13 October 2011
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Withdrawal of possible offer for Mitchells & Butlers plc ("M&B" or "the Company")
Piedmont Inc. ("Piedmont")
In response to the market movement in the price of M&B shares, Piedmont announced on 12 September 2011 that it had presented a proposal to the Board of M&B regarding a possible offer for the entire issued share capital of M&B.
After careful consideration, Piedmont has decided not to proceed with an offer for M&B.
Piedmont will remain an active and engaged shareholder in the Company.
Rule 2.8 of the Takeover Code
For the purposes of Rule 2.8 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Code"), Piedmont reserves the right to make or participate in an offer for M&B (and/or take any other action which would otherwise be restricted under Rule 2.8 of the Code) within the next six months following the date of this announcement:
(a) with the agreement of the board of directors of M&B;
(b) if a third party announces a firm intention to make an offer for M&B;
(c) if M&B announces a "whitewash" proposal (for the purposes of Note 1 on the Notes on Dispensations from Rule 9 of the Code) or a reverse takeover; or
(d) if the Takeover Panel determines that there has been a material change of circumstances.
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This announcement is made in accordance with Rule 2.8 of the Code.
This announcement is not intended to, and does not, constitute or form part of any offer, invitation or solicitation of any offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of any securities. This announcement has been prepared in accordance with English law and the Code, and information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been prepared in accordance with laws outside of the United Kingdom.
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