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April 23, 2013

Commerzbank completes adopted share count consolidation in the ratio 10:1


  • Measure increases transaction certainty for forthcoming capital increase
  • Number of outstanding shares decreases from 5.83 billion to 583 million
  • Shares to be traded as of April 24, 2013 under the new securities identification number WKN CBK100
  • Commerzbank assumes custodian bank commission for settlement of fractional shares

Commerzbank has completed as planned the share count consolidation adopted last week by the annual general meeting in the ratio 10:1, in addition to the cancellation of 7 shares, ensuring a round number of existing capital stock of the company, the share count consolidation in the ratio 10:1 has been entered on the Commercial Register. The number of outstanding shares has thereby declined from approximately 5.83 billion to approximately 583 million. The converted share certificates will be traded on the stock exchange from April 24, 2013 onwards under the new securities identification number WKN CBK100 (ISIN DE000CBK1001). This replaces the present securities identification number WKN 803200 (ISIN DE0008032004). The conversion of the securities portfolios in the custody accounts of the Commerzbank shareholders is executed automatically by the custodian bank.

The capital reduction has no impact on the assets of the shareholders or their individual stakes in the capital stock of Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft. It merely represents a simple balance sheet measure. The equity capital structure and the value of Commerzbank as a whole will not change as a consequence. The objective of the measure is to enhance the transaction certainty for the forthcoming capital increase.

For shareholders whose current number of shares is not divisible by 10, a so-called “settlement of fractional shares” is planned. Prior to the capital reduction the shareholders can, in the event they hold fractional amounts, decide individually whether they wish to buy or sell Commerzbank shares. To this end shareholders will receive a corresponding pre-prepared letter of instruction from their custodian banks in the coming days. To the extent that a shareholder does not place a corresponding order with his custodian bank for the rounding up or down of his number of shares by May 6, 2013, the respective fractional shares will automatically be sold and the proceeds credited to the shareholder. The consolidation of the old shares, the conversion of the portfolios, and the regulation of the fractional amounts are to be free of charges and fees for the shareholders. In this respect Commerzbank is paying the custodian bank commission to the custodian banks.

Moreover, on April 19, 2013 the shareholders of Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft adopted a resolution by a large majority to redeem in full the remaining silent participations of the Financial Market Stabilisation Fund (SoFFin) and Allianz through a capital increase. To this end Commerzbank plans, as already announced, a mixed cash capital increase/capital increase through contributions in kind with subscription rights for the existing shareholders with a volume of EUR 2.5 billion. The transaction, including the trading of subscription rights, is intended to take place during the period from mid-May through to the beginning of June 2013. In the course of the capital increase, the shareholding of the federal government in Commerzbank is expected to decrease from about 25 per cent at present to less than 20 per cent.


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About Commerzbank

Commerzbank is a leading bank in Germany and Poland. It is also present worldwide in all markets for its customers as a partner to the business world. With the business areas Private Customers, Mittelstandsbank, Corporates & Markets and Central & Eastern Europe, it offers its private and corporate clients as well as institutional investors the banking and capital market services they need. With some 1,200 branches Commerzbank has one of the densest branch networks among German private banks. In total, Commerzbank boasts nearly 15 million private customers, as well as 1 million business and corporate clients. In 2012, it generated revenues of just under EUR 10 billion with approximately 56,000 employees on average.



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