Manz Automation AG: Successful capital increase
- Gross issue proceeds of around EUR 112.0 million to enhance further growth
- Transition to Frankfurt Stock Exchange's regulated market (Prime Standard)
Manz Automation AG has successfully completed its capital increase with subscription rights resolved on June 10, 2008. Gross issue proceeds of around EUR 112.0 million will accrue to Manz Automation AG. These proceeds are to be used for further growth. The subscription price for the 896,011 new shares was set at EUR 125.00 per share. The capital increase has already been registered with the commercial register, and Manz Automation AG's share capital has increased accordingly from EUR 3,584,043.00 to EUR 4,480,054.00.
More than 99% of the new shares were subscribed during the subscription period from June 13, 2008 to June 27, 2008. The new shares which were not subscribed were sold by the Joint Lead Managers COMMERZBANK Aktiengesellschaft and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited via the stock exchange. Dieter Manz, Manz Automation AG's founder and CEO, continues to be the largest single shareholder and will hold a 42.9% interest in Manz Automation AG.
The capital increase will secure the funds required to finance the Manz Group's further growth. The Manz Group is planning capital expenditures, for example in research and development as well as specific acquisitions in order to further increase its value added in the solar sector. Dieter Manz explains: "We will invest the additional equity to expand our operating business as planned, thus consistently using the opportunities for growth especially in the photovoltaic sector."
Through the admission of the new and old shares to stock market trading approved on June 30, 2008 and today's listing of these shares Manz Automation AG has transitioned from Frankfurt Stock Exchange's open market (Entry Standard) to the regulated market (Prime Standard). The new and old shares are listed under ISIN DE000A0JQ5U3.
This publication constitutes neither an offer to sell nor an invitation to make an offer to buy securities. No public offer or sale of transferable securities of Manz Automation AG is being, or will be, made to the public outside Germany. The public offer in Germany was made exclusively by means of and on the basis of a prospectus. The prospectus is available on the web site of Manz Automation AG under www.manzautomation.com and in printed form free of charge at Manz Automation AG, Steigäckerstraße 5, 72768 Reutlingen, (fax no. +49 7121 / 9000-99) and the joint lead managers COMMERZBANK Aktiengesellschaft, Kaiserstraße 16 (Kaiserplatz), 60311 Frankfurt am Main (fax no. +49 69 / 136-29299) and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, c/o Niederlassung Frankfurt am Main, Junghofstraße 16, 60311 Frankfurt am Main (fax no. +49 69 / 7538-9431).
This publication constitutes neither an offer to sell nor an invitation to make an offer to buy securities in the United States. The shares and the subscription rights with regard to shares in Manz Automation AG 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 and the subscription rights with regard to shares in Manz Automation AG have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act. Any public offering of shares or subscription rights to be made in the United States will only be made by means of a prospectus which would be available at Manz Automation AG and which would contain detailed information about Manz Automation AG and its management as well as its financial statements.
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Reutlingen-based Manz Automation AG (ISIN: DE000A0JQ5U3) is one of the world's leading technology providers in terms of market shares for systems for automation, quality assurance and laser process technology for the photovoltaic industry and for automation and wet chemicals for the LCD industry. The Manz Group's core competences are in robotics, image processing, laser technology, wet chemicals as well as control and drive technology. The Manz Group's key strategic divisions are photovoltaic (systems.solar), LCD (systems.lcd) and OEM systems (systems.aico) for automation in various industrial sectors and the life science industry. The Manz Group has sales and service branches in Germany, Taiwan, the USA, China, South Korea, India and Spain. In addition, the Manz Group has its own production facilities in Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Taiwan and China. The Manz Group recorded revenues of € 71.2 million in fiscal year 2007 with an EBIT margin of 14.1%. More than 57% of revenues were generated abroad, in particular in Asia. The Manz Group recorded revenues of € 101.6 million and an EBIT margin of 11.8% in the first half of fiscal year 2008.