Vodafone announces today that the shareholder circular (the "Circular") relating to the proposed disposal of its US group whose principal asset is its 45% interest in Verizon Wireless ("VZW"), the related acquisition of the outstanding minority stake in Vodafone Italy (together, the "Transactions"), the proposed return of value to shareholders (“Return of Value”), the related consolidation of the Company’s ordinary shares (the “Share Consolidation”) and other matters, has been approved by the UK Listing Authority and is available for viewing on the Company’s website www.vodafone.com/investor
The Circular contains notices convening a Court Meeting to be held at 11.00 a.m. on 28 January 2014 and a General Meeting to be held at 11.15 a.m. on the same day, to consider and, if thought fit, approve the Transactions, the Return of Value, the Share Consolidation and related matters. Both meetings will be held at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel, 225 Edgware Road, London W2 1JU.
The Circular will be posted to shareholders shortly, together with forms of proxy for the Court Meeting and the General Meeting, a guide for certificated shareholders which provides assistance on the Transactions, the Return of Value, the Share Consolidation and on completing the related forms, and other accompanying documents. A copy of the Circular has been submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at: www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM
The Transactions and the Return of Value remain subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by shareholders at the Court Meeting and the General Meeting and approval by Verizon shareholders. The Transactions and the Return of Value are expected to complete on or around 21 February 2014. Further details of the Transactions, the Return of Value and the Share Consolidation, and of the expected timetable of events leading to their completion, are set out in the Circular.
Expected timetable of principal events:
|Event||Time / Date|
|Court Meeting||11.00 a.m. on 28 January 2014|
|General Meeting||11.15 a.m. on 28 January 2014|
|Verizon Special Meeting||3.00p.m. (10.00 a.m. New York time) on 28 January 2014|
|Completion of the Transactions||21 February 2014|
|Share consolidation and commencement of trading in New Ordinary Shares||8.00 a.m. on 24 February 2014|
|Verizon shares issued to shareholders||From 08.00 a.m. on 24 February 2014|
|Payment of cash entitlements under the Return of Value||4 March 2014|
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