GfK Gruppe

euro adhoc: GfK AG
Mergers - Acquisitions - Takeovers
Response to announcement by WPP Group plc ("WPP")

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GfK Aktiengesellschaft ("GfK")

Response to announcement by WPP Group plc ("WPP")

The Management Board of GfK notes the announcement released by WPP earlier  this morning and confirms that it has consequently agreed to terminate  the  proposed merger with Taylor Nelson Sofres plc ("TNS").

GfK is actively pursuing a proposal which would involve an alternative  all-cash offer being made for TNS with the involvement of an identified potential  source of equity and equity related financing.  While  negotiations  are  at  an  early stage, GfK has received a strong indication of  interest  in  this  transaction. The form of consideration being considered is  all  cash,  although  the formal right to vary this is reserved.

@@start.t2@@As part of the arrangements terminating the proposed merger  with  TNS,  certain revised break fee arrangements have been agreed between GfK and TNS.

Further announcements will be made as appropriate.


|                                                                              |                                    |
|GfK                                                                         |Tel: +49 911 395 0        |
|Prof. Dr. Klaus Wübbenhorst, Chief Executive        |Tel: +49 911 395 2733  |
|Bernhard Wolf, Global Head of Corporate                |Tel: +49 911 395 2012  |
|Communications                                                        |                                    |
|                                                                              |                                    |
|Rothschild                                                              |Tel: +44 20 7280 5000  |
|(Financial Adviser to GfK)                                    |                                    |
|Jonathan Paine, Frank Herzog, Jeremy Millard        |                                    |
|                                                                              |                                    |
|Hering Schuppener Consulting                                 |Tel: +49 69 92 18740    |
|(Public Relations Adviser to GfK)                         |                                    |
|Alexander Geiser                                                    |                                    |@@end@@

This announcement does not constitute an announcement of  a  firm   intention  to make an offer under Rule 2.5 of the Takeover Code and there can be no  certainty that any offer will ultimately  be  made   for  TNS  nor  as  to  the  terms  and conditions on which any offer might be made.

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Branche: Consultancy Services
ISIN:      DE0005875306
WKN:        587530
Index:    SDAX
Börsen:  Börse Frankfurt / regulated dealing/prime standard

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