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 March 2006
Matav Cable Systems
(Translation of registrants name into English)
42 Pinkas Street
North Industrial Park
P.O. Box 13600
(Address of principal executive offices)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F.
Form 20-F x Form 40-F o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant by furnishing the information contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the information to the Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Yes o No x
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.
|1 March 2006||Matav Cable Systems Media Ltd.
BY: /S/ Meir Srebernik
Chief Executive Officer
Print the name and title of the signing officer under his signature
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NETANYA, Israel February 28, 2006 Matav-Cable Systems Media Ltd. (NASDAQ & TASE: MATV) provided today additional details about the termination of its American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program. As announced on February 22, 2006, Matav intends to delist voluntarily from the Nasdaq National Market and to deregister Matavs ADRs with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, both expected to take effect by the end of March 2006.
As part of the delisting process, Matav has given notice to The Bank of New York (BONY), the depositary for its ADR program, to terminate the ADR program. At Matavs request, BONY ceased to issue new ADRs as of February 27, 2006 and is deregistering on Form F-6 with respect to unissued ADSs in the ADR facility on the date hereof. Matav and BONY have also agreed to amend the Deposit Agreement to, among other things, shorten from one year to 90 days the period after termination of the Deposit Agreement during which ADR holders may exchange their ADRs for underlying ordinary shares, failing which ADR holders will only be entitled to receive cash following the disposal by BONY of their underlying ordinary shares.
Following termination of the amended Deposit Agreement, to be effective March 30, 2006, ADRs will no longer be transferable. Holders of ADRs will, however, be entitled to return their ADRs to BONY before June 28, 2006 and receive the appropriate number of underlying ordinary shares, subject to cancellation fees charged by BONY pursuant to the Deposit Agreement.
For ADRs not submitted to BONY for exchange by June 28, 2006, BONY will, as soon as practicable thereafter, sell the underlying ordinary shares at the price that BONY can obtain on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. The remaining ADR holders may obtain the cash proceeds from the sale, net of any applicable charges, expenses, taxes or governmental charges, by returning their ADRs to BONY after June 28, 2006.
The following is an expected schedule and related key dates:
February 28, 2006: Deregistration on Form F-6
March 30, 2006: Termination of Deposit Agreement, as amended
By the end of March 2006: Matav delists from Nasdaq and deregisters from the SEC and begins to make public reports solely in accordance with the Israeli securities laws and regulations.
June 28, 2006: Deadline for holders to exchange their ADRs for underlying ordinary shares
Matav is one of Israels three cable television providers, serving roughly 25 percent of the population. Matavs current investments include 1.2% of Partner Communications Ltd., a GSM mobile phone company and 10% 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.
Gur Arieh, General Counsel
Matav-Cable Systems Media Ltd.
Integrated Investor Relations