Amsterdam (November 7, 2007) - Wolters Kluwer, a leading global information services and publishing company, today announced the start of a share buy-back program. Wolters Kluwer intends to return approximately EUR 175 million to shareholders. This share buy-back program is above and beyond the current progressing EUR 475 million share buy-back program as announced on March 26, 2007.
On April 20, 2007, Wolters Kluwer's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders mandated the Executive Board of Wolters Kluwer to repurchase ordinary shares for a period of eighteen months. Given the share buy-back value of EUR 175 million, the approximate number of ordinary shares to be repurchased under this share buy-back program is approximately 8 million shares, calculated on the basis of the closing share price of November 6, 2007. The share buy-back commences after the completion of the existing EUR 475 million program and will end on April 21, 2008, unless prior to such date the aggregate value of shares acquired would exceed the EUR 175 million; or ten percent of the outstanding ordinary shares have been repurchased, including any ordinary shares already held by the company; or in the event of a corporate transaction regarding Wolters Kluwer.
The maximum consideration to be paid per ordinary share under the share buy-back program is the higher of the price of the last independent trade in Wolters Kluwer's shares and the highest current independent bid price on the trading venues where the purchase is carried out. Furthermore, this price will not exceed 110 percent of the closing price of the ordinary shares on the stock exchange of Euronext Amsterdam on the day preceding the day of purchase as shown in the Official Price List of Euronext Amsterdam. The repurchase price will be based on the daily VWAP (Volume Weighted Average Price) and the program will be in full compliance with the safe harbor trading and volume restrictions of the Market Abuse Directive. Wolters Kluwer will provide a weekly update on the progress of the share buy-back program to the market.
The announced share buy-back program will be executed by ING Wholesale Banking who shall make the trading decisions in relation to Wolters Kluwer's share buy-back program of ordinary shares independently of, and without influence by, Wolters Kluwer with regard to the timing of the purchases. It is Wolters Kluwer's intention to cancel the greater part of the shares acquired through the share buy-back program, and to potentially use a smaller part of the shares acquired through the share buy-back program to cover its obligations to grant performance shares under the company's long term incentive plan.
About Wolters Kluwer
Wolters Kluwer is a leading global information services and publishing company. The company provides products and services for professionals in the health, tax, accounting, corporate, financial services, legal and regulatory sectors. Wolters Kluwer has annual revenues (2006) of EUR 3.4 billion, employs approximately 18,450 people worldwide, and maintains operations across Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on the Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. For more information, visit www.wolterskluwer.com.
Contact: Caroline Wouters Kevin Entricken Vice President, Vice President, Corporate Communications Investor Relations Wolters Kluwer nv Wolters Kluwer nv + 31 (0)20 6070 459 + 31 (0)20 6070 407 email@example.com@wolterskluwer.com
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by words such as "expect," "should," "could," "shall," and similar expressions. Wolters Kluwer cautions that such forward-looking statements are qualified by certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from what is contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Factors which could cause actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, general economic conditions; conditions in the markets in which Wolters Kluwer is engaged; behavior of customers, suppliers, and competitors; technological developments; the implementation and execution of new ICT systems or outsourcing; and legal, tax, and regulatory rules affecting Wolters Kluwer's businesses, as well as risks related to mergers, acquisitions, and divestments. In addition, financial risks such as currency movements, interest rate fluctuations, liquidity, and credit risks could influence future results. The foregoing list of factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Wolters Kluwer disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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