The Annual General Meeting of Norsk Hydro ASA today adopted all the items as proposed on the agenda, including the proposal to pay no dividend for 2008.
The Annual General Meeting also approved a capital reduction by means of the cancellation of shares and the redemption of shares belonging to the Norwegian state, with the following resolution:
The share capital of the company will be reduced by NOK 8,615,718.32 from NOK 1,370,256,730 to NOK 1,361,641,011.68 by means of the cancellation of 4,408,000 shares and the redemption of 3,438,738 shares belonging to the Norwegian state as represented by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in exchange for payment of NOK 124,306,199 to the Norwegian state as represented by the Ministry of Trade and Industry. This amount is equivalent to the average share price for the buy-back of market shares with the addition of interest compensation. The portion of the sum paid out that exceeds the nominal amount of the shares will be covered by a transfer from the share premium account and retained earnings, and the share surplus account will thereby be reduced by NOK 181,634,575.
With effect from the implementation of the capital reduction by registration in the Register of Business Enterprises, Article 4 of the Company’s Articles of Association will be amended to
read as follows:
The share capital amounts to NOK 1,361,641,011.68 represented by 1,240,110,211 shares with a nominal value of NOK 1.098. The shares shall be registered in the Norwegian Central Securities Depository. The Board of Directors can refuse transfer and take other necessary steps to prevent the transfer of shares being effected in contravention of the restrictions stipulated by Norwegian law.
Following the implementation of the capital reduction the Norwegian States ownership interest in Hydro will remain unchanged at 43.82%.
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