As of March 31, 2012, the share capital of voestalpine AG amounts to EUR 307,132,044.75 and is divided into 169,049,163 no-par value bearer shares. voestalpine AG is unaware of any agreements among its shareholders or between its shareholders and third parties that restrict voting rights or the transfer of shares.
Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich Invest GmbH & Co OG, Linz, holds more than 15%, the voestalpine Mitarbeiterbeteiligung Privatstiftung, Linz, more than 10%, and Oberbank AG, Linz, more than 5% of the company’s share capital.
The Management Board of voestalpine Mitarbeiterbeteiligung Privatstiftung exercises the voting rights of shares that are held in trust by voestalpine Mitarbeiterbeteiligung Privatstiftung for the employees of the Group companies of voestalpine AG participating in the employee shareholding scheme. However, the way in which the voting rights are exercised requires the approval of the Advisory Board of the voestalpine Mitarbeiterbeteiligung Privatstiftung. The Advisory Board decides on the approval with a simple majority. The Advisory Board is constituted on a basis of parity, with six members representing employees and six members representing the employer. The Chairman of the Advisory Board, who must be appointed by the employee representatives, has the deciding vote in the event of a tie.
With regard to the Management Board’s powers that are not derived directly from applicable statutes, such as the purchase of the Company’s own shares, authorized or contingent capital, reference is made to item 17 (Equity) of the notes to the consolidated financial statements 2011/12.
The hybrid bond issued in October 2007, the EUR 400 million in fixed-interest securities 2009–2013, the EUR 500 million fixed-interest securities 2011–2018, long-term financing agreements with an initial volume of EUR 2.1 billion, which the Company executed in the business year 2008/09 with national and international banks, the syndicated loan in the amount of EUR 800 million (a EUR 400 million loan to consolidate liquidity requirements for investments and repayments in the business year 2012/13 and EUR 400 million as a revolving credit facility to ensure liquidity), and the promissory note loan issued in early May 2012 in the amount of EUR 400 million contain so-called change of-control clauses. With the exception of the hybrid bond, according to the terms of these financing agreements, the bondholders or the lending banks have the right to demand redemption of their bonds if control of the Company changes. Under the terms and conditions of the hybrid bond issue, the fixed interest rate of 7.125% (interest rate during the fixed-interest period) or the margin of 5.05% (interest rate during the variable interest period) goes up by 5% 61 days after a change in control occurs. voestalpine AG has the right to call and redeem the bonds no later than 60 days after a change in control. According to the terms and conditions of the aforementioned bonds and financing agreements, control by voestalpine AG changes when a controlling interest within the meaning of the Austrian Takeover Act (Übernahmegesetz) is acquired by another party.
The Company has no compensation agreements with the members of the Management Board, Supervisory Board, or employees in the event of a public takeover bid.