Possible offer for DS Smith Plc (“DS Smith”) by Mondi plc (“Mondi”) (“Possible Offer”)
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Additional United States (“US”) information
The Possible Offer relates to the securities of a UK company and is subject to UK procedural and disclosure requirements that are different from those of the US. Any financial statements or other financial information included in this Microsite may have been prepared in accordance with non-US accounting standards that may not be comparable to the financial statements of US companies or companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the US. It may be difficult for US holders of shares to enforce their rights and any claims they may have arising under the US federal securities laws in connection with the Possible Offer, since Mondi and DS Smith are located in a country other than the US, and some or all of their officers and directors may be residents of countries other than the US. US holders of shares may not be able to sue Mondi and DS Smith or their respective officers or directors in a non-US court for violations of the US securities laws. Further, it may be difficult to compel Mondi and DS Smith and their respective affiliates to subject themselves to the jurisdiction or judgment of a US court.
This Microsite and the Information contained in it may contain certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and businesses of Mondi and its group (being Mondi and its subsidiaries and subsidiary undertakings, together the “Mondi Group”) and DS Smith and its group (being DS Smith and its subsidiaries and subsidiary undertakings, together the “DS Smith Group”) following the implementation of the Possible Offer.
All statements other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements of future expectations that are based on management's current expectations and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements concerning the potential exposure of the Mondi Group and the DS Smith Group to market risks and statements expressing management’s expectations, beliefs, estimates, forecasts, projections and assumptions, including as to future potential cost savings, synergies, earnings, cash flow, return on capital employed, production and prospects. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as "anticipate", "believe", "could", "estimate", "expect", "goals", "intend", "may", "objectives", "outlook", "plan", "probably", "project", "risks", "seek", "should", "target", "will" and similar terms and phrases.
By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. There are a number of factors that could affect the future operations of the Mondi Group and the DS Smith Group and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements included in this Microsite. In respect of the DS Smith Group, these factors include, but are not limited to: the price volatility and security of paper and/or fibre supplies; fluctuations in packaging capacity; changes in consumer preferences and demographic trends; legislative, fiscal and regulatory developments and changes in the economic and financial market conditions in the regions in which DS Smith operates; and climate change and sustainability commitments. Such factors are described in detail in DS Smith’s 2023 Annual Report under the heading “Risk Management” (available at https://www.dssmith.com/investors/results-presentations/annual-reports). These factors should be considered by the reader.
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Each forward-looking statement speaks only as at the specified date of the relevant document within which the statement is contained. Neither DS Smith nor the DS Smith Group undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or other information. In light of these risks, results could differ materially from those stated, implied or inferred from the forward-looking statements contained in this Microsite.
Unless expressly stated otherwise, no statement contained or referred to in this Microsite is intended to be a profit forecast.
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