IBERDROLA Offers Shareholders Free Stock or Cash Payment of €0.130 Per Share
-Through its ‘Iberdrola Flexible Dividend´plan against the Group´s 2012 financial results
-A total of 30 subscription rights are required to obtain one new IBERDROLA share, with no cost or commissions
-The Company maintains its annual shareholder remuneration policy around €0.30 gross per share
-IBERDROLA offers cash payment of €0.130 gross per share in this new edition of the ‘Iberdrola Flexible Dividend’ plan, in addition to the ordinary cash dividend of €0.03 per share and the €0.143 per share paid in January
IBERDROLA today informed of the number of subscription rights required to obtain one new share in the company, against the Group´s 2012 financial results and through the seventh edition of the Iberdrola Flexible Dividend plan, which offers all its shareholders the possibility of obtaining shares at no cost.
Shareholders wishing to receive the final dividend payment in Company shares must hold 30 subscription rights in order to obtain one new IBERDROLA share.
The Iberdrola Flexible Dividend plan also allows shareholders to receive the remuneration in cash by selling their rights to IBERDROLA (at a guaranteed fixed price) or on the open market. If they take the first option the company offers a guaranteed price of €0.130 per share, with a withholding tax of 21% applicable. Shareholders who prefer to sell their rights in the market will have no fiscal retention, but neither will they benefit from a fixed guaranteed price.
As usual, the default option in this new edition of the Iberdrola Flexible Dividend plan will be the delivery of a new IBERDROLA share for every 30 free-of-charge subscription rights. Shareholders who opt to receive their compensation in cash must sell their rights to the Company between the 3rd and 12th of July, or on the open market between the 3rd and 17th of July.
In addition to the guaranteed price offered by IBERDROLA and the €0.143 per share paid in January, shareholders will receive a cash dividend of €0.03 per share. The Company thereby maintains shareholder remuneration against 2012 earnings at €0.30 per share.
‘Iberdrola Flexible Dividend´calendar
-2 July 2013: Publication of the capital increase execution in the Mercantile Registry, Boletín Oficial del Registro Mercantil. It is also the reference date for assigning free subscription rights.
-3 July 2013: Trading in subscription rights starts and timetable begins for shareholders to request payment in cash, in line with the purchase commitment made by IBERDROLA.
-12 July 2013: Last day to request payment in cash through the sale of rights to IBERDROLA at a fixed guaranteed price.
-17 July 2013: End of rights trading period. IBERDROLA buys free subscription rights from shareholders that opt for cash payment.
-22 July 2013: Payment of the price of free subscription rights acquired by IBERDROLA under its purchase commitment.
-25 July 2013: Assignment of registries to new shares.
-26 July 2013: New IBERDROLA shares start trading.
This communication does not constitute an offer to purchase, sell or exchange or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, sell or exchange any securities. The shares of Iberdrola, S.A. may not be offered or sold in the United States of America except pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Securities Act or pursuant to a valid exception from registration.
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