BOV announces share issue

Bank of Valletta to increase its share capital through a Rights issue of 105 million new shares

Bank of Valletta p.l.c. announced that it will be offering 105,000,000 new ordinary shares to its existing shareholders on the basis of a ratio of 1 new ordinary share for every 4 ordinary shares held at an offer price of €1.43 per new ordinary share.  Existing shareholders may assign part or all of their rights to third parties. Employees and other investors are being given the opportunity to apply for any new shares not taken up by either existing shareholders or their assignees.

All categories of investors may apply for the new shares during the offer period, between 8 November 2017 and 6 December 2017, through BOV branches and other authorised financial intermediaries as listed in annex 1 of the prospectus dated 30 October 2017 relating to the new shares (the “Prospectus” - available for download from www.bov.com).

BOV will not be providing investment advice or discretionary investment management services in relation to the new ordinary shares but will be accepting forms from investors on an ‘execution-only’ basis.  

Speaking about the rights issue, Mr Mario Mallia, the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer said, “This is a very important milestone for the BOV Group.  The new shares to be issued will enable the Bank to further strengthen its common equity tier 1 (CET1) capital.  This would mean that the Bank will be in a better position to implement its strategic initiatives and to have the necessary capital buffers required to take these forward.  The proceeds from the rights issue will also be used by the Bank to meet its general funding purposes.”

The value of investments may increase as well as decrease and past performance is not an indication of future performance. Prospective investors are urged to read the Prospectus with particular reference to the sections entitled “Risk Factors” as contained therein.  Prospective investors should seek independent financial advice before deciding to invest in the new shares.  BOV is licensed by the MFSA.