Ad-hoc: Rheinmetall resolves on capital increase against cash contributions
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Rheinmetall Aktiengesellschaft ("Rheinmetall") resolved to increase its share capital by up to approx. 10 per cent.
Today, the management board of Rheinmetall Aktiengesellschaft, Düsseldorf, (ISIN DE0007030009), with approval of the supervisory board, resolved to partially utilise the company's authorized capital to increase the share capital of Rheinmetall by up to approx. 10 per cent against contributions in cash with the exclusion of preemptive rights of the existing shareholders. The company's share capital will be increased from EUR 101.373.440,00 to up to EUR 111.510.656,00 by issuing up to 3.959.850 new ordinary bearer shares (with no par value) (the "New Shares"). The New Shares will carry full dividend rights as of 1 January 2015.
The New Shares will be offered exclusively to institutional investors by means of a private placement using an accelerated bookbuilding process, which will be launched immediately following this announcement. The final issue size and the placement price and the proceeds from the issue will be made public by way of a second ad-hoc announcement once the final issue size and the placement price have been fixed. Rheinmetall reserves the right to close the books at any time.
The net proceeds from the capital increase will be used to finance Rheinmetall's growth strategy in the defense and automotive sectors, to strengthen the financial position of the company and for general corporate purposes.
As part of the transaction, Rheinmetall has agreed to a 180 day lock-up period with respect to any transaction related to its shares, subject to customary exceptions.
The New Shares will be admitted to trading on the regulated markets of the Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart stock exchanges with simultaneous admission to the sub-segment of the regulated market with additional post-admission obligations (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange without publication of a prospectus. Settlement is expected to occur on or about 16 November, 2015. Commerzbank is acting as Bookrunner in connection with the accelerated bookbuilding. Lazard is acting as financial advisor to the company.
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