Wolters Kluwer announces that it has now completed the reduction in share capital approved by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders held on April 19, 2018.
We are pleased to confirm that 10,600,000 ordinary shares held in treasury have now been cancelled. The total number of issued ordinary shares is therefore reduced to 279,716,860 (previously 290,316,860).
Following this cancellation, the number of shares held in treasury is now 5,705,207 and, in accordance with regulatory requirements, Wolters Kluwer has notified the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) of the change in its issued share capital and that it currently holds 2.0% of total issued ordinary shares.
Shares repurchased by the company are added to and held as treasury shares. Part of these treasury shares is retained and used to meet future obligations under share-based incentive schemes.
About Wolters Kluwer
Wolters Kluwer N.V. (AEX: WKL) is a global leader in information, software solutions, and services for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance, and legal sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services.
Wolters Kluwer reported 2017 annual revenues of €4.4 billion. The company, headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries, and employs 19,000 people worldwide.
Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY).
Forward-looking Statements and Other Important Legal Information
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