Flexible Dividend. Paid-up share capital increase against reserves. Informative document
Published on 05/07/2020
Other relevant information
FERROVIAL, S.A. (“FERROVIAL” or the “Company”), in accordance with article 227 of the Consolidated Text of the Spanish Securities Market Act, announces the following
OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION
By a communication of Other Relevant Information dated 18 April 2020 (registration number 1,620), the resolutions of the Ordinary General Shareholders’ Meeting of the Company held on 17 April 2020 were reported. Among them, the approval of a paid-up share capital increase in item six of its agenda.
The Board of Directors of the Company, pursuant to the powers delegated in its favour by the General Shareholders’ Meeting, has agreed to carry out this capital increase.
For the purposes of the provisions of article 1.5.(g) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017, an informative document is attached hereto as Annex.
Madrid, 7 May 2020
Santiago Ortiz Vaamonde
Secretary of the Board of Directors of Ferrovial, S.A.
English translation for information purposes only. In the event of discrepancies between the English and the Spanish version, the Spanish version shall prevail.
First paid-up share capital increase against reserves, approved by the General Shareholders’ Meeting held on 17 April 2020
7 May 2020
This document has been drafted in accordance with article 1.5.(g) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017.
1. Background and purpose
The Ordinary General Shareholders’ Meeting of Ferrovial, S.A. (hereinafter, “Ferrovial” or “the Company”) held on 17 April 2020 approved, under item six of the agenda, a fully paid-up share capital increase against reserves for an amount to be determined under the terms envisaged in the resolution itself (the “Capital Increase”), delegating to the Board of Directors, with express power of sub-delegation to the Executive Committee, the Chairman or the CEO, all the powers insofar as necessary to carry out the Capital Increase, pursuant to Article 297.1 a) of the Capital Companies Act. The maximum market price of the Capital Increase (the “Amount of the Alternative Option”) has been set at EUR 234,220,538.24.
The Board of Directors agreed to perform the Capital Increase using the aforementioned powers conferred to it.
Pursuant to Article 1.5.(g) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017, on the prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading on a regulated market, and repealing Directive 2003/71/EC, which is directly applicable in all the EU Member States from 21 July 2019, preparation and publication of a prospectus in relation to admission to trading of the shares issued to perform the Capital Increase is not required “provided that the said shares are of the same class as the shares already admitted to trading on the same regulated market and that a document is made available containing information on the number and nature of the shares and the reasons for and the details of the offer”. Such function is carried out by this informative document, which is available on the Company’s corporate website (www.ferrovial.com) and on the website of the Spanish Securities Market Commission (www.cnmv.es).
Therefore, the purpose of this document is to provide, from the aforementioned information, that which is known on this date relating to the Capital Increase. Once the Capital Increase has been completed and the remaining information becomes available, it will be disclosed to the public by means of a communication to the Spanish Securities Market Commission. This communication is expected to take place on 1 June 2020.
2. Rationale of the Capital Increase and how it will work
2.1 Rationale of the Capital Increase
The Capital Increase was approved by the General Shareholders’ Meeting as a tool for implementing the shareholder remuneration scheme called “Ferrovial Flexible Dividend”.
This scheme has been carried out in the Company during the last 6 financial years. Due to the good reception, the Company has taken the decision to offer again this year the same possibility, substituting the implementation of this capital increase to what would have traditionally been the complementary dividend for financial year 2019.
Thus, the aim of this scheme is to offer again to the Company’s shareholders the option, at their own discretion, to receive fully free-of-charge shares, without altering the Company’s cash remuneration policy for shareholders since they may opt to receive a cash amount instead by selling their free-of-charge allocation rights to the Company (if they do not sell them in the market) which they receive for the shares they own, as explained below.
The “Ferrovial Flexible Dividend” scheme is similar to schemes implemented by other IBEX-35 companies. Through this scheme, the Company wants to offer its shareholders an alternative that will permit them collect the full amount in cash if they wish, while giving them the option of receiving paid-up shares from the Company.
“Ferrovial Flexible Dividend” scheme works as described below.
