The board of directors of Handelsbanken proposes an employee convertible bond programme
ET | Source:Svenska Handelsbanken AB
The board of directors of Svenska Handelsbanken AB has resolved to propose to
the annual general meeting 2014 to adopt a convertible bond programme for the
employees of the group, totalling a nominal amount of up to SEK 3,179,000,000.
The convertible bonds can be subscribed for during the period 2 May 2014 - 16
May 2014 at a subscription price equal to the nominal amount.
The convertible bonds have no fixed repayment date and the bondholders are only
entitled to repayment at the bank’s request, which, subject to certain
exceptions, may be made no earlier than 1 July 2019. The loan carries interest
at a rate equal to 1-year swap rate (ASK) in SEK with an additional interest of
between 0.40 and 0.80 per cent. The final additional interest will be determined
and included in the board’s final proposal, which will be made available not
later than three weeks prior to the annual general meeting.
Each convertible bond can be converted into class A shares in Handelsbanken at a
conversion price of between 113 and 121 per cent of the volume weighted average
price paid for class A shares on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm during the period 2 May
2014 - 14 May 2014. The final percentage will be determined and included in the
board’s final proposal, which will be made available not later than three weeks
prior to the annual general meeting.
Bondholders may request conversion during the period 1 May 2019 - 30 November
2019. The bank may request conversion as from the registration of the issue of
the convertible bonds. All outstanding convertible bonds will convert
automatically, should the common equity tier 1 capital ratio of the bank’s
consolidated situation or of the bank fall below 7.0 per cent at certain
A personal investment by the participants is required to participate in the
programme and the programme is constructed on market terms in a way that
prevents short term risk taking.
The dilution represents 1.34 per cent of the share capital and 1.36 per cent of
the votes after full conversion, assuming a conversion price of SEK 361.53,
equivalent to 117 per cent (i.e. the interval midpoint) of SEK 309.00, which was
the last price paid for Handelsbanken’s class A shares on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm
on 4 February 2014, and that the convertible bonds issued to employees in 2008
and 2011 are converted at their current conversion price.
Further information on the proposed convertible bond programme will be provided
in the notice convening the annual general meeting and in the board’s final
proposal to the annual general meeting concerning the convertible bond
For further information please contact:
Ulf Riese, CFO, +46 8 22 92 20
Mikael Hallåker, Head of Investor Relations, +46 8 701 29 95, mobile: +46 70 266
Handelsbanken discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the
Securities Markets Act. Submitted for publication on 5 February 2014, at 06.35
For more information about Handelsbanken, please go to: www.handelsbanken.com
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