Pursuant to the conversion clause set forth in Swedbank AB’s (“Swedbank”)(STO:SWEDA)(LSE:SWK)(Pink Sheets:SWDBF) articles of association, all preference shares will converted into ordinary shares following the annual general meeting 2013.
March 20 Annual general meeting 2013
March 25 Dividend record date
March 26 Board of Directors’ resolution to convert preference shares into ordinary shares
March 27 Last day of trading in preference shares
April 8 Euroclear registration date of new ordinary shares
Trading in preference shares is not possible from and including March 28 until new ordinary shares have been received, which normally is the date of registration with Euroclear.
Registration of the conversion with the Swedish Companies Registration office is expected before the end of March. Following the conversion Swedbank will only have ordinary shares issued. The total number of shares will be unchanged and amount to 1,132,005,722.
Conversion of preference shares into ordinary shares through mandatory conversion pursuant to the terms of the articles of association is not regarded as a taxable sale according to an advance tax ruling decided by the Swedish Council for Advance Tax Rulings on November 7, 2008, which was upheld by the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court in a judgment on May 14, 2009. Consequently, ordinary shares which are received pursuant to the mandatory conversion are deemed to have been acquired at the same time and for the same acquisition cost as the preference shares.
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