SPARK has been appointed as independent financial advisor to AIM-quoted 600 Group

On 9 October 2013 600 Group plc confirmed that discussions are on-going with Qingdao D&D Investment Group Co. and that in accordance with Rule 2.6(c) of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the “Code”), the Takeover Panel consented to an extension of the relevant deadline to allow those discussions to progress. The new deadline either to announce a firm intention to make an offer for the Company in accordance with Rule 2.7 of the Code or announce that it does not intend to make an offer is 5.00 pm on 6 November 2013. This announcement is not an announcement of a firm intention to make an offer under Rule 2.7 of the Code and there can be no certainty that an offer will be made, nor as to the terms on which any offer will be made.