SHANGHAI, July 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- E-House (China) Holdings Limited ("E-House" or the "Company") (NYSE: EJ), a leading real estate services company in China, today announced that it has called an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders (the "EGM"), to be held at 2:00 p.m. (Beijing Time) on August 5, 2016, at the Company's office at 11/F, Yinli Building, 383 Guangyan Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai 200072, the People's Republic of China, to consider and vote on, among other things, the proposal to authorize and approve the previously announced agreement and plan of merger (the "Merger Agreement") dated April 15, 2016 by and among E-House Holdings Ltd. ("Parent"), E-House Merger Sub Ltd. ("Merger Sub") and the Company, the plan of merger required to be filed with the Registrar of Companies of the Cayman Islands, substantially in the form attached to the Merger Agreement (the "Plan of Merger"), and the transactions contemplated thereby (including the Merger, as defined below).
Pursuant to the Merger Agreement and the Plan of Merger, Merger Sub will merge with and into the Company (the "Merger"), with the Company continuing as the surviving company after the Merger and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent in accordance with the Cayman Islands Companies Law. If completed, the Merger will result in the Company becoming a privately held company, and the Company's American depositary shares ("ADSs"), each representing one ordinary share of the Company, will no longer be listed on The New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") and the American depositary shares program for the ADSs will terminate.
The Company's board of directors, acting upon the unanimous recommendation of the special committee of the board of directors of the Company comprised of independent directors unaffiliated with Parent or Merger Sub or any member of the buyer group or the management of the Company, authorized and approved the Merger Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the transactions contemplated thereby (including the Merger) and recommended that the Company's shareholders and ADS holders vote FOR, among other things, the proposal to authorize and approve the Merger Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the transactions contemplated thereby (including the Merger).
Shareholders of record as of the close of business in the Cayman Islands on July 22, 2016 will be entitled to attend and vote at the EGM. ADS holders as of the close of business in New York City on July 11, 2016 will be entitled to instruct JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., the ADS depositary, to vote the ordinary shares represented by the ADSs at the EGM.
Additional information regarding the EGM and the Merger Agreement can be found in the transaction statement on Schedule 13E-3, as amended, and the proxy statement attached as Exhibit 99.(A)-(1) thereto, as amended, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which can be obtained, along with other filings containing information about the Company, the proposed Merger and related matters, without charge, from the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov). In addition, the Company's proxy materials (including the final proxy statement) will be mailed to shareholders and ADS holders.
INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY THESE MATERIALS AND OTHER MATERIALS FILED WITH OR FURNISHED TO THE SEC, AS THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY, THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS.
The Company and certain of its directors, executive officers and other members of management and employees may, under SEC rules, be deemed to be "participants" in the solicitation of proxies from the Company's shareholders with respect to the merger. Information regarding the persons who may be considered "participants" in the solicitation of proxies is set forth in the proxy statement and Schedule 13E-3 transaction statement relating to the merger filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants is included in the proxy statement and Schedule 13E-3 transaction statement and the other relevant documents filed with the SEC.
This announcement is neither a solicitation of a proxy, an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities and it is not a substitute for the proxy statement or other materials that have been or will be filed with or furnished to the SEC.
E-House (China) Holdings Limited ("E-House") (NYSE: EJ) is China's leading real estate services company with a nationwide network covering more than 260 cities. E-House offers a wide range of services to the real estate industry, including real estate online services through our 70%-owned subsidiary, Leju Holdings Limited (NYSE: LEJU), primary sales agency, secondary brokerage, information and consulting, offline advertising and promotion, real estate investment management and financial services, and mobile community value-added services. E-House has received numerous awards for its innovative and high-quality services, including "China's Best Company" from the National Association of Real Estate Brokerage and Appraisal Companies and "China Enterprises with the Best Potential" from Forbes. For more information about E-House, please visit http://www.ehousechina.com.
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This press release contains statements that express the Company's current opinions, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or projections regarding future events or future results and therefore are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"). These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "if," "will" and similar statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include: uncertainties as to how the Company's shareholders will vote at the meeting of shareholders; the possibility that competing offers will be made; the possibility that financing may not be available; the possibility that various closing conditions for the transaction may not be satisfied or waived; and other risks and uncertainties discussed in documents filed with the SEC by the Company, including the Schedule 13E-3 transaction statement and the proxy statement filed by the Company. These forward-looking statements reflect the Company's expectations as of the date of this press release. You should not rely upon these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.
For investor and media inquiries please contact:
Investor Relations Department
E-House (China) Holdings Limited
Phone: +86 (21) 6133-0809
Mr. Derek Mitchell
In the U.S.: +1 (646) 867-1888
In China: +86 (10) 8520-6139
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