Following the voluntary reopening of the Offer, which began on April 28 and ended on May 4, 14,368,307 Orange Belgium shares in total were tendered to the Offer, representing 23.94% of the share capital of Orange Belgium and 50.97% of the total number of shares targeted by the Offer.
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Payment of the Offer price for the shares tendered during the reopening of the Offer will take place on May 17.
On this date, Orange SA will directly and indirectly hold 46,191,064 shares of Orange Belgium (including treasury shares), representing 76.97% of the share capital of Orange Belgium.
Commenting on these results, Ramon Fernandez, Deputy CEO in charge of Finance, Performance and Development of the Orange Group said:
"We have achieved the objective we set for ourselves: offering a fair price to shareholders who wanted to monetize their shares and strengthening our stake in Orange Belgium.
With nearly 77% of the capital held by the Group, we now have the means to improve the financial flexibility of Orange Belgium, deploy its long-term value creation strategy more effectively and enable it to better react to major transformations of the Belgian market."
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