ROSH HAAYIN, Israel, June 28, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blue Square - Israel Ltd. (NYSE: BSI) ("Blue Square") announced that at a general meeting of Blue Square shareholders held today, Blue Square shareholders had approved the acquisition by Blue Square from Alon Israel Oil Co. ("Alon"), of all of Alon's holdings in Dor Alon Energy In Israel (1988) Ltd. ("Dor Alon"), a publicly traded company on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (the "Acquisition"), pursuant to the previously announced share purchase agreement between Blue Square and Alon. Alon is the controlling shareholder of Blue Square.
In exchange for each share in Dor Alon held by Alon, Blue Square is to issue to Alon 1.8 shares of Blue Square, and in exchange for all of the Dor Alon shares held by Alon, Blue Square is to issue to Alon an aggregate of 20,327,710 ordinary shares. As a result of the transaction, Alon's direct and indirect ownership interest in Blue Square would increase to approximately 78.41% of the outstanding share capital of Blue Square from approximately 68.57% of the outstanding share capital of Blue Square.
Within the framework of the Acquisition, Blue Square shareholders also approved the distribution of a dividend, after the share issuance, to the Company's shareholders not out of profits, of NIS 800 million, or approximately US$207 million (based on the representative rate of exchange on June 25, 2010), which represents a dividend of approximately NIS 12.32, or approximately US$3.19 (based on the representative rate of exchange on June 25, 2010), per Blue Square ordinary share (after taking into account the shares issued to Alon in the acquisition). The dividend per share is subject to change based on the number of shares outstanding on the record date for the dividend. The dividend distribution would be made following the issuance of ordinary shares to Alon, and is conditioned thereon and subject to approval by the Israeli court.
The Acquisition is subject to the dividend distribution, other approvals required by applicable law and customary closing conditions.
At the shareholders meeting today, the shareholders also approved the change of the Company's name to "Alon Holdings - Blue Square Israel Ltd." or to a similar name approved by the Israeli Registrar of Companies. The Company's name will be changed following approval of the new name by Israeli Registrar of Companies.
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.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, plans or projections about our business and our future revenues, expenses and profitability. Forward-looking statements may be, but are not necessarily, identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," and words and terms of similar substance. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual events, results, performance, circumstance and achievements to be materially different from any future events, results, performance, circumstance and achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, the following: our ability to compete effectively against low-priced supermarkets and other competitors; the effect of the recession in Israel on the sales in our stores and on our profitability; quarterly fluctuations in our operating results that may cause volatility of our ADS and share price; risks associated with our dependence on a limited number of key suppliers for products that we sell in our stores; the effect of an increase in minimum wage in Israel on our operating results; the effect of any actions taken by the Israeli Antitrust Authority on our ability to execute our business strategy and on our profitability; the effect of increases in oil, raw material and product prices in recent years; the effects of damage to our reputation or to the reputation to our store brands due to reports in the media or otherwise; and other risks, uncertainties and factors disclosed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including, but not limited to, risks, uncertainties and factors identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2009. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except for our ongoing obligations to disclose material information under the applicable securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
Contact: Blue Square-Israel Ltd. Elli Levinson-Sela General Counsel & Corporate Secretary Telephone: +972-3-9282670 Fax: +972-3-9282498 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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