Boulogne-Billancourt, 7 July 2011 – In
accordance with the resolution approved by the Ordinary and Extraordinary
Shareholders’ Meeting on 7 June 2011, shareholders were invited for the third
consecutive year, to choose to receive the dividend payment in cash or in new
shares. The dividend in respect of the financial year 2010 was set at € 1.30
The payment of the dividend in shares
generated strong interest once again amongst shareholders. The subscription
rate for this option was 56%, which attests to shareholders’ confidence in the
strategy and development outlook of the Group.
This operation resulted in the creation of
1,140,338 new shares issued at a price of € 75.92 per share (i.e. a capital
increase of 0.97%) delivered and listed on NYSE Euronext Paris on 7 July 2011.
The new shares will be issued with all rights
attached as of 1 January 2011 and will be completely assimilated with existing
shares. Following this operation, the share capital of the company will
comprise 119,084,420 shares.
The payment of the dividend in cash, for an
amount of € 67.6 million also took place today.