Barbour Index plc

16 Apr 1999

£53 MILLION RECOMMENDED CASH OFFER FOR BARBOUR INDEX PLC

SIMMONS & SIMMONS CORPORATE FINANCE TEAM ADVISES ON £53 MILLION RECOMMENDED CASH OFFER FOR BARBOUR INDEX PLC

Barbour Index plc and HAVAS S.A. have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended cash offer to be made by Lazard Brothers & Co. Limited on behalf of HAVAS (UK) PLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of HAVAS S.A., for the whole of the issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Barbour Index plc. The Offer values the whole of the issued ordinary share capital of Barbour Index plc at approximately £53 million. Simmons & Simmons is acting on behalf of Barbour Index plc.

The business of Barbour Index plc is the provision of specialist information services, principally to professionals in the UK construction industry, such as architects, surveyors and engineers, and those responsible for health and safety at work.

Founded in 1835, HAVAS S.A. is France's leading publisher of books and business information and is 100 per cent. owned by Vivendi. HAVAS S.A. owns a wide range of general public and trade titles in France and Europe, including such well-known French magazines as L'Expansion, L'Express and Le Moniteur, as well as a number of prestigious publishing houses.

The corporate finance team at Simmons & Simmons, which is advising Barbour Index plc, includes partners Damon Le Maitre-George and Peter Kennerley, plus Selina Sagayam and Adrian Mayer.

Kleinwort Benson Securities Limited is financial adviser to Barbour Index plc. Lazard Brothers & Co. Limited is acting on behalf of HAVAS S.A. and HAVAS (UK) PLC, with legal advice being provided by Macfarlanes.

ENDS Notes for editors:

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