SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE
Washington, D.C. 20549
REPORT OF FOREIGN ISSUER
Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the month of February 2005
Matav Cable Systems Media Ltd.
(Translation of registrants name into English)
42 Pinkas Street
North Industrial Park
P.O. Box 13600
(Address of principal executive offices)
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|8 February 2005||Matav Cable Systems Media Ltd.
BY: /S/ Amit Levin
Chief Executive Officer
Print the name and title of the signing officer under his signature
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Matav Receives Option to Participate in the Sale of Partner's Shares to Partner Communications Company
NETANYA, Israel, February 8, 2005. Matav-Cable Systems Media Ltd. (Nasdaq & TASE: MATV) (hereinafter: Matav) announced today that in connection with an irrevocable offer made by Elbit Limited (Elbit), Eurocom Communications Limited (Eurocom) and Polar Communications Limited (Polar) to sell to Partner Communications Company Ltd. (Partner; NASDAQ and TASE: PTNR; LSE: PCCD) approximately 31.7 million Partner shares, representing their entire stakes in Partner (17.2% of Partners outstanding ordinary shares) for aggregate consideration of up to NIS1.0214 billion ($233.6 million), Matav was granted an option to participate together with Elbit, Eurocom and Polar in the sale of Partner shares back to Partner. In the event that Matav elects to participate in the sale, Matav will be able to sell to Partner approximatley 7.87 million Partner shares and the number of shares to be sold by Elbit, Eurocom and Polar to Partner will be reduced proportionally to the sellers respective ownership percentage of Partners shares. In the event that Matav does not exercise its option to participate in the sale of Partner shares together with Elbit, Eurocom and Polar, then for a period of 90 days following the closing of such sale, Matav will have an option to put approximately 5.7 million of its Partner shares to Elbit, Eurocom and Polar in the same sale price offered to Partner. In the event that Matav either participates in the sale to Partner or exercises its option to put shares to Elbit, Eurocom and Polar, Matav may recognize capital gains (net of tax impact) of between approximately $28 million and $19 million (depending on the final price at which Partners shares will be sold and the relevant sale alternative chosen by Matav).
The offer by Elbit, Eurocom and Polar is conditional upon the release of the share pledges in favor of Partners lending banks currently governing the shares. The acceptance of the offer by Partner will be subject to it obtaining all corporate and regulatory consents and approvals required by law or Partners general license, including, among others:
|||approval of Partners audit committee, board of directors and shareholders, and|
|||the consent of the Ministry of Communications; and|
|||consent of the Antitrust authorities|
The sale price formula offered to Partner reflects a 10% discount to Partners 20 day volume weighted average market price prior to obtaining the approval of Partners shareholders, up to a maximum price of NIS32.22 per share but not below NIS31.04 per share. This discount reflects the restricted nature of the shares to be sold, including the fact that the shares are currently subject to pledges in favor of Partners lending banks and that they are subject to the requirements of Partners license and the long-standing shareholders agreement between the founding shareholders.
Subject to all conditions to closing being satisfied, closing of the sale to Partner is scheduled to occur no later than 80 days from the date of the offer. There is no assurance that the sale to Partner will be consummated.
In certain circumstances, where Partner fails to buy back its shares as described above, Elbit, Eurocom, Polar, Matav and Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited (Hutchison; NYSE: HTX, SEHK: 2332) have agreed to a Fallback Plan whereby Elbit, Eurocom and Polar will be allowed to sell their 31.7m Partner shares into the market in coordinated sales. Elbit, Eurocom and Polar have granted an option to Hutchison whereby Hutchison can acquire up to 2% of the outstanding shares of Partner at a 12% discount to the then average market price, and an additional right of first refusal to purchase up to 5.5% of the outstanding share capital of Partner (or 7.5%, if Hutchison did not exercise its 2% call option) at the same 12% discounted price.
Pursuant to the Fallback Plan, Elbit, Eurocom and Polar have granted Matav a 90-day option enabling Matav to put approximately 7.4 million of its Partner shares to Elbit, Eurocom and Polar, pro rata to their respective shareholding of Partner, in a manner that would enable Matav to be in the same position had Matav elected to participate in the Fallback Plan in the first place. There is no assurance that the Fallback Plan will be consummated.
Matav is one of Israels three cable television providers, serving roughly 25 percent of the population. Matavs current investments include 5.3 percent of Partner Communications Ltd., a GSM mobile phone company and 10 percent of Barak I.T.C. (1995) Ltd., one of the three international telephony providers in Israel.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements that are based on various assumptions (some of which are beyond Matavs control) may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as may, can be, will, expects, anticipates, intends, believes, projects, potential, are optimistic, view and similar words and phrases. Actual results could differ materially from those set forth in forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including but not limited to (1) changes in technology and market requirements, (2) decline in demand for the companys products, (3) inability to timely develop and introduce new technologies, products and applications, (4) loss of market share and pressure on pricing resulting from competition, (5) uncertainty as to the completion of acquisition of new businesses or operations and integration thereof with Matavs business, and (6) the other risk factors detailed in Matavs most recent annual report and other filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Matav undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
Ori Gur Arieh, Counsel
Matav-Cable Systems Media Ltd.
Integrated Investor Relations