Major traffic safety order of more than 12 million euros received. Capital increase of up to 5,203,464 new shares approved
In order to finance this and other expected orders in this business area as well as the further growth of the Jenoptik Group, the Executive Board of JENOPTIK Aktiengesellschaft, Jena (ISIN DE0006229107), has resolved to increase the Company's share capital through partial use of authorized capital by up to 13,529,006.40 euros by issuing up to 5,203,464 new bearer shares (shares with no par value), corresponding to approximately up to 10.0 percent of the current share capital, against cash payment.
Shareholders' subscription rights will be excluded. In addition to the financing of major orders in the area of traffic safety, the proceeds from the capital increase will be used to expand the global presence, in particular of the laser business in Asia and North America by establishing additional laser application centers. This will be made primarily as a result of the success of the laser application center which was recently opened in South Korea. In addition, smaller and targeted acquisitions should contribute to increase the Group's profitability as well as to round-up both product portfolio and value-added chain.
The Company's Supervisory Board approved the decision through its Capital Market Committee. The new shares will be admitted for trading without a prospectus in the regulated market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the sub-segment thereof with additional postadmission obligations (Prime Standard). The shares will also be traded on the regional stock exchanges in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich and Stuttgart and are eligible for dividends from January 1, 2009.
The new shares will be offered to qualified investors in Germany and abroad via an accelerated bookbuilding process, which will start today. The present major shareholders ECE Industriebeteiligungen GmbH and VARIS Vermögensverwaltung GmbH intend to participate in the capital increase.
This publication constitutes neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy securities. In particular, this document constitutes neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to purchase securities in the United States. The shares in JENOPTIK Aktiengesellschaft (the "Shares") may not be offered or sold in the United States or to or for the account or benefit of "U. S. persons" (as such term is defined in Regulation S under the U. S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act")) absent registration or an exemption from registration under the Securities Act. The Shares have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act. There will be no public offering of Shares in the United States.
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