Alon Issues Clarification to Blue Square Regarding Tax Matters in Connection With Proposed Transaction

Jun 22, 2010, 15:10 ET from Blue Square Israel Ltd

ROSH HAAYIN, Israel, June 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blue Square - Israel Ltd. (NYSE: BSI) ("Blue Square") announced that pursuant to the previously announced Share Purchase Agreement between BSI and Alon Israel Oil Company Ltd., or Alon, with respect to the acquisition by BSI of Alon's equity interest in Dor-Alon Energy In Israel (1988) Ltd., or Dor Alon, Alon has clarified to BSI that its obligations under Section 10 of the Share Purchase Agreement include Alon's agreement to pay various tax amounts described below, if and to the extent BSI sells its Dor Alon shares to a third party.

In connection with the proposed acquisition, as previously announced, Alon and BSI obtained a pre-ruling from the Israeli Tax Authority. The pre-ruling is subject to various conditions and provides, among other things, that the cost basis and the purchase date of the shares of Dor Alon for tax purposes in the possession of BSI following the acquisition will be the original price and acquisition date, respectively, as they had been for Alon prior to the acquisition. Alon has clarified to BSI that, in connection with the payment of tax at the time of any future sale by BSI of all or part of its shares in Dor Alon, if any, to a third party, Alon will pay that portion of any applicable tax payable in an amount equal to the amount of tax deferred by the Tax Authority in its pre-ruling (i.e., the amount of tax that would have been payable by Alon in connection with the acquisition had the acquisition not been tax exempt according to the pre-ruling).

Blue Square is a leading retailer in Israel. A pioneer of modern food retailing in the region, Blue Square currently operates 207 supermarkets under different formats, each offering varying levels of service and pricing.

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    Blue Square-Israel Ltd.
    Elli Levinson-Sela
    General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
    Telephone: +972-3-9282670
    Fax: +972-3-9282498
    Email: ellils@bsi.co.il


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