YAKUM, Israel, August 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd. (OTC:BSIRY) (the "Company") announced today that further to its announcement dated August 10, 2016, in connection with the approval of the proposed debt reorganization and arrangement between the Company and its financial creditors under Section 350 of the Israeli Companies Law, 5759-1999 (the "Settlement" and the "Companies Law"), by the District court in Lod (the "Court"), subject to receipt of approval of the proposed amendments by the holders of the Company's Series C Debentures, the holders of the Company's controlling shareholder's Series A Debentures and certain financial creditors of the proposal to amend the Settlement (the "Amendment Proposal"), that:
- No objections were filed in connection with the Amendment Proposal by the Company's financial creditors by the date set by the Court (12:00 p.m. on August 15, 2016).
- On August 14, 2016, the general meeting of the Company's Series C Debentures has resolved to approve the Amendment Proposal.
- On August 15, 2016, the Amendment Proposal was approved by the board of directors of Alon Israeli Oil Company Ltd. and the board of directors of Alon Retail Ltd., the controlling shareholders of the Company, subject to the approval of the general meeting of the Series A Debentures.
- On August 15, 2016, the general meeting of the Company's controlling shareholder's Series A Debentures has resolved not to approve the Amendment Proposal.
- In the Court decision from August 10, 2016, it was noted that in the event that the approvals are not obtained, the Court will consider using its powers pursuant to Section 350M of the Companies Law to approve the Settlement.
The Company intends to urgently file a motion with the Court to approve the Settlement notwithstanding the objection of the holders of the Company's controlling shareholder's Series A Debentures.
Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd. (hereinafter: "Alon Blue Square") operates through subsidiaries. Continued operations - its Tel Aviv Stock Exchange ("TASE") listed 53.92% subsidiary, Blue Square Real Estate Ltd., which owns, leases and develops income producing commercial properties and projects. Companies designated for sale -the 63.13% held subsidiary, Dor Alon Energy in Israel (1988) Ltd, listed on the TASE, is one of the four largest fuel retail companies in Israel based on the number of petrol stations and a leader in the field of convenience stores operating a chain of 211 petrol stations and 218 convenience stores in different formats in Israel, and Na'aman Group (NV) Ltd., a 77.51% subsidiary listed on the TASE, operates specialist outlets in self-operation and franchises and offers a wide range of "Non-Food" in the houseware and textile segment.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, plans or projections about our business, our future revenues, expenses and profitability. Forward-looking statements may be, but are not necessarily, identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," and words and terms of similar substance. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual events, results, performance, circumstance and achievements to be materially different from any future events, results, performance, circumstance and achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, the following: failure to satisfy all closing conditions for the proposed debt arrangement, including approval by the court of the arrangement which includes all or part of the claims made by the trustees of Mega Retail; exposure to third party claims for significant amount of Mega Retail's outstanding debts and liabilities; financial and operational restrictions imposed by the proposed debt arrangement with our financial creditors; economic conditions in Israel which may affect our financial performance; dependence of BSRE on Mega Retail as a lessee of its properties; our ability to compete effectively with large fuel companies and our other competitors; enactment of new laws and regulations, including the enactment of recommendations of governmental appointed committees and regulations with respect to the procurement of petroleum products by fuel companies and the price of petroleum products that are subject to regulation; the effect of increases in oil, raw material and product prices in recent years; and other risks, uncertainties and factors disclosed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including, but not limited to, risks, uncertainties and factors identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in our annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2015. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except for our ongoing obligations to disclose material information under the applicable securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd.
Zehavit Shahaf, Adv.,
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
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