Announcement relating to Kaupthing‘s Stake in Arion Bank
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22 September 2017
Kaupthing ehf. ("Kaupthing") announces today that no decision will be made in respect of any potential Arion Banki hf. ("Arion Bank") IPO until after the forthcoming Icelandic general election.
Paul Copley, CEO of Kaupthing:
"Preparations for the sale of Kaupthing‘s stake in Arion Bank have been ongoing and one of the options being considered is an IPO.
Given that a general election has been called in Iceland, we will not make a decision on whether to proceed with an IPO until after the next government has been formed.
That means that it is very unlikely, but not yet impossible, that such a decision will be made so that an IPO could occur in 2017."
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This announcement is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. The securities referred to herein may not be sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Arion Bank does not intend to register any of the securities in the United States or to conduct a public offering of the securities in the United States.
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