On 28 June 2017 Castle Alternative Invest Ltd. announced a share buyback programme by issuing put options tradable on SIX Swiss Exchange. The put options have been traded from 3 to and including 17 July 2017. Every 30 put options entitled shareholders to tender one registered share at the exercise price of CHF 17.70.
In total, 277,578 registered shares were tendered which correspond to 2.88% of the share capital and voting rights registered in the commercial register (resp. 3.18% of the share capital and voting rights after the intended capital reduction). The net purchase price (exercise price minus 35% withholding tax calculated on the difference between the exercise price and the nominal value) will be paid on 20 July 2017. It is intended that approval for the cancellation of all registered shares repurchased will be sought at the Annual General Meeting in 2018.
Furthermore, following the termination of the buyback via issuance of tradable put options, the Board of Directors of Castle Alternative Invest Ltd. decided to launch a new share buyback programme on a second trading line at SIX Swiss Exchange. It will start on 24 July 2017 (first trading day) and a maximum of 594,551 registered shares (maximum 6.16% of the share capital and voting rights registered in the commercial register resp. 6.82% of the share capital and voting rights after the intended capital reduction) will be purchased for cancellation purposes.
The notice regarding the new share buyback programme will be available under www.castleai.com.