(Capital increase by capitalisation of reserves or profits, share premiums or other paid-in capital)
The Shareholders’ Meeting, acting under conditions of quorum and majority applicable to annual Shareholders’ Meetings, and after having read the Board of Directors’ report, and in accordance with article L.225-130 of the French Commercial Code:
- delegates to the Board of Directors the authority to increase, in one or several issues, share capital for up to a maximum nominal amount of 1 billion euros, by the successive or simultaneous capitalisation of all or part of reserves, earnings, share premiums, merger premiums or additional paid-in capital, through the creation and free allotment of shares or by increasing the nominal values of the shares or by the combined use of the two procedures.
- decides that fractional rights will be neither tradable nor transferable and that the corresponding equity securities will be sold; sums arising from the sale will be allocated to the holders of rights as provided for by the law and regulations;
- decides that the Board of Directors will have all powers, which it may further delegate as permitted by law, to determine the dates and terms of issues, fix the amounts to be issued, establish that the issue has been completed and generally take all steps to ensure their proper completion, carry out all acts and formalities aimed at making definitive the corresponding capital increase or increases and amend the articles of association accordingly.
The authority thus granted to the Board of Directors is valid for a period of twenty six months as from this Meeting and supersedes, up to the limit of unused portions, all previous authorisations of the same nature.
Presentation of the resolution
The eighteenth resolution provides that the Board of Directors would be authorised to increase share capital through a capitalisation of reserves, up to a maximum nominal amount of 1 billion euros. This operation would then be expressed by the creation and free allotment of shares and/or by raising the nominal value of existing shares.