Daimler AG / Capital Increase
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* Daimler increases share capital by 10% with exclusion of subscription rights of existing shareholders
* After acquiring all new shares, Aabar will hold 9.1% of the new share capital
* Issue price of EUR20.27 per share close to the current market price * Total investment of EUR1.95 billion further strengthens Daimler's capital
base and offers additional flexibility to invest in new automotive technologies
* Platform for joint strategic initiatives established
Stuttgart - Daimler AG (stock-exchange abbreviation DAI) welcomes Aabar Investments PJSC (Aabar) of Abu Dhabi, as a major investor. Daimler increases the share capital by approx. 10% with exclusion of subscription rights of existing shareholders. After acquiring all new shares, Aabar will hold approx. 9.1% of the new share capital. The capital increase was approved by Daimler's Supervisory Board today.
Aabar is an investment company headquartered in Abu Dhabi and is listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. It directly invests in various sectors including energy, infrastructure, real estate, automotive and financial services companies. Its largest stakeholder is International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), which in turn is wholly owned by the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The capital increase will be carried out by issuing 96,408,000 new registered no par value shares from Daimler's Authorised Capital approved by the Annual Shareholders' Meeting of April 9, 2008 in exchange for cash contributions. Existing shareholders' rights to subscribe to these new shares are excluded. The issue price of the shares is EUR20.27 per share, resulting in an equity contribution to Daimler of EUR 1,954,190,160. The cash inflow from the capital increase of EUR1.95 billion will further improve Daimler's sound financial position. At the end of 2008, the equity ratio of Daimler's industrial business was 42.7% and the equity ratio of the entire Daimler Group was 24.3%.
Daimler and IPIC have also agreed on a strategic cooperation in the framework of which they intend to pursue joint initiatives in the areas of electric vehicles, development and production of innovative compound materials for use in automotive manufacturing as well as social projects.
Further information from Daimler is available at www.media.daimler.com
Further information about Aabar can be found at www.aabar.com
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Daimler AG, Stuttgart, with its businesses Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Daimler Financial Services, Mercedes-Benz Vans and Daimler Buses, is a globally leading producer of premium passenger cars and the largest manufacturer of heavy- and medium-duty trucks in the world. The Daimler Financial Services division has a broad offering of financial services, including vehicle financing, leasing, insurance and fleet management. Daimler sells its products in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. The company's founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, continued to make automotive history following their invention of the automobile in 1886. As an automotive pioneer, Daimler and its employees willingly accept an obligation to act responsibly towards society and the environment and to shape the future of safe and sustainable mobility with groundbreaking technologies and high-quality products. The current brand portfolio includes the world's most valuable automobile brand, Mercedes-Benz, as well as smart, AMG, Maybach, Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, Mitsubishi Fuso, Setra, Orion and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt, New York and Stuttgart (stock exchange abbreviation DAI). In 2008, the Group sold 2.1 million vehicles and employed a workforce of over 270,000 people; revenue totaled EUR95.9 billion and EBIT amounted to EUR2.7 billion. Daimler is an automotive Group with a commitment to excellence, and aims to achieve sustainable growth and industry-leading profitability.
Aabar is an investment company headquartered in Abu Dhabi and is listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. It directly invests in various sectors including energy, infrastructure, real estate, automotive and financial services companies. Its largest stakeholder is the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), which in turn is wholly owned by the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
International Petroleum Investment Company ('IPIC') is wholly owned by the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It was established in 1984 with a mandate to
invest in the hydrocarbons and related sectors. IPIC's investment portfolio is currently estimated to be worth more than US$14 billion, with stakes in many international companies.
22.03.2009 Financial News transmitted by DGAP
Issuer: Daimler AG
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