2.2 The way the Capital Increase works
Each shareholder receives a free-of-charge allocation right for each Ferrovial share owned at the date stated in section 3.1. These rights may be traded and sold on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges from 14 to 28 May 2020, both inclusive (i.e. over a fifteen (15) calendar days period). Upon termination of this period, the rights will be converted automatically into newly-issued Ferrovial shares. Each Company’s shareholder may choose from the following options:
i. Not to sell their free-of-charge allocation rights. In this case, at the end of the trading period the shareholder will receive the corresponding number of newly issued shares fully free-of-charge.
ii. Sell, in full or in part, the free-of-charge allocation rights to the Company at a guaranteed set price by virtue of an irrevocable purchase commitment assumed by Ferrovial, which will be referred to later on in this document. Instead of receiving shares, shareholders would opt to monetize their rights and would be paid a cash consideration. This option will cover the free-of-charge allocation rights obtained by the shareholders for free from the Company and not to the free-of-charge allocation rights purchased or otherwise acquired in the market. It will remain effective and may be requested over the term indicated in section 3.4.
iii. Sell, in full or in part, the free-of-charge allocation rights in the market over the trading period stated in section 3.4 below. Shareholders in this case would also opt to monetize their rights, although they would not receive a guaranteed set price as in option (b) above. The consideration paid for the rights would depend on the terms and conditions of the market in general and on the share price of the above rights, more specifically.
The Company’s shareholders may combine any of the aforementioned options to match their requirements. However, it should be noted that the tax treatment of the alternatives is different. A summary of the tax regime applicable to the transaction in Spain is available in section 3.6 of the Directors’ report on the proposed resolutions approved by the Ordinary General Shareholders’ Meeting as items six and seven of the agenda, and can be found on Ferrovial’s corporate website (www.ferrovial.com). Taxation of the different options of implementing the Capital Increase set out herein does not cover all possible tax consequences. Consequently, shareholders are encouraged to consult their tax advisers on the specific tax impact of the proposed transaction and to pay attention to any changes or amendments that may be made in both the laws in force at the date of this transaction and the interpretation criteria, as well as the specific circumstances of each shareholder or free-of-charge allocation rights holder.
3. Details of the offer
3.1 Number of free-of-charge allocation rights required to be allocated a new share, maximum number of new shares for issue and nominal amount of the Capital Increase
Using the formulas envisaged in the resolution of the Ordinary General Shareholders’ Meeting, the Board of Directors set the following items for the Capital Increase:
i. The number of free-of-charge allocation rights required to receive one new share (“ Rights per share”) is 71. The free-of-charge allocation rights will be allocated to the Company’s shareholders that have acquired shares until 13 May 2020 (expected date for the publishing of the implementation of the Capital Increase announcement at the Official Gazette of the Mercantile Registry [“BORME”]) and whose transactions have been settled until 15 May 2020 in Sociedad de Gestión de los Sistemas de Registro, Compensación and Liquidación de Valores, S.A. Unipersonal (“Iberclear”) in the proportion of one free-of-charge allocation right for each existing Ferrovial share owned. Those entitled will have the right to receive a new share for every 71 existing shares owned at that date.
The calculation of the aforementioned number of rights is stated below, based on the number of outstanding shares at that date (“NES”), which stands at 735,215,443.
No. Rights per share = NES / Provisional no. shares = 735,215,443 / 10,432,986.11 = 70.47 = 71 rights (rounded up to the next whole number);
“Provisional no. shares” = Amount of the Alternative Option / Share Price = EUR 234,220,538.24 / 22.450 = 10,432,986.11; and
“Share Price” = EUR 22.450, which is the arithmetic mean of the weighted average prices of the Company’s share on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges over the trading sessions of 29 and 30 April, and 4, 5 and 6 May 2020, rounded up or down to the nearest thousandth of a euro and, in the event of half a thousandth of a euro, rounded up to the nearest thousandth of a euro.
ii. The maximum number of new shares to be issued in the Capital Increase (“MNNS”) is 10,355,147, which is a result of the following formula approved by Ferrovial Ordinary General Shareholders’ Meeting, rounded down to the nearest whole number:
MNNS = NES / No. Rights per share = 735,215,443 / 71 = 10,355,147 new shares (rounded down).
where “NES”, “No. of Rights per share” and “Share Price” have the meaning indicated in paragraph (i) above.
However, the number of shares effectively issued will depend on the number of shareholders that request remuneration in cash by virtue of the irrevocable commitment assumed by the Company to purchase free-of-charge allocation rights.
