BRUSSELS, Belgium, January 25, 2016 – Koninklijke Ahold N.V. (“Ahold”) and Delhaize Group NV/SA (“Delhaize”) today announced the filing by Ahold of a registration statement on Form F-4 (the “Registration Statement”) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The Registration Statement is a document required under U.S. law in connection with the intended merger between Ahold and Delhaize.
The Registration Statement is subject to review and must be declared effective by the SEC. The Registration Statement includes detailed information on the proposed transaction, pro forma financial statements and risks related to the transaction. The Registration Statement as filed is available through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Once the Registration Statement has been declared effective by the SEC, a copy of the Registration Statement will be posted by Ahold and Delhaize on their respective websites www.ahold.com, www.delhaizegroup.com and www.adcombined.com.
On June 24, 2015, Ahold and Delhaize announced their intention to merge, creating an international retailer with a portfolio of strong, trusted local brands and more than 375,000 associates serving more than 50 million customers each week in the United States and Europe.
The transaction is expected to be completed mid-2016, following associate consultation procedures, shareholder approval and regulatory clearances.
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven countries on three continents. At the
end of 2015, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 512 stores. In 2015, Delhaize Group posted €24.4
billion ($27.1 billion) in revenues. In 2014, Delhaize Group posted €89 million ($118 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2014, Delhaize Group employed approximately 150 000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock islisted on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).