DGAP-News: Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft
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- Joint statement by the Board of Managing Directors and the Supervisory Board of comdirect
- Offer price of EUR11.44 per share unanimously assessed as appropriate
- Zielke: "Now is the right time to accept our offer"
Commerzbank AG welcomes the joint statement by the Board of Managing Directors and the Supervisory Board of comdirect relating to the voluntary public acquisition offer to comdirect shareholders published on 30 October 2019. In the statement published today, the Board of Managing Directors and the Supervisory Board of comdirect unanimously confirm the appropriateness of the offer price. The statement is based on two external fairness opinions carried out by Barclays and Deloitte on behalf of comdirect.
"We welcome the joint statement issued by the Board of Managing Directors and the Supervisory Board of comdirect. comdirect has assessed our offer price as financially appropriate. Now is the right time to accept our offer," commented Martin Zielke, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors of Commerzbank.
On 20 September 2019, Commerzbank announced its intention to submit a voluntary public acquisition offer for all outstanding shares in comdirect as part of the strategic update Commerzbank 5.0. The offer price is EUR11.44 per share in cash. This corresponds to a premium of 25 percent on the Xetra closing price of the comdirect share on 19 September 2019, the day before publication of the first announcement of the offer plans. The business models of the two companies are becoming ever more closely aligned and this is why comdirect shall be integrated into Commerzbank to become part of a strong, innovative multichannel bank. In addition to the strategic advantages of a merger, Commerzbank will be able to realise significant potential synergies from the integration.
On 30 October, Commerzbank published the offer document relating to the voluntary public acquisition offer for all outstanding shares of comdirect bank Aktiengesellschaft. The offer period for the acquisition offer runs until 6 December 2019 and the completion is subject to a minimum acceptance threshold of 90 per cent (including the comdirect shares already held by Commerzbank). The offer document and all other information on the offer is published on the following website: www.commerzbank-offer.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. In this release, these statements concern inter alia the expected future business of Commerzbank, efficiency gains and expected synergies, expected growth prospects and other opportunities for an increase in value of Commerzbank as well as expected future financial results, restructuring costs and other financial developments and information. These forward-looking statements are based on the management's current plans, expectations, estimates and projections. They are subject to a number of assumptions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results and developments to differ materially from any future results and developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include the conditions in the financial markets in Germany, in Europe, in the USA and other regions from which Commerzbank derives a substantial portion of its revenues and in which Commerzbank holds a substantial portion of its assets, the development of asset prices and market volatility, especially due to the ongoing European debt crisis, potential defaults of borrowers or trading counterparties, the implementation of its strategic initiatives to improve its business model, the reliability of its risk management policies, procedures and methods, risks arising as a result of regulatory change and other risks. Forward-looking statements therefore speak only as of the date they are made. Commerzbank has no obligation to update or release any revisions to the forward-looking statements contained in this release to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.
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