Deutsche Bank AG (XETRA: DBKGn.DE / NYSE: DB) today announced in the form of a compulsory notification pursuant to the German Securities Trading Act that on 4 January 2005 its holdings of its own shares exceeded the threshold of 5 per cent and is now 5.006 per cent. The reason for the reporting limit being exceeded is the execution of the current share buyback program.
By 4 January 2005, Deutsche Bank had bought back 26.6 million shares, or 4.9 per cent of shares issued. The difference between the repurchase volume and the current inventory results mainly from the remaining inventory after completion of the previous buyback program.
The usual detailed update on the progress of the current share buyback program will be provided with the release of Deutsche Bank’s 4Q2004 results on 3 February 2005.
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