InfoGenie Europe AG

euro adhoc: Wire Card AG
Mergers - Acquisitions - Takeovers
ad hoc release in accordance with §15 of the German Security Trading Act Wire Card AG plans to acquire XCOM Bank AG and capital increase

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disclosure announcement transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 08.09.2005 Berlin/Munich, September 8, 2005 - Wire Card AG, which is listed in the Prime Standard at Frankfurt Stock Exchange, announces the acquisition of XCOM Bank AG, that is based in Willich, Germany, in accordance with the resolution passed by the Management Board and the Supervisory Board on 8. September 2005. Subject to the approval of the German financial services supervisory authorities (BaFin) and the German banks' auditing association (Prüfungsverband deutscher Banken e.V.), Wire Card AG will be acquiring all the shares in XCOM Bank AG with effect from 1. January 2006 via Wire Card Beteiligungs GmbH, in which it will be holding a 100% interest in future. The purchase price amounts to EUR 13 million; the vendor and its parent company XCOM AG guarantee that XCOM Bank AG will be in possession of at least EUR 7 million in cash on 31. December 2005 that are defined in more detail in the sale and purchase agreement. Wire Card AG estimates that the overall investment costs (including the operating integration and running-in costs) amount to about EUR 18 million. Wire Card AG intends to complete the value chain in the payment services field by acquiring XCOM Bank AG. In order to finance this acquisition including the transaction costs and the necessary operating integration and running-in costs Wire Card intends to carry out a share capital increase. The company will announce further details in the next days. end of announcement euro adhoc 08.09.2005 10:43:52 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots Originaltext: InfoGenie Europe AG Im Internet recherchierbar: Further inquiry note: Iris Stöckl Tel.: +49 (0)89-4424-2034 E-Mail: new adress: Wire Card AG Voigtstr. 31 D-10247 Berlin Branche: Telecommunications Services ISIN: DE0007472060 WKN: 747206 Index: Prime Standard, CDAX, Prime All Share, Technologie All Share Börsen: Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade Börse Düsseldorf / free trade Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover / free trade Bremer Wertpapierbörse (BWB) / free trade

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