Worldline launches an employee shareholding plan for 2021
Bezons, December 8, 2021 – Worldline [Euronext: WLN], European leader in the payments and transactional services industry, today announces the implementation of its new employee shareholding plan reserved for members of the Worldline Group Savings plan « Boost 2021 ».
This offering of shares will be made to all employees of the Group located in France, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong-Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Norway, New-Zealand, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America who are eligible to participate in the Worldline Group Saving Plan, subject to obtaining the required authorizations from local authorities.
The terms and conditions of the transaction are described hereafter.
Public limited company (Société Anonyme)
Share capital of EUR 190 724 323,28
Registered Office: 1, Place des Degrés – Tour Voltaire – 92800 Puteaux
378 901 946 RCS Pontoise (being transferred to Nanterre)
Euronext Paris (France) – compartment A
Common share ISIN code: FR0011981968
Security registered with the Service de Règlement Différé (SRD)
Framework of the offering – Purpose for the offering
The Board of Directors of Worldline, acting pursuant to the 26th resolution of the Combined General Meeting of Shareholders of the Company of May 20, 2021 (the "General Meeting"), has decided to proceed with a share capital issue reserved for employees who are members of the Worldline Group Savings Plan within the framework of article L.225-138-1 of the French Commercial Code (Code de commerce) and article L.3332-18 et seq. of the French Labor Code (Code du travail).
This share capital increase is part of the development of employee shareholding, which is an objective of the Worldline Group, and allow to recognize the contribution of employees to Worldline’s overall performance as well as to strengthen their sense of belonging by offering them the possibility of being associated with the Group’s long-term strategy.
Within under the framework of the delegation of powers granted by the General Meeting, the Board of Directors of Worldline on July 26, 2021 approved the principle of an increase in the Company's share capital, up to a limit of 2.5% of the share capital as of the date of the General Meeting, reserved for employees of Worldline and its affiliates who are members of the Worldline Group Savings Plan (the "PEG").
The Chief Executive Officer has, on delegation of the Board of Directors, set the subscription price of the shares on December 7, 2021 at €39.03. This subscription price is equal to 80% of the reference price (average of the opening market price of the Worldline share on the Euronext Paris during the 20 trading sessions preceding the setting-date of the subscription price, i.e. €48.79), i.e. the reference price minus of a discount of 20%.
The newly issued Worldline shares will carry current dividend rights and will be entitled to any dividends that may be distributed by the Company as from the date of issue of the shares.
Conditions of the subscription
The beneficiaries of the offer are:
- Employees and corporate officers of the companies included in the scope of the offer who meet the conditions of Article L.3332-2 of the French Labor Code and who have joined the PEG, and justifying of 3 months seniority at the closing date of the subscription period;
- Retirees and early retirees in France who joined the PEG before they ceased working retain their status as beneficiaries and may continue to make payments, provided they have retained assets in the PEG.
The companies in the scope of the offer are:
- Worldline, Public limited company with a capital of €190,724,323.28, whose registered office is located at 1, place des Degrés - Tour Voltaire - 92800 Puteaux, and
- companies affiliated with it within the meaning of Article L. 225-180 of the French Commercial Code and Article L. 3344-1 of the French Labor Code, which have joined the PEG and whose registered office is located in the following countries: France, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Norway, New-Zealand, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, subject to having received the required local authorizations in some of these countries.
Proposed subscription formula
The beneficiaries will be able to subscribe to a so-called “classic” formula with a 20% discount and a matching contribution within the framework of the Worldline Group Savings Plan, under which subscribers will be fully exposed to fluctuations in the Worldline share price.
Other subscription conditions
- Existence or not of a preferential subscription right in case of capital increase: this offering does not include a preferential subscription right.
- Terms and conditions of the subscription: the shares will be subscribed through a FCPE. However, by way of exception, in Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Spain and the United States of America where the shares will be subscribed directly.
- Matching contribution: the subscriptions will be matched on the basis of one share offered for one share subscribed, up to a maximum of eight Worldline shares.