Ferrovial will waive the free-of-charge allocation rights acquired by virtue of the irrevocable purchase commitment and, therefore, it will only issue shares corresponding to the free-of-charge allocation rights not acquired by Ferrovial through exercising the aforementioned commitment. The final number of shares issued in the Capital Increase will be disseminated to the market by a communication to the Spanish Securities Market Commission relating to the completion of the Capital Increase, which is expected to be published on 1 June 2020.
iii. As a result, the nominal amount of the Capital Increase is EUR 2,071,029.40. However, as already mentioned, the effective amount of the capital increase is the result of multiplying the number of final shares by twenty euro cents.
Since the number of free-of-charge allocation rights required to allocate a new share (71, based on previous calculations) multiplied by the maximum number of new shares to be issued (10,355,147, based on previous calculations) was 735,215,437, (i.e., below the number of outstanding shares 735,215,443), the number of rights waived by Ferrovial was equal to the difference between both figures (i.e. 6 rights) for the sole purpose of ensuring that the maximum number of new shares for issue is a whole number and not a decimal. Allocation of the Capital Increase will therefore be incomplete and the capital will be increased only by the amount corresponding to the free-of-charge allocation rights in respect of which no waiver has been made, pursuant to Article 311 of the Capital Companies Act.
3.2 Price of purchase rights commitment
The guaranteed set price of Ferrovial’s purchase rights commitment (“Purchase Price”) is EUR 0.312 gross per right, which is a result of the formula envisaged in the Capital Increase:
Purchase Price = Share Price / (No. rights per share + 1) = 22.450 / (71 + 1) = 0.3118 = 0.312 (rounded up or down to the nearest one thousandth of a euro).
Consequently, shareholders who wish to receive cash remuneration may sell their free-of-charge allocation rights to Ferrovial at a guaranteed set price of EUR 0.312 gross.
The estimated schedule for the implementation of the Capital Increase is as follows:
i. 13 May 2020. Publication of the announcement of the Capital Increase in the BORME. Last day on which the shares of Ferrovial with the right to participate in the “Ferrovial Flexible Dividend” scheme are traded (last trading date).
ii. 14 May 2020. Start of the trading period for the free-of-charge allocation rights and the term for submission to Ferrovial of requests to purchase these rights. The Ferrovial shares trades at the “clean price” (ex-date).
iii. 15 May 2020. Date on which Iberclear will determine the positions for the free-of-charge allocation rights (record date).
iv. 22 May 2020. End of the period to request remuneration in cash by virtue of the purchase commitment undertaken by Ferrovial.
v. 28 May 2020. End of the trading period for free-of-charge allocation rights. Purchase by Ferrovial of the free-of-charge allocation rights of those shareholders who requested such purchase by Ferrovial.
vi. 1 June 2020. Payment in cash to shareholders who opted to sell their free-of-charge allocation rights to Ferrovial by virtue of Ferrovial’s purchase commitment. Ferrovial waives the free-of-charge allocation rights acquired under the purchase commitment, closing of the Capital Increase and communication to the Spanish Securities Market Commission of the final result of the operation.
vii. 2 – 16 June 2020. Estimated time for the procedures corresponding to registration of the Capital Increase in the Mercantile Registry and admission to trading of the new shares on the Spanish Stock Exchanges.
viii. 17 June 2020. Estimated starting date for the regular trading of the new ordinary shares on the Spanish Stock Exchanges, subject to the securing of the corresponding authorisations.
This schedule is tentative and could be altered due to the declaration of the state of alarm motivated by the spread in Spain of COVID-19, the measures adopted by public authorities in relation to the health emergency and its impact on the functioning of agencies and entities whose intervention is necessary for the execution of the Capital Increase and the ordinary trading of the new shares.
3.4 Allocation of rights and process for opting for cash or new shares
As indicated above, free-of-charge allocation rights will be allocated to shareholders of the Company that have acquired their shares until 13 May 2020 and whose transactions have been settled until 15 May 2020 in Iberclear. The trading period for the rights will begin the following calendar day to the publication of the announcement of the Capital Increase implementation in the BORME (i.e. 14 May 2020) and will last for a fifteen (15) days period (i.e. 14 to 28 May 2020, both inclusive). During this period, the rights may be traded and, therefore, sold under the same terms and conditions as the original shares giving rise to them, on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges through the Spanish Stock Market Interconnection System (Continuous Market).
