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UBS finalizes equity funding for PaineWebber merger.
UBS has completed the equity funding for its USD 11.8 billion (CHF 20.8 billion) merger with PaineWebber, with no further requirement to issue shares. The integration of PaineWebber has proceeded very smoothly and is now essentially complete: the final IT and operational changes will be implemented in early February.
As announced at the completion of the merger, UBS chose to make an initial issuance of 12 million new ordinary shares, and to re-issue 7 million shares held in Treasury. The remaining 21.6 million ordinary shares needed for the merger were borrowed in the market.
Through its Treasury share buy-back program, which started on 6 November 2000, UBS has now repaid all the borrowed shares. No further new shares will be issued in connection with the PaineWebber merger. UBS has met its commitment to minimize the dilution of earnings and voting power, by keeping the final number of new UBS shares issued as small as possible.
As at 24 January 2001, UBS had purchased 22.1 million shares through the buy-back program, at an average price of CHF 262. The program will continue for the time being. Any further shares repurchased under the program will not be cancelled, but will be used for Treasury management purposes, principally to fund the Group's various employee share ownership plans. In order to ensure maximum transparency and clarity for investors, UBS will continue to publish the amount of Treasury shares repurchased every ten business days. Details can be found on the Investor Relations website at www.ubs.com/investor-relations.
UBS is and intends to remain one of the best-capitalized financial institutions in the world. UBS will, however, continue to avoid the build-up of excess capital, through selectively investing in its own shares. Any shares bought for capital reduction purposes would be repurchased under a separately announced, "second-line" buy-back program aimed at institutional investors, allowing tax efficient cancellation of the shares.
Zurich / Basel, 26 January 2001
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