a.s.r. repurchases 3,000,000 of its shares
ASR Nederland N.V. (a.s.r.) has repurchased 3,000,000 of its shares. NLFI (stichting administratiekantoor beheer financiële instellingen), which is acting on behalf of the Dutch State, has sold 20,400,000 shares in a.s.r. at a price of € 22.15 per share. a.s.r. will not receive any proceeds of the sale.
The shares repurchased by a.s.r. correspond to the maximum number of shares which a.s.r. is currently entitled to repurchase. The repurchase is to be financed from the company’s own funds and will have only a limited impact on its solvency ratio. a.s.r. intends to cancel these shares in due course. The cancellation of these shares, as well as the grant of a new authorisation to the Executive Board of a.s.r. on market terms to acquire own shares, will be placed on the agenda for the General Meeting of 31 May 2017.
This transaction means that NLFI’s interest in a.s.r. will decrease from 63.7% to 50.1% of the total outstanding share capital. As previously announced, NLFI intends to sell all of its remaining shares in a.s.r. in due course.
The repurchase is in line with a.s.r.’s strategy of using capital in value creating opportunities and by returning capital to its shareholders in an efficient manner, for example through participation in a sale of shares by NLFI.
NLFI has agreed with the joint bookrunners, that the remaining shares in a.s.r. held by NLFI will be subject to a lock-up period of 90 calendar days after settlement of the transaction. The joint bookrunners may waive the lock-up at their sole discretion.