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Lucerne, January 9, 2020 – SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH, a global leader in special long steel, informs that its share capital recorded in the commercial register was increased to 2,028,333,333 shares with a nominal value of CHF 0.30 each.
Immediately prior to the capital increase through the issuance of 1,083,333,333 new registered shares with a nominal value of CHF 0.30 each, the nominal value of all existing shares was decreased to CHF 0.30 by way of a capital reduction. The share capital of SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH AG newly recorded in the commercial register amounts to CHF 608,499,999.90 and is divided into 2,028,333,333 registered shares with a nominal value of CHF 0.30. The listing and first trading day of the new shares on SIX Swiss Exchange as well as the delivery of the new shares occurs today on January 9, 2020.
The issuance of the 1,083,333,333 new registered shares provides new capital in the amount of CHF 325 million and net proceeds in the amount of approximately EUR 292 million to SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH. The net proceeds shall be used for the financial restructuring of the Group.
Of the total 2,028,333,333 shares issued in SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH AG, Martin Haefner directly or indirectly through BigPoint Holding AG holds 49.6% (including acquisition of the shares in SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH AG from SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Beteiligungs GmbH) and Liwet Holding AG holds 25.0%. The free float amounts to 25.4%.
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For further information:
Dr Ulrich Steiner
Vice President Corporate Communications, Investor Relations & CSR
Telephone +41 (0)41 581 4120
About SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH
The SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group is today one of the world's leading providers of individual solutions in the special long steel products sector. The Group is one of the leading manufacturers of tool steel and non-corrosive long steel on the global market and one of the two largest companies in Europe for alloyed and high-alloyed quality and engineering steels. With more than 10,000 employees and its own production and distribution companies in 30 countries on 5 continents, the company guarantees global support and supply for its customers and offers them a complete portfolio of production and sales & services around the world. Customers benefit from the company's technological expertise, consistently high product quality around the world as well as detailed knowledge of local markets.
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