Following the communication by means of which on March 5, 2019 (the "Project Announcement Date") the further rationalization of the shareholding of Banco di Sardegna S.p.A. ("BdS" or the "Issuer") was disclosed to the market, BPER Banca S.p.A. ("BPER" or the "Offeror") hereby notifies, pursuant to Article 102, paragraph 1, of Legislative Decree no. 58 of 24 February 1998, as subsequently modified (the "CFA"), and Article 37, paragraph 1, of Consob Regulation no. 14 May 1999, n. 11971, as subsequently modified (the "Issuers' Regulation"), its decision to launch a public voluntary exchange offer (the "Offer") over the totality of the Saving Shares of the Issuer owned by parties other than BPER (the "BdS Savings Shares"), listed on the Stock Exchange Market (“MTA”) managed and organised by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., ("Borsa Italiana").
The legal framework as well as the essential terms of the Offer are described below. For a complete description and evaluation of the Offer, please refer to the offer document that will be published in accordance with the terms and conditions provided for by applicable law (the "Offer Document").