Scout24 AG successfully completes public repurchase offer at a buyback volume of EUR 794.2 million
- Successful transaction with 81.6% acceptance rate.
- Capital decrease by 11.4 million shares.
- Next pillar of capital return roadmap in preparation.
Munich / Berlin, 21 April 2021 - Scout24 AG has successfully completed its public repurchase offer. During the acceptance period from 1 April 2021 to
16 April 2021, 11,400,875 shares with the corresponding number of tender rights were tendered to the Company at the offer price of EUR 69.66. This corresponds to a buyback volume of EUR 794.2 million and an acceptance rate of 81.6% of the total offer volume of up to EUR 974 million.
The payment of the offer price and the derecognition of the tendered shares from the respective securities accounts is scheduled as per value date 23 April 2021. The redemption of the repurchased shares will take place without undue delay.
“With the announced tender result we have successfully achieved the most important milestone of our capital return roadmap. We are very pleased with the acceptance rate of 81.6% in a highly flexible transaction structure. We believe that this was in the best interest of all our shareholders and appreciate their support and high level of confidence. We will now swiftly implement and communicate the next step in our capital return programme,” says Dirk Schmelzer, CFO of Scout24 AG.
The capital return roadmap was set up in connection with the sale of AutoScout24 in March 2020. According to this, capital of up to EUR 1.69 billion is to be returned to shareholders. With the completion of the public repurchase offer, around EUR 1.28 billion of the plan have been fulfilled. The next measure is a share buyback via the stock exchange of up to EUR 200 million.
The Company will decide in due course on further measures regarding the remaining amount. Irrespective of this, it is planned to propose to the shareholders at the upcoming Annual General Meeting on 8 July 2021 an additional authorisation to buy back shares in the amount of up to 10% of the existing share capital.
Scout24 is one of the leading digital companies in Germany. With the digital marketplace ImmoScout24, for residential and commercial real estate, we successfully bring together homeowners, real estate agents, tenants, and buyers – and we have been doing so for more than 20 years. With around 13.8 million users per month, ImmoScout24 is the market leader for digital real estate listing and search. To digitise the process of real estate transactions, ImmoScout24 is continually developing new products and building up an ecosystem for renting, buying, and commercial real estate in Germany and Austria. Scout24 is a listed stock corporation (ISIN: DE000A12DM80, Ticker: G24) and member of the MDAX and the DAX50 ESG. Further information is available on Twitter and LinkedIn. Since 2012, ImmoScout24 has also been active in the Austrian residential and business real estate market.
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