News vom 15.05.2006
Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA) approves the prospectus of Österreichische Post AGÖIAG to offer up to 31,500,000 shares (plus 2,800,000 additional shares for over-allotments) of Österreichische Post AG from May 16, 2006 onwards
Ad-hoc press release
On May 15, 2006, the Austrian Financial Market Authority approved the prospectus for a public offering of up to 31,500,000 shares (plus 2.8 million additional shares for possible over-allotments) of Österreichische Post AG by Österreichische Industrieholding Aktiengesellschaft
The offering commences on May 16, 2006 and is expected to end on May 29, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. CEST for retail investors, and on May 30, 2006 at 11:00 CEST for institutional investors. The offering may be terminated earlier, extended or completely withdrawn at any time. The price range has been fixed at between EUR 17.00 and EUR 19.00. The final offering price will be decided on the basis of a bookbuilding process and will likely be announced on May 30, 2006. Österreichische Post AG has applied for admission of its entire share capital of 70,000,000 shares to the Official Market (Amtlicher Handel) of the Vienna Stock Exchange, and expects trading to commence in the Prime Market segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange on or around May 31, 2006. The offered shares are expected to be delivered on or around June 2, 2006 against payment of the offering price. Following the national postal services in Germany and the Netherlands, Österreichische Post is the third European postal services company that has chosen to go public.
The retail segment will be managed by Raiffeisen Centrobank and Erste Bank as joint bookrunners and joint lead managers, and the institutional tranche will be handled by Erste Bank and Goldman Sachs as joint bookrunners and joint lead managers. Deutsche Bank will act as co-lead manager and BAWAG P.S.K. as co-manager of the offering. Shares can also be subscribed for in all branch offices of Österreichische Post.
Retail investors in the public offering in Austria who submit orders of up to 400 shares before the expected deadline of May 26, 2006 to Erste Bank, an Austrian savings bank (Sparkasse), Raiffeisen Centrobank, Austrian Raiffeisenbank, BAWAG P.S.K. or ecetra Central European e-Finance AG (brokerjet.at) will receive preferential allotment. The period for preferential allotments may be shortened.
Employees of Österreichische Post may purchase shares with the aid of a staggered investment subsidy provided by ÖIAG up to a maximum of EUR 1,000. Each employee is guaranteed an allotment of up to a total of EUR 7,500 at normal conditions.
Österreichische Post is planning to pay attractive dividends over the coming years. In the past financial years the company has regularly paid dividends to ÖIAG. Based on the positive business development over the first three months of the current financial year, and assuming that the market environment overall remains stable, the company expects to propose a dividend paid out for the financial year 2006 of EUR 70 million in total, subject to approval by the company’s shareholders at the general shareholders’ meeting. In the following years, assuming that Österreichische Post’s business continues to develop positively, and no unusual circumstances arise, Österreichische Post plans to pay out dividends amounting to at least 70% of the retained profits allocated to the company’s shareholders.
A prospectus pursuant to the Austrian Capital Market Act (Kapitalmarktgesetz, or KMG) was published on May 15, 2006 and may be obtained free of charge during normal business hours from Österreichische Post AG, Postgasse 8, 1010 Vienna, Erste Bank AG, Graben 21, 1010 Vienna, or Raiffeisen Centrobank AG, Tegetthoffstraße 1, 1015 Vienna. Any subscriptions submitted prior to May 16, 2006 will be rejected.
THIS PRESS RELEASE OR THE INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN IS NOT BEING ISSUED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND SHOULD NOT BE DISTRIBUTED TO PUBLICATIONS WITH A GENERAL CIRCULATION IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS DOCUMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER OR INVITATION TO SUBSCRIBE FOR OR PURCHASE ANY SECURITIES. THE SECURITIES OF OESTERREICHISCHE POST AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE UNITED STATES SECURITIES LAWS AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED, SOLD OR DELIVERED WITHIN THE UNITED STATES ABSENT REGISTRATION UNDER OR AN APPLICABLE EXEMPTION FROM THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE UNITED STATES SECURITIES LAWS.
Queries should be addressed to:
Österreichische Post AG
Tel.: +43 (1) 515 51 - 32010
Österreichische Industrieholding AG
Mag. Anita Bauer
Dresdner Straße 87, 1200 Vienna
Tel.: +43 (1) 711 14-602
Wien, 15. Mai 2006