As of March 31, 2013, the share capital of voestalpine AG amounted to EUR 313,309,235.65 and is divided into 172,449,163 no-par value bearer shares. There are no restrictions on voting rights (1 share = 1 vote). 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, as well as the voestalpine Mitarbeiterbeteiligung Privatstiftung (a private foundation for the Company’s employee shareholding scheme), Linz, each hold more than 10% (and less than 15%) of the Company’s share capital. Oberbank AG, Linz, holds more than 5% (and less than 10%) and Norges Bank (Norwegian Central Bank) holds more than 4% (and less 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 () of the notes to the consolidated financial statements 2012/13.
The hybrid bond issued in October 2007 with a current volume of EUR 500 million, the hybrid bond issued in March 2013 with a volume of EUR 500 million, EUR 500 million fixed-interest securities 2011–2018, EUR 500 million fixed-interest securities 2012–2018, the promissory note loan that was issued in the fall of 2008 and partly extended in November 2012 in the amount of EUR 237 million, the promissory note loan that was issued in May 2012 in the amount of EUR 400 million as well as the syndicated loan executed in November 2011 in the amount of EUR 800 million (a EUR 400 million loan to consolidate liquidity requirements for investments and repayments, which was drawn in the business year 2012/13, and EUR 400 million as a revolving credit facility to ensure liquidity), and the EUR 250 million loan granted by the European Investment Bank 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 or repayment of their loans if control of the company changes. Under the terms and conditions of the hybrid bond issue, the fixed interest rate (interest rate during the fixed-interest periods) and/or the margin (interest rate during the variable interest periods) go 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.