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Shareholders of Massmart approve Walmart's offer
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Jan '11
Massmart shareholders have voted in favour of Walmart's offer to acquire 51% of Massmart at a cash price of R148.00 per share. At a special meeting held at Massmart's offices in Johannesburg on 17 January 2011, 97.67% percent of shareholders present and entitled to vote, voted in favour of the deal, more than the 75% that was required.

There are however, important conditions that need to be fulfilled before the transaction can be implemented, including approvals from the South African Courts and the Competition Authorities.

The Competition Commission is expected to make its recommendation concerning the proposed acquisition to the Competition Tribunal during the course of this month. While the timing of the Tribunal hearing is largely dependent on the availability of a suitable date on the Tribunal's roll, Massmart is hopeful that this can be achieved during February 2011.

Commenting on the shareholder approval Massmart CEO Grant Pattison, said: This is an important milestone and we now await the decision from the Competition Authorities”

Massmart is a South African-based globally competitive regional management group, invested in a portfolio of differentiated, complementary, focused wholesale and retail formats, each reliant on high volumes and operational excellence as the foundation of price leadership, in the distribution of mainly branded consumer goods for cash.

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