Public disclosure of inside information according to article 17 MAR
BENE AG: Cash consideration minority shareholders EUR 1.03 per share; mandate executive board member renewed
Vienna/Waidhofen an der Ybbs
Vienna/Waidhofen an der Ybbs, 6 August 2015: Today, BGO Beteiligungsverwaltungs GmbH as main shareholder, holding a share of 90.24 % in BENE AG, and the executive board of BENE AG jointly set the adequate cash compensation for the minority shareholders of BENE AG to be squeezed out at EUR 1.03 per share. To determine the cash compensation, BENE AG prepared an enterprise valuation, which is confirmed by a fairness opinion of BDO Austria GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungs- und Steuerberatungsgesellschaft. In March 2015, BGO Beteiligungsverwaltungs GmbH guaranteed a cash compensation of EUR 2,000,000 in total for the minority shareholders to be squeezed out, which the basis of the cash compensation has now been determined. The cash compensation of EUR 1.03 per share is higher than the amount calculated on the basis of the valuation report. The cash compensation applies to the free float of BENE AG amounting to 9.76 % or 1,947,788 shares.
Furthermore, the managing directors of BGO Beteiligungsverwaltungs GmbH and the executive board of BENE AG issued the joint report in accordance with § 3 (1) Austrian Shareholder Exclusion Act.
KPMG Alpen-Treuhand GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungs- und Steuerberatungsgesellschaft, as independent auditor appointed by the court, examines the correctness of the joint report and the adequacy of the cash compensation. Subsequently, the supervisory board of BENE AG will review the squeeze-out of the minority shareholders and the adequacy of the cash compensation.
The 11th annual general meeting of BENE AG on 17 September 2015 will resolve on the squeeze-out measure.
Further, in its meeting on 6 August 2015, the supervisory board decided to renew the mandate of executive board member Rudolf Payer for another year until 31 December 2016.
Bene is a leading international specialist in the design and furnishing of inspiring office and working environments. Bene defines the office as a living space and its concepts, products and services turn this philosophy into reality. It combines a tradition of quality stretching back 225 years with innovation and award-winning design. The corporate group is listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange, has its head office and production facilities in Waidhofen an der Ybbs, Austria, and is active in more than 40 countries. As a full-service provider, Bene implements forward-looking office concepts that contribute to the commercial success of its customers.