Amsterdam, 17 February 2015
17 Feb 2015 - 20:59 CET
Amsterdam, 17 February 2015
NN Group announced today that ING Group has agreed to sell 52 million shares of NN Group at a price of EUR 24 per share. Following strong demand, ING decided to upsize the transaction to 52 million shares from 43 million shares announced on 17 February 2015. The transaction reduces ING Group’s stake in NN Group from 68.1% to 54.6% immediately following the closing of the transaction. NN Group will not receive any proceeds from the offering.
The shares have been offered by way of an accelerated book building offering to institutional investors. In connection with the accelerated book building offering, NN Group has committed to repurchase 8.3 million ordinary shares from ING Group at the offer price of EUR 24 per share for an aggregate amount of EUR 200 million through an order in the book, which has been fully allocated by ING Group. The share repurchase is subject to a number of conditions, including the successful completion of the offering. NN Group expects to fund the share repurchase from the cash capital position at the holding company. The impact to the solvency ratios of NN Group is expected to be immaterial. NN Group intends to cancel the repurchased shares in due course, subject to shareholder authorization.
The share repurchase is in line with NN Group’s previously announced dividend policy, where capital generated in excess of NN Group’s capital ambition is expected to be returned to shareholders unless it can be used for any other appropriate corporate purposes, including investments in value creating corporate opportunities. NN Group is committed to distributing excess capital in a form which is most appropriate and efficient for shareholders at that specific point in time, such as special dividends or share buy backs which may include a repurchase of part of ING Group's shareholding in NN Group.
On completion of the offering, the remaining shares in NN Group held by ING will be subject to a lock-up period of 90 days from the pricing of the transaction (subject to certain customary exceptions). The transaction is expected to settle on 20 February 2015.
ING Group has previously announced that, following the initial public offering of NN Group on 2 July 2014, it intends to divest its remaining stake in NN Group over time, in line with its strategy to divest all of its insurance and investment management businesses. With this offering, ING further reduces its stake in NN Group while retaining flexibility in the divestment of the remaining stake.
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