Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft

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  • ISIN: DE000CBK1001
  • Land: Deutschland

Nachricht vom 08.01.2009 | 17:03

SoFFin, Allianz and Commerzbank intend to strengthen the new Commerzbank’s equity


Commerzbank AG / Corporate Action/Acquisition

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  - Additional equity of EUR 10 billion

  - Core capital ratio of the new bank to be approximately 10%

  - Federal Government with 25% plus one share major shareholder in the new
    Commerzbank

  - Closing of Dresdner Bank acquisition near completion

  - Allianz strengthens the capital of Dresdner Bank by EUR 1.45 billion 

The German Government’s Financial Markets Stabilization Fund (SoFFin),
Allianz and Commerzbank intend to strengthen the equity of Dresdner Bank
and Commerzbank. The planned capital measures will increase the new
Commerzbank’s core capital ratio (Tier 1, HGB) to approximately 10%.
Against the background of the intensified financial crisis, the new bank
will thus be enabled to meet the substantially higher capital requirements
for banks. 'We are weatherproofing our bank for an economically stormy
environment. This will enable us to fulfill our responsibility to offer
loans to the German economy and to ensure we will continue to be a reliable
partner for our clients,' said Martin Blessing, Chairman of the Commerzbank
Board of Managing Directors.

SoFFin intends to provide additional equity totalling EUR 10 billion to the
new Commerzbank. This will be realized by issuing roughly 295 million
ordinary shares, plus a silent participation of approximately EUR 8.2
billion. A price of EUR 6 per share has been agreed. After the transaction,
the Federal Government will hold a stake of 25 % plus one share in the new
Commerzbank. The terms of the silent participation are similar to those
offered to Commerzbank in December. The Federal Government is clarifying
all further details with the EU Commission.

With the completion of the takeover, it is also intended that Allianz will
boost Dresdner Bank’s capital by EUR 1.45 billion by transferring
collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) to Allianz with a nominal value of
EUR 2 billion at a purchase price of EUR 1.1 billion. For the new
Commerzbank, this will lead to a reduction in RWAs of EUR 17.5 billion and
therewith a release of capital of EUR 700 million according to Basel II.
Furthermore Allianz will subscribe for a silent participation of EUR 750
million.

The closing of the Dresdner Bank acquisition is therefore near completion.
The planned measures are subject to the approval by the appropriate Boards.



Commerzbank AG
Group Communications
Telephone +49 69 1 36-2 28 30
pressestelle@commerzbank.com




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Language:     English
Issuer:       Commerzbank AG
              Kaiserplatz
              60261 Frankfurt am Main
              Deutschland
Phone:        +49 (069) 136 20
Fax:          -
E-mail:       ir@commerzbank.com
Internet:     www.commerzbank.de
ISIN:         DE0008032004
WKN:          803200
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Listed:       Regulierter Markt in Berlin, Frankfurt (Prime Standard),
              Hannover, München, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart;
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