Following the expiry of the subscription and offer periods for the public offer in Austria of up to 51,680,000 new ordinary bearer shares with no par value of Austrian Airlines, the company has announced the successful completion of the offering. Demand was strong amongst both international institutional investors as well as retail and institutional investors in Austria. The principal shareholder, ?-IAG, and the other shareholders represented in the Austrian Syndicate also participated in the offering (as previously announced), and continue to hold a total share of 50% plus one share in the company. Merrill Lynch and Bank Austria Creditanstalt acted as underwriters and advised Austrian Airlines ?-sterreichische Luftverkehrs-Aktiengesellschaft in connection with the implementation of the capital increase. Austrian Chief Executive Officer Alfred ?-tsch commented as follows on the successful capital increase: ‘With the successful completion of our transaction, we have taken an important step in our restructuring program. I would like to thank our institutional and retail investors for the confidence they have shown in the company. The fact that we were able to place all of the offered new shares in the current volatile market environment of the airline industry underlines the acceptance of our corporate strategy. We also believe that it reflects the investors’ confidence in the company’s future prospects as it continues to assert itself as a specialist carrier in the European airline market.
The proceeds from the offering will enable us to boost our earning power as a leading airline in air traffic to Eastern Europe, and to strengthen our capital structure. In addition, the proceeds will allow us to speed up the restructuring measures already introduced with the aim of achieving profitable growth as a quality airline and ultimately returning to profitability.’