GfK said both the board and the supervisory board supported the agreement and would recommend that shareholders accept the offer. GfK SE ("GfK") and Acceleratio Capital N.V., a holding company controlled by funds advised by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts - Co. L.P. (in conjunction with related companies, "KKR") announced today that they have signed an investor agreement under which KKR will launch a voluntary takeover bid for all current listed GfK shares for EUR 43.50 per share. GfK`s board and supervisory board approved the investor contract. Subject to the terms of the investor contract and its legal trust obligations, in particular the verification of the offer base to be published by KKR, GfK`s Board of Supervisors welcome and support the voluntary offer. Fieldfisher has represented GfK-Nurnberg Gesellschaft for Konsum-, Markt- und Absatzforschung e.V., majority shareholder of GfK SE, as part of its shareholders` pact with Acceleratio Capital N.V., a holding company controlled by funds advised by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts - Co. L.P. (KKR). FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Private equity firm KKR. N has reached an agreement with six GfK shareholders that GFKG.DE paves the way for the ouster of minority shareholders from the German market research.
This would allow the forced purchase of the remaining shareholders, although a KKR spokesperson said no final decision had yet been made. Die GfK-Mehrheitsaktion-r GfK Verein wird an seiner 56.46-Prozent-Beteiligung im Rahmen der Vereinbarung, ane aber an, die von KKR vorgeschlagene technologische Revision zu unterst-tzen zu unterst-tzen, die eine Erfolgsbilanz bei der erfolgen Umement von Medien- und Marktforschungsgesch-ften vorweisen kann. Nuremberg, December 8, 2016 - GfK, the majority shareholder of 56.46% of GfK SE, today entered into a shareholder agreement with Acceleratio Capital N.V., a holding company controlled by funds advised by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts - Co. L.P. (with subsidiaries, "KKR"). The shareholders` pact is subject to the reservation of the voluntary public tender announced today by KKR. The shareholders of GfK SE ("GfK") have accepted the voluntary takeover offer of Acceleratio Capital N.V., a holding company controlled by funds advised by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts - Co. L.P. (in conjunction with related companies, "KKR"), by meeting the minimum requirement of acceptance of 18.54 per cent of the current GfK shares. This is an important step towards the success of this operation. The deadline for accepting the offer ended yesterday at midnight (24:00, yesterday).
The conclusion of the transaction remains subject to concentration control. The GfK association remains the majority shareholder of GfK with 56.46 per cent. Gerhard Hausruckinger, Chairman and CCO Spokesperson: "We are very pleased that our shareholders have accepted KKR`s offer. We now have strong partners at our side to implement our growth strategy quickly and consistently. Together, we prepare GfK for the future and offer our customers exceptional products and solutions. GfK SE is a global leader in market research listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. GfK will retain its 56.46 per cent share under the agreement. Acceleratio Capital N.V. has announced a voluntary takeover bid for GfK SE`s shares at an offer price of €43.50 per share.