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FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) (FedEx) and TNT Express N.V. (Euronext Amsterdam: TNTE) today announced that they have reached a conditional agreement (the Merger Protocol) on a recommended all-cash offer for all issued and outstanding ordinary shares, including shares represented by American Depositary Receipts (the Shares) of TNT Express (the Offer) for a cash offer price of €8.00 per share cum dividend except for the TNT Express final 2014 dividend of €0.08 (the Offer Price) in a transaction valuing TNT Express at an implied equity value of approximately €4.4 billion ($4.8 billion).

Frederick W. Smith, Chairman and CEO of FedEx Corp., said: “We believe that this strategic acquisition will add significant value for FedEx shareowners, team members and customers around the globe. This transaction allows us to quickly broaden our portfolio of international transportation solutions to take advantage of market trends – especially the continuing growth of global e-commerce – and positions FedEx for greater long-term profitable growth.”

Tex Gunning, CEO of TNT Express, said: “This offer comes at a time of important transformations within TNT Express and we were fully geared to executing our stand-alone strategy. But while we did not solicit an acquisition, we truly believe that FedEx’s proposal, both from a financial and a non-financial view, is good news for all stakeholders. Our people and customers can profit from the true global reach and expanded propositions, while with this offer our shareholders can already reap benefits today that otherwise would only have been available in the longer run.”