As NN Group announced on 17 August 2017, its shareholders were given the option to receive the interim dividend for 2017 of EUR 0.62 per ordinary share either in cash or in ordinary shares.
Shareholders who have elected to receive the interim dividend in shares will receive one NN Group N.V. ordinary share for every 53.81 ordinary shares held. The stock fraction is based on the volume-weighted average price of EUR 33.3628 for NN Group shares on Euronext Amsterdam for the five trading days from 29 August 2017 up to and including 4 September 2017. Any remaining stock fractions will be paid in cash. The stock and cash dividend are approximately equal in value. For shareholders that have not made a choice during the election period, the dividend will be paid in cash.
Shareholders representing approximately 37.5% of the outstanding number of shares have elected to receive the interim dividend in ordinary shares. Consequently, 2,346,671 new ordinary shares will be issued as stock dividend.
NN Group will neutralise the dilutive effect of the stock dividend through the repurchase of ordinary shares for a total amount of EUR 78 million, equivalent to the value of the stock dividend. These share buybacks will be executed by financial intermediaries under an open market share buyback programme which is expected to end by 31 December 2017. The shares will be repurchased at a price that does not exceed the last independent trade or the highest current independent bid on Euronext Amsterdam. The share buyback programme will be executed within the limitations of the existing authority granted by the General Meeting on 1 June 2017, and will be performed in compliance with the safe harbour provisions for share buybacks.
NN Group intends to cancel all of the repurchased shares acquired under the programme. NN Group will report on the progress of the share buyback programme on its corporate website on a weekly basis.
Payment of the dividend in cash and settlement of fractions in cash, after deduction of statutory withholding tax if applicable, and the transfer of the new ordinary shares will take place on 11 September 2017. For further information: https://www.nn-group.com/Investors/Dividends.htm