Update on completion of merger agreement with Nordic Capital


Bergen, Norway, 30 January 2015, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ).

Reference is made to the announcement of 10 November 2014 regarding the entry into by Vizrt Ltd. (“Vizrt” or the "Company") of a merger agreement (the "Merger Agreement") with 24 October Holding AG, an entity indirectly controlled by Nordic Capital Fund VIII[1], and NOR Merger Sub Ltd. (which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of 24 October Holding AG), pursuant to which Nordic Capital Fund VIII will pay a cash consideration of NOK 37 (less withholding tax, if applicable) per Vizrt share for 100% of the issued share capital of the Company by way of a reverse triangular merger between NOR Merger Sub Ltd. and the Company (the "Merger").

Completion of the Merger is, inter alia, subject to receipt of a Withholding Ruling (as defined in the Merger Agreement) from the Israeli tax authorities (“the ITA”). The ITA is still in the process of concluding the Withholding Ruling, and, as such, the condition has therefore still not been fulfilled. Although it is not possible to give a clear indication regarding when the Withholding Ruling will be received, the current assumption is that it will be in place by mid February 2015. An update on the process will be given as soon as possible.

[1] Nordic Capital VIII Limited, acting in its capacity as General Partner of Nordic Capital VIII Alpha, L.P. and Nordic Capital VIII, Beta L.P.


Investor and media contact:


Dag J. Opedal / Chairman of the Board / +47 90 04 04 60 / djopedal@gmail.com

Martin Burkhalter / CEO / +41 22 365 75 01 / MBurkhalter@vizrt.com

Nordic Capital

Katarina Janerud, Communications Manager,
NC Advisory AB, advisor to the Nordic Capital Funds

Tel: +46 709 69 69 99

e-mail: katarina.janerud@nordiccapital.com


About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics, studio automation, sports analysis and asset management tools for the broadcast industry - interactive and virtual solutions, animations, maps, weather, video editing and compositing tools. Vizrt's products are used by the world's leading broadcasters, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, and NHK. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

About Nordic Capital Funds:

Nordic Capital private equity funds have invested in mid-market companies primarily in the Nordic region since 1989. Through committed ownership and by targeting strategic development and operational improvements, Nordic Capital Funds enable value creation in their investments. Nordic Capital Funds invest in companies in northern Europe and in selected investment opportunities internationally. The most recent fund is Nordic Capital Fund VIII with EUR 3.5 billion in committed capital, principally provided by international institutional investors such as pension funds. Nordic Capital Funds are based in Jersey, Channel Islands, and are advised by the NC Advisory companies in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Germany and the UK. For further information about Nordic Capital please see www.nordiccapital.com.   

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