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New METRO publishes stock exchange prospectus
Exchange listing of the shares of new METRO expected by Mid-July 2017
Current METRO AG shares to become CECONOMY shares
Listing of the stock in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange intended
The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) has approved the stock exchange listing for METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist AG (future METRO AG). Following the positive decision by the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (Oberlandesgericht), this is another step in the process of demerging METRO GROUP into two strong, successful and strategically focused companies. The shares of the new METRO AG are expected to be listed on the stock exchange by Mid-July 2017. According to current plans, the demerger of the former METRO GROUP into new METRO AG, a leading Wholesale and Food specialist, and the future CECONOMY AG, number one for Consumer Electronics in Europe, is expected to be entered into the commercial register by the middle of July. The former METRO AG is expected to be renamed CECONOMY following registration of the demerger. On the first day of trading, each shareholder in the previous METRO AG will receive a share in the new METRO AG in addition to their future CECONOMY share. These new shares are entitled to dividends for the financial year beginning 1 October 2016. The common shares of new METRO AG have the International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) DE000BFB0019 and the securities identification code (Wertpapierkennnummer – WKN) BFB 001; the stock code is B4B. The ISIN of the preferred shares is DE000BFB0027, the WKN is BFB 002 and the stock code is B4B3. Following successful completion of the registration, the custodian bank of the shareholders will credit the shares of new METRO to the custodian of the respective shareholder of the future CECONOMY.
"Our ambitious timetable is still fully on track, and we are now on the home straight: Two dynamic, clearly focused and well positioned companies in their industries will come into being. With the listing of new METRO planned for Mid-July 2017, both companies will now be able to grow independently and to position themselves in an agile and flexible manner", says Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG and future CEO of the Wholesale and Food Specialist business.
The shares of new METRO are expected to be listed in the Prime Standard on the Regulated Market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the Regulated Market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
On 6 February 2017, the shareholders of METRO AG approved the demerger with an overwhelming majority at the Annual General Meeting in Düsseldorf. Following the allocation of the shares of new METRO and the acquisition of shares, the shareholders will be able to independently decide on an investment in the two shares of the future CECONOMY and the new METRO. The new METRO and future CECONOMY have been operationally independent since October 2016. The division allows both companies to act in a faster, more focused and more agile manner, in order to create more value for customers and shareholders.
The stock exchange prospectus is available to download at http://www.metroag.de/en/investors/publications
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