2008.