Fortnox acceptance period extended to 20 May 2016
Fortnox acceptance period extended to 20 May 2016

Fortnox acceptance period extended to 20 May 2016

The Offer is not being made, and this press release may not be distributed, directly or indirectly, in or into, nor will any tender of shares be accepted from or on behalf of holders in, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States of America, or any other jurisdiction in which the making of the Offer, the distribution of this press release or the acceptance of any tender of shares would contravene applicable laws or regulations or require further offer documents, filings or other measures in addition to those required under Swedish law. 

PRESS RELEASE, 22 April 2016

Acceptance period extended to 20 May 2016 – acceptance level of 68.14 per cent in Visma’s public cash offer on Fortnox and approval from competition authorities is still pending.

The Offer

On 14 March 2016, Visma AS (“Visma”) announced a recommended public cash offer to the shareholders and holders of warrants of Fortnox AB (publ) (“Fortnox” or the “Company”) to tender all their shares in Fortnox to Visma for SEK 24 per share and all their warrants for SEK 8.66 per warrant (the “Offer”).*  Fortnox’s shares are listed on NGM Nordic MTF.

Completion of the Offer is conditional upon e.g. the Offer being accepted to such extent that Visma becomes the owner of Shares representing more than 50 % of the total number of Shares of the Company (after full dilution), and, with respect to the Offer and the acquisition of Fortnox, receipt of all necessary regulatory, governmental or similar clearances, approvals and decisions, including from competition authorities, in each case on terms which, in Visma’s opinion, are acceptable.

Visma has reserved the right to withdraw the Offer in the event it becomes clear that either of the conditions is not fulfilled or cannot be fulfilled. Visma has reserved the right to waive, in whole or in part, one or more of the conditions of the Offer, including to complete the Offer at a lower level of acceptance.

Outcome of the Offer

As of 21 April 2016, the last day of the initial acceptance period under the Offer, shareholders in Fortnox holding 39,806,688 shares, corresponding to approximately 68.14 % of the total amount of outstanding shares and votes in Fortnox, and holders of warrants in Fortnox holding 420,000 shares, corresponding to approximately 89.36 of the total amount of outstanding warrants in Fortnox, had accepted the Offer.

The Swedish Competition Authority’s investigation

The acquisition of Fortnox is subject to approval from the Swedish Competition Authority (“SCA”). In connection with the Offer, Visma has filed a so called voluntary company merger notification pursuant to Chapter 4 § 6 of the Swedish Competition Act to the SCA. On 22 April 2016, SCA announced that further investigation and an analysis of the effects that the merger may lead to is required in order to make a final decision on the merger. Hence, the SCA decided to initiate a specific investigation under the Swedish Competition Act (so called phase II investigation).

Extension of the acceptance period and postponement of the date of settlement

The indicative timetable of the offer document as published 30 March 2016 stated that the acceptance period began on 31 March 2016 and was ended on 21 April 2016. Visma has reserved the right to extend the acceptance period as well as to postpone the date of settlement.

In order to further await SCA’s examination (SCA’s approval is a condition for the completion of the Offer), Visma has extended the acceptance period until 17:00 (CET) on 20 May 2016. Settlement will take place as soon as Visma has announced that the conditions to the Offer are fulfilled or that Visma otherwise has resolved to complete the Offer. Provided that such an announcement is made at the latest on 24 May 2016, settlement is expected to occur on or about 27 May 2016. Holders of shares and/or warrants in Fortnox own the right to withdraw made acceptances of the Offer. Revocation shall be made in accordance with the instructions in the offer document.

Visma continuously reserves the right to extend the acceptance period as well as to postpone the date of settlement. Visma continuously reserves the right to withdraw the Offer in the event it becomes clear that either of the conditions is not fulfilled or cannot be fulfilled, as well as to waive, in whole or in part, one or more of the conditions and to complete the Offer. In other respects, reference is made to the terms of the Offer as stated in the press release of 14 March 2016.


Visma discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Takeover Rules. The information was submitted for publication on 22 April 2016, 14.00 CET.

Information about the Offer

Information about the Offer is made available at: www.visma.com.

For questions regarding the Offer, please contact: Øystein Moan, CEO, Visma AS, +47 920 80 000

Important information

The Offer, pursuant to the terms and conditions presented in this press release, is not being made to persons whose participation in the Offer requires that an additional offer document is prepared or registration effected or that any other measures are taken in addition to those required under Swedish law and regulations.

This press release and any related Offer documentation are not being distributed and must not be mailed or otherwise distributed or sent in or into any country in which the distribution or offering would require any such additional measures to be taken or would be in conflict with any law or regulation in such country – any such action will not be permitted or sanctioned by Visma. Any purported acceptance of the Offer resulting directly or indirectly from a violation of these restrictions may be disregarded.

The Offer is not being and will not be made, directly or indirectly, in or into, or by use of mail or any other means or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce of, or any facilities of a national securities exchange of, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States. This includes, but is not limited to facsimile transmission, electronic mail, telex, telephone, the internet and other forms of electronic transmission. The Offer cannot be accepted and shares may not be tendered in the Offer by any such use, means, instrumentality or facility of, or from within Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States or by persons located or resident in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States. Accordingly, this press release and any related Offer documentation are not being and should not be mailed or otherwise transmitted, distributed, forwarded or sent in or into Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States or to any Australian, Hong Kong, Japanese, Canadian, New Zealand, South African or U.S. persons or any persons located or resident in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States.

Any purported tender of shares in an Offer resulting directly or indirectly from a violation of these restrictions will be invalid and any purported tender of shares made by a person located in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States or any agent fiduciary or other intermediary acting on a non-discretionary basis for a principal giving instructions from within Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States will be invalid and will not be accepted. Each holder of shares participating in the Offer will represent that it is not an Australian, Hong Kong, Japanese, Canadian, New Zealand, South African or U.S. person, is not located in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States and is not participating in such Offer from Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States or that it is acting on a non-discretionary basis for a principal that is not an Australian, Hong Kong, Japanese, Canadian, New Zealand, South African or U.S. person, that is located outside Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States and that is not giving an order to participate in such offer from Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States. Visma will not deliver any consideration from the Offer into Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States.

This press release is not being, and must not be, sent to shareholders with registered addresses in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States. Banks, brokers, dealers and other nominees holding shares for persons in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States must not forward this press release or any other document received in connection with the Offer to such persons.

For purposes of this section “United States” and “U.S.” means the United States of America, its territories and possessions (including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Wake Island, and the Northern Mariana Islands), any state of the United States of America and the District of Columbia.

This press release has been published in Swedish and English. In the event of any discrepancy in content between the two language versions, the Swedish version shall prevail.

* If Fortnox pays dividends or makes any other distributions to shareholders, for which the record date occurs prior to the settlement of the Offer, the Offer Price will be reduced accordingly.