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30 October 2009
National Express Group PLC
("National Express" or the "Group")
Statement regarding Cosmen family
The Board of National Express (the "Board") notes the statement from the Cosmen family today.
As announced on 28 October 2009, the Board believes that the best course action for the Group and all shareholders is to proceed with an equity fundraising to secure funds before year end.
The Board, together with its independent advisers, has carefully explored a range of strategic options during the course of 2009. In relation to the recent Stagecoach proposal the Board concluded that there was significant uncertainty that a combination with Stagecoach could be successfully executed in 2009.
Non-compliance with 31 December 2009 banking covenants would require the Group to seek further concessions from its banking partners, incurring additional cost and creating significant uncertainty for National Express shareholders.
The Board believes it is in shareholders' best interests that an equity fundraising be undertaken as soon as possible to secure a sustainable capital structure for the Group.
A further announcement regarding such fundraising will be made during the course of November 2009.
National Express Group PLC
Group Finance Director 020 7506 4324
Director of Communications 0121 460 8401
Maitland 020 7379 5151
Merrill Lynch International 020 7628 1000
Simon Fraser (Corporate Broking)
Andrew Osborne (Corporate Broking)
Morgan Stanley & Co. Limited 020 7425 8000
Peter Moorhouse (Corporate Broking)
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