Blue Square - Israel 6-K 2012
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the month of April 2012
ALON HOLDINGS BLUE SQUARE - ISRAEL LTD.
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2 Amal St., Afek Industrial Park, Rosh Ha’ayin 48092, Israel
(Address of principal executive offices)
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Alon Holdings Blue Square-Israel Ltd.
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ALON HOLDINGS BLUE SQUARE - ISRAEL ANNOUNCES CALCULATION OF DISCOUNT RATES IN CONNECTION WITH A PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF ITS SERIES C NOTES
ROSH HA'AYIN, Israel – April 16, 2012 – Alon Holdings Blue Square - Israel Ltd. (the "Company") (NYSE and TASE: BSI), announced today, in connection with a private placement of its unsecured non-convertible Series C Notes, that the original issuance of Series C Notes was made at a discount rate of 3.2% while the additional issuance of Series C Notes conducted on April 11, 2012, was made at a discount of 14.51%. According to an approval the Company obtained from the Israeli Tax Authority as to the calculation of the weighted discount rate applicable to all Series C Notes in circulation, such weighted discount rate was set at 5.84%.
The aforementioned tax approval applies for the purpose of withholding tax at source with respect to such discount amounts only and does not exhaust the final tax liability of the holders of the Series C Notes.
This announcement shall not be deemed to be an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the Series C Notes.
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Alon Holdings Blue Square– Israel Ltd. (hereinafter: "Alon Holdings") is the leading retail company in the State of Israel and operates in four reporting segments: In its supermarket segment, Alon Holdings, through its 100% subsidiary, Mega Retail Ltd., currently operates 211 supermarkets under different formats, each offering a wide range of food products, "Near Food" products and "Non-Food" products at varying levels of service and pricing. In its "Non-Food" segment, Alon Holdings, through its 100% subsidiary BEE Group Retail Ltd., operates specialist outlets in self operation and franchises and offers a wide range of "Non-Food" products as retailer and wholesaler. In the Commercial and Fueling Sites segment, through its 78.38% subsidiary, which is listed on the Tel Aviv stock exchange ("TASE"), Dor Alon Energy in Israel (1988) Ltd is one of the four largest fuel retail companies in Israel based on the number of petrol stations and a leader in the field of convenience stores. Dor Alon operates a chain of 196 petrol stations and 198 convenience stores in different formats in Israel. In its Real Estate segment, Alon Holdings, through its TASE traded 78.22% subsidiary Blue Square Real Estate Ltd., owns, leases and develops yield generating commercial properties and projects.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, plans or projections about our business and our future revenues, expenses and profitability. Forward-looking statements may be, but are not necessarily, identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," and words and terms of similar substance. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual events, results, performance, circumstance and achievements to be materially different from any future events, results, performance, circumstance and achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, the following: the effect of the recession in Israel on the sales in our stores and on our profitability; our ability to compete effectively against low-priced supermarkets and other competitors; quarterly fluctuations in our operating results that may cause volatility of our ADS and share price; risks associated with our dependence on a limited number of key suppliers for products that we sell in our stores; the effect of an increase in the minimum wage in Israel on our operating results; the effect of any actions taken by the Israeli Antitrust Authority on our ability to execute our business strategy and on our profitability; the effect of increases in oil, raw material and product prices in recent years; the effects of damage to our reputation or to the reputation of our store brands due to reports in the media or otherwise; and other risks, uncertainties and factors disclosed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including, but not limited to, risks, uncertainties and factors identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in our annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2010. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except for our ongoing obligations to disclose material information under the applicable securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.