November 28, 2017
Philips Lighting repurchases shares from Royal Philips for an aggregate amount of EUR 90 million
Eindhoven, the Netherlands - Philips Lighting (LIGHT.AS), the world leader in lighting, today announces that it has repurchased 2.8 million of its shares for an aggregate amount of approximately EUR 90 million. The repurchase is part of the accelerated bookbuild offering by Royal Philips to institutional investors of 17.1 million shares in Philips Lighting at a price of EUR 32 per share (the "Offering") which was successfully completed today. Philips Lighting will not receive any proceeds from the sale and intends to cancel the shares it has repurchased.
The repurchase will be financed from the company`s own funds and is in line with Philips Lighting`s previous announcement that it will return up to EUR 300 million to its shareholders over the period 2017-2018, by participating in share disposals by its main shareholder. Since the start of 2017, Philips Lighting will have returned EUR 272 million to its shareholders by participating in the three share disposals by Royal Philips.
This transaction reduces Royal Philips` shareholding in Philips Lighting`s issued share capital from 40.97% to 29.01%. After cancellation of the 2.8 million shares that Philips Lighting acquired in the Offering, Royal Philips` shareholding in Philips Lighting is expected to represent 29.59% of Philips Lighting`s issued share capital.
Royal Philips has announced that following the transaction, it will no longer have control over Philips Lighting and will cease to consolidate Philips Lighting under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
Royal Philips has announced that the transaction is expected to settle on Friday December 1, 2017. Royal Philips has announced that it agreed to a lock-up in respect of its remaining stake in Philips Lighting being the earlier of (i) 60 days or (ii) the date of publication of Philips Lighting`s full year 2017 results (subject to limited exemptions and the joint bookrunners` customary right to waive the lock-up restrictions).
As Royal Philips` shareholding in Philips Lighting now falls below 30%, Frans van Houten will step down from the Supervisory Board effective per the end of this year, in accordance with the Relationship Agreement between Philips Lighting and Royal Philips. In light of this, Kees van Lede will remain a member of the Supervisory Board until the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) in 2018.
For further information, please contact:
Philips Lighting Investor Relations
Tel: +31 6 1594 4569
Philips Lighting Corporate Communications
Elco van Groningen
Tel: +31 6 1086 5519
About Philips Lighting
Philips Lighting (LIGHT.AS), the world leader in lighting products, systems and services, delivers innovations that unlock business value, providing rich user experiences that help improve lives. Serving professional and consumer markets, we lead the industry in leveraging the Internet of Things to transform homes, buildings and urban spaces. With 2016 sales of EUR 7.1 billion, we have approximately 34,000 employees in over 70 countries. News from Philips Lighting is located at the Newsroom, Twitter and LinkedIn. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.
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The Offering is directed only at the following persons (all such persons together being "Relevant Persons"):
- in member states of the European Economic Area (the "EEA") to persons who are "qualified investors" within the meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of the EU Prospectus Directive (Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including Directive 2010/73/EU, to the extent implemented in the relevant member state of the EEA (the "Prospectus Directive)) and includes any relevant implementing measure in each relevant member state of the EEA) (the "Qualified Investors");
- in the United Kingdom, to Qualified Investors who are persons who (i) have professional experience in matters relating to investments and who fall within the definition of "investment professionals" in Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as amended); or (ii) who are high net worth entities falling within Article 49 of the Order 2005 (as amended); and
- outside the EEA to other persons to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated.
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