HORNBACH Familien-Treuhandgesellschaft mbH: Hornbach family places one million ordinary shares in KGaA
PRESS RELEASEHornbach family places one million ordinary shares in KGaA Family trust Hornbach Familien-Treuhandgesellschaft mbH sells remainder of former Kingfisher equity stake - Albrecht Hornbach: "The family will remain the determining force and safeguard the autonomy of the Hornbach Group." - Increased free float improves liquidity of Holding share
Annweiler am Trifels, March 27, 2017. The family trust Hornbach Familien-Treuhandgesellschaft mbH, based in Annweiler/Rheinland-Pfalz, today decided to place one million non-par ordinary bearer shares in Hornbach Holding AG & Co. KGaA on the capital market. This private placement of 6.25% of the share capital in the KGaA will be executed by way of an accelerated bookbuilding process performed by Commerzbank AG and is expected to be completed by Tuesday, March 28, 2017. With this transaction, the family trust is now selling the second half of two million shares bought back from Kingfisher plc at the end of March 2014. The family trust placed the first half of this equity stake in October 2015.
Upon the first placement in the fall of 2015, the family trust already indicated that it would only be retaining the remaining one million ordinary shares in the KGaA on a temporary basis. The precondition for this was the change in the company's legal form to a partnership limited by shares (KGaA). "Via its control of Hornbach Management AG (the general partner), the family will remain the determining force shaping the company's development in future as well. This way, it will sustainably safeguard the autonomy of the Hornbach Group", commented Albrecht Hornbach, Managing Director of the family trust.
"The private placement announced today was long expected by capital market players. We are convinced that increasing the free float in this way will benefit the price and liquidity of the Holding share on a long-term basis", added Albrecht Hornbach. Following the secondary placement, the family will own 37.5% (previously: 43.75%) of the share capital of Euro 48 million in the KGaA, which is divided into 16 million listed non-par ordinary bearer shares with voting entitlement. This again represents the same share of capital as during the longstanding alliance with Kingfisher between 2001 and 2014. "No further reduction in our shareholding is under discussion", stressed Albrecht Hornbach. Within the private placement, the family trust has undertaken to comply with a customary market lock-up period of three months. HORNBACH Familien-Treuhandgesellschaft mbH Burgenring 118 76855 Annweiler Tel. 06321/678-9303 Fax 06321/678-9300
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