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Gemplus Shareholders Approve Matters Regarding the Proposed Combination With Axalto
Luxembourg (ots/PRNewswire) -
- Another Major Step Towards the Creation of Gemalto, a Leader in Digital Security
Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM and NASDAQ: GEMP), a world leading provider of secure card solutions, confirms that its General Meeting of Shareholders was held on February 28, 2006 in Luxemburg in order to deliberate on matters related to the proposed combination with Axalto Holding N.V. announced on December 7, 2005.
A very large majority of the shareholders present and represented adopted the proposed resolutions, with votes in favour ranging between 97.8% and 99.9%. The shareholders approved a distribution of available reserves of an amount of EUR 0.26 per share, subject to the satisfaction of conditions precedent. The distribution would represent an amount of approximately EUR 164 million based on current Gemplus shares outstanding.
Gemplus shareholders also approved the proposed conditional recomposition of its Board of Directors.
Alex Mandl, President and CEO, Gemplus, said "This is another important step towards the creation of Gemalto, a leader in digital security. The combination of the two companies with a sound industrial logic will create value for our shareholders, clients and employees. After the unanimous support of our Board, we are now strongly supported by our shareholders."
On January 31, 2006, over 99.9% of Axalto's shareholders approved the combination project with Gemplus during its Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders.
Gemplus and Axalto are working closely with the competent authorities to obtain antitrust and other regulatory approvals for the transaction.
Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM and NASDAQ: GEMP) is a world leading player in the secure card industry in both revenue and total shipments (source: Gartner-Dataquest 2005, Frost & Sullivan, Datamonitor). It has sold over 5.5 billion smart cards.
Gemplus delivers a wide range of portable, personalized solutions in areas including Identity, Mobile Telecommunications, Public Telephony, Banking, Retail, Transport, Healthcare, WLAN, Pay-TV, e-government, and access control.
Gemplus' revenue in 2005 was 939 million Euros.
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