Philip Morris Holland B.V., an affiliate of Philip Morris International, announced today that it has successfully acquired an additional 7.77% of the total equity capital of DIN on the Belgrade Stock Exchange.
Together with the 66.45% stake acquired in the course of the privatization, Philip Morris Holland B.V. now holds a total of 74.22% of DIN's equity capital. Today's acquisition fulfils Philip Morris Holland B.V.'s obligation under the agreement on DIN's privatization to give to employee and pensioner shareholders the first opportunity to sell their ordinary shares in DIN at a price equivalent to the price per share paid to the Government of Serbia earlier this year in the privatization.
The transaction included over 500,000 shares of DIN and was valued at €84.92 per share or approximately €45.2 million in total.
Philip Morris Holland B.V. is committed to continue the share repurchase programme for ordinary shares at €84.92 per share for three years from the closing date of the privatization agreement. An announcement on further opportunities for employee and pensioner shareholders to participate in the programme will be made in due course.
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