Superlift Holding sells 10.7m shares of KION GROUP AG

Luxemburg City (ots) - Goldman Sachs Capital Partners funds ("GS Capital Partners") and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (together with its affiliates, "KKR") announce that Superlift Holding S.à.r.l., Luxembourg ("Superlift Holding"), the holding company held jointly by GS Capital Partners and KKR, is intending to sell in the market a total of 10.7 million shares of KION GROUP AG ("KION"), by way of an accelerated book building to institutional investors.

"KION has developed excellently since our investment in 2006. Weichai Power's investment and the IPO were essential milestones on the company's further growth path. The current share price speaks for itself. We benefit from this attractive market environment by selling a proportion of our stocks. KION has immense potential and we look forward to accompanying the company as major shareholders further on", said Alexander Dibelius, Head of Goldman Sachs Germany, Austria and Central and Eastern Europe, and Johannes Huth, KKR's Head of Europe.

Subject to customary exceptions and the agreed transfer of 3.3% to Weichai, Superlift Holding will not make additional sales of shares for the next three months without the consent of Goldman Sachs International. Following the transaction, Superlift will remain the largest shareholder in KION.

Book building will start immediately. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell and the sale of KION's shares by the Superlift Holding does not constitute a public offering.


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This publication does not constitute an offer of securities for sale or a solicitation of an offer to purchase the above mentioned securities in the United States, Germany or any other jurisdiction.

Neither this announcement nor anything contained herein shall form the basis of, or be relied upon in connection with, any offer or commitment whatsoever in any jurisdiction. The securities of KION may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the 'Securities Act'). The securities of KION have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act.

In the United Kingdom, this document is only being distributed to and is only directed at persons who (i) are investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as amended) (the 'Order') or (ii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, etc.) (all such persons together being referred to as 'Relevant Persons'). This document is directed only at Relevant Persons and must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not Relevant Persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this document relates is available only to Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with Relevant Persons.

In member states of the European Economic Area ('EEA') which have implemented the Prospectus Directive (each, a 'Relevant Member State'), this announcement and any offer if made subsequently is directed exclusively at persons who are 'qualified investors' within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive ('Qualified Investors'). For these purposes, the expression 'Prospectus Directive' means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including the 2010 PD Amending Directive, to the extent implemented in a Relevant Member State), and includes any relevant implementing measure in the Relevant Member State and the expression '2010 PD Amending Directive' means Directive 2010/73/EU.

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