During the free-of-charge allocation right trading period, the shareholders may opt for a consideration in cash or new shares under the aforementioned terms, and to acquire on the market sufficient free-of-charge allocation rights in the proportion required to subscribe new shares. However, shareholders that wish to accept Ferrovial’s purchase rights commitment, receiving the Purchase Price, must communicate their decision no later than 22 May 2020. The purchase commitment only covers the free-of-charge allocation rights received by the shareholders of the Company, not those purchased or otherwise acquired in the market. Shareholders must decide from the various options and notify their decision to the entities in which their Ferrovial shares and the corresponding free-of-charge allocation rights are deposited.
In particular, should they wish to receive cash for the guaranteed set price relating to Ferrovial’s purchase rights commitment, they must report it no later than 22 May 2020. Should no express notification be given, the shareholders will receive new Ferrovial shares in the corresponding proportion.
The Capital Increase will be made free of charges and fees for the allocation of newly issued shares. The Company will bear the costs of issue, subscription, putting into circulation, listing and any others related with the Capital Increase.
Nevertheless, the Company’s shareholders should bear in mind that the members of Iberclear at which they have deposited their shares may, under prevailing laws, establish the administration and subscription charges and fees that they deem appropriate for maintaining the shares in the accounting records.
Moreover, these members may, under prevailing legislation, establish the charges and fees that they deem appropriate for handling purchase orders and sale of free-of-charges allocation rights orders.
4. Nature of the shares to be issued
4.1 Par value, type of issue and representation of shares
The new shares issued in the Capital Increase will be ordinary shares with a par value of twenty euro cents each (EUR 0.20), from the same class and series as those currently outstanding, already admitted to trading on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges through the Spanish Stock Market Interconnection System (Continuous Market).
The new shares will be issued at a rate of twenty euro cents (EUR 0.20) each, without any share premium, will be represented by book entries and the accounting record will be entrusted to Iberclear and its members.
4.2 Capital-Increase balance sheet and reserve against which the Capital Increase is made
The balance sheet on which the Capital Increase is based is the balance sheet for the financial year ended 31 December 2019, audited by Deloitte, S.L. on 27 February 2020 and approved by the Ordinary General Shareholders’ Meeting held on 17 April 2020, under item one of the agenda.
The Capital Increase agreement adopted by the General Shareholders’ Meeting establishes that this will be charged in its entirety against the reserves provided for in article 303.1 of the Spanish Capital Companies Act. Particularly:
- the Capital Increase will be charged against the “Share premium” reserve recorded in the account 11000000 Share premium, amounting 994,624,552.03 euro at 31 December 2019; and
- the acquisition by the Company of the free-of-charge allocation rights in application of the purchase commitment undertaken by Ferrovial provided for in section four of the mentioned Capital Increase agreement will be charged against “Reserves subject to but exempt Articles 21 and 22 of TRILS”, amounting 1,940,292,200.15 euro at 31 December 2019.
4.3 Shares deposited
Once the free-of-charge allocation rights trading period is over, the new shares that could not be allocated due to reasons not attributable to the Company, will remain in a deposit and be made available to those that prove they hold the corresponding free-of-charges allocation rights. Once three (3) years have elapsed from the end date of the aforementioned trading period, the new shares that have still not been allocated may be sold pursuant to Article 117 of the Capital Companies Act, on account and at the risk of the interested parties. The cash amount of the aforementioned sale will be made available to the interested parties through a deposit at the Bank of Spain or at the Spanish State Depository.
4.4 Rights attached to new shares
Holders of new shares will have the same voting and economic rights as the Company’s currently outstanding ordinary shares as from the date on which the Capital Increase is declared subscribed and paid up (expected on 1 June 2020).
4.5 Admission to trading
The Company shall request the admission to trading of the new shares on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges through the Spanish Stock Market Interconnection System (Continuous Market). Subject to the relevant authorisation, the ordinary trading of new shares is expected to commence on the Spanish stock exchanges on 17 June 2020.
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 In the event that the final number of shares to be issued (i.e. the ratio of the number of outstanding rights at the end of the trading period and the number of rights per share) is not a whole number, the Company will waive the free-of-charge allocation rights necessary to do so.
Once the free-of-charge allocation right trading period is over, the number of shares held by shareholders may, based on the calculation formulas referred to in this document, not entitle them to a whole number of shares. To avoid this, the depository holding the free-of-charge allocation rights may sell the number of shares resulting in the fraction of a new share and, accordingly, shareholders will receive the product of the sale in cash and will not lose the shares’ intrinsic value. Notwithstanding the above, this possibility is subject to the terms and conditions of the security deposit and administration agreement entered into with the depository in question and the instructions given to it by shareholders.
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