Company name Aer Lingus Group PLC
Headline Reject Ryanair's Offer

RNS Number : 8575I
Aer Lingus Group PLC
31 July 2012

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Aer Lingus Group plc


Reject Ryanair's Offer


Dublin & London, 31 July 2012: The Board of Aer Lingus Group plc ("Aer Lingus") announces that it has today written to shareholders outlining its reasons for recommending rejection of Ryanair Holdings plc's ("Ryanair") offer to purchase the whole of the issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Aer Lingus not already owned by Ryanair (the "Offer"). 

The circular containing the letter recommending that shareholders reject Ryanair's Offer was issued in accordance with Rules 25 and 30.3 of the Irish Takeover Panel Rules. The circular may be viewed on the Aer Lingus website at the following location:





Investors & Analysts

Declan Murphy

Jonathan Neilan

Aer Lingus Investor Relations

FTI Consulting



+353 1 886 2228

+353 1 663 3686


Declan Kearney


Aer Lingus Communications


+353 1 886 3662


Robert Leitao
Stuart Vincent
Emmet Walsh

Financial Adviser



+ 44 207 280 5000


Finbarr Griffin
Linda Hickey

Financial Adviser & Joint Broker



  + 353 1 667 0420



Hew Glyn Davies

Anna Richardson Brown


Financial Adviser & Joint Broker


+ 44 207 567 8000


The directors of Aer Lingus accept responsibility for the information contained in this announcement. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the directors of Aer Lingus (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case), the information contained in this announcement is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.


Dealing Disclosure Requirements


Under the provisions of Rule 8.3 of the Irish Takeover Panel Act, 1997, Takeover Rules 2007, as amended (the "Irish Takeover Rules"), if any person is, or becomes, 'interested' (directly or indirectly) in, 1 percent, or more of any class of 'relevant securities' of Aer Lingus or Ryanair, all 'dealings' in any 'relevant securities' of Aer Lingus or Ryanair (including by means of an option in respect of, or a derivative referenced to, any such 'relevant securities') must be publicly disclosed by not later than 3:30 pm (Dublin time) on the business day fo