Electronics Production | February 19, 2007

Kemet to acquire Evox Rifa

US based Passive Component maker Kemet and Finland based competitor Evox Rifa have entered into a combination agreement whereby Kemet, or a wholly owned subsidiary, will make a public tender offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares in Evox Rifa.
The offer price for the shares in Evox Rifa will be EUR 0.12 per share payable in cash. The offer price represents a premium of approximately 47 per cent compared to the volume-weighted average trading price of the Evox Rifa shares on the Helsinki Stock Exchange during the last 12 months and approximately 44 per cent compared to the average trading price during the last 3 months.

Kemet will also offer to acquire all of the loan notes under the convertible capital loan issued by Evox Rifa for a consideration corresponding to the aggregate of the nominal amount per loan note of EUR 100 plus accrued interest up to and including the closing date of the tender offer.

At the date hereof, Evox Rifa's equity capital amounts to EUR 8,908,400.90 and the number of shares outstanding amounts to 178,156,018.

The convertible capital loan issued by Evox Rifa amounts to EUR 5,587,900, and the loan notes issued thereunder can be converted into a total of 41,909,250 new shares in Evox Rifa.

Evox Rifa shareholders Fennogens Investments S.A., Veikko Laine Oy, Mr. Wee Cheng Hoon, Mr. Henrik Ehrnrooth and Mr. Pertti Laine, representing approximately 51.7 per cent of the share capital of Evox Rifa, have undertaken irrevocably and unconditionally to accept the tender offer.
Kemet currently has no holdings in Evox Rifa.

Kemet has been informed that the Board of Directors of Evox Rifa is of the opinion that the offer consideration to be offered in Kemet's public tender offer is fair from the perspective of the shareholders and holders of convertible loan notes, as a result of which the Board recommends the shareholders and holders of convertible loan notes to accept the offer.

"We are pleased to bring Evox Rifa within the Kemet group of companies, and look forward to integrating these operations into our business," said Per Loof, Chief Executive Officer of Kemet. "The high quality product offerings by Evox Rifa will be an excellent complement to Kemet's existing product portfolio, and we believe the advanced technology of their manufacturing operations will reinforce our position as a technology leader in the field of passive components."

"I am confident that the employees of Evox Rifa worldwide will be enthusiastic about the opportunity to join forces with a passive electronic components technology leader such as Kemet," said Tuula Ylhainen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Evox Rifa. "We believe the combination of our product and processing technology together with Kemet's global logistics and customer service capability will provide our customers with enhanced opportunities. We are excited about the prospect of becoming a part of the Kemet organization."

Under the combination agreement, the Board of Directors of Evox Rifa has undertaken not to withdraw the recommendation for Kemet's offer unless required to do so by the fiduciary duties of the Board of Directors under applicable laws and regulations. The Board has also agreed not to directly or indirectly initiate or encourage any competing proposals and, subject to its fiduciary duties, not to facilitate any competing proposal. The combination agreement also includes representations, warranties and undertakings by Evox Rifa customary in transactions of a similar nature.

The tender offer period is expected to commence on March 12, 2007 and expire on April 12, 2007. Kemet will reserve the right to extend or discontinue the offer period in accordance with the terms and conditions of the offer.


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