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Today, Maersk Oil Trading and Investments A/S (”MOTI”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S, announces that it has decided and launched today a sale (the “Placing”) of its ordinary shares in Total S.A. (“Total”), a company listed on Euronext Paris, to institutional investors with final terms to be determined through an accelerated book-building process.
The Placing comprises an offering of 17,272,593 existing ordinary shares corresponding to the entire stake currently held directly by MOTI in Total.
The book building is commencing immediately and MOTI reserves the right to close the books at any time. MOTI will announce the outcome of the Placing upon its completion. MOTI expects to hold no shares in Total following the divestment. Barclays Bank PLC and Citigroup Global Markets Ltd. have been appointed by MOTI to act as Joint Global Coordinators and Bookrunners for the Placing.
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This announcement is not for publication, distribution or release, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States (including its territories and dependencies, any State of the United States and the District of Columbia). The offering of securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the securities may not be offered or sold in the United States without registration thereunder or pursuant to an available exemption therefrom. Neither this document nor the information contained herein constitutes or forms part of an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, securities in the United States. There will be no public offer of any securities in the United States or in any other jurisdiction.
In member states of the European Economic Area (“EEA”) which have implemented the Prospectus Directive (each, a “Relevant Member State”), this announcement and any offer if made subsequently is directed exclusively at persons who are “qualified investors” within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive (“Qualified Investors”). For these purposes, the expression “Prospectus Directive” means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including the 2010 PD Amending Directive, to the extent implemented in a Relevant Member State), and includes any relevant implementing measure in the Relevant Member State and the expression “2010 PD Amending Directive” means Directive 2010/73/EU. In the United Kingdom this announcement is directed exclusively at Qualified Investors (i) who have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the “Order”) or (ii) who fall within Article 49(2)(A) to (D) of the Order, and (iii) to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated; any other persons in the United Kingdom should not take any action on the basis of this announcement and should not act on or rely on it. This announcement is not an offer of securities or investments for sale nor a solicitation of an offer to buy securities or investments in any jurisdiction where such offer or solicitation would be unlawful. No action has been taken that would permit an offering of the securities or possession or distribution of this announcement in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this announcement comes are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.
This announcement has been issued by and is the sole responsibility of Maersk Oil Trading and Investments A/S (”MOTI”). No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by Barclays Bank PLC and Citigroup Global Markets Ltd (the “Bookrunners”) or by any of their respective affiliates or agents as to, or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.
In connection with any offering of the shares of Total S.A. (the “Shares”), each of the Joint Bookrunners and any of their affiliates acting as an investor for its own account may take up as a proprietary position any Shares and in that capacity may retain, purchase or sell for its own account such Shares. In addition, each of the Joint Bookrunners or their affiliates may enter into financing arrangements and swaps with investors in connection with which such Joint Bookrunners (or their affiliates) may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of Shares. None of the Joint Bookrunners intends to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligation to do so.
The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy or completeness. This announcement does not purport to identify or suggest the risks (direct or indirect) which may be associated with an investment in Total S.A. or the Shares. Any investment decision in connection with the Shares must be made solely on the basis of all publicly available information relating to Total S.A. and the Shares (which has not been independently verified by the Bookrunners).
The Joint Bookrunners are acting on behalf of MOTI and no one else in connection with any offering of the Shares and will not be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to clients of the Joint Bookrunners nor for providing advice in relation to any offering of the Shares.
Head of Investor Relations, Stig Frederiksen, tel. +45 3363 3106
Head of External Communication, Signe Wagner, tel. +45 3363 1901