Axel Springer SE

  • WKN: 550135
  • ISIN: DE0005501357
  • Land: Deutschland

Nachricht vom 03.01.2020 | 17:06

Axel Springer SE: Release according to Article 40, Section 1 of the WpHG [the German Securities Trading Act] with the objective of Europe-wide distribution

Axel Springer SE
03.01.2020 / 17:06
Dissemination of a Voting Rights Announcement transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG.
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

Notification of Major Holdings

1. Details of issuer
Name: Axel Springer SE
Street: Axel-Springer-Straße 65
Postal code: 10888
City: Berlin
Germany
Legal Entity Identifier (LEI): 529900PXZU3YHO6HMD80

2. Reason for notification
  Acquisition/disposal of shares with voting rights
  Acquisition/disposal of instruments
  Change of breakdown of voting rights
X Other reason:
Voluntary group notification with triggered threshold on subsidiary level

3. Details of person subject to the notification obligation
Legal entity: KKR Management LLP
City of registered office, country: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America (USA)

4. Names of shareholder(s)
holding directly 3% or more voting rights, if different from 3.
Traviata B.V., Axel Springer Gesellschaft für Publizistik GmbH & Co, Dr. h.c. Friede Springer

5. Date on which threshold was crossed or reached:
01 Jan 2020

6. Total positions
  % of voting rights attached to shares
(total of 7.a.)
% of voting rights through instruments
(total of 7.b.1 + 7.b.2)
Total of both in %
(7.a. + 7.b.)
Total number of voting rights pursuant to Sec. 41 WpHG
New 89.73 % 51.46 % 95.74 % 107895311
Previous notification 89.73 % 51.46 % 95.74 % /

7. Details on total positions
a. Voting rights attached to shares (Sec. 33, 34 WpHG)
ISIN Absolute In %
  Direct
(Sec. 33 WpHG)
Indirect
(Sec. 34 WpHG)
Direct
(Sec. 33 WpHG)
Indirect
(Sec. 34 WpHG)
DE0005501357 0 55913616 0 % 51.82 %
DE0005754238 0 40902000 0 % 37.91 %
Total 96815616 89.73 %

b.1. Instruments according to Sec. 38 (1) no. 1 WpHG
Type of instrument Expiration or maturity date Exercise or conversion period Voting rights absolute Voting rights in %
Right of first refusal n/a n/a 6484234 6.01 %
Right of first offer n/a n/a 2128523 1.97 %
    Total 8612757 7.98 %

b.2. Instruments according to Sec. 38 (1) no. 2 WpHG
Type of instrument Expiration or maturity date Exercise or conversion period Cash or physical settlement Voting rights absolute Voting rights in %
Put Option 31.03.2020 n/a Physical 6484234 6.01 %
Right of first offer n/a at the earliest 5 years after 18.12.2019 Physical 46907558 43.48 %
      Total 53391792 49.48 %

8. Information in relation to the person subject to the notification obligation
  Person subject to the notification obligation is not controlled nor does it control any other undertaking(s) that directly or indirectly hold(s) an interest in the (underlying) issuer (1.).
X Full chain of controlled undertakings starting with the ultimate controlling natural person or legal entity:

Name % of voting rights (if at least 3% or more) % of voting rights through instruments (if at least 5% or more) Total of both (if at least 5% or more)
KKR Management LLP % % %
KKR & Co. Inc % % %
KKR Group Holdings Corp. % % %
KKR Group Partnership L.P. % % %
KKR Europe V Holdings Limited % % %
KKR Europe V S.à r.l. % % %
KKR Associates Europe V SCSp % % %
KKR European Fund V (USD) SCSp % % %
KKR Traviata Aggregator GP LLC % % %
KKR Traviata Aggregator L.P. % % %
Traviata I S.à r.l. % % %
Traviata II S.à r.l. 89.73 % 51.46 % 95.74 %
Traviata B.V. 89.73 % 51.46 % 95.74 %

9. In case of proxy voting according to Sec. 34 para. 3 WpHG
(only in case of attribution of voting rights in accordance with Sec. 34 para. 1 sent. 1 No. 6 WpHG)

Date of general meeting:
Holding total positions after general meeting (6.) after annual general meeting:
Proportion of voting rights Proportion of instruments Total of both
% % %

10. Other explanatory remarks:
Acting in concert among Traviata B.V., Traviata II S.à r.l., Dr. h.c. Friede Springer, Friede Springer GmbH & Co. KG, Axel Springer Gesellschaft für Publizistik GmbH & Co, Dr. Mathias Döpfner (comprising all shares held by him directly or indirectly) and Epiktet GmbH & Co. KG. Right of first refusal and put option refer to the same voting rights. Right of first offer refers to the same voting rights as attributed according to Sec. 34 (2) WpHG (acting in concert). KKR Management LLC was converted into KKR Management LLP. KKR Fund Holdings GP Limited was removed from the chain of controlled undertakings. KKR Fund Holdings L.P. changed its name to KKR Group Partnership L.P. 

Date
03 Jan 2020



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