Dassault Aviation buys back 5% of its share capital.
Saint-Cloud, France, March 25, 2015 – Further to the announcement made by Airbus Group of its intention to sell 1.38 million shares in Dassault Aviation following a book built offering with institutional investors, and given the significant relative size of this offering compared with Dassault Aviation’s current free float and stock liquidity, Dassault Aviation requested Euronext Paris to effect a trading halt in its shares in order to allow for an orderly book building exercise. The trading in the shares will resume as soon as possible after the pricing of the offering and after release by Euronext Paris of the appropriate notice, i.e. expected to be at the latest upon market opening on Friday 27 March at 9.00am Paris time.
In accordance with the initial agreement signed between Airbus Group and Dassault Aviation on 28 November 2014, Dassault Aviation will show its support to the placement by placing an order for 50% of the placement size, within a global limit of 5% of Dassault Aviation’s share capital, at a maximum price of € 980 per share. Airbus Group will reserve these Shares to Dassault Aviation, subject to such amount not exceeding the limit of 5 percent of Dassault Aviation’s share capital, at the placement price. Should the placement price be higher than € 980 per share, the price of the Shares sold in the placement to Dassault Aviation will remain at € 980 while the price of the Shares to be sold to all other purchasers will remain at the higher placement price.
Dassault Aviation welcomes this opportunity to enlarge its free float.
With over 8,000 military and civil aircraft delivered to 90 countries over the last 60 years, logging some 28 million hours in flight, Dassault Aviation has built up expertise recognized worldwide in the design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, ranging from the Rafale fighter to the high-end Falcon family of business jets and military drones. Dassault Aviation posted sales of 3.68 billion euros in 2014, and has nearly 11,600 employees.
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