As of March 31, 2011, 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. 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, 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 the voestalpine Mitarbeiterbeteiligung Privatstiftung exercises the voting rights of shares that are held in trust by the 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 (Equity) of the notes to the consolidated financial statements 2010/11.
The hybrid bond issued in October 2007, the bonds issued in the business year 2008/09 (initial volume of EUR 333 million in fixed-interest securities 2008–2011 as well as volume of EUR 400 million in fixed-interest securities 2009–2013), the bond issued in the reporting period (EUR 500 million in fixed-interest securities 2011–2018), as well as other 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, 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.
In addition to these bonds and financing agreements, a contractually guaranteed liquidity reserve of EUR 120 million also contains a change-of-control clause.
The Company has no compensation agreements with the members of the Management Board, Supervisory Board, or employees in the event of a public tender offer.