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The sale of UNIQA's majority investment (approximately 91.7%) in listed company Mannheimer AG Holding to Continentale Versicherungsverbund as agreed in the share purchase agreement of 16 April 2012 was legally completed on 29 June 2012.
This transaction is a step in the implementation of UNIQA's growth strategy: The Group is aiming to double the number of its customers from 7.5 million in 2010 to 15 million in 2020 and to improve its earnings by up to €400 million between 2010 and 2015. In order to achieve these goals, UNIQA is concentrating on its core business in its core markets of Austria and CEE. UNIQA is therefore breaking away from the Mannheimer Group in Germany and intends to invest more in the markets of Central and Eastern Europe to take advantage of the growth opportunities there. For this reason, UNIQA also concluded an agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on 20 June 2012 for the purchase of the EBRD's non-controlling interests in UNIQA's subsidiaries in Croatia, Poland and Hungary. The acquisition of these non-controlling interests has since been legally implemented.
This press release contains statements concerning the future development of the UNIQA Group. These statements are estimates based on all of the information available to us at the publication date. If the underlying assumptions fail to occur, the actual results may differ from the results currently expected. Accordingly, no liability is accepted for these statements.
This information was published for marketing purposes in Austria. The public offering of shares in Austria is effected exclusively by and on the basis of the prospectus approved by the Austrian Financial Market Supervisory Authority, which was prepared and published in accordance with the provisions of the Austrian Capital Market Act. The prospectus has been published on the company's website (www.uniqagroup.com) and is available free of charge at the company's offices and at Raiffeisen Centrobank AG, Tegetthoffstrasse 1, 1010 Vienna, and at Deutsche Bank AG, Fleischmarkt 1, 1010 Vienna, during normal business hours.
This information may not be sent, either directly or indirectly, to the United States of America (including its territories, protectorates, states or the District of Columbia). This information is neither an offer nor part of an offer to purchase or subscribe for shares, nor is it a request to make an offer to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States of America. The shares of UNIQA Versicherungen AG (the "shares") may not be offered or sold in the United States of America unless they are registered or exempt from the duty of registration in accordance with the current version of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act"). The shares are not and shall not be registered in accordance with the Securities Act and shall not be offered or sold in the United States of America other than on the basis of an applicable exception from the duty of registration. The shares are not and shall not be offered outside of Austria, in particular not in the United States of America.
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Vienna, 29. June 2012