DGAP-News: Symrise AG generates around EUR 400 million from capital increase

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Symrise AG generates around EUR 400 million from capital increase

14.05.2014 / 09:51


Symrise AG generates around EUR 400 million from capital increase 

  - High demand among investors  

  - Placement of around 11,150,000 million shares 

  - Gross proceeds amount to around EUR 400 million 

  - First refinancing element for the takeover of Diana Group completed

Within a very short period of time Symrise AG successfully completed the
capital increase from authorized capital announced on the previous evening.
The Company used an accelerated bookbuilding procedure to place 11,150,000
new shares with institutional investors. The shares were offered at an
issue price of EUR 36 per share. Symrise intends to use the funds raised by
the issue to partially finance the planned takeover of the Diana Group.

"We are delighted with the positive response from investors to our capital
increase. We regard this as a strong signal of confidence in the strategy
being pursued by Symrise and in the planned acquisition of the Diana Group.
With the capital increase we have successfully completed the first element
of the refinancing of the acquisition within a very short time," said Dr.
Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, Chairman of the Executive Board of Symrise AG.

The capital increase from authorized capital was made on the basis of the
authorization of the Executive Board approved by the Annual General Meeting
dated 14 May 2013 and excluding pre-emptive rights. It is scheduled for
entry in the Commercial Register on 15 May 2014. The capital increase will
raise the share capital of Symrise AG from EUR 118,173,300 to EUR
129,323,300. The new shares will be eligible for a dividend from 1 January
2015. They are expected to be admitted for trading on the Regulated Market
of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange on 19 May 2014 while at the same time being
admitted to the Prime Standard. The shares are expected to be included in
the existing listing on 19 May 2014.

Subject to registration of the implementation of the capital increase in
the Company Register, Symrise will receive gross proceeds amounting to
around EUR 400 million. These funds will be used to partially finance the
acquisition of the Diana Group announced on 12 April 2014. With the
acquisition of Diana Group which is based in Vannes, France, Symrise will
significantly expand its Flavor & Nutrition business, intensify the
backward integration of raw materials and expand into the highly attractive
market segment for pet food. The planned acquisition will be financed
through a combination of equity and debt.

About Symrise:

Symrise is a global supplier of fragrances, flavorings, cosmetic active
ingredients and raw materials as well as functional ingredients. Its
clients include manufacturers of perfumes, cosmetics, food and beverages,
the pharmaceutical industry and producers of nutritional supplements.

Its sales over EUR 1.8 billion in 2013 place Symrise among the top four
companies in the global flavors and fragrances market. Headquartered in
Holzminden, Germany, the Group is represented in over 35 countries in
Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the United States and Latin America.

Symrise works with its clients to develop new ideas and market-ready
concepts for products that form an indispensable part of everyday life.
Economic success and corporate responsibility are inextricably linked as
part of this process. Symrise thus takes sustainability into account in
every part of its corporate strategy. The company was awarded the German
Sustainability Award in 2012. Symrise - always inspiring more.

Media Contact:             Investors Contact:
Bernhard Kott               Tobias Erfurth
Phone +49 (0)5531 90-1721   Phone +49 (0)5531 90-1879
bernhard.kott@symrise.com   tobias.erfurth@symrise.com

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Language:    English                                                
Company:     Symrise AG                                             
             Mühlenfeldstraße 1                                     
             37603 Holzminden                                       
Phone:       +49 (0)5531 90 0                                       
E-mail:      ir@symrise.com                                         
Internet:    www.symrise.com                                        
ISIN:        DE000SYM9999                                           
WKN:         SYM999                                                 
Indices:     MDAX                                                   
Listed:      Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard);       
             Freiverkehr in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover,  
             München, Stuttgart                                     
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