- Voting rights: the voting rights of the holders of the FCPE units shall be exercised during the General Shareholders’ Meeting of Worldline by the FCPE Supervisory Board or directly by the subscribing employees in the countries where the shares are subscribed directly.
- Subscription cap: the beneficiaries payments shall not exceed, in accordance with article L. 3332-10 of the French Labor Code (Code du travail), one-fourth of their gross annual remuneration.
- Lock-up period applicable to mutual fund shares or Worldline shares: the subscribers to the offer will have to keep the units of the company mutual fund or the shares subscribed directly for a period of five years (until March 8, 2027 inclusive), except in the occurrence of an early release event.
Indicative timeline of the offering
- Subscription period: between December 8, 2021 and January 7, 2022 (inclusive).
- Indicative settlement date: March 8, 2022.
These dates are provided for information only and are subject to change.
The admission of the newly issued Worldline shares to trading on Euronext Paris (ISIN Code: FR0011981968) is scheduled to occur as of March 8, 2022, on the same listing line of the existing shares.
Special note regarding the international offering
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation for the purchase of Worldline shares.
The offering of Worldline shares reserved to employees will be conducted only in countries where such an offer has been registered with the competent local authorities and/or following the approval of a prospectus by the competent local authorities, or in the context of an exemption from the obligation to prepare a prospectus or register the offer. More generally, the offer will only be made in countries where all required registrations and/or notifications have been made and approvals obtained.
This press release and its copies are not aimed for, and therefore should not be sent to, countries in which such prospectus would not have been approved or where such an exemption is not available or in which any required filing procedures and/or notifications would not have yet been made, or in which the required authorizations would not have been obtained.
The beneficiaries may address all questions regarding this offering to the contact person specified in the documentation related to the subscription made available to employees.
- Laurent Marie
- +33 7 84 50 18 90
- Benoit d’Amécourt
- +33 6 75 51 41 47
- Sandrine van der Ghinst
- +32 499 585 380
- Hélène Carlander
- +33 7 72 25 96 04
Worldline [Euronext: WLN] is a European leader in the payments and transactional services industry and #4 player worldwide. With its global reach and its commitment to innovation, Worldline is the technology partner of choice for merchants, banks and third-party acquirers as well as public transport operators, government agencies and industrial companies in all sectors. Powered by over 20,000 employees in more than 50 countries, Worldline provides its clients with sustainable, trusted and secure solutions across the payment value chain, fostering their business growth wherever they are. Services offered by Worldline in the areas of Merchant Services; Terminals, Solutions & Services; Financial Services and Mobility & e-Transactional Services include domestic and cross-border commercial acquiring, both in-store and online, highly-secure payment transaction processing, a broad portfolio of payment terminals as well as e-ticketing and digital services in the industrial environment. In 2020 Worldline generated a proforma revenue of 4.8 billion euros. worldline.com
Worldline’s corporate purpose (“raison d’être”) is to design and operate leading digital payment and transactional solutions that enable sustainable economic growth and reinforce trust and security in our societies. Worldline makes them environmentally friendly, widely accessible, and supports social transformation.
This document contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including references, concerning the Group's expected growth and profitability in the future which may significantly impact the expected performance indicated in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are linked to factors out of the control of the Company and not precisely estimated, such as market conditions or competitors’ behaviors. Any forward-looking statements made in this document are statements about Worldline’s beliefs and expectations and should be evaluated as such. Forward-looking statements include statements that may relate to Worldline’s plans, objectives, strategies, goals, future events, future revenues or synergies, or performance, and other information that is not historical information. Actual events or results may differ from those described in this document due to a number of risks and uncertainties that are described within the 2020 Universal Registration Document filed with the French Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) on April 13, 2021 under the filling number: D.21-0303 and its Amendment filed on July 29, 2021 under the filling number: D. 21-0303-A01.
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This document is disseminated for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to purchase, or a solicitation of an offer to sell, any securities in the United States or any other jurisdiction. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States unless they have been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or the securities laws of any U.S. state, or are exempt from registration. The securities that may be offered in any transaction have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act or the securities laws of any U.S. state and Worldline does not intend to make a public offering of any such securities in the United States.