Heidelberg completes acquisition of Gallus Holding AG

New anchor investor, Ferdinand Rüesch from Gallus Group Illustration: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

GERMANY • The full acquisition of Gallus Holding AG, which was approved by the Management Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) in June 2014, has now been completed.

The full takeover of Gallus Holding AG will accelerate the development and usage of digital products from Heidelberg within the growing label sector, for which a new digital printing system that incorporates Fujifilm technology will be unveiled at an international customer event in St. Gallen at the end of September.  This new system is designed to meet the growing demand for cost-effective production of short run and customised labels, and will allow Heidelberg to expand its digital business that is currently based on partnerships with Ricoh and Fujifilm.

The 9% of Heidelberg shares allocated in exchange for the Gallus stake, will make Ferdinand Rüesch an anchor investor of the company, and strengthen Heidelberg’s capital structure to allow it to support its strategic reorientation.

The new arrangement grants 23,000,000 new Heidelberg shares to Ferd Rüesch AG, valued at EUR 2.70 per share.  This increases the share capital of the company by EUR 58,880,000.00 to EUR 659,040,714.24, divided into 257,437,779 no-par value bearer shares.

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