No Intention to bid re Goals Soccer Centres
Date: 21 October 2019
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THIS IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT FALLING UNDER RULE 2.8 OF THE CITY CODE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS (THE "CODE").
SPORTS DIRECT INTERNATIONAL PLC
("Sports Direct" or the "Company")
No intention to bid statement regarding Goals Soccer Centres plc
Further to the announcement made by Sports Direct on 23 September 2018, Sports Direct confirms that it does not intend to make an offer for Goals Soccer Centres plc ("Goals") and is consequently bound by the restrictions under Rule 2.8 of the Code, save in the circumstances set out below.
Sports Direct had only limited and fitful access and cooperation from the board of Goals to support Sports Direct's possible offer. Accordingly Sports Direct was unable to complete the necessary due diligence to progress the offer. At the same time the board of Goals continues to pursue the AMA process it set out on 29 August 2019, a process which, if successful, Sports Direct believes will result in significant dilution in value for those shareholders who do not participate in the AMA process and be to the detriment of certain creditors.
Under Note 2 on Rule 2.8 of the Code, Sports Direct, and any person acting in concert with Sports Direct, reserves the right to announce an offer or possible offer or make or participate in an offer or possible offer for Goals or to take any other action which would otherwise be restricted under Rule 2.8 of the Code within six months following the date of this announcement in the following circumstances: (a) with the agreement or consent of the board of Goals; (b) if any third party announces a firm intention to make an offer for Goals; (c) if Goals announces a "whitewash" proposal (see Note 1 of the Notes on Dispensations from Rule 9 of the Code) or a reverse takeover (as defined in the Code); or, (d) if the UK Panel on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Panel") determines that there has been a material change of circumstances.
Numis (Financial adviser to Sports Direct)
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Tom Piper, Company Secretary
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