SOURCE: Allied Domecq PLC

July 04, 2005 12:00 ET

Allied Domecq PLC announces Result: Court Meeting and EGM

Bristol, UK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 4, 2005 --

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                                                           4 July 2005


                          SHAREHOLDER APPROVAL

Allied Domecq PLC ("Allied Domecq") announces that, at a Court Meeting and an Extraordinary General Meeting of Allied Domecq shareholders held earlier today to approve the recommended acquisition (the "Acquisition") of Allied Domecq by Pernod Ricard S.A. ("Pernod Ricard") to be effected by way of Scheme of Arrangement (the "Scheme"), all the resolutions proposed received the support of shareholders.

At the Court Meeting, a majority in number of Allied Domecq shareholders who voted (either by person or by proxy), representing over 75% by value of the votes cast, voted in favour of the resolution to approve the Scheme. The resolution was accordingly passed. At the Extraordinary General Meeting, the resolution to approve the Scheme and provide for its implementation was also passed by the requisite majority.

The votes cast for each resolution were as follows:


Resolution to approve the Scheme:

FOR     99.80%                            AGAINST    0.20%


Special Resolution to approve the Scheme and provide for its implementation:

FOR     99.83%                            AGAINST    0.17%

Completion of the Acquisition remains subject to the satisfaction or, if permitted, waiver of the conditions to the Acquisition as set out in the Scheme document dated 25 May 2005 and sent to Allied Domecq shareholders, including, inter alia, the approval of anti-trust authorities in Canada and the sanction of the Scheme by the High Court. It is expected that the Scheme will become effective on 26 July 2005.

Copies of the resolutions passed at the Allied Domecq Court Meeting and EGM, have been submitted to the Financial Services Authority ("FSA") and will shortly be available for inspection by the public at the FSA's Document Viewing Facility which is situated at: Financial Services Authority, 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS (tel. +44 (0)20 7676 1000) during normal business hours on any weekday (except public holidays).

Terms used in this announcement shall have the same meanings as set out in the Scheme document dated 25 May 2005.


For further information:

Media enquiries:
Stephen Whitehead, Director of Group Corporate 
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Anthony Cardew                                  Tel: +44(0) 20 7930 0777
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Investor enquiries:

Peter Durman, Director of Investor Relations    Tel: +44(0) 117 978 5753
                                                Mob: +44(0) 7771 974 817


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