COVIVIO (EPA:COV) - Covivio: General Meeting 2019
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Paris, 17 April 2019
Covivio General Meeting:
Approval of the scrip dividend option with a subscription price of EUR81.29
Renewal of the term of office of the Chairman and appointment of two new
Scrip dividend option
During the General Meeting of 17 April 2019, the shareholders approved the
amount of the dividend paid in respect of fiscal year 2018 of EUR4.60 per share
(a 2.2% increase compared with 2017), as well as the scrip dividend option.
The subscription price of the shares to be delivered as payment of the dividend
has been set at EUR81.29. It corresponds to 90% of the average of the closing
share price of the 20 trading sessions prior to the General Meeting of 17 April
2019, less the dividend(1).
The shares issued as a result will bear rights as of 1 January 2019 and will be
the subject of a request for authorisation to trade on the Euronext Paris
regulated market as well as on the MTA (Mercato Telematico Azionario) market on
the Milan Stock Exchange.
This transaction allows Covivio to come significantly closer to its new
objective of LTV below 40% (vs 40-45% previously), while pursuing its
investments, especially in the development pipeline which offers high
profitability (6.1% yield on the total development cost of committed
The shareholders represented on the Covivio Board of Directors (Delfin, Covea,
Predica and ACM, representing 49% of the capital) have already undertaken to
subscribe to this option.
> 13 May 2019: ex-dividend date
> 15 May 2019 to 29 May 2019 inclusive: period for exercising the scrip
dividend option (after this period has expired, the dividend will be paid in
> 5 June 2019: payment of the dividend in cash and settlement and delivery of
the new shares
(1) The subscription price is rounded up to the next cent higher. If the amount
of dividends for which the option is exercised does not correspond to a whole
number of shares, the shareholders will be able to receive the next lowest
whole number of shares and the remainder paid in cash by Covivio. The
shareholders who wish to opt for the payment of the dividend in shares should
address their request to the financial intermediary handling their securities
account for shares registered in an account in bearer form or in a managed
registration account, and to the issuer account registrar of Covivio (BNP
Paribas Securities Services) for shares in the issuer registration account.
The maximum number of shares to be issued through the payment of the dividend
in shares, if 100% of the shareholders were to subscribe to the option, would
represent 5.65% of the share capital as at 17 April 2019.
Renewal of the term of office of the Chairman and appointment of two new
The General Assembly also approved the renewal of the term of office of Jean
Laurent as member of the Board of Directors for four additional years. After
the General meeting, the Board approved the renewal of its term of office as
Chairman for the duration of its term of office as Board member. Chairman of
the Board of Directors since 2011, Jean Laurent has actively contributed to the
success of Covivio's strategic directions, and presided over the Group's
transformation into one of Europe's leading real estate operators.
Having exceeded 12 years' service, after which a director loses his independent
status according to the Afep- Medef Code, Bertrand de Feydeau and Pierre
Vaquier will be replaced by two new independent directors, Christian Delaire
and Olivier Piani. Throughout their terms of office, Bertrand de Feydeau and
Pierre Vaquier have provided the Board of Directors with their experience as
directors and their unique real estate expertise.
Christian Delaire (former CEO of Generali Real Estate and AEW Europe) and
Olivier Piani (former CEO of Allianz Real Estate and GE Capital Real Estate
Europe) will enhance the real estate and international expertise of the Board
A graduate of ESSEC Business School, Christian Delaire has had a successful
career in the world of finance and real estate. He became CIO of AXA Real
Estate in 2006. He then held the position of AEW Europe CEO between 2009 and
2014 and Generali Real Estate Global CEO from 2014 to 2016. Christian Delaire
has been Senior Advisor of the Atland Group as well as an Independent Director
of Cromwell European Investment Trust since 2017 and of the Belgian developer
Atenor since 2018.
A graduate of ESCP Business School and holder of an MBA from Stanford
University, Olivier Piani has over 30 years' real estate experience. After
having spent 13 years working for Paribas Group, he joined GE Capital Real
Estate in 1998 where he held the position of CEO of GE Real Estate Europe from
2002 to 2008. CEO of Allianz Real Estate from 2008 to 2015, in 2016 he founded
OP Conseils, a real estate and finance consultancy. He has also been Senior
Advisor and Chairman of the Ardian Real Estate Investment Committee since
The Board of Directors is composed of 15 members, of which 60% independent
directors and 40% women, and two censors.
Jean Laurent, Chairman of the Board of Directors (*)
Leonardo Del Vecchio, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors
Catherine Allonas Barthe, permanent representative of ACM Vie, Member
Romolo Bardin, Member
Delphine Benchetrit, Member (*)
Jean-Luc Biamonti, Member (*)
Christian Delaire, Member (*)
Sigrid Duhamel, Member (*)
Jérôme Grivet, permanent representative of Predica, Member
Christophe Kullmann, Chief Executive Officer
Sylvie Ouziel, Member (*)
Olivier Piani, Member (*)
Patricia Savin, Member (*)
Catherine Soubie, Member (*)
Laurent Tollié, permanent representative of Covéa Coopérations, Member
Sergio Erede, Censor
Ariberto Fassati, Censor
Laurent Tollié, Member
(*) Independent director
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Thanks to its partnering history, its real estate expertise and its European
culture, Covivio is inventing today's user experience and designing tomorrow's
A preferred real estate player at the European level, Covivio is close to its
end users, capturing their aspirations, combining work, travel, living, and
co-inventing vibrant spaces.
A benchmark in the European real estate market with 23 BnEUR in assets, Covivio
offers support to companies, hotel brands and territories in their pursuit for
attractiveness, transformation and responsible performance.
Its living, dynamic approach opens up exciting project and career prospects for
Covivio's shares are listed in the Euronext Paris A compartment (FR0000064578 -
COV) and on the MTA market (Mercato Telematico Azionario) of the Milan stock
exchange, are admitted to trading on the SRD, and are included in the
composition of the MSCI, SBF 120, Euronext IEIF "SIIC France" and CAC Mid100
indices, in the "EPRA" and "GPR 250" benchmark European real estate indices,
EPRA BPRs Gold Awards (financial + Sustainability), CDP (A), Green Star GRESB
and in the ESG FTSE4 Good, DJSI World & Europe, Euronext Vigeo (World 120,
Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20), Euronext(r) CDP Environment France EW,
Oekom, Ethibel, Sustainalytics and Gaïa ethical indices.
Covivio is rated BBB+/Stable outlook by Standard and Poor's.
This release does not constitute a public offering to purchase or sell
financial securities subject to the producing of a prospectus. This press
release and any document pertaining to the payment of the dividend in the form
of shares may only be distributed outside France, if this is in accordance with
applicable laws and local regulations in force. It can in no way constitute an
offering of financial securities in countries where such an offer would violate
applicable laws and regulations.
The afore-mentioned dividend payment option is available to all Covivio
shareholders, except shareholders resident in countries where the share issue
resulting from such an option would have to be registered with, or approved by,
the local securities regulator. Shareholders resident outside France should
enquire about the conditions pertaining to this option which could be applied
by virtue of local laws. Shareholders are expected to inform themselves of any
conditions concerning such reinvestment that may apply under local law. When
deciding whether or not to exercise the stock dividend option, shareholders
should consider the risks associated with an investment in Covivio shares.