Pfäffikon SZ, December 21, 2006 - On December 8, 2006, OC Oerlikon Corporation AG, Pfäffikon ("Oerlikon") informed about the definitive interim result regarding its public tender offer ("Offer") for all publicly held registered shares of Saurer AG, Arbon ("Saurer Shares"). At the same time, Oerlikon reserved the right to extend the additional acceptance period with the approval of the Takeover Board. With recommendation of December 18, 2006, the Takeover Board approved the extension of the additional acceptance period until January 4, 2007. In accordance with this approval, Oerlikon extends the additional acceptance period for six trading days. The additional acceptance period now expires on January 4, 2007, 4 p.m. CET.
As announced, the payment of the Offer price in the amount of CHF 135.00 net for each of the tendered Saurer Shares will be made with a value date as at January 10, 2007.
The following restrictions apply for the public tender offer described in this media release:
United States of America
The offer is not being made directly or indirectly in, or by use of the mails of, or by any means or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce of, or any facilities of a national securities exchange of, the United States of America, its territories and possessions, any State of the United States and the District of Columbia (the "United States"). This includes, but is not limited to, facsimile transmission, telex and telephones. Accordingly, copies of this document and any related offering documents are not being, and must not be, mailed or otherwise distributed or sent in or into the United States and so doing may invalidate any purported acceptance.
The offer documents in connection with the offer are not for distribution to persons whose place of residence, seat or habitual abode is in the United Kingdom. This does not apply, however, to persons who (i) have professional experience in matters relating to investments or (ii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) ("high net worth companies, unincorporated associations etc") of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 in the United Kingdom or to whom it may otherwise lawfully be passed on (all such persons together being referred to as "Relevant Persons"). The offer documents in connection with the offer must not be acted on or relied on by persons whose place of residence, seat or habitual abode is in the United Kingdom and who are not Relevant Persons. In the United Kingdom any investment or investment activity to which the offer documents relate is available only to Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with Relevant Persons.
Australia, Canada and Japan
This offer is not addressed to shareholders of Saurer AG, whose place of residence, seat or habitual abode is in Australia, Canada or Japan (the "Excluded Shareholders"). The Excluded Shareholders may not accept this offer.
This offer is not, directly or indirectly, made in a country or jurisdiction in which such offer would be illegal, otherwise violate the applicable law or an ordinance or which would require OC Oerlikon Corporation AG, Pfäffikon to change the terms or conditions of the offer in any way, to submit an additional filing to, or perform additional actions in relation to, any governmental, regulatory or legal authority. It is not intended to extend the offer to any such country or such jurisdiction. Documents relating to the offer must neither be distributed in such countries or jurisdictions nor be sent to such countries or jurisdictions. Such documents must not be used for the purpose of soliciting the purchase of securities of Saurer AG by any person or entity from such countries or jurisdictions.