Boulogne-Billancourt, 2 July 2009 – In
accordance with the resolution approved by the Ordinary and Extraordinary
Shareholders’ Meeting on 4 June 2009, shareholders were invited to choose, from
11 to 26 June 2009, to receive dividend payment of € 6 per share, in cash or in
new shares issued at a price of € 74.28 per share.
The option of receiving the dividend by
delivery of shares generated strong interest amongst shareholders. The
subscription rate for this option was close to 65%, which attests to shareholders’
confidence in the strategy and development outlook of the Group. This operation
will result in the creation of 2,783,484 new shares (5.2% of the capital) to be
delivered and listed on Euronext Paris from 7 July 2009.
The new shares will be issued with all rights
attached as of 1 January 2009 and will be completely assimilated with existing
shares. Following this operation, the share capital of the company will
comprise 56,572,200 shares.
The payment of the dividend in cash, for an
amount of € 111.5 million will also take place on 7 July 2009.