in accordance with article 4 par.2.e of l.3401/2005 regarding the listing of shares arising from the payment of the dividend for the financial year 2007 through the offer of shares of the same category as those entitled to the dividend
EFG Eurobank Ergasias S.A., with regard to the share capital increase of up to €42,000,000 through the issue of up to 15,272,727 shares and the reinvestment of the final dividend for the year 2007, as approved by the Repeat Annual Shareholders’ Meeting of April 21st, 2008, informs the public, in accordance with article 4 par. 2.e of l. 3401/2005, of the following:
The Bank, within the framework of a new shareholders’ approach which aims to strengthen its relationship with shareholders and following the resolution for the reinvestment of the interim dividend for the financial year 2007, decided to offer beneficiaries of the final dividend for the year 2007 (whose distribution was decided by the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting of 8 April 2008) and specifically the shareholders of the Bank, who were recorded in the Hellenic Exchanges S.A. (H.E.L.E.X.) Register after the closure of the Athens Exchange S.A. session on April 30th, 2008, the opportunity, at their sole discretion, to decide to receive all or part of their dividend in shares instead of cash during the period from 22.04.2008 to 8.05.2008, at a price of €19.42, which represents a 3% discount to the average closing share price of the first four working days that the shares traded ex-dividend (namely during the period 2.05.2008-7.05.2007). The new shares will be registered ordinary voting shares in electronic form and will be entitled to future dividend distributions.
Following the above, 4,486 shareholders exercising their right, chose to receive all or part of their dividend in shares of the Bank, and received 1,245,604 shares, covering 8.16% of the share capital increase. The total of the reinvested dividend amounted to €24,189,629.68. Shareholders, who have not exercised all or part of their right to receive dividend in shares of the Bank, are receiving all the dividend or any balance of it in cash respectively, starting from the payment date, namely on May 12th, 2008, in accordance with the procedure separately announced by the Bank. Any balance left after each shareholder’s re-investment in shares is being paid to the shareholder in cash on the same date.
Due to the above mentioned partial reinvestment of the dividend and therefore the partial coverage of the share capital increase, the Board of Directors through its resolution on 19.05.2008 regarding the certification of payment, adjusted Article 5 of the Articles of Association, so as to determine the share capital, after the partial coverage. Specifically, the share capital increased by €3,425,411 (0.24% of the Bank’s share capital) through the issue of 1,245,604 new shares and amounted to €1,450,875,915.5, divided into 527,591,242 shares, of nominal value €2.75 each. The excess above par of the proceeds from new shares, amounting to 20,764,218.68 was transferred to the Share Premium Account. On 27.05.2008, the Resolution of the Ministry of Development referenced Κ2-6659 approving the above mentioned amendment of Article 5 of the Articles of the Association of the Bank due to the increase of the share capital through the reinvestment of an equal amount of the dividend for the year 2007, was recorded in the Register of Societes Anonymes.
The above 1,245,604 new shares will be issued in the name of the persons who exercised their right to receive the dividend in shares, and the Bank will take all necessary measures for the listing of the shares on the Athens Exchange (ATH.EX.). The new shares are expected to be listed for trading from 9.06.2008 following the approval of the Board of Directors of ATH.EX. These shares will be recorded in the files of Hellenic Exchanges S.A. (H.E.L.E.X.) in each beneficiary’s investor share and account number in the Electronic (Dematerialized) Securities System, according to law, and the opening price of the Bank’s shares on ATH.EX. will be determined according to the Regulation and the Board of Directors’ decisions of ATH.EX.
The persons responsible for this Information Document and the accuracy of its contents are:
- Andreas Enotiades, Head of Group Corporate Governance
- Efrosini Koulocheri, Group Corporate Governance Officer.
The Information Document is available at the Bank’s offices in Athens, 6 Siniosoglou Str., 142 34, Nea Ionia, and in electronic form on the Bank’s website www.eurobank.gr. For any further information, please contact Mrs Efrosini Koulocheri at the above mentioned offices, during working hours (tel.:210 3522361).