Norsk Hydro ASA has on July 13, 2009 completed a capital reduction by cancellation of 7,846,738 shares at par value of NOK 1.098 per share, which includes 3,438,738 shares redeemed from the Norwegian State, represented by the Ministry of Trade and Industry. This is in accordance with the resolution passed by the Annual General Meeting on May 5, 2009 related to the share buyback authorization granted by the Annual General Meeting on May 6, 2008.
Under this authorization, Hydro has repurchased and redeemed 7,846,738 shares for a total of NOK 274 million. From September to October 2008, 4,408,000 shares were bought back in the market at an average price of NOK 33.90 per share. An agreement was made with the Norwegian State, Hydro`s largest shareholder, that the State would participate with a proportional part of its shares, in order to leave its ownership interest unchanged. This amounts to 3,438,738 shares, which have now been redeemed at a price of NOK 36.15 per share. The price paid per share to the State includes interest compensation for delayed settlement compared to the purchases in the market.
After the capital reduction, the total number of issued and authorized shares has been reduced to 1,240,110,211, each at par value of NOK 1.098. Hydro holds 35,324,266 own shares, and the number of outstanding shares is reduced to 1,204,785,945.
The Certificate of Registration has been forwarded to the Oslo Stock Exchange.
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