NORTHFIELD, Ill., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On 9 November 2009, Kraft Foods Inc. ("Kraft Foods") announced its firm intention to make an offer (the "Offer") to acquire all of the issued and to be issued share capital of Cadbury plc ("Cadbury"). On 19 January 2010, Kraft Foods announced the detailed terms of a recommended Final* Offer for Cadbury.
Kraft Foods announces that the Final Offer Document, which contains the terms and conditions of the Final Offer and the procedures for acceptance, along with a supplementary prospectus relating to the Final Offer (the "Supplementary Prospectus"), has been published today on Kraft Foods' website (www.transactioninfo.com/kraftfoods). The Final Offer Document will be posted as soon as practicable, together with the relevant Final Form of Acceptance.
The Final Offer is being communicated to Cadbury US Shareholders, Cadbury Canadian Shareholders and Cadbury ADS Holders (wherever located) by way of the Final US Offer Document (rather than the documents described in the previous paragraph). The Final US Offer Document has been filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and is available on the same Kraft Foods website (as mentioned above). The Final US Offer Document will also be posted as soon as practicable, together with the relevant Final Form of Acceptance or ADS Letter of Transmittal.
Cadbury Securityholders who have already accepted the Original Offer (and have not withdrawn those acceptances) will automatically be deemed to have accepted the terms of the Final Offer by virtue of their prior acceptances and therefore need take no further action.
Acceptances of the Final Offer should be received no later than 1.00 p.m. (London time) / 8.00 a.m. (New York time) on 2 February 2010.
Copies of the Offer-related documentation will be available for inspection during normal business hours on any weekday (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays excepted) at Clifford Chance LLP, 10 Upper Bank Street, London E14 5JJ, England until the end of the Offer Period. Copies of the Final Offer Document, the Final US Offer Document and the Supplementary Prospectus will be available to the public, subject to restrictions relating to persons in certain overseas jurisdictions, on Kraft Foods' website (www.transactioninfo.com/kraftfoods) during the course of the Offer.
Other than as expressly set out in this announcement, capitalised terms used in this announcement shall have the meanings given to them in the Final Offer Document published by Kraft Foods on 19 January 2010.
* The Offer is final and will not be increased, except that Kraft Foods reserves the right to increase the Offer if there is an announcement on or after 19 January 2010 of an offer or a possible offer for Cadbury by a third party offeror or potential offeror.
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This announcement will be available on Kraft Foods' website (www.transactioninfo.com/kraftfoods) by no later than 12 noon (London time) / 7.00 a.m. (New York City time) on 20 January 2010.
This announcement does not constitute, and must not be construed as, an offer to sell or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe for any securities, pursuant to the Offer or otherwise. The Offer is being made by the Original Offer Documents, the Final Offer Documents and the accompanying documentation (the "Offer Documentation"). The Final Offer Documents will be sent to Cadbury Securityholders as soon as practicable. Cadbury Securityholders who accept the Offer may rely only on the Offer Documentation for all the terms and conditions of the Offer.
This announcement is not a prospectus for the purposes of the EU Prospectus Directive. Cadbury Securityholders in the EU should not tender their shares except on the basis of information in the prospectus published pursuant to the EU Prospectus Directive on Kraft Foods' website (as supplemented from time to time). In making their decision whether or not to accept the Offer, Cadbury Securityholders who are South African residents will need to take into account the Excon Regulations, and consider whether or not their acceptance of the Offer and their subsequent receipt of consideration for their Cadbury Shares from Kraft Foods, whether in the form of cash and/or New Kraft Foods Shares, will be in compliance with the Excon Regulations.
The release, publication or distribution of this announcement and any other Offer-related documentation in jurisdictions other than the UK, the US, Canada, France, Ireland or Spain, and the availability of the Offer to Cadbury Securityholders who are not resident in such jurisdictions may be affected by the laws or regulations of relevant jurisdictions. Therefore any persons who are subject to the laws and regulations of any jurisdiction other than the UK, the US, Canada, France, Ireland or Spain, and Cadbury Securityholders who are not resident in such jurisdictions should inform themselves of and observe any applicable requirements.
The Offer is not being extended and will not be extended, directly or indirectly, in or into or by use of the mails of, or by any means or instrumentality (including, without limitation, electronic mail, facsimile transmission, telex, telephone, internet or other forms of electronic communication) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or any facilities of a national securities exchange of, any jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws of that jurisdiction or would require registration of the New Kraft Foods Shares, other than the US (a "Restricted Jurisdiction"). Accordingly, copies of this announcement and the Offer-related documentation are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed, transmitted or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in, into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction. Persons receiving such documents (including, without limitation, custodians, nominees, and trustees) should observe these restrictions. Failure to observe such restrictions may render any purported acceptance of the Offer invalid.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements regarding the Offer. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the proposed combination and other such statements that are not historical facts, which are or may be based on Kraft Foods' plans, estimates and projections. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Kraft Foods' control, that could cause Kraft Foods' actual results to differ materially from those indicated in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, failure to obtain necessary regulatory approvals or required financing or to satisfy any of the other conditions to the Offer, and the risk factors, as they may be amended form time to time, set forth in Kraft Foods' filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including the registration statement on Form S-4, as amended from time to time, filed by Kraft Foods in connection with the Offer, Kraft Foods' most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. Kraft Foods disclaims and does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement in this announcement, except as required by applicable law or regulation.
Additional US-Related Information
This announcement is provided for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Cadbury or Kraft Foods. Kraft Foods has filed a registration statement and tender offer documents with the SEC, which will be amended to reflect the terms of the recommended Final Offer, and Cadbury will file an amendment to its solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 in connection with the recommended Offer. Cadbury Shareholders who are US or Canadian residents and holders of Cadbury ADSs, wherever located, should read those filings, and any other filings to be made by Kraft Foods and Cadbury with the SEC in connection with the recommended Offer, as they will contain important information. Those documents, when available, as well as Kraft Foods' other public filings with the SEC, may be obtained without charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and at Kraft Foods' website at www.kraftfoodscompany.com.
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