Deutsche Bank AG (XETRA: DBKGN.DE / NYSE:DB) and Deutsche Post AG announced today that they have completed the transaction disclosed on 14 January 2009 for the acquisition of shares of Deutsche Postbank AG.
Deutsche Bank’s acquisition of 50 million Postbank shares (approx. 22.9%) will be effective with the registration in the commercial register of the capital increase in kind of 50 million Deutsche Bank shares in the name of Deutsche Post. With the registration of the capital increase, Deutsche Post will hold a stake of approximately 8% in Deutsche Bank.
With today´s closing of the transaction, Deutsche Bank subscribed to a mandatory exchangeable bond issued by Deutsche Post, which will be fully exchanged after three years – including the accrued interest – for 60 million Postbank shares, or a 27.4% stake.
Currently, Deutsche Bank already holds 4,700,001 Postbank shares (around 2.1%). By taking on the 22.9% shareholding, Deutsche Bank will have a blocking minority of 25% plus one share in Postbank.
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