With the approval of the Supervisory Board, TUI AG’s Executive Board today decided to tender a 33.3 per cent stake in Hapag-Lloyd to the Hamburg-based Albert Ballin consortium. TUI thus uses its contractually agreed exit right to be exercised by 2 January 2012 at the latest.
Should an agreement on the value of the stake not be reached in a first phase of the tender process, the market value will be determined by an auditor acting as arbitrator, applying the principles of IDW S1 (principles for the appraisal of enterprises as issued by the German Auditors’ Institute) on the basis of Hapag-Lloyd’s expected future earning power. Should a sales contract with Albert Ballin not be drawn up by the end of September 2012 at the latest, TUI will be entitled to sell the majority in Hapag-Lloyd to third-party investors. In that case TUI could sell all remaining shares. The Hamburg-based consortium would then have to sell the required number of Hapag-Lloyd shares to the same investor at the same price to give the buyer majority control.
TUI currently holds a stake of around 38.4 per cent in Hapag-Lloyd.