“Option to receive the 2014 dividend payment in shares”
Paris, 28 May 2015
The Company's Combined General Meeting of Shareholders, held on 28 May 2015, approved the proposed dividend for fiscal year 2014 of €0.80 per share, and has decided that each shareholder will be allowed to elect to receive the dividend payment either in cash or in new shares of the Company.
The option to receive the dividend payment in new shares of the Company can be exercised by the shareholders between 4 June 2015 and 17 June 2015 inclusive, by sending their request to the financial intermediaries authorized to pay said dividend or, for shareholders listed in the issuer registered accounts held by the Company, to its authorized representative (Société Générale, Département des Titres et Bourse – Services des Assemblées – SGSS/SBO/CIS/ISS/GMS – 32, rue du Champ de Tir, CS 30812 – 44308 Nantes Cedex 3). After 17 June 2015, or if the option is not exercised, the dividend shall only be paid in cash.
The maximum total number of new shares which may be issued for the purpose of the dividend payment in shares is 1,275,544 shares, which represents 1.25% of the share capital and of the voting rights of the Company at the date of the General Meeting of Shareholders.
The issuance price of the new shares of the Company which will be issued in consideration for the dividend is set at € 63.38, and is equal to 90% of the average opening prices on Euronext Paris regulated market over the twenty trading days before 28 May 2015, i.e. the date of the Combined General Meeting of Shareholders, minus the dividend amount and rounded up to the next highest euro cent.
If the amount of the dividends for which the option is exercised by a shareholder does not correspond to a round number of shares, such shareholder shall receive the immediately lower number of shares and the balance in cash.
The ex-dividend date for the 2014 fiscal year dividend shall be 4 June 2015 and payment will start on 26 June 2015.
The new ordinary shares of the Company issued in consideration for the dividend will carry dividend rights as from 1 January 2015 and shall be the object of listing requests on Euronext Paris.
The newly-issued shares will be of the same class and equivalent to the ordinary shares of the Company already listed on Euronext Paris (Compartiment A – code ISIN FR0000051732) and will therefore carry the same rights and restrictions as common shares in circulation, as described in the Company's Articles of Association and the 2014 Atos Registration Document (available on www.atos.net).
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This press release constitutes the information document required pursuant to articles 212-4 4° and 212-5 5 of the French Market Authority (AMF) General regulations as well as article 13 and Annex III of the revised AMF instruction n°2005-11 as of 13 December 2005.
This press release does not constitute an offer to purchase securities. This press release and any other document relating to the payment of dividends in shares may only be published outside France in conformity with applicable local laws and regulations and shall not constitute an offer for securities in jurisdictions where such an offer would violate applicable local laws.
The option to receive the dividend payment, as described hereabove, is not available to shareholders residing in a country where such option would require registration or authorization by local market authorities. Shareholders residing outside France are required to inform themselves of any restrictions which may apply under their local law and comply therewith. In any event, this option is open to shareholders residing in a Member State of the European Union, orders originating from other countries would not be accepted.
In making their decision to receive or not the dividend in shares, shareholders must consider the risks associated with an investment in shares.
For any additional information regarding the Company, its activity, its strategy, its financial results and the risk factors associated with its activity, please refer to the 2014 Atos Registration Document (available on www.atos.net).