News Release

CME Group Statement Regarding Potential Offer for NEX Group

Fri Mar 16 2018

CHICAGO, March 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CME Group earlier today released the following statement in the United Kingdom regarding a potential offer for NEX Group plc.

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OR REGULATIONS OF THAT JURISDICTION.

THIS IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT FALLING UNDER RULE 2.4 OF THE CITY CODE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS (THE "CODE") AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A FIRM INTENTION TO MAKE AN OFFER UNDER RULE 2.7 OF THE CODE. THERE CAN BE NO CERTAINTY THAT ANY FIRM OFFER WILL BE MADE, NOR AS TO THE TERMS ON WHICH ANY FIRM OFFER MIGHT BE MADE.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION.

March 16, 2018

CME Group Inc.

Announcement regarding possible offer for NEX Group plc

CME Group Inc. ("CME") notes the announcement made by NEX Group plc ("NEX") yesterday and confirms that it has made a preliminary approach regarding a potential acquisition of NEX.

CME and NEX currently are working together to allow CME to complete due diligence and determine whether a firm offer can be made. As a result, there can be no certainty that any firm offer will ultimately be made for NEX, nor in relation to the terms on which such offer may be made.

CME takes a disciplined approach to acquisitions with clearly defined strategic and financial objectives and an offer, if any, would have to meet these objectives.

In accordance with Rule 2.6(a) of the Code, CME is required, by not later than 5.00 p.m. on April 12, 2018, being the 28th day following the date of NEX's announcement to either announce a firm intention to make an offer for NEX in accordance with Rule 2.7 of the Code or announce that it does not intend to make an offer, in which case the announcement will be treated as a statement to which Rule 2.8 of the Code applies. This deadline may be extended with the consent of the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Panel") in accordance with Rule 2.6(c) of the Code.

A further announcement will be made if and when appropriate.

The person responsible for arranging for the release of this announcement on behalf of CME is John Pietrowicz.

Enquiries:

CME Group Inc.

Anita Liskey (Media contact)

Laurie Bischel (Media contact)

John Peschier (Investor Relations)

 

 

Tel: +1 312 466 4613

Tel: +1 312 648 8698

Tel: +1 312 930 8491

J.P. Morgan (Lead financial adviser to CME)

Anu Aiyengar

Tripp Baldwin

Jeremy Capstick

Adam Laursen

 

Tel: +1 212 270 6000

Tel: +1 212 270 6000

Tel: +44(0) 20 7742 4000

Tel: +44(0) 20 7742 4000 

Barclays Bank PLC, acting through its Investment Bank (Financial adviser to CME)

Joel Fleck

Matthew Smith

 

 

Tel: +1 212 526 7000

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7623 2323

Important notices

This communication is not intended to and does not constitute or form any part of an offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or sell or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote in any jurisdiction. The release, publication or distribution of this communication in whole or in part in, into or from certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and therefore persons in such jurisdictions should inform themselves about and observe such restrictions.

Publication on Website

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code, a copy of this announcement will be published (subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in restricted jurisdictions) at www.cmegroup.com/merger by no later than 12 noon (London time) on the business day following this announcement. The content of the website referred to above is not incorporated into and does not form part of this announcement.

CME Securities in Issue

In accordance with Rule 2.9 of the Takeover Code, CME announces that, as of March 14, 2018, it has 340,406,639 shares of Class A common stock of $0.01 par value each in issue. The International Securities Identification Number for the shares of Class A common stock is US12572Q1058.

Disclosure requirements of the Code

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the offer period and, if later, following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s). An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a securities exchange offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s), save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the business day following the date of the relevant dealing.

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of an offeree company or a securities exchange offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3. Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4).

Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk, including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. You should contact the Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129 if you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure.

Additional information

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, together with its affiliate J.P. Morgan Securities plc (which is authorised in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority (the "PRA") and regulated in the United Kingdom by the PRA and the Financial Conduct Authority) ("J.P. Morgan") is acting as joint financial adviser exclusively for CME and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this announcement and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the matters set out in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than CME for providing the protections afforded to the clients of J.P. Morgan, nor for providing advice in relation to any matter referred to herein.

Barclays Bank PLC, acting through its Investment Bank ("Barclays") (which is authorised in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority (the "PRA") and regulated in the United Kingdom by the PRA and the Financial Conduct Authority) is acting exclusively for CME and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than CME for providing the protections afforded to the clients of Barclays, nor for providing advice in relation to any matter referred to herein.

In accordance with the Code, normal United Kingdom market practice and Rule 14e-5(b) of the Exchange Act, Barclays and its affiliates will continue to act as exempt principal trader in NEX securities on the London Stock Exchange. These purchases and activities by exempt principal traders which are required to be made public in the United Kingdom pursuant to the Code will be reported to a Regulatory Information Service and will be available on the London Stock Exchange website at www.londonstockexchange.com. This information will also be publicly disclosed in the United States to the extent that such information is made public in the United Kingdom.

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