July 26, 2022
TORONTO – Manulife has been notified of an unsolicited mini-tender offer made by Obatan LLC (Obatan) to purchase up to 500,000 Manulife common shares, or approximately 0.026% of the common shares outstanding, at a price of USD$12.00 per share.
Manulife is in no way associated with Obatan and does not recommend or endorse acceptance of this unsolicited offer.
Manulife cautions shareholders that the mini-tender offer has been made at a price below the current market price for Manulife shares. The offer represents a discount of 34.04% and 34.21%, respectively, below the closing prices of Manulife common shares on the TSX and NYSE on July 14, 2022, the last trading day before the mini-tender offer was commenced, and a discount of 37.67% and 37.71%, respectively, below the closing prices on the TSX and NYSE on July 25, 2022.
Mini-tender offers are designed to seek less than 5% of a company's outstanding shares, avoiding disclosure and procedural requirements applicable to most bids under Canadian and U.S. securities regulations. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have expressed serious concerns about mini-tender offers, including the possibility that investors might tender to such offers without understanding the offer price relative to the actual market price of their securities.
The SEC states that "bidders make mini-tender offers at below-market prices, hoping that the
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