Boulogne-Billancourt, 1 July 2010 – In
accordance with the resolution approved by the Ordinary and Extraordinary
Shareholders’ Meeting on 31 May 2010, shareholders were invited to choose, from
7 to 22 June 2010, to receive the dividend payment in cash or in new shares.
The dividend in respect of the financial year 2009 was set at € 3.50 per share.
The option of receiving the dividend by
delivery of shares generated strong interest once again amongst shareholders. The
subscription rate for this option was 64%, which attests to shareholders’
confidence in the strategy and development outlook of the Group.
This operation resulted in the creation of
993,445 new shares issued at a price of € 130.85 per share (1.7% of the
capital) delivered and listed on Euronext Paris on 30 June 2010.
The new shares will be issued with all rights
attached as of 1 January 2010 and will be completely assimilated with existing
shares. Following this operation, the share capital of the company will
comprise 58,274,234 shares.
The payment of the dividend in cash, for an
amount of € 71.9 million also took place on 30 June 2010.