Deutsche Bank today announced the acquisition of a 40 per cent stake in Axel Springer Verlag AG at a price of Euro 667.3 million. The stake was bought in a public auction held in Frankfurt today. The 13,617,900 shares had been collateral for a loan which Deutsche Bank had extended to the Kirch group. The collateral was offered for sale because the Kirch group failed to repay the loan.
Deutsche Bank intends to sell the aquired shares in parts or completely as soon as it receives adequate offers. The bank is already in talks to sell a stake of 10 per cent of the equity capital of Axel Springer Verlag AG to Mrs. Friede Springer. Deutsche Bank will ask the German Financial Supervisory Authority (BAFin) to be excused from the obligation to make a takeover bid for all outstanding shares. Deutsche Bank does not intend to use the voting rights of its temporary financial investment.
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