On 30 May 2017 Castle Private Equity Ltd. announced a share buyback programme by issuing put options tradable on SIX Swiss Exchange. The put options have been traded from 1 to and including 19 June 2017. Every 20 put options entitled shareholders to tender one registered share at the exercise price of CHF 18.15.
In total, 1,084,131 registered shares were tendered which correspond to 3.71% of the share capital and voting rights registered in the commercial register (resp. 4.12% of the share capital and voting rights after the intended capital reduction). The net purchase price (exercise price minus 35% withholding tax calculated on the difference between the exercise price and the nominal value) will be paid on 22 June 2017. It is intended that approval for the cancellation of all registered shares repurchased will be sought at the Annual General Meeting in 2018.
Furthermore, following the termination of the buyback via issuance of tradable put options, the Board of Directors of Castle Private Equity Ltd. decided to launch a new share buyback programme on a second trading line at SIX Swiss Exchange. It will start on 26 June 2017 (first trading day) and a maximum of 1,548,264 registered shares (maximum 5.30% of the share capital and voting rights registered in the commercial register resp. 5.88% of the share capital and voting rights after the intended capital reduction) will be purchased for cancellation purposes.
The notice regarding the new share buyback programme will be available under www.castlepe.com.